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Twenty years since the end of apartheid. The anniversary of that day, April 27, 1994, is now a public holiday — Freedom Day. This year South Africans are preparing to go to the polls again, with elections scheduled for May 7. It will be only the fifth general election held since the end of racist white minority rule, and the first since Mandela's death. Read more»

US President Barack Obama greets UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the State Memorial Service of the late former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at FNB Stadium in Soweto.

US President Barack Obama gave an end-of-year press conference Friday, and it likely — much like his entire year — didn't go as he planned. After brief opening remarks, the president's very first question came from Julie Pace of the Associated Press. "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?" she asked. It all went downhill from there. Read more»

At Nelson Mandela's memorial service earlier this week, a deaf sign language interpreter was found to have been completely inventing "signs". Read more»

A sculpture of Nelson Mandela.

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, international leaders, including US President Barack Obama, gathered in Johannesburg to honor the legacy of the South African freedom fighter and reconciliation icon. Obama eulogized Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” But Washington has not always praised South Africa’s first black president in this way. Read more»

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»

Full text and video of Obama's eulogy for Nelson Mandela: "It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection — because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried — that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood — a son and a husband, a father and a friend. And that's why we learned so much from him, and that's why we can learn from him still." Read more»

U.S. President Barack Obama led world tributes to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, hailing him as 'a giant of history' at a rain-soaked memorial attended by tens of thousands of South Africans united in proud, noisy celebration. "He was not a bust made of marble, he was a man of flesh and blood," Obama said of Mandela. "It is hard to eulogize any man... how much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation towards justice." 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»

President Obama met privately with Mandela's family in South Africa on Saturday but will not visit the ailing 94-year-old at the hospital. Read more»

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was released from the hospital today after receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection and pneumonia. Read more»

South Africans and people around the world are celebrating Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday with songs and voluntary work. Millions of South African schoolchildren sang "Happy Birthday" to the frail anti-apartheid icon. Read more»

Mandela in 1990.

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

Mandela in 1990.

Nelson Mandela has been taken to the hospital amid growing concerns over his health, according to media reports. Read more»

Emotions are running high over the question of how, or whether, Arizona should defend itself against illegal immigration. Heroes, however, are thin on the ground. Read more»

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