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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
By United Press International
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shocks colleagues by voting against Mandela street-naming

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shocks colleagues by voting against Mandela street-naming

TORONTO, April 3 (UPI) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack last year, stunned his city council colleagues on Wednesday when he voted against two seemingly uncontroversial proposals.
Kate Stanton
EU, Africa lock step on climate challenges

EU, Africa lock step on climate challenges

April 2 (UPI) -- Parties to a joint European Union-African summit said Wednesday actions taken to address the challenges of climate change are central to their partnership.
Daniel J. Graeber

Etsy's most expensive items include 'Teapunk Snail,' Mandela statue

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- The most expensive handmade items on New York commerce website Etsy include a "Teapunk Snail" with an asking price of more than $266,000.
Mariah Carey's sexy outfit and suspect BET Honors performance cause a stir

Mariah Carey's sexy outfit and suspect BET Honors performance cause a stir

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Fans took to Twitter on Monday night after Mariah Carey's cleavage-baring performance at the BET Honors.
Annie Martin

Tutu: CAR violence 'absolutely ghastly'

LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Thursday reports of violence coming out of the Central African Republic are "absolutely ghastly."

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
By United Press International
Woman will sue to prove Mandela is her father

Woman will sue to prove Mandela is her father

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A woman who claims to be former South African President Nelson Mandela's love child will take her claims to court, a lawyer said.

South Africa general election to be May 7

PRETORIA, South Africa, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The general election in South Africa will be May 7, during the 20th anniversary "of our freedom from apartheid bondage," President Jacob Zuma announced Friday.
Axl Rose slams Peppers for Super Bowl fakeout

Axl Rose slams Peppers for Super Bowl fakeout

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The Red Hot Chili Peppers might have a decent explanation for why their guitars weren't even plugged in at the Super Bowl, but Axl Rose isn't buying it.
Gabrielle Levy
Nelson Mandela's $4.1M estate revealed

Nelson Mandela's $4.1M estate revealed

PRETORIA, South Africa, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- South African former President and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela's last will and testament was made public on Monday.
JC Finley

Judge: Mandela's $4.1M estate divided among family, staff, ANC

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Family members, staff and the political party he once led will all receive bequests from the estate of Nelson Mandela, a South African judge announced Monday.

Annan: Iran's voice on Syria should be heard

LONDON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Iran has a chance to play a constructive role in bringing stability to Syria and the broader region, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday.

African Union conference opens with call for peace

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A call for a peaceful resolution to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan opened the African Union Assembly Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mandela statue sculptors apologize for rabbit hidden in ear

PRETORIA, South Africa, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The sculptors behind the 30-foot statue of Nelson Mandela in the South African capital apologized for any offense caused by a rabbit symbol in the statue's ear.

Mandela grandson charged with attacking teacher in car crash

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Mandla Mandela, grandson of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, was charged with assault Thursday in a case stemming from an auto collision last year.
Defense Department: proof of life video obtained showing captive U.S. soldier

Defense Department: proof of life video obtained showing captive U.S. soldier

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense acknowledged Wednesday it has received a video that contains footage of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
JC Finley

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steve McQueen win at Palm Springs Gala

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- More than 2,100 people showed up for the Palm Springs Gala in California to see Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and others receive awards.

MSNBC blasted for using Romney black grandson in comedy segment

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A television panel on MSNBC has been slammed by conservative groups for poking fun at 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's black grandson.
Obama, Clinton top most admired polls

Obama, Clinton top most admired polls

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Barack Obama is the most admired man among Americans while Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman, a Gallup poll indicated.
Memories of Mandela's Christmas in prison

Memories of Mandela's Christmas in prison

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A former South African prisoner recalls Christmas in prison with Nelson Mandela.
JUDY KURIANSKY, UPI Outside View Commentator
At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

Israeli documents show Mossad gave Mandela weapons training

JERUSALEM, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela received weapons training from Israel's secret service, the Mossad, in the early 1960s, documents in Israeli archives show.

Fidel Castro praises brother's handshake with President Obama

HAVANA, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Thursday praised his brother and successor for his handshake with U.S. President Barack Obama in South Africa.
Indian merchant uses Morgan Freeman photo on billboard to honor Nelson Mandela

Indian merchant uses Morgan Freeman photo on billboard to honor Nelson Mandela

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela billboard in India uses photo of Morgan Freeman, who portrayed the late South African leader in the 2009 film "Invictus."
Evan Bleier
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