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7:36 am
Thu December 12, 2013

SAfrica: 'Mistake' Made Hiring Mandela Interpreter

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African deputy Cabinet minister says "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.

The Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu) said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie  but that they "have vanished into thin air."

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5:01 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela Dies At Age 95

South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."

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8:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Toronto Council Strips Mayor Of Most Powers

Toronto's City Council has voted to strip scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford of many of his powers after a heated debate where he knocked over a woman councilor.

The council voted overwhelming in a series of votes on Monday to cut his office budget by 60 percent and allow mayoral staff to join the deputy mayor. Ford now effectively has no legislative power as he would no longer chair the executive committee.

Ford retains his title and ability to represent Toronto at official functions.

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World News
8:50 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Plane Crash In Russia Kills All 50 Aboard

Russian investigators are combing through the charred fragments of a Boeing 737 jetliner as they try to determine what caused its crash that killed all 50 people on board.

The plane belonging to the Tatarstan Airlines crashed Sunday while trying to land at its home port in the Russian city of Kazan, the capital of the oil-rich province of Tatarstan. The son of the provincial governor was among the victims.

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World News
8:10 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Toronto Council Poised To Strip Mayor Of Powers

Toronto's City Council plans to vote today on a motion that would strip Mayor Rob Ford of most of his remaining powers.

The motion, already endorsed by most of the council members, would make Ford essentially the mayor in name only.

The council is pursuing the strongest recourse available after Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine and his repeated outbursts of erratic behavior.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Rivals Rally In Cairo As Egypt Uncertainty Continues

State media and other sources had confirmed Saturday that Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, would be Egypt's interim prime minister. Later in the day, the president's spokesperson walked it back.
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Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 3:27 pm

(This story was last updated at 4:16 p.m. ET)

Egyptians remain deeply divided about which direction their country should go as supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are turning out Sunday to voice their opinions in separate rallies.

NPR's Greg Dixon filed this story for our Newscast Unit:

"Hundreds of thousands of opponents of deposed President Morsi have come here, Tahrir Square, in the center of Cairo to show their support for the toppling of his government.

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World News
6:13 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Man U's Alex Ferguson Retiring At End Of Season

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing an end to more than 26 trophy-filled years at the club.

In a statement, Ferguson says "the decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time."

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World News
4:04 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Thatcher to be buried with full pomp

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Wednesday's funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher won't be a state funeral, but it'll be full of pomp nonetheless.

World leaders and dignitaries from 170 countries are expected to attend.

And more than 700 soldiers, sailors and air force personnel will line the route in London as a horse-drawn gun carriage takes the coffin from the church of St. Clement Danes to St. Paul's Cathedral.

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World News
9:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

In Bail Hearing, Pistorius Says Girlfriend's Death Was Accidental

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World News
7:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Pistorius's Story Challenged: Witness Heard Screams And Shots, Police Say

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius in a Pretoria court Wednesday.
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Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 1:41 pm

A neighbor has told investigators that he heard "gunshots ... a female screaming two-three times, then more gunshots" coming from the South African home of Oscar Pistorius in the early morning hours of Feb. 14, a police officer testified Wednesday at a bail hearing for the Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

The witness has also told investigators about "non-stop talking" and sounds "like fighting" coming from Pistorius's home between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

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