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Nelson Mandela

Jul 14, 2014 — Gordimer found her central theme exploring the human effects of racial injustice, but her work continued long after South Africa's apartheid regime had ended.
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Jul 13, 2014 — The retired Anglican bishop said the end of former South African President Nelson Mandela's life robbed him of his dignity.
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Jan 10, 2014 — Also: Poet Amiri Baraka has died at age 79; Augusto Pinochet's personal library.
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Dec 20, 2013 — Among the many memorials in India that honor the former South African leader is a billboard that mistakenly features a photo of the actor. It's not the first time that Freeman's been inadvertently mixed up in a misidentification.
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Dec 16, 2013 — Thamsanqa Jantjie was on stage last week with President Obama and other world leaders at a service for Nelson Mandela. He's told a newspaper that in 2003 he helped hand out "mob justice." Two alleged thieves were burned to death. Jantjie wasn't prosecuted. He was judged to be mentally unfit.
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Dec 15, 2013 — Under a sunny African sky, Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday on a hill overlooking his beloved boyhood village. Members of his clan, national leaders and a global audience bid farewell to the man who transformed his country and became one of the world's most revered figures.
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Dec 14, 2013 — Mandela showed the way as African states began to democratize in the 1990s. Today, African countries are holding elections with greater regularity than ever before, but it's still relatively rare for power to change hands at the ballot box.
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Dec 14, 2013 — On the final leg of 10 days of mourning, Nelson Mandela's body was flown from the seat of government in Pretoria to his ancestral hometown of Quno.
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Dec 13, 2013 — Standing just a few feet away from President Obama and other world leaders, a man on stage at Tuesday's memorial service for Nelson Mandela made what members of the deaf community say were meaningless gestures, not sign language. Now there's word that he's faced murder and other charges in the past.
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Dec 13, 2013 — Some African leaders transformed their home villages into monuments glorifying themselves. Nelson Mandela rejected such extravagance and will be buried Sunday in a tiny farming village that's barely changed since he ran across its green rolling hills nearly a century ago.
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