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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»

Mandela in 1990.

Nelson Mandela was discharged from a South African hospital Friday after treatment for an acute respiratory infection. Read more»

The South African government provides free condoms to battle HIV.

Urban South Africans are so saturated with safe sex messages that experts are beginning to wonder whether people are starting to block them out. Read more»

Construction of Durban's World Cup stadium.

South Africa dazzled the world with its new 2010 World Cup stadiums. But some are asking whether the $2 billion to build 10 stadiums was spent wisely in a country where so many live without flush toilets and trash removal. Read more»

Vuzuzelas are unlikely to break the silence in this small town. The yellow jerseys of the national team, worn by every other South African, are nowhere to be seen, and the steady schedule of World Cup matches that brings the country to a standstill has no impact here. Read more» 1

During the opening ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. South Africa and Mexico tied 1-1 to open the tournament.

South Africa kicked off the soccer World Cup here with a tense 1-1 draw with Mexico in a brand-new stadium designed to resemble a traditional African cooking pot. Read more»

During a visit to the United Kingdom in March, South African President Jacob Zuma asked the government to supply 1 billion extra condoms.

Arguably, the soccer World Cup is to the sex industry what the holiday season is to candy shops. A temporary surge of excited people feeling collectively festive, willing to pay for a bit of extra indulgence. Read more»