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For Mandela, harsh island jail was a crucible

12/10/2013 4:31am
A half-century ago Nelson Mandela was taken as a prisoner to Robben Island, 11 kilometers (seven miles) across the bay from Cape Town, where he would begin serving a life sentence for plotting to overthrow South Africa's racist apartheid system.

Text of Obama remarks at Nelson Mandela memorial

12/10/2013 4:53am
Text of President Obama's remarks at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday, as provided by the White House:

Presidents, ministers, royalty at Mandela memorial

12/10/2013 8:31am
Dozens of foreign leaders on Tuesday attended the memorial service honoring former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg's FNB stadium.

AP PHOTOS: Thousands gather to remember Mandela

12/10/2013 8:49am
They gathered by the tens of thousands in a Soweto soccer stadium, braving a cold rain to pay respects to Nelson Mandela: world leaders, family members and South Africans whose lives he helped change in his decades-long fight against apartheid. The list of dignitaries was long, ranging from President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro. And a handshake between those two men epitomized the spirit of reconciliation Mandela came to represent.

South African president booed at Mandela memorial

12/10/2013 9:08am
At Nelson Mandela's memorial, the crowd applauded dignitaries and even cheered the last apartheid-era president. But spectators booed South African leader Jacob Zuma, embarrassing him on an international stage and reflecting challenges that the ruling party, once led by Mandela, faces ahead of elections next year.

Malian site says it got threats over AP story

12/10/2013 1:36pm
The editor-in-chief of a popular news portal in Mali said Tuesday he took down an account of an Associated Press article detailing crimes allegedly committed by the military after receiving two threatening phone calls and an email from Mali's government.

Obama's eulogy for Mandela echoes his own agenda

12/10/2013 2:00pm
President Barack Obama's eulogy was for Nelson Mandela, but it laid out for a global audience the work that Obama himself would like to be remembered for: an unending fight against injustice and inequality. Obama acknowledged he sometimes wonders whether he is doing enough to live up to Mandela's historic legacy.

UN: Major offensives planned vs. Somali militants

12/10/2013 2:23pm
A United Nations official says plans are being made to restart major offensives in parts of Somalia held by the militant group al-Shabab.

French say they killed 19 extremists near Timbuktu

12/10/2013 2:40pm
The French military says it has killed at least 19 extremists this week in an operation in the northern desert region near Timbuktu, one of the towns that was under al-Qaida control for much of 2012.

Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro

12/10/2013 3:39pm
It was the briefest of moments, just seconds, two presidents shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders together to honor the late Nelson Mandela.

3 world leaders pose for selfie at Mandela service

12/10/2013 3:44pm
It wasn't all solemnity at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

Notebook: Obamas, Bushes in close quarters

12/10/2013 6:57pm
A joint wave from the Air Force One, a shared dinner, and a long flight home. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush shared quality time Tuesday as they returned from Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa.