The flag is flown at half-staff to mourn the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Dec. 5, 2013. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)
Profile: South Africa's ex-president, anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela
UN mourns passing of Nelson Mandela
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Thursday mourned the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela and gave his "deepest condolence" to the family of Mandela and the people of South Africa and Africa as a whole.
"I am profoundly saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela," Ban told reporters here. "Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration."Full Story
S.African gov't announces state funeral for Mandela
JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The South African government on Thursday evening announced that a state funeral will be held for former president Nelson Mandela, who just died at the age of 95.
President Jacob Zuma said in a statement "Our beloved Mandela will be accorded a state funeral."Full Story
Obama says Mandela "achieves more than could be expected of any man"
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, saying the former South African president has "achieved more than could be expected of any man."
In a televised speech at the White House, Obama hailed Mandela as a man who has made real his ideal of "a democratic and free society" in which all live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.Full Story