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Nigerian president feels heat from critics

New evidence of massive corruption has tainted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, formerly unscathed by scandal. Nigerians were almost numb to the frequent discoveries of missing money, land grabs and graft. But, reports of troves of cash quietly shifted out of the country have sparked a frenzy of exposes in the once compliant press. ...

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President Obama’s remarks at memorial service for Nelson Mandela

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and present; distinguished guests, it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life like no other. To the people of South Africa — people of every race and walk of life — the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His t ...

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Maya Angelou pens Mandela tribute: ‘His Day is Done’

A video tribute to Nelson Mandela by poetess Maya Angelou is being distributed widely over the Internet. The American novelist, in an interview with CBS New York, described meeting Mandela in the 1960s. Mandela and Angelou’s husband were members of rival liberation movements when Mandela came to Egypt, where Angelou was living. ...

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French-African teen wins beauty pageant, igniting national uproar

A radiant French teenager whose mother hails from Benin was crowned Miss France on live TV, thrilling those who acknowledge the diverse population of the European nation. “I am very proud to represent a cosmopolitan France,” said Flora Coquerel. “It shows that today’s France is a mixed France, where there is every culture, and I think a lot of people will see themselves in me.” ...

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Mandela, pacifist or rebel?

Perhaps it’s a false contradiction. But today there are many who stress the pacifist message with which South Africa’s Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) emerged from prison in 1990, while few put an emphasis on his rebellion against apartheid, including armed rebellion, which landed him in prison. ...

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HOLLYWOOD MEETS HISTORY

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” the film biography of anti-apartheid leader and South Africa’s first Black President Nelson Mandela, will be released Dec. 25. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris will star as Nelson and Winnie Mandela, respectively. (Above) Elba is pictured with Winnie Mandela at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela who joined the ancestors Dec. 5. COURTESY PHOTO ...

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Veteran music giant was the ‘voice of lightness’

Composer, singer and dancer Pascal Tabu Ley Rochereau passed away this week in a Belgian hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for a stroke. Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu was born in what was then the Belgian Congo in 1937 (or 1940, depending on the source). He led the Orchestre Afrisa International and was considered one of the greatest Congolese musicians of all time, pioneering the musical genr ...

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