August 19, 2009 |
The hearses roll through with grim regularity now, bearing the heavy weight of flag-shrouded caskets and a nation's accumulating grief. When the jet-black cars reach Wootton Bassett's modest monument honoring the dead of wars past, the cortege stops. Bystanders bow their heads. A church bell tolls into the aching stillness. This small town, inhabited since Saxon times, is now the epicenter of national mourning over the fallen of a 21st century war. Over the weekend, the number of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan passed 200, a tally that has risen sharply over the last several months amid intensified fighting.
June 5, 1989 |
Muslims the world over mourned the death of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran, and leaders of several governments proclaimed periods of mourning. "Leaders like Imam Khomeini are born but once in centuries," Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said in a message to Iran before her departure for a visit to the United States. "The people of Iran have lost a divine guide and the world of Islam a spiritual leader of unique qualities and strength," she said. In a 10-day period of state mourning for Khomeini, the Pakistani flag will be flown at half-staff at government buildings and at its missions abroad, the government said in a statement.
May 19, 2008 |
As health concerns intensified and aid poured in from across China and the world, Beijing on Sunday began three days of mourning to commemorate the likely 50,000 deaths from the massive earthquake in Sichuan province. The toll continued to rise, with a report today by the official New China News Agency that more than 200 relief workers had been buried by mud. Details were not immediately available. This afternoon, exactly one week after the magnitude 7.
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June 22, 2005 |
Southern California's Filipino community on Tuesday mourned the death of Cardinal Jaime Sin, the retired Catholic archbishop of Manila, and pledged to remember the religious leader who helped inspire his countrymen to overthrow a corrupt government. Sin, who died Tuesday at age 76 after a long kidney illness, was a driving force in the "people power" movement that pushed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos into exile in 1986.
December 6, 2013 |
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.
December 20, 2009 |
Thousands of supporters of Iran's most senior dissident cleric marched through streets in his hometown and descended upon the country's main theological center today to mourn his passing just days before the climax of a politically charged religious commemoration. Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution three decades ago who became a staunch defender of the nation's current opposition movement, died late Saturday of complications due to advanced age, diabetes and asthma, his doctor told state television.