Today 09 December
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Workers busily constructed a stage Monday at the Soweto soccer stadium where world leaders will eulogize Nelson Mandela before tens of thousands of mourners, as police promised tight security.
All three surviving former British premiers are to join current Prime Minister David Cameron in South Africa at a massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela, it was announced on Monday. John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will join Cameron for Tuesday's service at Soweto's FNB stadium, where 91 heads of state including US President Barack Obama will pay their respects to the late anti-apartheid icon along with 80,000 mourners. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leader of Cameron's junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, and the leader of the main opposition Labour party Ed Miliband are also attending the service, Cameron's office said.
By Ed Cropley and Pascal Fletcher JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than 70 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity's great peacemakers, officials said on Monday. U.S. President Barack Obama and Raul Castro from Cuba, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Britain's David Cameron will be among those attending Tuesday's main send-off in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, reflecting the global appeal of South Africa's first black leader, who died on Thursday aged 95. "The whole world is coming to South Africa," foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said, playing down concerns about the logistics and security of such a large event organized at only five days notice.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's parliament has begun a special session honoring Nelson Mandela.
Nigeria's president said he has given his backing to the creation of an African rapid reaction force, adding that it could help tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, in comments published Monday. "We fully support this rapid reaction force," Goodluck Jonathan told French radio station RFI in an interview on the sidelines of the recent France-Africa summit in Paris. Jonathan's French counterpart Francois Hollande called for an African force to be set up, and said France was prepared to train 20,000 soldiers a year if the project goes ahead. Sustained attacks blamed on Boko Haram prompted the government in Abuja to impose a state of emergency in three northern states -- Borno, Yobe and Adamawa -- to try to stop the bloodshed.