Profile: South Africa's ex-president, anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela
S. Africa to hold Mandela funeral on Dec. 15
JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The South African government on Friday announced Mandela's funeral will be held on Dec. 15.
The decision came after President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela's family in Johannesburg. Shortly before midnight on Thursday, Zuma announced the 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon passed away at 20:50. Full story
Nelson Mandela has died at age 95
JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced in a televised speech to the nation.
"Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed," Zuma said. Full story
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