NEWS OF THE DAYUkraine’s embattled president Viktor Yanukovych was Friday expected to return home after a trip to China as his government seeks to quell the biggest protests since the 2004 Orange Revolution. Protesters have since Sunday controlled Kiev’s main Independence Square, surrounded government ministries and held pickets outside parliament where opposition deputies have paralysed any work.
JOHANNESBURG: The world on Friday grappled with the loss of South Africa’s beloved Nelson Mandela, a towering figure of the 20th century who inspired millions across the globe with his struggle for equality. Mandela’s Rainbow Nation awoke to a future without its 95-year-old founding father after the country’s first black president died late on Thursday at his Johannesburg home, surrounded by friends and family. As his compatriots paid lively tributes to the revered anti-apartheid hero with flowers, songs and dance, countries around the world united in an outpouring of emotion, pondering his legacy and remembering key moments in... more ›
PARIS: Nelson Mandela worked his magic once more Friday, uniting friends and foes alike in a global outpouring of grief as they mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon. Palestinians and Israelis, Beijing and the Dalai Lama, Washington and Tehran all joined together to remember a man whose message of equality inspired millions across the globe. Foreshadowing the guest list of what will surely be the most important funeral of recent decades, foreign dignitaries as well as celebrities, sports figures and religious leaders queued to issue solemn tributes to the 95-year-old peace hero who became South Africa’s first democratic president. “He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,” Barack... more ›
JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela’s grandson expressed gratitude Friday for the global outpouring of support since the death of the 95-year-old peace icon, saying his family had been “overwhelmed” by the heartfelt tributes. “The messages we have received since last night have heartened and overwhelmed us,” said Mandla Mandela in a statement, the first public comment from the former president’s family since his death. “I am sincerely grateful for the national and international support that our family received during Madiba’s long health challenges.” “All that I can do is thank God that I had a grandfather who loved and... more ›
SANAA: Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility Friday for a brazen attack on a Yemeni defence complex that killed 52 people, saying it targeted the site as it hosted US personnel behind drone strikes against its militants. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by Washington as the jihadist network’s most dangerous affiliate, has been hit by intensified US drone strikes targeting its militants in Yemen this year. But there was no immediate evidence to support its allegation that the Sanaa complex attacked on Thursday played any role in the drone war or housed any US personnel. All of the dead came in a hospital inside the sprawling facility which bore the brunt of the... more ›
BEN GURION AIRPORT: Israel and the Palestinians are closer to a peace deal than they have been in years, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday wrapping up his latest visit. “I believe we are closer than we have been in years to bringing about the peace and the prosperity and the security that all of the people of this region deserve,” he told reporters travelling with his delegation at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv. His remarks were made after a day-and-a-half of talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials aimed at driving forward the direct negotiations which began in late July but have made little apparent progress as they approach... more ›
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