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2008-07-19 09:00:16

By Claire Soares He may be the world's adopted grandfather, but it was with his actual grandchildren that Nelson Mandela chose to celebrate his 90th birthday yesterday in the rural South African village he calls home. Sitting in his favourite yellow armchair, his legs covered with a blanket, Mr Mandela said he wished he had been able to spend more time with his family, although he was quick to stress he had no regrets about a life spent fighting apartheid and becoming the nation's first...

2008-07-18 18:00:11

BIRTHDAY greetings from admirers ranging from politicians to pop stars to members of the public were pouring in for Nelson Mandela, who turned 90 today. As celebrations take place around the world, South Africa's first black president was marking the milestone at a party for 500 guests in his home village. In London, fans were gathering next to Mr Mandela's statue in Parliament Square to hold up birthday cards to create a giant South Africanf flag. Other tributes in the UK include...

2008-07-08 06:00:27

By William Kaempffer and Maria Garriga, New Haven Register, Conn. Jul. 8--NEW HAVEN -- As the city administration and police union negotiate a new labor contract, a group of aldermen -- in what the aldermen and union described as an unprecedented move -- issued a letter detailing what they want to see in the new pact. The letter, signed by 22 of the 30-person board, stopped short of making demands, but asked the two sides to "give serious consideration" to recommendations that would...

2006-09-03 03:12:39

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma is due in court this week to face corruption charges, strengthened by outspoken supporters who have kept alive his hope of political resurrection. Zuma, 64, one of South Africa's most charismatic leaders, was sacked by President Thabo Mbeki last year amid an arms procurement scandal. His hopes of succeeding Mbeki, who leaves office in 2009, hinge on the outcome and speed of the trial. The court...

2006-07-31 06:20:36

By Paul Simao PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday postponed the graft trial of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma as defense lawyers called for the case to be dismissed. Judge Herbert Msimang said he needed time to study papers submitted by the prosecution in support of their call for a delay of several months and by the defense, which has called for a dismissal of the charges if the state is not prepared to proceed quickly with the case....

2006-07-17 14:02:17

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Nelson Mandela said on Monday he "never imagined" reaching the age of 88 as he received one of his first birthday presents -- a shipment of rum and cigars from Cuban President Fidel Castro. As well wishes poured in ahead of the anti-apartheid icon's birthday on Tuesday, Mandela held a private party with the staff of his foundation and blew out candles on a giant birthday cake. "In my younger days I never imagined that such an occasion would...

2006-07-10 14:41:03

By Ingrid Melander and Tom Pfeiffer RABAT (Reuters) - European and African ministers said on Monday the waves of illegal migrants seeking a better future in Europe would not be stopped unless Europe helped Africa fight poverty. The ministers, meeting in Rabat to reach a plan on migration, came from 50 nations, grouping for the first time countries where migrants leave, travel through and end up. They said legal migration should be encouraged to channel money and skills back to...

2006-05-08 08:14:24

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday acquitted former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of raping an HIV-positive family friend after a sensational court case which opened wide rifts in the ruling African National Congress. Zuma was once seen as South Africa's next president. The verdict kept his political career alive but he was badly wounded by the case.

2006-04-05 21:48:46

By Andrew Quinn PLATFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) - Dressed in crisp olive uniforms and shiny black boots, the squad of 40 South African Bushmen took up formation with military precision, the last hope of a vanishing people. Cheers greeted this week's first class trained by Sanda Security, a new South African company that aims to preserve the Bushmen's ancient way of life by harnessing their legendary skills as wildlife trackers to provide security and stop stock theft at farms....

2006-03-16 12:08:01

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - World leaders have their faults, former South Africa President Nelson Mandela said on Thursday, regaling the cast of an Oscar-winning gangster movie with tales of his own teenage years as a pig thief. "All of us were very mischievous in our younger days," he said after meeting with the cast of Tsotsi. "You know, we had a method as young chaps of about 16 or 17, of stealing pigs." South Africa's first Academy Award-winning film, Tsotsi portrays a violent young...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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