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The international community continues to mourn today the passing of Nelson Mandela

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By Marshall Comins and Dominykas Broga The international community continues to mourn today the passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president and an international symbol of peace, who ushered the continent into a new era of increased awareness and equality. Inspiring millions around the world who witnessed the power of one man’s will to achieve the greater good ...

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

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This afternoon, from the White House Briefing Room, President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, calling him “a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”   “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” the President ...

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FAO lauds Nelson Mandela as champion of right to food / Director-General of hunger-fighting agency remembers former South African president

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“We have lost one of the world’s passionate defenders of the right to food,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, on learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, former South Africa president. “As a true champion of human rights, Nelson Mandela understood that the hunger of millions of people was unjust and unsustainable,” said the FAO Director-General. “At FAO, ...

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Tribute to Nelson Mandela: The Passing of a Man of Peace

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FIDH and its 178 member organisations throughout the world, including Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) in South Africa, pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and express their sincere condolences to his wife and children and to the entire nation of South Africa. Mandela was a man who tirelessly dedicated his life to fighting arbitrariness and injustice. He was imprisoned for 27 ...

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Profoundly saddened by passing of Nelson Mandela, secretary-general praises leader as man of towering achievement, giant for justice

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Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the death of Nelson Mandela, in New York on 5 December: Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage — a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration. I am profoundly saddened by his passing. On behalf of the United Nations, ...

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Spindelegger: “Mandela inspired generations and gave them hope” / Vice-Chancellor on the death of Nelson Mandela

Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger

Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger expressed his deep grief about Nelson Mandela’s death. “The world has lost a statesman of epochal dimensions and one of its most charismatic personalities”. As a political prisoner of the Apartheid regime, Mandela was the face of the fight against suppression for decades. When he was released after 26 years of imprisonment, he ...

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RIP Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

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World AIDS Day 2013 Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group3 Statement by Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group

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World AIDS Day Africa has made significant progress in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In the past seven years, AIDS-related deaths declined by 32%.The number of people contracting the HIV infection declined by 25% in the past 10 years. The rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV has also declined from 35% in 2001 to 26% in 2010. Ten years ago, we ...

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Washing Malaria Away: African Students Invent Mosquito-Repelling Soap

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For decades scientists have invested vast amounts of energy to find viable solutions to fight malaria which up to date is the leading cause of death on the African continent. It represents 30 to 40 per cent of hospital admissions and up to 40 per cent of public health expenditures on the continent. With upwards of 300 million malaria cases ...

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Africa education, leadership initiative to be focus of human rights celebration

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Anita Henderlight, executive director of Africa Education and Leadership Initiative, will be the guest speaker at a Human Rights Celebration organized by Church Women United on Friday, Dec. 6, at Spurgeon Chapel in Oak Ridge. The theme of the celebration is “Breaking Down the Doors of Injustice.” Founded in 2006, Africa ELI works in the world’s newest country of South ...

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