By Arwa Damon and Faith Karimi, CNN
Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) — In a symbol befitting a nation in mourning, dark gray clouds swept over Johannesburg on Friday.
Under overcast skies that threatened to rain any minute, South Africans draped in flags and images of Nelson Mandela gathered on the streets to sing and dance.
Children spelled out “we love you Mandela” on the grass using rocks near his home in the suburb of Houghton. Nearby, stuffed animals and flowers sat in a heap.
Others wept as they lit candles.
Mandela, 95, died Thursday. The nation’s first black president battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
President Jacob Zuma announced the loss late Thursday night, long after many South Africans had gone to bed.
They didn’t find out until Friday morning.
The former president battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
In a nation healing from the scars of apartheid, Mandela became the moral compass.
His defiance of white-minority rule and his incarceration for fighting against segregation focused the world’s attention on South Africa’s apartheid system, making him a symbol of the struggle for racial equality.
In his lifetime, he was a man of complexities. He went from being considered a terrorist, to an imprisoned freedom fighter, to a unifying figure, to an elder statesman respected worldwide.
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Egypt’s former autocrat, Hosni Mubarak, could leave prison as early as Wednesday night, government officials and legal experts said, after a Cairo court ordered his release. Mubarak’s release would constitute another dramatic blow to the protest movement that led to his removal from office in February, 2011, and has rallied in recent weeks against the July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
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(CNN) — Prince William has given his first official interview to CNN since his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their first child.
A portion of the interview will air on CNN on Monday, August 19 at 8:00 a.m. ET.
The interview is part of a one-hour special, “Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope,” which will premiere on CNN and CNN International on Sunday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET
(CNN) — What started as an unprecedented move to close almost two dozen diplomatic posts for a day has broadened to week-long closures for most of them as the United States mulls the threat of a possible attack.
A trio of factors prompted officials to extend most of its embassy and consulate closures until Saturday: an intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives, the end of Ramadan, and concerns over several major prison breaks in the region.
But Sunday afternoon, the State Department extended embassy and consulate closures in 15 of the locations through Saturday, and added four other posts — all in Africa — to the list. This brings the total to 19.
“This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities,” the State Department said.
The statement, however, does not address why then it added four additional posts.
Protesters gather in downtown Cairo
LIVE VIDEO — Crowds gather in downtown Cairo after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed from office by the military last week.
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Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius isn’t letting his upcoming murder trial for the shooting death of his model girlfriend stop him from partying, it was reported Monday.
And, in a shocking show of poor taste, he was downing shots of alcohol known as “shooters,” the paper reported.