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Here in Fochville, a sleepy farming and mining town in South Africa’s conservative Afrikaner heartland, asking about Nelson Mandela can make people suddenly very busy. Read more»

Updated: Nelson Mandela, a symbol of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and later the nation's president, has died at the age of 95. One of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, Mandela, who had become increasingly frail over the years and suffered recurring lung infections, passed away Thursday at 8:50 p.m. local time. He is said to have died peacefully and in the company of family. Read more»

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh, the American radio talk show host, said President Barack Obama is "targeting Christians" by sending troops to Uganda to fight the Lord's Resistance Army. Read more»

A lioness and a cub in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

The biggest threat to African lions is humans. Some experts say lions could be extinct in the wild in as few as 10 years. But critics say lion hunting benefits African countries. The story of the dwindling lion population is told in "The Last Lions," a new documentary. (with video) Read more»

Mandela in 1990.

Nelson Mandela, 92, is recovering from a collapsed lung and could be released from hospital as early as Friday, reported Reuters, quoting a source close to Mandela. Read more»

In the old South Africa, journalists were censored, arrested and sometimes forced into exile when they tried to cover the anti-apartheid movement. Now media watchdogs are sounding an alarm about a possible return to repression. Read more»

A fan blows a vuvuzela at a World Cup match.

Love those long plastic trumpets or loathe them, vuvuzelas have become the symbol of South Africa's World Cup. To some, their unmistakable drone is the world's most irritating sound, others hear it as joyful self-expression. Read more»