Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Oppression of gays is ‘new Apartheid’

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"I’d much rather go to hell than go to a homophobic heaven," Archbishop Desmond Tutu tells NBC’s Ann Curry.

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30-foot statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in Pretoria, South Africa

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A 30-foot bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is unveiled by South African President Jacob Zuma, second left, watched by Mandela’s oldest grandson Mandla Mandela, fifth left, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday.

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South Africa buries Nelson Mandela at ancestral home: ‘A great tree has fallen’

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Speeches, songs and artillery fire rang out across Nelson Mandela’s childhood home on Sunday as South Africa said a final farewell to the man who united the country when it teetered on the edge of bloody conflict.

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#RememberingMandela: Tributes pour in

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The revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95. How will you remember Nelson Mandela? Weigh in across social networks using the hashtag #RememberingMandela.

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Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

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Late white shark: Seal escapes by a nose

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Sometimes the shark eats the seal, and sometimes, the seal wins by a nose. This seal found itself balanced on the snout of a great white shark during a just slightly off-target attack off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, and lived to swim again. And a photographer was there to capture the moment. 

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Mandela’s condition improves as South Africa celebrates icon’s 95th birthday

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As South Africa marked Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with a nationwide “day of service” on Thursday, the government announced that the anti-apartheid icon’s health was improving. 

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Obama visits Mandela’s former jail before South Africa speech

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were visiting a former prison island off South Africa on Sunday in tribute to ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.

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Obama meets Mandela’s family, praises ailing anti-apartheid leader

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President Barack Obama met privately Saturday with relatives of critically ill anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in the midst of a three-nation tour through Africa.

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Protesters scuffle with police before Obama’s town hall meeting in Soweto

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Hundreds of South African demonstrators clashed with police outside of the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg on Saturday before a planned appearance by President Obama.

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Nelson Mandela’s daughter to NBC News: ‘I can’t stress enough what a fighter he is’

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Nelson Mandela “is not going to go anywhere anytime soon,” one of the anti-apartheid icon’s daughters told NBC News in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

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Ailing Mandela opens eyes, smiles on hearing of Obama’s South Africa trip

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Nelson Mandela “opened his eyes” and smiled after being told of President Barack Obama’s imminent visit to South Africa, his daughter said Tuesday, adding to speculation that the two men might meet.

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BREAKING: Nelson Mandela now in critical condition in South Africa hospital

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Nelson Mandela has taken a turn for the worse and is now in critical condition at a South African hospital, officials said Sunday.

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All-white town fights to preserve segregation in Mandela’s ‘Rainbow Nation’

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An all-white enclave less than an hour from South Africa’s capital is fighting to hold on to a segregated life reminiscent of the country before Nelson Mandela toppled the apartheid regime. 

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Disabled golfers hit the links in South Africa

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The Nedbank South African Disabled Golf Open is one of the top disabled golf tournaments in the world with more than 60 competitors from various nations. People suffering from any number of physical disabilities — including arm and leg amputees, hemiplegics, paraplegics, stroke victims, blind and deaf people — that are able to grip the club with at least one hand and hit the ball can compete.

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