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Mandela's ordinariness helped make him great, lawyers say

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 7:29am

While Nelson Mandela is celebrated at the United Nations, two prominent South African lawyers say his greatness lay partly in his ordinary qualities and recognition of his own mistakes.

The Latest: Convicted killer of Kim Wall loses appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 7:07am

The Latest on the appeal of convicted murderer Peter Madsen (all times local):

Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, convicted of murdering Swedish reporter, loses appeal against life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 7:02am

Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, convicted of murdering Swedish reporter, loses appeal against life sentence .

8 Burkina Faso soldiers die after vehicle hits explosive

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 6:59am

Burkina Faso's government says eight soldiers are dead after their vehicle hit an explosive device in Soum province.

Armed men kill 12 civilians in Mali near Niger border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 6:45am

A Tuareg leader says armed men on motorcycles have attacked a nomadic community near Mali's border with Niger, killing at least 12 civilians.

UK presses Iran's leaders over detained charity worker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 6:37am

Britain's prime minister has raised the case of a detained British-Iranian charity worker with the Iranian president.

Zimbabwe's leader says he offers Trump land for golf course

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 6:24am

Zimbabwe's leader says he is willing to offer land to President Donald Trump to build a golf course in a national park teeming with wildlife.

The Latest: Trump takes a turn leading UN Security Council

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 6:07am

The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):

1 death reported as cold snap hits parts of Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 5:53am

Suddenly subzero temperatures have hit parts of Romania, and one hiker has died after being caught out by the cold snap.

Far-right German party's plans for Jewish section criticized

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 5:32am

The far-right Alternative for Germany party has announced it will create a Jewish section within the party, drawing widespread criticism by Jewish groups across the country.

Germany: Merkel won't call confidence vote after ally ousted

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 5:29am

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says the German leader has no intention of calling a confidence vote after her party ousted a close ally as head of its parliamentary group.

In policy change, Scotland Yard gives thumbs up to tattoos

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 5:24am

London's Metropolitan Police force is changing its no-tattoo policy for new recruits.

Nearly 400,000 'excess deaths' in South Sudan, report says

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 5:07am

South Sudan's civil war has caused nearly 400,000 "excess deaths" since fighting erupted in late 2013, a new report funded by the U.S. State Department said Wednesday after years of uncertainty.

Lao drug kingpin with celebrity links gets 2nd life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 4:17am

A court in Thailand gave a second life sentence Wednesday to a drug kingpin from Laos whose social connections to various celebrities were exposed by his arrest.

Poland's PM gets Polish language lesson from minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 3:54am

Poland's prime minister has received an on-camera lesson in the Polish language from his education minister after making a grammatical mistake during an election speech.

Rare goat-antelope safely back inside UK zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 3:13am

A rare goat-antelope that escaped from a zoo in southwestern England two days ago has returned unharmed.

Cease-fire holds in Libya after clashes that killed 117

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 3:04am

A recent bout of heavy fighting in the capital Tripoli has come to a halt after warring militias signed a new cease-fire agreement, Libyan authorities said Wednesday.

Cameroon lurches toward election amid separatist conflict

Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 3:03am

John Nlom has five children and wants to keep them alive. When machete-wielding men attacked a nearby school this month in a suspected strike against the teaching of French, wounded students were rushed to hospitals while frightened parents decided to flee.

Syrian official says S-300 defenses will give Israel pause

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 2:53am

Israel should think carefully before attacking Syria again once it obtains the sophisticated S-300 defense system from Russia, a Damascus official said.