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Soldiers and airmen from the Puerto Rico National Guard screen travelers at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, in Puerto Rico on September 24, 2021.

Days after the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus led parts of the world, including the United States, to close their borders to South Africa and neighboring countries, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to the public Monday in defense of the emerging travel restrictions. Read more»

The president of Botswana said Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his anti-gay views. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, notoriously welcomed the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world." Read more»

A WWI Memorial in Netherbury, England

Later this week, the world will mark 100 years since the assassination of an Austrian prince in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo dragged the great powers of the time into a conflict they called "the war to end all wars." Read more»

The enemies of fun have triumphed. First they came for the vuvuzela. Now they've come for the caxirola. Read more»

Spain with the cup after the World Cup 2010 Final against Netherlands in 2010

Mexico’s soccer team coach may have made heads spin when he said he wanted players to avoid having sex at next month’s World Cup in Brazil. But to coach Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera it made perfect, if not totally scientific, sense: Abstinence will make his men maximize their performance on the field. Read more»

Commentary: South Africa’s transcendent mission to address the abuses of apartheid began 20 years ago this week. Read more»

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»

Nearly 2,000 metric tons of dangerous nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe — some of it poorly secured.

Nations around the globe have taken important steps over the past two years to safeguard nuclear weapons materials from potential thefts by terrorists, an expert Washington-based group concluded Jan. 8 in a comprehensive report. 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»

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