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Nelson Mandela: South Africa’s Hero Dies

Nelson Mandela: South Africa’s Hero Dies

South Africa’s first black president, revered around the world as an icon of peace, freedom and reconciliation, dies aged 95.

The Nobel Peace laureate, who spent nearly three decades as a political prisoner before going on to lead his country, passed away at his Johannesburg home surrounded by his family.

South African President Jacob Zuma said “the nation has lost its greatest son”, adding: “He is now resting. He is now at peace.”

Mr Mandela, who was 95, will get a state funeral read more

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Australia Marks 100 Years Since the Navy  Entered Sydney Harbour

Australia Marks 100 Years Since the Navy Entered Sydney Harbour

Thousands of people lined the shores of Sydney Harbour to watch a fireworks spectacular on Saturday night marking 100 years since the Royal Australian Navy fleet first entered the harbour.

More than 20 warships from 17 different nations arrived this week for the International Fleet Review in celebration of Australia’s Navy.

The enormous fireworks display kicked off at 7:40pm (AEST) and lasted 30 minutes.

Fireworks were launched from city rooftops, the Harbour Bridge and the decks of warships, along with light projections, read more

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Beijing Airport Blast Bomber Was Protesting Against Police

Beijing Airport Blast Bomber Was Protesting Against Police

A man who detonated a homemade bomb at an airport was protesting against police who he claims beat him and left him paralysed.

Only the wheelchair user was injured in the blast

The man was the only person injured in the blast

Mark Stone China Correspondent

Details are quickly emerging about the man behind a small explosion at Beijing’s International Airport.

His name is Ji Zhongxing. He was born in 1979 and he is from Shandong Province.

He appears to be one of a large number of people in China known as ‘petitioners’.

Each has an individual social grievance. Some complain that read more

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Beijing Airport Blast

Beijing Airport Blast

A man has been hurt after apparently detonating a homemade bomb in an arrivals hall at Beijing International Airport.

Pictures posted on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Weibo, show smoke in Terminal 3 after the blast at around 6.30pm local time.

Eyewitnesses have claimed that a man was sitting in a wheelchair in the arrivals hall, shouting and waving a small bag in the air before the explosion took place.

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Police appear to tend to a casualty.

The Sina Weibo microblog of state broadcaster read more

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Paris Train Crash

Paris Train Crash

The train derailment which killed at least six people in France on Friday may have been caused by a loose steel plate on the track, the train operator says, as rescuers hunt for any trapped survivors.

The incident came as many French families began to embark on their summer holiday getaways, and marred festivities for Bastille Day on 14 of July.

A loose steel plate at a junction may have caused the read more

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President Barack Obama Visits Mandela Cell On Robben Island

President Barack Obama Visits Mandela Cell On Robben Island

  • Posted: Jul 01, 2013
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The US President visits the jail with his wife and daughters in what he called a “great privilege and honour”.

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Barack Obama visits Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island

Barack Obama and his family have been “deeply humbled” by a visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison during the apartheid regime.

The US President, his wife Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia were guided around the prison by politician Ahmed Kathrada, who was held there with Mr Mandela for nearly two decades.

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President Barack Obama Visits Mandela’s Wife In Africa

President Barack Obama Visits Mandela’s Wife In Africa

  • Posted: Jun 30, 2013
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The US President meets two of Mr Mandela’s daughters, several of his grandchildren and offers comfort to his wife on the phone.

Barack Obama has told Nelson Mandela’s wife he hopes the ailing former leader “draws peace and comfort from the time he’s spending with loved ones”.

The US President spoke by telephone to Graca Machel while she stayed at the 94-year-old’s hospital bedside.

Mr Obama also met two of the Nobel Peace laureate’s daughters and eight of his read more

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President Barack Obama Visits Jacob Zuma In Africa

President Barack Obama Visits Jacob Zuma In Africa

  • Posted: Jun 29, 2013
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Barack Obama will meet South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma in Pretoria today, but the US president insists he will not push for a visit with Nelson Mandela.

Mr Obama is in South Africa with his family as part of his three-nation Africa tour. He arrived in Pretoria aboard Air Force One late on Friday evening.

Mr Obama told reporters in Dakar, Senegal, before he departed for South Africa that he “did not need a photo op” with the anti-apartheid icon, who remains in hospital.

“I think the read more

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President Barack Obama Visits A Slaving Post In Africa

President Barack Obama Visits A Slaving Post In Africa

  • Posted: Jun 27, 2013
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US President Barack Obama has visited a former slaving post on the first day of his Africa tour.

He said the trip to the Senegalese island of Goree – from which Africans were shipped across the Atlantic into slavery – was a “very powerful moment”.

He was joined by his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.

Mr Obama said that as an African American, the trip gave him even greater motivation to stand up for human rights around the world.

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President Barack Obama Goes On A Week Long Trip To Africa

President Barack Obama Goes On A Week Long Trip To Africa

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2013
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President Barack Obama has kicked off the first leg of a three-country visit to Africa – his most extensive trip to the continent as president.

Air Force One touched down in the Senegalese capital of Dakar on Wednesday night.

The president was accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha.

Mr Obama’s trip is highly anticipated given his personal ties to the continent. His father was born in read more

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