12/15/2013 7:09amLeaders and family members on Sunday praised South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as a man who united and freed his nation by fighting to end racist rule and then embracing forgiveness and reconciliation.
12/15/2013 11:19amNelson Mandela's casket was draped in a lion skin, an ox was ritually slaughtered and a family elder kept talking to the body's spirit: The state funeral for South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Sunday included these rituals from the tradition of the Xhosa tribe, to whom Mandela's Thembu clan belongs.
12/15/2013 11:24amThe Christian militiamen fighting to oust Central African Republic's Muslim president from power hide in the hills far on the edge of the capital. Out of the forest of banana trees, about two dozen young men slowly emerge to meet their visitors _ armed with clubs, machetes and hunting rifles.
12/15/2013 2:04pmHis flag-draped casket resting on a carpet of animal skins, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the green, rolling hills of the eastern hamlet where he began his extraordinary journey _ one that led him from prison to the presidency, a global symbol of endurance and reconciliation in the fight against South Africa's racist rule.
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