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December 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa -- As 4,500 dignitaries bid farewell to South African Nelson Mandela at his state funeral Sunday, it was an old prison comrade, Ahmed Kathrada, who conveyed the nation's devastating loss. Mourners including members of the extended family, ANC stalwarts, African leaders and celebrities, started arriving just after dawn at his homestead in Qunu, Eastern Cape. Choked with emotion, Kathrada said he lost a father when anti-apartheid hero Walter Sisulu died. "Now I have lost a brother.
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December 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa -- As 4,500 dignitaries bid farewell to South African Nelson Mandela at his state funeral Sunday, it was an old prison comrade, Ahmed Kathrada, who conveyed the nation's devastating loss. Mourners including members of the extended family, ANC stalwarts, African leaders and celebrities, started arriving just after dawn at his homestead in Qunu, Eastern Cape. Choked with emotion, Kathrada said he lost a father when anti-apartheid hero Walter Sisulu died. "Now I have lost a brother.
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October 9, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Italian authorities have arrested a 35-year-old Tunisian with a reported history of human smuggling in last week's deadly sinking of a boat packed with some 500 Africans migrants trying to reach Europe, according to media reports. Khaled Ben Salem was identified by other survivors of the Thursday shipwreck as one of the men who brought the overloaded boat from the Libyan port of Misrata toward Italy, the reports said. The boat caught fire and sank just half a mile off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
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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 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.
WORLD
August 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia buried Soviet-era dissident and author Alexander Solzhenitsyn at the 16th-century Donskoi monastery after a service attended by President Dmitry Medvedev that bore all the hallmarks of a state funeral. Hundreds of elderly Russians came to bid farewell to the deeply religious Nobel prize laureate in the Russian Orthodox ceremony in Moscow.
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May 20, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A Spanish court sentenced three senior army officers to prison for knowingly misidentifying the bodies of 30 peacekeepers killed in a plane crash while returning from Afghanistan. A total of 62 Spanish military personnel and 13 Ukrainian and Belorussian crew members died in the May 2003 crash in northwestern Turkey. Thirty-two of the Spaniards were identified correctly, but relatives of the other 30 got the wrong bodies. Prosecutors argued the team rushed the job because they were under political pressure from Madrid to get all the bodies home quickly for a state funeral.
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December 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After 10 days of national mourning, anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be buried on Dec. 15 in a private service in his home village of Qunu, President Jacob Zuma told journalists Friday. The former president, who died Thursday, will be accorded a state funeral in Pretoria after lying in state in the Union Buildings, the seat of government, for three days beginning next Wednesday, Zuma said. Huge crowds are expected as South Africans and visitors try to see Mandela for a last time and pay respects to the man who peacefully negotiated an end to the brutal system of apartheid.
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April 8, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is to be given a ceremonial funeral with military honors. The service will be held in St. Paul's Cathedral, an honor reserved for great figures of state. One of Thatcher's predecessors as leader of the Conservative Party, Winston Churchill, was also given a funeral in the cathedral. Thatcher died Monday at age 87 after several years of failing health. A statement issued by a close friend and former adviser said Britain's first female leader, nicknamed the “Iron Lady,” died after a stroke.
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September 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
The route that Mother Teresa's funeral cortege will take through Calcutta was lengthened Thursday to accommodate the thousands expected to bid farewell to the nun who dedicated her life to the city's poor. Foreign dignitaries, religious leaders and throngs of faithful are expected to crowd the indoor stadium where Saturday's state funeral will take place.
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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 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After 10 days of national mourning, anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be buried on Dec. 15 in a private service in his home village of Qunu, President Jacob Zuma told journalists Friday. The former president, who died Thursday, will be accorded a state funeral in Pretoria after lying in state in the Union Buildings, the seat of government, for three days beginning next Wednesday, Zuma said. Huge crowds are expected as South Africans and visitors try to see Mandela for a last time and pay respects to the man who peacefully negotiated an end to the brutal system of apartheid.
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October 9, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Italian authorities have arrested a 35-year-old Tunisian with a reported history of human smuggling in last week's deadly sinking of a boat packed with some 500 Africans migrants trying to reach Europe, according to media reports. Khaled Ben Salem was identified by other survivors of the Thursday shipwreck as one of the men who brought the overloaded boat from the Libyan port of Misrata toward Italy, the reports said. The boat caught fire and sank just half a mile off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
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April 8, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is to be given a ceremonial funeral with military honors. The service will be held in St. Paul's Cathedral, an honor reserved for great figures of state. One of Thatcher's predecessors as leader of the Conservative Party, Winston Churchill, was also given a funeral in the cathedral. Thatcher died Monday at age 87 after several years of failing health. A statement issued by a close friend and former adviser said Britain's first female leader, nicknamed the “Iron Lady,” died after a stroke.
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May 20, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A Spanish court sentenced three senior army officers to prison for knowingly misidentifying the bodies of 30 peacekeepers killed in a plane crash while returning from Afghanistan. A total of 62 Spanish military personnel and 13 Ukrainian and Belorussian crew members died in the May 2003 crash in northwestern Turkey. Thirty-two of the Spaniards were identified correctly, but relatives of the other 30 got the wrong bodies. Prosecutors argued the team rushed the job because they were under political pressure from Madrid to get all the bodies home quickly for a state funeral.
WORLD
August 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia buried Soviet-era dissident and author Alexander Solzhenitsyn at the 16th-century Donskoi monastery after a service attended by President Dmitry Medvedev that bore all the hallmarks of a state funeral. Hundreds of elderly Russians came to bid farewell to the deeply religious Nobel prize laureate in the Russian Orthodox ceremony in Moscow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
Marlene Elias said she knows her life is blessed. Otherwise, how would she, a 64-year-old housewife and gospel singer from Newbury Park, have ever befriended India's "Saint of the Gutters," Mother Teresa, and gotten the chance to sing at the revered nun's state funeral Saturday? "It was a truly wonderful experience," she said of her brief visit to Calcutta. "Getting to see her for one last time, well, it was just my heart's dream."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1997 | COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Marlene Elias is a gospel singer with an important following that took her to India this week to sing for her friend Mother Teresa. The 64-year-old Ventura County woman who maintained a close friendship with the revered nun was invited to sing at her state funeral in Calcutta. "I'm still kind of shocked and really nervous," said Elias, who lives in Newbury Park and has recorded 11 gospel albums in the last dozen years. "I'm still not sure what to say."
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December 13, 2006 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
Longtime Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was memorialized Tuesday in a military funeral designed to bolster his battered image. But as the former strongman was given full military honors under tight security at the nation's military academy, several thousand opponents gathered outside the presidential palace to pay homage to the late Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president ousted in the Pinochet-led coup on Sept. 11, 1973.
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March 14, 2006 | Alissa J. Rubin and Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writers
With questions lingering about the cause of his death, the family of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and his supporters waged a highly political battle Monday to force the Serbian government to allow them to return his body to his homeland for burial. However, it remained unresolved whether the funeral and interment would be in Belgrade, the capital of the former Yugoslavia.
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