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Jimmy Carter urges U.S. to recognize Hamas, condemns Israel in co-authored op-ed

Jimmy Carter urges U.S. to recognize Hamas, condemns Israel in co-authored op-ed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) --Jimmy Carter co-authored an op-ed condemning Israel's military actions in Gaza and urging the U.S. to recognize Hamas as a legitimate political force.
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Obama hosts African leaders for White House dinner [PHOTOS]

Obama hosts African leaders for White House dinner [PHOTOS]

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama hosted African heads of state and dignitaries at a White House dinner on Tuesday as part of this week's U.S.-African Leaders Summit.
JC Finley
Nelson Mandela's ex-wife seeks control of childhood home

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife seeks control of childhood home

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 5 (UPI) --Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, has issued a legal claim on his childhood home in Qunu.
JC Finley
South Africa honors Mandela with acts of kindness

South Africa honors Mandela with acts of kindness

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 18 (UPI) --The first Nelson Mandela Day was celebrated in South Africa Friday with a campaign of kindness, on what would have been Mandela's 96th birthday.
Ed Adamczyk
Leonardo DiCaprio looking to retrieve old photo signed by Mandela

Leonardo DiCaprio looking to retrieve old photo signed by Mandela

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) --Leonardo Dicaprio is considering taking legal action against a memorabilia company selling a photo autographed for the actor by Nelson Mandela.
Veronica Linares
Ireland welcomes Robinson as U.N. climate czar

Ireland welcomes Robinson as U.N. climate czar

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 15 (UPI) --The Irish government welcomed the decision from the United Nations to appoint its former president, Mary Robinson, as the special envoy for climate change.
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Lupe Fiasco says he doesn't regret calling Obama 'the biggest terrorist'

Lupe Fiasco says he doesn't regret calling Obama 'the biggest terrorist'

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) --Lupe Fiasco tells Katie Couric in a Yahoo! interview that he "lost a lot of friends" when he criticized President Barack Obama.
Kate Stanton
'Fake' Mandela sign language interpreter pulled out of psych hospital to shoot commercial

'Fake' Mandela sign language interpreter pulled out of psych hospital to shoot commercial

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 8 (UPI) --"Fake" Mandela sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie pulled out of psych hospital to film a commercial for Livelens.
Evan Bleier
South Africa holds national and provincial elections

South Africa holds national and provincial elections

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 7 (UPI) -- South Africa held its national and provincial elections on Wednesday.
JC Finley
Desmond Tutu 'glad' Nelson Mandela not alive to see South Africa now

Desmond Tutu 'glad' Nelson Mandela not alive to see South Africa now

PRETORIA, South Africa, April 27 (UPI) -- Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu decries state of South Africa 20 years after end of apartheid.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
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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
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Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela raises his fist to the crowd at the Washington Convention Center during his introduction June 26, 1990. Mandela spoke to a crowd of more than 19,000 people gathered to honor him. (UPI PHOTOS/Martin Jeong/FILES)
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: ; born 18 July 1918) served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to multi-racial democracy in 1994. As president from 1994 to 1999, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.

In South Africa, Mandela is often known as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name; or as tata (Xhosa: father). Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

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