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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."

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
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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.
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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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