Revered, but Not Unreservedly
Nelson Mandela was almost worshiped by many for his role in installing multiracial democracy, but political observers say he was never above reproach.
Memories of Mandela
Former Africa correspondents of The New York Times share their memories of Nelson Mandela.
Faster Pace of Growth May Not Last Long
The estimate of growth in the third quarter was revised to a 3.6 percent rate from 2.8 percent, with much of the gain attributed to inventory changes and an improving trade picture.
Timeline: Mandela’s Life
The life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, from his birth in the rural village of Qunu to his ascent to South Africa’s presidency.
Congress Nears Modest Accord on the Budget
Conservative House Republicans are likely to balk at the deal, and Democrats have not said whether they will make their support contingent on an extension of jobless benefits.
President Obama Remembers Mandela
Mr. Obama spoke of an “influential, courageous and profoundly good” man, who was an inspiration and a model for many, including himself.
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Festival of Lights in Lyon, France
View of Le Prince des Lumieres installation by artist Damien Fontaine during the rehearsal for the Festival of Lights in central Lyon, France.
Somali president pays tribute to Mandela
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Friday said Africa lost "a true world hero" after former South African president Nelson Mandela passed away the previous day.
Lee Kuan Yew pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
Singapore statesmen, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President Tony Tan and former prime ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong, paid tribute to South Africa's late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Friday.
China and ROK communicate over ADIZ
China has maintained communication with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on the East China Sea air defense identification zone (ADIZ), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday.
Tanzania condoles over death of Mandela
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said on Friday that Africa and the world in general have lost an iconic leader of the 20th and 21st centuries following the death of South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.
In memory of Nelson Mandela
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection.
The typhoon brought stormy waves onto the island and destroyed everything. Fortunately, rescue teams from China and other countries have arrived. Rows of tents have been set up as temporary shelters for the locals.
Park, Biden agree to push DPRK denuclearization
Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye and visiting US Vice President Joseph Biden agreed on Friday to make joint efforts to denuclearize the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
McDonald's worker hands cash bag instead of order
Now that is a happy meal! A couple in the US state of Tennessee ordered a normal breakfast at their local McDonald's drive-through but an employee mistakenly handed them a bag filled with thousands of dollars.
Europe storm threatens tidal surge
British authorities evacuated 15,000 homes as flooding started on the North Sea coast while Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden all boosted their flood defences.
Snowden leaks identified areas of concern: Obama
US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that leaks by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden have identified some areas of legitimate concerns with regard to privacy of citizens while highly sensationalising other issues.
China's air zone unacceptable: US
The White House said on Thursday that China's new air defence zone over the East China Sea was "unacceptable" and urged Beijing not to implement it, but stopped sort of calling for it to rescind its declaration.
Indians' bravery to be highlight of WWI exhibition
Unknown stories of Indian soldiers' bravery and selfless sacrifice, highlighted through archival photographs and letters, will be exhibited at Sussex's Brighton Museum and Art Gallery next year to mark the
Fierce storm lashes Europe, 3 dead
A powerful storm with hurricane-force gusts hit Britain and began moving across Europe on Thursday, disrupting air travel, halting trains and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity. Accidents linked to the storm killed three people.
52 killed in targeted attacks in Yemen
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into the Yemeni defence ministry complex on Thursday, followed by an armed assault in which 52 people died, including seven foreign medical staff, officials said.
100 dead in CAR before French troops arrive
Fighting swept through the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving nearly one hundred people dead and posing the biggest threat yet to the country's new government.
All airlines from Nepal banned to fly in EU
The European Union (EU) on Thursday imposed a blanket ban on all airlines from Nepal from flying into the 28-nation bloc under the latest changes to a list of unsafe carriers.
North Korea gulag expanding: Amnesty
The report by the London-based rights watchdog included rare testimony from a former camp guard, as well as from former inmates about the brutality prevalent in the prison system.
Toronto mayor tried to buy crack video
Weeks before the public first became aware of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's crack video, the disgraced politician may have tried to buy it, according to court documents.
'US won't recognize China defence zone'
US vice president Joe Biden has told Chinese president Xi Jinping that Washington will not recognize Beijing's new air defence zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea and asked him to take steps to reduce tensions arisen out of the unilateral move.
Manil Suri bags bad sex award for ‘cosmic’ orgy
Manil Suri has won the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for a scene in his novel “The City of Devi” describing a sexual encounter in terms of exploding supernovas and streaking superheroes.
The Switch: Bowing again to the FDA, 23andMe stops issuing health-related genetic reports
The Google-backed genetics company 23andMe will no longer be providing personalized health analyses to consumers based on their DNA samples in an effort to comply with a federal safety warning.
When the Food and Drug Administration expressed concern about the product late last month, 23andMe responded this week by halting its advertising for the kit. In a statement Thursday night, the firm went a step further, announcing that it would only provide ancestry information and raw health data. A ...
For 2014 midterm elections, Republicans may decide to be cautious
Coming to the end of a year that has bitterly divided their caucus, House Republicans are grappling with how bold they should be in shaping a legislative agenda for 2014.
Some want a modest approach focusing on oversight of the Affordable Care Act, while others are pushing for a broad alternative to President Obama’s health-care plan, hoping that it would stand as evidence of a positive GOP agenda heading into next year’s midterm elections. Some believe that a jobs agenda is critical, while o...
House extends current health plans for lawmakers, staffers, if needed
Acknowledging widespread issues with the process of enrolling for new health-care coverage, House officials reiterated Thursday that lawmakers and their staffs whose current health insurance is set to be terminated at the end of the year will automatically have that coverage extended until the end of January unless they have already enrolled in new coverage. Read full article >>
Gerson: After my cancer diagnosis, seeing mortality in the near distance
In my mid-20s, I had a new bride, a plum job on Capitol Hill and, apparently, the beginnings of a cancerous tumor on my right kidney. For 20 or 25 years — the best estimate of my doctors — it accompanied me at birthdays and on holidays and at the delivery of my children. It was quiet and kept to itself. Undiscovered, it would have donned camouflage and killed me in the end. Read full article >>
Stolen cobalt-60 found in Mexico; thieves may be doomed
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s public-health scare turned into a logistical hurdle Thursday as authorities sought to safely put a stolen load of radioactive material back into its container.
As officials worked on the material, federal police and soldiers formed a cordon of several hundred yards around the field in Hueypoxtla where a container of highly radioactive cobalt-60 was abandoned after it was stolen from truck drivers transporting it to a storage facility in central Mexico. Read full article...
U.S. citizen shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya
An American teacher was shot and killed Thursday while jogging in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed last year.
Ronnie Smith, 33, a Texan, taught chemistry at the International School Benghazi, school officials said. Read full article >>
Lawmakers mourn Nelson Mandela
Lawmakers of all walks were quick to mourn the death Thursday of Nelson Mandela.
Here's a sampling of their reactions.
Former president George W. Bush: "President Mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. He bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example. This good man will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever." Read full article >>
Nelson Mandela brought the world toward a racial reconciliation
Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, Hitler — these were the names that, for much of the world, defined the first half of the 20th century, the most destructive era in history.
Gandhi, King, Mandela — these, it could be argued, are the figures who will live longest in the public consciousness as we look back on the postwar world: leaders who had no real armies to speak of and who wielded little power in office but who helped create a new ethic through the power of their ideas and the example of thei...
Early Lead: Jameis Winston will not be charged
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates, will not be charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of an FSU student.
State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement today in Tallahassee, Fla., saying there wasn’t enough evidence to secure an indictment. Winston was accused of assaulting the woman at an off-campus apartment Dec. 7, 2012, and Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, said the sexual encounter was consensual. Read full article >>
South Africa mourns Mandela, will bury him on December 15
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans united in mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but while some celebrated his remarkable life with dance and song, others fretted that the anti-apartheid hero's death would make the nation vulnerable again to racial and social tensions.
Yemen says regains ministry compound, kills 11 militants
SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's Defense Ministry said on Friday it had regained full control of its Sanaa military compound a day after a militant attack that killed 52 people, and an al Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility for the assault.
Historic trade reform ready for WTO approval
GENEVA/NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organization is ready for agreement by ministers from the body's 159 member countries later on Friday, sources involved in the talks said.
Russia crash pilot may have had dubious license: investigators
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The pilot of an airliner that crashed near the Russian city of Kazan last month, killing 50 people, may have received his license from a training centre that was later closed on suspicion of operating illegally, investigators said on Friday.
Six months to go, momentum builds ahead of EU parliament vote
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Next May's elections to the European Parliament promise to be among the most closely watched since the 1970s, with many in Europe expected to show their frustration with the economic crisis by voting for anti-EU or protest parties.
Flights delayed as air pollution hits record in Shanghai
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China's commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning.
Thai protest leaders refuse to give up, but streets calm
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protesters seeking to topple Thailand's government stayed off the street on Friday after halting their demonstration the day before out of respect for the king on his birthday but clashes were reported overnight, one at the occupied Finance Ministry.
U.S. television, Twitter, alive with new version of 'Sound of Music'
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. television was alive with "The Sound of Music" on Thursday as country singer Carrie Underwood and "True Blood" actor Stephen Moyer starred in a live version of the classic musical about an aspiring nun who falls in love with an Austrian captain.
South Africa, world mourn 'giant for justice' Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global leaders as a moral giant.
Bargain-hunting dents U.S. retailers' November sales
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. retailers posted disappointing sales for November after shoppers remained cautious about spending, the latest sign that the holiday season is shaping up to be the toughest in years.
Russia launches criminal inquiry into U.S. child exchanges
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Authorities in Moscow said Thursday they are investigating whether Russian children adopted by American families were illegally trafficked in the United States. The probe comes in response to a Reuters series that showed how U.S. parents have used Internet bulletin boards to offload children they regret adopting.
Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 52 at Yemeni defense ministry
SANAA (Reuters) - A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Yemen's defense ministry on Thursday, killing 52 people including foreign medical staff, government sources said, in the country's worst militant assault in 18 months.
Insight - Fukushima water tanks: leaky and built with illegal labor
NAHA, Japan (Reuters) - Storage tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant like one that spilled almost 80,000 gallons of radioactive water this year were built in part by workers illegally hired in one of the poorest corners of Japan, say labor regulators and some of those involved in the work.
Ukraine police give protesters deadline, PM brands them 'Nazis'
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian police on Thursday warned pro-Europe protesters they faced a "harsh" crackdown if they did not end their occupation of public offices in Kiev, while President Viktor Yanukovich's prime minister denounced them as "Nazis and criminals".
Oil Markets Skeptical of Final Iran Deal
Oil markets bucked expectations that the interim Iran nuclear deal would lead to cheaper crude, indicating that there are plenty of risks for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program.
Missteps Worsened Typhoon's Impact
As Typhoon Haiyan approached Tacloban, officials rushed to prepare for one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. But many of their efforts, it turned out, were woefully inadequate. As of this weekend, the death toll reached 5,235.
Karzai Gives a Bit of Ground on Security Pact
President Hamid Karzai softened his insistence on postponing the crucial security deal with Washington until after Afghan presidential elections next spring, but persisted in demanding an unspecified delay until his other conditions are met, his spokesman said.
Bangladeshi Fire Victims Sense Justice
One year after the country's deadliest factory fire killed her 19-year-old daughter along with 111 others, Rukiya Begum says she has finally seen the first sign of justice.
Ruling Party Appears Headed for Win in Honduras
Honduras's ruling conservative party appeared headed for victory over an upstart leftist coalition in the country's presidential elections, but the second-place candidate had yet to concede defeat.
Syria Peace Talks Set for January
Syria's government and opposition will meet in Geneva on Jan. 22, according to a statement from the United Nations, in an attempt to stop a civil war that has killed more than 100,000.
India Probe Marks Attitude Shift
Indian police questioned witnesses in a sexual assault inquiry involving Tarun Tejpal, one of the country's most prominent journalists, marking a significant shift in attitudes to women's rights.
Three Named in Indian Corruption Probe
India's top criminal investigation agency named an official of State Bank of India, a former executive at the bank and a businessman in a corruption case for allegedly colluding to profit from a large bank loan.
Protesters, Police Clash in Ukraine
Thousands of Ukrainians took part in protests across the country amid simmering anger over President Yanukovych's decision to abandon a planned trade pact with the European Union and focus on ties with Russia.
Berlusconi Makes Last-Ditch Bid to Reopen Case
Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday cited new evidence that he said could overturn his August conviction on tax fraud, launching a last-ditch attempt to reverse his fortunes two days before a vote that could expel him from the Italian Senate.
All for One: China's New Deal
Essay: What appears to be the country's generous new bargain with its citizens is actually a move to strengthen the state and the party.
Photos of the Day: Nov. 25
In today's pictures, a police officer sprays demonstrators with pepper spray in Ukraine, Mount Sinabung spews smoke in Indonesia, children play in a field in Pakistan, and more.
The Audio Book Club Steals The Goldfinch
This month, Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Donna Tartt’s blockbuster of a novel about an orphan, an explosion, and a priceless stolen painting, The Goldfinch. Is Donna Tartt a literary writer or a potboiler writer? Is James Wood right when he complains that Tartt’s not writing the books she should be? And why is Tartt so obsessed with—and good at—writing about teenagers?
God Blessed America
John Shaw’s This Land That I Love begins in 1940, with a shot of Woody Guthrie trudging and hitching his way through a snowstorm, New York–bound from Pittsburgh. All along Guthrie’s route, Shaw writes, “jukeboxes and radios had blared ‘God Bless America,’ a hit for network radio star Kate Smith,” and that recording’s bludgeoning self-confident tone, reinforced by “a stirring march rhythm,” was really starting to piss Guthrie off.
Inside the Box
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads recruiting “idea people” and “out of the box” thinkers. We are taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that if we ...
It’s that time again. Repeated Showings of Frosty the Snowman (Friday, 8 p.m. CBS, for starters), A Christmas Story, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are inescapable during peak holiday season. And the onslaught of Santa-heavy TV programming can be pretty confusing for Jewish kids. That’s why, in 2008, Dahlia Lithwick compiled this handy guide to help Jewish parents navigate Christmas hysteria. The article is reprinted below.
In a Dec. 5 Bad Astronomy post, Phil Plated misidentified Christina Tarsell as Emily Tarsell. Emily is Christina's mother's name.
Play the Slate News Quiz
Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is structured around a temporal riddle that’s also a mordant existential joke. The film, an elegiac glimpse at the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early ’60s, begins and ends with slightly differing versions of the same event. On a chilly winter night in 1961, aspiring folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) performs onstage at the Gaslight coffeehouse, then steps into the back alley, where a mysterious stranger is waiting to beat him up.
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95 marked the end of an extraordinary life of moral courage and political heroism. Known in South Africa as the “father of the nation,” Mandela spent 27 years as a political prisoner after joining the resistance movement against apartheid. The photos below capture his fight for human rights and his lifelong leadership.
Why I won't be buying my daughter a Barbie at Christmas
Rebecca Atkinson's parents wouldn't buy her a Barbie but never did quite explain why. Now that her own daughter wants one for Christmas, she understands – and is unimpressed by how the classic blonde doll has changed since her childhood
All kids have a friend their parents don't approve of. Mine had long blond hair and a pony. I admired her from afar. I wanted to play with her, dress like her, but my parents hated her. A bad influence they said. She's too grown up. They wouldn't have her in th...
RBS says NatWest website hit by cyber-attack
Royal Bank of Scotland said its systems had been deliberately targeted
Royal Bank of Scotland has blamed a cyber-attack for new IT problems which prevented customers gaining access to their bank accounts for the second time in a week.
Customers feared that a new computer crash was underway earlier on Friday when some found it impossible to gain access to their online bank accounts.
In a statement, the bank said its sytems had been deliberately targeted: "Due to a surge in internet traffic delibe...
Jailed Yemeni journalist receives Human Rights Defenders award
Abdulelah Haidar Shaye, who shed light on US drones in Yemen, is not permited to attend ceremony to receive award
When Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haidar Shaye receives a coveted Human Rights Defenders award in Geneva on Saturday, his role as a fearless chronicler of his country's US-led drone war will have come full circle.
Accused by Washington of terrorism, jailed in his homeland for subversion and under intense state scrutiny since being released from prison in July this year, Shaye remains...
How to stay monogamous, in six easy steps | Zoe Williams
A high court judge is anxious to prevent break-ups. This short course of study could save him a lot time
Sir Paul Coleridge, a leading high court judge, has warned that Britain faces "yawning public ignorance" about the damage divorce wreaks upon children. To combat this (divorce, not the ignorance, nor the yawning), he suggests relationship education, which, in Telegraphese, has become "monogamy lessons" – in the print edition, at least. I disagree with the premise, and think children, being ...
France says Central African Republic capital 'calm' as UK flies in military kit
About 600 French troops dispatched to CAR, with Paris stressing importance of clamping down on religious reprisals
After outbreaks of violence and killings in the Central African Republic, French forces patrolling the capital, Bangui, said calm had been restored on Friday morning.
Around 600 French troops have been dispatched to the CAR to boost African Union forces already in situ. A further 400 are expected to arrive on Friday evening and a further 200 over the weekend.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Fra...
Sergeant Blackman commanded 'most dangerous square mile in Afghanistan'
Lawyer pleads for leniency for convicted Royal Marine who felt pressure of leadership amid 'terrifying violence' of positions 'behind enemy lines'
The Royal Marine convicted of murdering a wounded Taliban insurgent had been brutalised by the horrors of war in the "most dangerous square mile in Afghanistan" and had become paranoid that he was always the one being shot at, a court martial has been told.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman and the young marines under his control were effectively working b...
Canadian armed forces hit by spate of suicides
Four men have killed themselves in two weeks, putting spotlight on mental health care in Canadian military
A sudden succession of suicides in the Canadian armed forces has raised urgent questions about care for Afghanistan veterans amid criticism of the government for failing to provide mental health support professionals for soldiers.
Four men have killed themselves in the past two weeks. The latest was Master Corporal Sylvain Lelievre, 46, who was found dead at his military base near Quebec C...
Kidnapped Egyptian cleric sentenced to six years on terror offences
Italian court tries in absentia Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, aka Abu Omar, a victim of CIA secret rendition
A radical Egyptian cleric who was kidnapped in Milan as part of the CIA's secret rendition programme has been sentenced to six years in prison in his absence by an Italian court.
Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was sentenced on charges of international terrorism. He disappeared from outside his flat in Milan in 2003 but now lives freely in Egypt.
His relatively well-docu...
Pussy Riot members not expected to be freed in Russian amnesty
Prime minister implies punk band members and Mikhail Khodorkovsky will not be among those released
The Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has hinted that members of the punk band Pussy Riot, the former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in an forthcoming amnesty.
The bill granting long-awaited amnesty for thousands of Russian prisoners is expected to be sent to the Russian parliament in the coming days.
Human rights organisati...
E.ON announces 3.7% price rise
Move completes the 'big six' sweep of gas and electricity price increases, and will add £48 to average dual fuel bill
E.ON has become the last of the big six energy providers to announce a price rise, saying it will increase bills by an average of 3.7% in the new year.
The increase, which will take effect on 18 January 2014, will add £48 a year to the average dual fuel bill.
Customers who only buy electricity from E.ON will see bills rise by an average of 3.7% or £20 a year, while gas customers ...
Film director Zhang Yimou sued for breaking China's one-child policy
Two lawyers are suing the director in what they are calling a protest against rich people flouting the rules
The Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is being sued by two lawyers for breaking China's one-child policy, in what they are calling a protest against rich people flouting the rules.
Zhang, who directed House of Flying Daggers and Hero, admitted on Sunday to having had three children with his wife.
Jia Fangyi said on Friday that he and Guo Chengxi wanted Zhang to pay 1bn yuan (£100m) as a p...
Death rates too high at 16 NHS hospital trusts, report reveals
Annual report finds NHS record on mortality has improved, with four fewer trusts reporting high death rates than last year
Do you have a question about the findings of Dr Foster's annual report on the NHS? Join our live discussion with health experts here
Sixteen hospital trusts in England have higher numbers of patients dying than they should have, according to an authoritative annual guide to NHS performance.
All 16 had a higher-than-expected mortality rate in 2012-13 according to the Hospital...
House prices show biggest annual leap in six years, says Halifax
Mortgage lender says house prices were up by 1.1% in November alone
House prices in the UK rose by 7.7% in the year to November as the supply of homes for sale failed to keep up with increased demand, according to the latest figures from the country's biggest mortgage lender.
Halifax's latest house price index recorded its biggest annual leap in six years as low mortgage rates and the Help to Buy scheme encourage buyers into the market.
The lender said prices were up by 1.1% in November alone, a...
Pictures released of marine on patrol that ended in Taliban fighter's murder
Images from video show Sergeant Alexander Wayne Blackman before he shot dead suspected insurgent
These are the first pictures showing the Royal Marine on the patrol that culminated in him murdering an injured Taliban prisoner.
They are taken from a video that recorded the marine shooting the suspected insurgent in the chest before telling him: "There you are, shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt. It's nothing you wouldn't do to us."
The images were released after the high court ruled that the ...
Obituary: Nelson Mandela, Champion of Freedom
With Nelson Mandela's passing, the world has lost one of the past century's great leaders, a man who fought oppression and spent decades in prison in his battle against apartheid. In the end, he was forced to watch as his successors jeopardized his life's work.
Behind the World Cup: Brazil's Crumbling Football Dream
It's known as a football mecca, but as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup it's clearer than ever that its infrastructure for the sport is crumbling. Now Brazilians have turned the global competition into a symbol for the country's mismanagement.
Taking Charge: How African Women Are Making Major Gains
Women in Africa are making great strides in politics and business, and are considered more reliable partners for international aid projects than their male counterparts. Welcome to what the African Union calls the "African Women's Decade."
Disneyland Paris: Europe's Magic Kingdom Loses Its Magic
Disneyland Paris is currently besieged by unflattering headlines and faltering finances. Now an attempted suicide by a park employee is drawing attention to its labor practices. French unions are furious and an outspoken Belgian visitor is campaigning for big changes.
Tabloid Espionage: Trial Exposes Darkest Corners of British Press
Former editors with newspaper News of the World are currently on trial in London, where they are accused of spying on private phone conversations for years. The unfolding testimony against close associates of publisher Rupert Murdoch shows just how far the British tabloid press has been willing to go for a scoop.
German Murder: Alleged Cannibal Ran Hotel With Grilling Area
New information about an alleged case of cannibalism in Germany suggests the suspect was immersed in the online fetish world, and had discussed a similar act with another willing potential victim. He ran a bed and breakfast which advertised its grilling facilities.
Cold Cases: Germany May Revise Up Statistics in Far-Right Killings
German authorities may have to sharply revise statistics for the number of people killed by right-wing extremists since 1990. The official figure is around 60, but police combing through unsolved cases have identified a further 746 suspicious slayings or attacks.
Midnight marriages make history
The first same-sex weddings on Australian soil have taken place, with Canberra's Joel Player and Alan Wright saying ‘I do’ minutes after midnight.
Home sellers hoping for an early Christmas present
The fortnight before Christmas is a time when most Sydneysiders traditionally battle crowded shops, wrapping presents and stocking the fridge with turkey. But this year, on December 14, people have decided all they want for Christmas is to sell their home.
Here come the brides for their big day in ACT
The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 might not sound like the most romantic document in the world, but it was enough to make central coast couple Stacey Cowan and Corrina Peck go weak at the knees.
South Africans Mourn Mandela's Death, Funeral Plans Announced
South Africans have begun a period of national mourning for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95.President Jacob Zuma said Friday that the nation will hold a series of memorials leading up to Mr. Mandela's burial in his hometown of Qunu on December 15.On Thursday, President Zuma announced Mr. Mandela, the country's first black president, had "passed on peacefully" in the company of his family. Dressed in black, Mr. Zuma said South Africa...
US Jobless Rate Lowest Since 2008
The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to 7 percent, its lowest point in five years.The government said Friday that employers added another 203,000 workers to their payrolls in November - more than some economists predicted, and a sign that the world's largest economy is continuing to steadily recover from the steep recession in 2008. October's jobless rate was 7.3 percent, but the government said employment picked up last month in transportation and warehousing, health care and...
Australian Study Aims to Save Koala Bears
Australian researchers are studying a thriving koala colony in hopes of saving the popular animal whose numbers are declining elsewhere in the nation.
University of Queensland scientists are climbing high into trees to study a surprisingly healthy colony in the northeast state.
They say Koalas elsewhere in Australia are plagued by the disease chlamydia, which causes blindness and female infertility.
Scientists capture, test, and tag the healthy animals in the colony to...
In Africa, Many Want a New Mandela to Heal Wealth Divide
Mourning the loss of a man who bridged South Africa's racial divide, many Africans hope their leaders today will be inspired by Nelson Mandela to heal another rift widening dangerously across the continent: the wealth gap.
“We need the next Mandela to fight for the poor,” said Thomas Kozzih, 30, a community worker in Nairobi's Kibera slum - an expanse of metal shacks butting up against smart new flats that testify to Africa's new growth that has left many...
Journalist Recreates Nelson Mandela’s ‘Life in Sound’
After South Africa’s last white president freed revolutionary hero Nelson Mandela in early 1990, parts of the country exploded into violence. International observers said it was on the cusp of all-out civil war. Some even predicted the destruction of Africa’s largest economy.
The analysts’ attention was particularly focused on a bitter power struggle between Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) and the country’s other major black political movement at the...
UN Calls for Investigation into Alleged Thai Human Trafficking
The United Nations called on Friday for an urgent investigation into allegations in a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Burma refugees into human trafficking rings.
The report, published on Thursday and based on a two-month investigation in three countries, revealed a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thailand's immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.
The Rohingya, stateless Muslims from...
US Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest Point Since 2008
The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to 7 percent, its lowest point in five years.
The government said Friday that employers added another 203,000 workers to their payrolls in November - more than some economists predicted, and a sign that the world's largest economy is continuing to steadily recover from the steep recession in 2008.
October's jobless rate was 7.3 percent, but the government said employment picked up last month in transportation and warehousing, health...
Mandela Hometown Burial Set for December 15
South Africa says Nelson Mandela will be buried Sunday, December 15, in his hometown of Qunu, following a state funeral.
President Jacob Zuma gave details on the official services and memorials for Mandela on Friday as South Africans mourned the loss of their former president.
Zuma declared this Sunday to be a day of prayer and reflection in South Africa, and urged the country's people to gather in "churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and their homes" to pray and...
Asia Mourns Passing of Peaceful Revolutionary: Mandela
Across Asia Friday, democracy advocates, political leaders and ordinary people paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as a peaceful revolutionary. Chinese authorities expressed deep grief, while some pondered the question of which person in China most resembled South Africa’s freedom fighter.
In Asia it was Mandela’s courage and compassion that was a source of inspiration in places where people still face serious restrictions on basic rights.
From ordinary people to Nobel Laureate's,...
Russia Rebukes Germany for Participating in Kyiv Protest
Russia's prime minister has admonished foreign politicians who have participated in the political events unfolding in Ukraine.
Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that foreign politicians who participated in the pro-European Union demonstrations in Kyiv were acting inappropriately. He said he considered their actions as "interference in internal affairs."
Medvedev's remarks were in reference to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle's appearance at a pro-EU rally in...
Biden Rejects China's Air Defense Zone, Reaffirms Asia Pivot
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has rejected China's self-declared Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, saying it raises tensions in the region and the possibility of miscalculation. Biden made the comments while in South Korea where he reaffirmed a U.S. plan to re-focus on the Asia Pacific and urged North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Friday made his strongest comments yet on China's sudden expansion of its Air Defense...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to Nelson Mandela"Nelson Mandela said a good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. A good head and a good heart are a formidable combination. In Mandela's case, he lifted a nation to freedom, he had wisdom, compassion and courage, and maybe the hardest thing to poses forgiveness." Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Signh called the former South African leader a beacon for democracy. "In a world marked by...
Flights Delayed as Air Pollution Hits Record in Shanghai
Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China's commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue their highest level health warning.
The incident is especially embarrassing considering it comes at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub on par with the likes of London, New York and Hong Kong by 2020.
On Friday afternoon, the Shanghai government issued...
Severe Flooding Forces Evacuation of 40,000 in Malaysia
Severe flooding caused by monsoon rain forced over 40,000 people to evacuate in Malaysia on Friday, local media reported.
Malaysia's state news agency, Bernama, reported that at least two people had died, while a father and his son are missing.
Bernama reported in the state of Pahang alone, more than 38,000 people have sought refuge in evacuation centers.
The worst hit states are in east coast Malaysia and include Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and...
South Africans Mourn Mandela
South Africans are mourning the death of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, the country's first black president, who died Thursday at the age of 95.
Many woke to the news Friday, hours after President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela had "passed on peacefully" in the company of his family.
Dressed in black, Zuma made the statement in a nationally televised address that South Africa "has lost its greatest son and our people have lost a father."
Reports: Aide to North Korean Leader's Ousted Uncle Seeks Asylum in South
North Korea is facing what could be its most serious defection in years after a man who managed funds for the ousted uncle of leader Kim Jong Un fled the isolated country, South Korean media said on Friday.
The aide has sought asylum in South Korea and is currently being protected by South Korean officials in a secret location in China, cable news network YTN said, citing a source familiar with the matter.
YTN said the man managed funds for Jang Song Thaek, whose marriage...
French Troop Reinforcements Arrive in C.A.R.
The French defense minister says troop reinforcements have begun arriving in the Central African Republic, after reports that around 100 people were killed there Thursday in renewed sectarian violence.Defense chief Jean-Yves Le Drian told Radio France Internationale on Friday that troops have begun moving into the capital, Bangui, where the streets are now quiet after a day of bloodshed between Christian militias and Muslim rebels.A movement allied to former CAR president Francois Bozize has...
World Leaders Remember Nelson Mandela
World leaders, past and present, are remembering anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela.At the White House, a solemn President Barack Obama called Mr. Mandela an influential, courageous, and profoundly good human being. Mr. Obama reflected on how President Mandela inspired him and said a free South Africa at peace is Mr. Mandela's greatest legacy."I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life. My very first...
Al Qaida Claims Yemen Attack
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Yemeni military hospital adjacent to the Defense Ministry that killed 52 people Thursday.A statment issued on Twitter Friday that the group attacked the Defense Ministry building complex in the capital Sana'a because it "accommodates drone control rooms and American experts."Thursday's two-stage attack began with a suicide car bombing followed by an attack by gunmen. Officials said the bomber...
New Study Casts Doubt on Vitamin D's Disease Prevention Ability
Researchers cast doubt on the prevailing wisdom that vitamin D supplements can prevent conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, saying on Friday that low levels of vitamin D may be a consequence, not a cause, of ill health.
The findings, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, could have implications for millions of people who take vitamin D pills and other supplements to ward off illness; Americans spend an estimated $600 million a year on them...