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Mandela Family Issues First Statement

'We've lost a son of the soil'

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela's family has issued its first statement since the former president's passing, the AP reports via Politico . "The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us," a family spokesman read to reporters. "We...

Southern Sheriff: I Won't Lower Flag for Mandela

Because it's only for Americans, he says

(Newser) - A sheriff in South Carolina has shrugged off orders from President Obama and refused to fly his office's flag at half-mast to honor Nelson Mandela, the Greenville News reports. "The flag at half-staff is for Americans’ ultimate sacrifice for our country," said Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark....

Bush, Clinton, Obama to Attend Mandela Service in South Africa

Obama, Bush will travel together on Air Force One

(Newser) - President Obama and his two immediate predecessors will all head to South Africa as it memorializes Nelson Mandela , CNN reports. "President and Mrs. George W. Bush have gratefully accepted the president and Mrs. Obama's invitation to accompany them to South Africa on Air Force One," says a...

Santorum: Mandela Fought Injustice ... Like ObamaCare

Comment came within seconds of Bill O'Reilly calling Mandela a 'communist'

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly and Rick Santorum each managed to produce grist for the outrage mill in the space of less than two minutes last night, while discussing the recently departed Nelson Mandela. First O'Reilly described Mandela thusly: "He was a communist, this man. He was a communist, all...

'Mythic' Mandela Dominates Front Pages

Papers around the world pay tribute to a hero

(Newser) - As the world mourns Nelson Mandela , newspapers around the globe have turned their front pages into tributes to the South African statesman who died yesterday at 95 . Here's a look at some highlights:
  • "Mr. Mandela was that rarity among revolutionaries and moral dissidents: a capable statesman, comfortable with

Mandela Funeral Poses Massive Challenge

World leaders will descend on remote village

(Newser) - The death of Nelson Mandela is certain to plunge South Africa into a near-standstill of national mourning for around two weeks—but the country still faces the challenge of holding one of the biggest state funerals ever seen, the Guardian finds. Scores of heads of state, royals, other dignitaries, and...

World Unites to Mourn Mandela
 World Unites to Mourn Mandela 

World Unites to Mourn Mandela

Crowds sing all night in Soweto

(Newser) - Flags are at half-mast around the world today to mark the death of one of the most universally respected statesmen who ever lived. Leaders from dozens of countries have paid heartfelt tributes to Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95 , and newspapers worldwide have turned their front...

Obama: Mandela 'Belongs to the Ages'

President says Mandela's example made his own life possible

(Newser) - President Obama today paid homage to Nelson Mandela shortly after the former South African leader's death was announced , reports Politico and AP . "He no longer belongs to us," said Obama. "He belongs to the ages." Some other highlights:
  • Mandela was “a man who took

Key Moments in Mandela&#39;s Life
 Key Moments in Mandela's Life 

Key Moments in Mandela's Life

Former South African is dead at 95

(Newser) - The accolades have begun pouring in for Nelson Mandela, who has died at age 95 . Meanwhile, the AP ticks off some key moments in his life:
  • April 20, 1964: Charged with sabotage, Mandela delivered a statement during his trial in Pretoria that revealed the depth of his resolve in the

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

 Nelson Mandela 
 Dead at 95 

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

'Our people have lost a father,' says South Africa's president

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela is dead at age 95, the president of South Africa told the world today. "Our nation has lost its greatest son," Jacob Zuma announced to his nation, as quoted by CNN . "Our people have lost a father." The anti-apartheid icon had been in failing...

Still 'Unstable,' Nelson Mandela Leaves Hospital

Home set up to handle intensive health needs

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital today while still in critical condition and was driven in an ambulance to his Johannesburg home, which has been set up to provide intensive care, South Africa's presidency said. On a sunny but cold morning, an ambulance took the anti-apartheid leader home...

Mandela Turns 95; Said to Be Improving

World celebrates with service

(Newser) - It's Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, and the anti-apartheid leader remains in the hospital—but South African President Jacob Zuma says his health is "steadily improving," the BBC reports. Mandela's daughter, Zindzi, echoed the sentiment, saying he was "making remarkable progress and we look forward...

Mandela Might Be Going Home
Mandela Might Be
Going Home

Mandela Might Be Going Home

Former president Mbeki thinks discharge from hospital is imminent

(Newser) - A former president of South Africa says he expects Nelson Mandela to soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home. Thabo Mbeki was speaking at a memorial service for another ANC leader when he said that he was "quite certain" Mandela would be going home, reports South...

Nelson Mandela Not in Vegetative State: South Africa Prez

Court documents claimed he was on life support

(Newser) - The South African Presidency is walking back reports that Nelson Mandela is in a "permanent vegetative state." That assessment appeared on court documents, along with the news that doctors were recommending the former president be taken off life support, the Telegraph reports. But the office of the president...

Mandela Grandson Accused of Grave Tampering in Feud

Mandla Mandela in fight with relatives over where Nelson will be buried

(Newser) - An unfortunate family feud that's playing out amid Nelson Mandela's final days has now turned into a legal one—involving charges of grave tampering, no less, reports the BBC . It all revolves around where Mandela will be buried. Grandson Mandla thinks it should be in the village of...

'Deeply Humbled' Obama Visits Mandela's Cell

Praises 'heroes' of Robben Island prison

(Newser) - President Obama may not get to see Nelson Mandela , but he paid tribute to the apartheid icon today by visiting the bleak prison cell where Mandela spent 18 years of his prison term, reports the BBC . Writing in the Robben Island prison guest book that he was "deeply humbled,...

Obama Won&#39;t See Mandela
 Obama Won't See Mandela 

Obama Won't See Mandela

He will meet with family instead

(Newser) - Barring a last-minute change, President Obama won't be visiting the man he considers a personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama is now in South Africa, but the White House announced that he will skip a visit to the hospital "out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort...

Obama on Mandela: 'I Do Not Need a Photo Op'

It remains up in the air whether he will meet the ailing luminary

(Newser) - Barack Obama is en route to South Africa just as Nelson Mandela looks en route to the hereafter (though his ex-wife says he's showing " great improvement "). But Obama says he won't push too hard to see the ailing luminary, for fear of being an unwanted...

What to Look for as Obama Tours Africa

Nelson Mandela reportedly on life support

(Newser) - President Obama has arrived in Senegal, the first of three countries he'll visit during his African tour—the other two being Tanzania and South Africa, the Wall Street Journal reports. His trip comes at a heavy moment for South Africa, the New York Times notes, with Nelson Mandela said...

Archbishop Prays for 'Peaceful End' for Mandela

No update on former South African president's condition

(Newser) - As South Africa braces for a farewell to Nelson Mandela, an archbishop visited him at the hospital to pray for a "peaceful, perfect end" for the former president. Mandela was recently reported to be in critical condition , and there has been no update on the 94-year-old's condition since...

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