Today 13 December
London (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome has revealed that he has recovered from a parasitic illness that had plagued him for over four years.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Several hundred mourners eager to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela broke through police barriers and stormed up toward the Union Buildings shortly before the former South African President's body was moved away.
Crushing disappointment tainted the final day of Nelson Mandela's lying in state Friday, with tens of thousands of mourners unable to say their personal farewell to the anti-apartheid icon. Friday was the last opportunity to view the body of South Africa's first black president in Pretoria, before it is transported to his boyhood village of Qunu for burial on Sunday.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government said Friday it is aware of reports that the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial once faced a murder charge, and said he is being investigated.
By MacDonald Dzirutwe CHINHOYI, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe said on Friday members of his party would choose his eventual replacement, but gave no timeline despite a mounting succession battle triggered by long-denied reports he is suffering from cancer. Addressing a ZANU-PF central committee meeting before the party's annual conference, Africa's oldest leader denounced the increased jockeying between party factions to succeed him. But there are fears ZANU-PF could implode in a violent struggle if his office becomes vacant before the succession question is resolved. NOSE IN FRONT Analysts say Mugabe's deputy president Joice Mujuru secured an edge in the race for his post after her supporters won most of the provincial elections in the last few months.