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Tendulkar receives India's highest civilian award

Retired cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was awarded India's highest civilian award on Tuesday, the Bharat Ratna, making him the first Indian sportsperson to receive the honour. Tendulkar, who at 40 is the youngest-ever recipient, was congratulated by President Pranab Mukherjee during a brief ceremony that saw thunderous applause at the presidential palace. The cricketer announced his retirement from the game in November, ending his 24-year career during which he became the world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket.

Mandela's estate worth estimated $4.1mn

The executors of Nelson Mandela's will said his estate was worth an estimated $4.1 million when he died, as they read out a summary of his testament Monday. "We have filed a provisional inventory and it reflects a provisional balance which is in the order of about 46 million (rand) ($4.1 million)," said deputy Constitutional Court head Dikgang Moseneke. jcm/arb/ric

Mandela's estate worth estimated $4.1mn

The executors of Nelson Mandela's will said his estate was worth an estimated $4.1 million when he died, as they read out a summary of his testament Monday. "We have filed a provisional inventory and it reflects a provisional balance which is in the order of about 46 million (rand) ($4.1 million)," said deputy Constitutional Court head Dikgang Moseneke. jcm/arb/ric

Mandela's will to be made public Monday

The dying wishes of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be revealed on Monday, the Constitutional Court announced. "The executors in the estate... invite you to a media briefing on the contents of his last will and testament," the court's vice president, Dikgang Moseneke, said in a statement Sunday nearly two months after Mandela died on December 5. The Mandela Foundation will reveal the contents at midday on Monday at the foundation, he said.

Uruguayan found Fidel Castro "deteriorated" but engaged

Montevideo, Jan 31 (EFE).- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica saw Cuban leader Fidel Castro as "old" and "deteriorated" from a physical point of view, but "concerned about the destiny of humanity" during their recent meeting in Havana. "This old Fidel, deteriorated in health, continues to be a legendary figure. For me he is a source of learning and it's an honor to be able to converse with him," the 78-year-old Mujica said in an interview from Cuba on Uruguay's Canal 10 television.

Springsteen pays tribute to Mandela at 1st S.African show

Rocker Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band wowed fans on Sunday night opening their first concert in South Africa with a rousing tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. He kicked off the show in Cape Town with "Free Nelson Mandela", a song written by British musician Jerry Dammers and made famous in the 1980s by The Specials later renamed The Special AKA. The track was released to protest against the imprisonment of Mandela by the apartheid regime.

Rights group pleas for rabbit in Mandela statue's ear

An animals rights group has applied to South Africa's government to adopt the bronze bunny secretly sculpted inside the right ear of a statue of Nelson Mandela. Authorities this week ordered the little figure's removal after the artists included it without clearance. But in a letter to Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) asked to take in the orphaned animal.

Directors of firm in Mandela signer scandal quit ANC

Two directors of the company that employed a bogus sign language interpreter for Nelson Mandela's memorial service have quit their jobs in South Africa's ruling African National Congress, a party spokesman said Tuesday. Reverend Bantubahle Xozwa, who was head of the party's religious affairs department, and his wife Cikizwa, a personal assistant to the ANC's chief spokesman, resigned after interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie was exposed as an impostor. "They resigned in December," ANC spokesman Keith Khoza told AFP.

South African set to be first black 'Afronaut'

No one in Mandla Maseko's family has ever stepped outside South Africa, but the young township DJ is set to rocket into space next year. From the dusty district of Mabopane, near Pretoria, 25-year-old Maseko has landed a coveted seat to fly 103-kilometres (64 miles) into space in 2015, after winning a competition organised by a US-based space academy. He beat off a million other entrants from 75 countries to be selected as one of 23 people who will travel on an hour-long sub-orbital trip on the Lynx Mark II spaceship.

Yahoo COO de Castro departs; no reason given

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc chief operating officer Henrique de Castro, the high-profile recruit Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer poached from Google Inc shortly after she took the helm, will leave on Thursday after about a year on the job. Yahoo did not give a reason for his departure in a Wednesday filing, but in an unusually blunt memo to Yahoo staff obtained by the Recode technology blog Mayer said she had fired him.
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