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Nelson Mandela has been laid to rest

SOWETO — After a week of mourning, South Africans have bid a final farewell to Nelson Mandela with a state funeral that combined military pomp with the abaThembu traditions of his childhood in the rural Eastern Cape. Across the country, people gathered Sunday morning in living rooms and at soccer stadiums to watch the live broadcast of Mandela's funeral in remote Qunu village.

Sign language interpreter 'saw angels' at Mandela memorial

JOHANNESBURG — The bizarre story of a 'fake' sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has taken a darker turn after the man said he suffers from schizophrenia and has a violent past. Thamsanqa Jantjie, who stood next to United States President Barack Obama, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other world leaders as he signed throughout the event, said Thursday that he was hallucinating while on stage, and 'saw angels.'

A gray goodbye for beloved Madiba

SOWETO — They came for Nelson Mandela. Tens of thousands of South Africans, who waited for hours in the mist and rain, buoyed by songs from the struggle days. Kings and queens, actors and musicians. Barack Obama and some 100 other world leaders, everyone from Raul Castro to Robert Mugabe. But it wasn’t the memorial service many had expected.

Why did Israel snub Mandela? 3 Questions with our correspondent

GlobalPost's correspondent in Jerusalem explains a posthumous saga of preposterous proportions.

Thousands gather for Nelson Mandela memorial service (VIDEO)

Amid pouring rain, South Africa hosted a celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in Johannesburg. At the soccer stadium where Mandela made his final public appearance in 2010, tens of thousands of South Africans and scores of foreign dignitaries paid their tributes to one of the most respected figures in modern history.

Leader, savior, terrorist: How white South Africans remember Mandela

FOCHVILLE, South Africa — Here in Fochville, a sleepy farming and mining town in South Africa’s conservative Afrikaner heartland, asking about Nelson Mandela can make people suddenly very busy. 'How long will this take?' asks a middle-aged white man, friendly at first until he is asked for his thoughts about Mandela. Just two minutes, sir. 'That’s too long,' he snaps, walking away.

Mandelas are 'melancholy but do not despair'

JOHANNESBURG — As Nelson Mandela’s family grieves the loss of their revered patriarch, the outpouring of support from around the world lessens the pain and sorrow of his death, a family spokesman said. Public memorials for Mandela are taking place in many countries Sunday, with South Africans joining in a national day of prayer and reflection in honor of their former president and national hero.

Jamaica's surprisingly negative vibration for Mandela

As a news junkie I’m a bit chagrined to admit that my early awareness of apartheid and the man who would bring it down was provided not by The New York Times but by Jamaican reggae. Yet in a roundabout way it was the work of Bob Marley, Black Uhuru and Burning Spear that opened the door to one of my career highlights: meeting Nelson Mandela.

South Africa plans a week of Mandela memorials

SOWETO — As the world pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, South Africa is furiously preparing for a celebration of a life like no other. It may be the biggest memorial service the world has ever seen, with celebrities and world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, set to arrive in South Africa during the coming days.

These African leaders learned nothing from Mandela

NAIROBI — Nelson Mandela was an example to us all … but these African leaders just didn’t listen.
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