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Obama meets family of ailing Mandela

JOHANNESBURG: US President Barack Obama met the family of his "inspiration" Nelson Mandela in South Africa yesterday but was unable to see the anti-apartheid legend who remains critically ill in…

Mandela a hard act to follow for S Africans – Nation caught in emotional reckoning

JOHANNESBURG: In November, just before Nelson Mandela's health began a long downward spiral, the leader of a project to build a children's hospital named after the former president briefed him…

Mandela ‘still there’: Daughter – Makaziwe raps media vultures, hints at racism

PRETORIA: Former South African President Nelson Mandela is still clinging to life, his eldest daughter Makaziwe said yesterday, but she blasted foreign media “vultures” for violating his privacy as he…

Liberian women’s war wounds fester, 10 years on

MONROVIA: It is over a week since Ruth Flomo was last able to walk, the bullet lodged in her leg an agonizing reminder of the terror of being shot in…

Mandela in ‘critical’ condition – South Africans prepare to say goodbye to ‘Madiba’

JOHANNESBURG: Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition in hospital yesterday, leaving millions in South Africa and across the world fearing the worst. “Former president Mandela remains in…

UN police patrol as violence worsens in Sudan’s Darfur

ABU SHOUK: The armoured personnel carrier slowly bumps its way out of the UN base in Sudan’s far-west region of Darfur with Indonesian policeman Andhy Kurniawan at the wheel. His…

16 dead in Somalia UN office attack

MOGADISHU: Seven Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen detonated a pick-up truck rigged with explosives at the gate of the UN compound in Somalia’s capital yesterday, launching a bombs-andgunfire assault that saw militants pour…

Sudan’s garbage economy a lifeline for scavengers

KHARTOUM: Just after the footpath beside the school passes into the cool late afternoon shadows, a gentle cracking sound signals that Doud Sebet has arrived. He sits on a piece…

Vigilantes target extremists in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Young men armed with machetes and sticks have entered the streets of Nigeria’s biggest city in the northeast to target suspected Islamic extremists, even as soldiers continued an…

Nigeria offensive leaves scattered trash and uncertainty

MARTE, Nigeria: The dusty, remote spot in Nigeria’s far northeast where the military says insurgents operated a major camp is now little more than burnt-out cars, strewn trash and unanswered…

PCs out as Senegal opens world’s first tablet cafe

DAKAR: Among the washer women, carpenters, busy waiters and squabbling children sweltering under the midday sun on this dusty Dakar street an Internet revolution is taking place in the world’s…

Mandela in ‘serious but stable’ condition

PRETORIA: Nelson Mandela was back in hospital yesterday in a "serious but stable" condition, triggering an outpouring of concern from around the world for the beloved South African hero. Mandela,…