Author Archives: Christopher Torchia

  • In South Africa, Old Custom Becomes Health Crisis

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The young South African thought he was going to the hills to become a man. He came back with a horrifying injury that made him an outcast. In 2012, Asanda lost his penis to gangrene in a botched circumcision ritual performed by a traditional surgeon wielding the same ...

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  • Mandela Buried in Rolling Hills of Qunu, S. Africa

    QUNU, South Africa (AP) — Anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela was buried in his home village on Sunday after a funeral that mixed ancient tribal rituals with a display of the might of the new, integrated South Africa. Military officers, both black and white, rolled Mandela's ...

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  • Mandela Makes Final Journey Home in Qunu, S. Africa

    QUNU, South Africa (AP) — Nelson Mandela came home Saturday. A hearse carrying Mandela's body drove into his hometown in rural South Africa ahead of burial Sunday, returning the country's peacemaker to the place where he had always wanted to die. It was here in Qunu that Mandela ...

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  • S. Africa Investigates Sign Interpreter

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government said Friday it is aware of reports that the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial once faced a murder charge, and said he is being investigated. Phumla Williams of the government communications office said the ...

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  • South Africa: Mandela Taken to Hospital

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in "serious but stable" condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a lung infection, the government said Saturday, prompting an outpouring of concern from admirers of a man who helped to end ...

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  • South Africa: Mandela Discharged from the Hospital

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital on Saturday following treatment for pneumonia, the presidency said in news that cheered South Africans who had waited tensely for health updates on a beloved national figure. Mandela, the anti-apartheid ...

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  • SAfrican Official: Mandela Better from Pneumonia

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela is breathing "without difficulty" after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia, the spokesman for South Africa's president said Saturday. Mandela, the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid ...

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  • SAfrica: Mandela Back in Hospital with Lung Infection

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president, has been admitted to a hospital with a recurring lung infection, the presidential spokesman said Thursday. Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail in recent years and has ...

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  • SAfrica: Mandela responds positively to treatment

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was back in the hospital for the third time in four months Thursday, and the 94-year-old former South African president was reported to be responding well to treatment for a chronic lung infection. South Africa's presidency said that doctors were ...

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  • Relief in South Africa as Mandela Leaves Hospital

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The building that houses South Africa's highest court, made partly with bricks from an apartheid-era prison, symbolizes what Nelson Mandela hoped his country would become, a haven of tolerance wiser for the nation's past anguish. Its mosaics, slanting columns, ...

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