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Pro-apartheid S.Africa ‘homeland’ leader dies

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A former leader of a black tribal homeland that was one of the so-called Bantustans that helped to underpin South Africa’s apartheid system has died, local media reported on Friday. Lucas Mangope, 94, was president of Bophuthatswana until democracy in 1994 after which the …

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Israel finds 2,700-year-old ‘governor of Jerusalem’ seal

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2,700-year-old clay seal imprinted with images and Hebrew words that may have belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem. The round button-sized seal was found in a building in Jerusalem’s Old City near the Western Wall and dates back …

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Anti-apartheid heroes slam Zuma as ANC elects new chief

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The African National Congress was lauded for its moral authority in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, but many veterans of that era are deeply disillusioned by the party’s actions today. As delegates prepare to elect a new leader to succeed Jacob Zuma, …

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COMMENT: Totems under threat

How failure to share family cultural history endangers symbols that represent common ancestral origin COMMENT | NATHAN KIWERE | Writing on page 137 of his book, ‘The Baganda’ (Macmillan and Co., 1911), John Roscoe, a British colonial historian, states that when animals were becoming scarce, Kintu, with the general consent of …

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‘Little Foot’ skeleton goes on display in S.Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The most complete skeleton ever found of an australopithecus, a forerunner to modern man, went on display for the first time in Johannesburg on Wednesday following a 20-year process to excavate and assemble the 3.67 million-year-old remains. Known as “Little Foot” because four small …

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New tests at Jesus’s presumed tomb back traditional beliefs

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Scientific testing at what is believed to be Jesus’s tomb dates material there to the fourth century, supporting traditional beliefs surrounding the site, an expert involved in the study said Tuesday. The study offers no further evidence whether or not Jesus was actually buried at …

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Elizabeth II, Prince Philip mark 70th wedding anniversary

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 70 years of marriage on Monday to the man she calls her “strength and stay”, making them Britain’s first reigning couple to mark a platinum wedding anniversary. The bells of Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth married Prince Philip on November 20, …

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Worst mass shootings in the modern United States

Washington, United States | AFP | A gunman killed 26 worshippers at a rural Texas church on Sunday. Here are some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States in the past three decades. – Vegas concert: 58 killed – A 64-year-old man whose father had been on the …

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