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Mandela leaves hospital after tests

Global peace icon Nelson Mandela was back home on Sunday after spending a night in hospital for a "scheduled medical checkup", the president's office said. "Former President Nelson Mandela has this afternoon... returned to his Johannesburg home following a successful medical examination at a Pretoria hospital," said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj in an emailed statement. "The doctors have completed the tests. He is well and as before, his health remains under the management of the medical team," said Maharaj.

No he couldn't: Obama half brother fails to win Kenya seat

His half brother may be the most powerful man in the world but that stardust seemed not to rub off on Malik Obama as he failed miserably to win a county gubernatorial seat in Kenya's recently concluded polls. Obama, 54, who shares a father with United States President Barack Obama, won just 2,792 votes -- some 140,000 behind the final winner -- in his bid to claim the seat for his home area in western Kenya.

Murdered Mozambican's family to sue S.African police

The family of a slain Mozambican taxi driver plans to sue South Africa's police after officers cuffed him to their van and dragged him through the streets, their lawyer said Sunday. Lawyers were instructed "to represent them, to advise them and to institute civil proceedings against the minister of police for the unlawful death of Emidio Macia," Sapa news agency quoted attorney Andrew Boernar as saying.

S.Africa's Mandela spends night in hospital

Global peace icon Nelson Mandela has spent the night in hospital after being admitted for a "scheduled medical checkup," with no official word on his condition Sunday. His admission comes less than three months after being treated for a lung infection and gallstones. "There isn't an update. I just have to allow the doctors to advise me," said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj. One of Mandela's grand-nephews insisted that the former statesman was simply undergoing tests. "It's a normal check up at the hospital as an old person," he told AFP.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-River Plate fan stabbed before win over Colon

(Recasts after River Plate win, fan violence) * Rival fans fight on highway close to stadium * River's 2-1 victory puts them top of championship March 10 (Reuters) - River Plate fans clashed with Colon supporters in a running battle on a Buenos Aires highway and local media reported a fan had been stabbed in further fighting near River's Monumental stadium before the home side's 2-1 win on Sunday.

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world (VIDEO)

Falkland Islanders are holding a referendum on Sunday and Monday to send a message to the world that they want to stay British in defiance of increasingly bellicose claims to the territory by Argentina.

FACTBOX - List of likely candidates for papacy

VATICAN CITY, March 10 (Reuters) - There are no official candidates in the election for pope, which will begin when 115 cardinal electors file into the Sistine Chapel for their conclave on Tuesday. The closed-door conclave at the Vatican continues until a new pontiff is elected, in a process which usually takes about three days. Outcomes are unpredictable because the winner needs two-thirds of the votes, or 77 out of 115.

Progressive U.S. pro-Israel group claims Hagel fight as a victory

* Claiming the center as Mideast returns to the fore * Obama to make first visit to Israel as president * Conservatives say J Street still a minnow next to AIPAC By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) - J Street, a liberal Jewish-American lobbying group barely five years old and once shunned by top Israeli officials, is claiming as a victory the fact that Chuck Hagel was confirmed as defense secretary despite opposition from more conservative Jewish groups.

Afghanistan's Karzai says Taliban in talks with US

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday criticised the Taliban for holding daily talks with the United States as they also launch suicide attacks that kill civilians and children. The Islamist militants deny re-opening talks after they broke off tentative contact with the US in Qatar in March last year due to failed attempts to negotiate a prisoner exchange. Reacting after two suicide bombs killed 19 people in Kabul and Khost on Saturday, Karzai accused the Taliban of negotiating with their enemy at the same time as murdering innocent Afghans.

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world

Falkland Islanders hold a referendum on Sunday and Monday to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, although Argentina has already dismissed the vote as illegal. Residents of the windswept archipelago in the South Atlantic have hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant "YES" made of four-wheel drives ahead of the vote. In a move instigated by residents themselves, 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.
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