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July 9, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria, but one of his grandsons said Tuesday that the former president of South Africa was responsive and "very much alive. " Ndaba Mandela urged people to celebrate his grandfather's life as the elder statesman approaches his 95th birthday on July 18. "It's time to celebrate his life," he said. "The old man is very much alive. " He said his grandfather was aware when friends and family were there.
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February 24, 2014 | By Todd Martens
U2 is a band that is used to big statements, political activism and rallying behind a cause. This past weekend, however, the band's larger-than-life frontman Bono was talking about the band's late-career efforts to simplify. Well, that and also his desire to get his hands on the "little gold" that is an Academy Awards statuette. Speaking by phone early Saturday from Washington, D.C., Bono described the band's 2009 effort "No Line on the Horizon" as "esoteric," and talked up the more human aspects of the group's Oscar-nominated song, "Ordinary Love.
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June 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A family dispute over the burial site for Nelson Mandela's three deceased children deepened Sunday, as the former South African president remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela's controversial grandson, Mandla, chief of the Mvezo area in the Eastern Cape Province, announced that he planned to fight a court order for the return of the bodies to their original resting place in Qunu, the village where the elder Mandela grew up and later retired.
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February 3, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan -- Nelson Mandela left an estate worth about $4.1 million -- a minuscule fortune compared to the wealth of many African leaders -- to his widow, Graca Machel; other family members; staff; and educational institutions, according to a reading of his will in South Africa on Monday. He also left a generous portion of the royalties from the sale of his books and other items to the African National Congress, to be distributed through a trust and used to promote the governing party's ideas and national reconciliation.
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July 17, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Three weeks ago, Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid hero, seemed at death's door. A family affidavit presented in a court hearing the following week said he was on life support and described his demise as "impending. " On Tuesday, just before his 95th birthday, Mandela was watching television with headphones on, his daughter Zindzi Mandela said. Describing what she said was a dramatic improvement in Mandela's health in an interview on British television, Zindzi Mandela said,  "I should think he will be going home anytime soon.
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July 18, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The music video starts with three young people walking along a road -- a symbolic reference to Nelson Mandela's famous "long walk to freedom. " Their song, "Thank You Madiba," which uses Mandela's clan name, is one of myriad musical tributes made in honor of the anti-apartheid hero's 95th birthday. This one, though, is a little different. It's by a white Afrikaner band, ITB (In the Beginning), led by Machiel Roets , a Free State farmer's son-turned-musician who started piano lessons at age 9. "Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul," the lyrics go. PHOTOS: Worldwide celebrations for Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday The song is testimony to the love that Mandela has inspired among South Africans of all races, despite the tiny right-wing white minority lampooned on Twitter recently because of its fear of a race war after Mandela's death.
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July 22, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG - While Nelson Mandela's health "shows sustained improvement," he is still in critical condition, South African President Jacob Zuma said Monday. Zuma issued the statement after visiting Mandela at a Pretoria hospital, where he was admitted June 8 with a recurring lung infection. No further details were provided about Mandela's health. The news that South Africa's first black president, who is revered for his struggle to end white minority rule, remains in critical condition dampened hopes that he could be sent home soon.
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December 11, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After three days of silence on the illness of national icon Nelson Mandela, President Jacob Zuma's office issued a three-line statement Tuesday announcing that the anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner is suffering from a lung infection. Mandela's hospitalization Saturday for medical tests caused national alarm. Zuma's office said Monday that the former president was "in good hands" without commenting on his condition. On Tuesday, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said new tests indicated that the 94-year-old Mandela was suffering from a recurrence of a previous lung infection.
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June 27, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe spoke movingly of her father's continued responses to his family Thursday, saying he was "still there," trying to open his eyes when they spoke to him. As the world waited for additional news and messages of love poured in, her words offered a poignant insight into the raw pain of his family in its bedside vigil. "I won't lie, it doesn't look good. But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes.
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June 26, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital Wednesday, as elders from his AbaThembu clan traveled from the Eastern Cape to see him. With hopes for Mandela's recovery fading, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, shared the prayer that he had read at Mandela's bedside late Tuesday, for the former South African president, his wife Graca Machel and other family members. Referring to Mandela by his clan name, the archbishop prayed: " Now enfold Madiba and Graca with compassion, comfort and the conviction that you will never forsake them, but that you will grant Madiba eternal healing and relief from pain and suffering.
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December 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Bono took a look around the cluttered recording studio, filled with Coke bottles and laptops and vinyl records, and turned to a reporter. 'I'm not sure where we put the crack pipe," he deadpanned, pretending to riffle around a coffee table as he also poked at the band's workaholic image. "We usually leave it out for guests. " A moment later the U2 frontman had cranked up a track from the band's work-in-progress April album, an anthemic number about leaving one's hometown titled "Invisible.
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December 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa - When South African President Jacob Zuma stood at the microphone before a sea of mourners, the first notes of his unexpected song for liberation hero Nelson Mandela were lonely and poignant. But the magic of the answering harmony of the mourners rose under a soaring, domed black ceiling that looked something like a night sky. It was a moment of pure joyful melody, richer and more dramatic than television could convey to South Africans in townships and cities who watched on big screens in soccer stadiums and parks or at home on television.
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December 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa - After the sermon was read, the 21-gun salute thudded and the "Last Post" played, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the rolling green hills of the Eastern Cape where he was born, leaving South Africans with a gaping sense that they will never see a leader as great as him again. The crowds left his grave site, a host of luxury vehicles drove away and a chilling downpour of rain blew in. About 4,500 mourners filled a vast domed tent for the state funeral, with relatives, princes, African leaders, celebrities and members of Mandela's ruling African National Congress arriving from dawn onward to say goodbye one last time.
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December 14, 2013 | SANDY BANKS
The long public farewell to Nelson Mandela will end on Sunday. After 10 days celebrating his life and mourning his death, South Africans will bury their leader in his family's village of grazing cows and one-room, tin-roofed shacks. Mandela leaves behind a troubled nation, still struggling to deliver on his dream of equality and advancement. But his legacy transcends that. His relentless battle against apartheid fueled a new strain of American activism among young people on college campuses who embraced a battle against injustice half a world away.
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December 14, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa -- A fine strong bull was chosen in Qunu, Nelson Mandela's home village, to accompany him on his final journey. It must be slaughtered before Sunday's funeral, so that it may go with him to the other side, according to traditional belief. As Mandela was taken from Pretoria, where he lay in state for three days, to his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the chief of the clan, his grandson Mandla Mandela, and other elders were present. Dozens of family members were waiting at Nelson Mandela's homestead to receive his casket, where tradition called for the house to be freshly painted before he arrived, according to Qunu residents.
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December 14, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, cushioned in the comfortable blur of old age, never knew much about the scandals and corruption that have engulfed the party he believed in and its leader, President Jacob Zuma. What would the old man have thought? Rather than sailing into next year's elections in a sentimental fog of Mandela nostalgia, the African National Congress is finding that its mythologizing of Mandela has left many voters anxious and uncomfortable with the lack of a Mandela-style figure to lead the country out of its problems of mass unemployment and poor education and health services.
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June 12, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After days of somber news, as South Africa's former leader Nelson Mandela clung to life in intensive care, a sliver of hope emerged Wednesday: He was responding better to treatment for a lung infection, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Zuma's spokesman, Mac Maharaj, had told a radio interviewer that Mandela's health was unchanged, and that he remained in serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital. Mandela fell ill last week and was rushed to the hospital early Saturday after his condition deteriorated sharply.
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March 29, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is showing signs of recovery after his second night in a hospital for treatment of a recurring lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said Friday. Mandela was admitted to the hospital in Pretoria shortly before midnight Wednesday. The unexpected late-night admission and reports that the infection had advanced rapidly alarmed many South Africans. However, Zuma issued a statement Friday afternoon that Mandela, South Africa's first black president, "is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning.
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December 13, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Huge queues of people waited, some of them for two days, to see the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela lying in state in Pretoria. But thousands more were turned away disappointed as viewing ended Friday. Tempers frayed and scuffles broke out in front of the Union Buildings, the seat of government, where the casket spent three days, and at locations where people lined up to take shuttle buses to the site. Police were deployed to control the crowds, with some people trying to break through police barricades at the Union Buildings to get to see the body.
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December 13, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
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