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Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks during a press conference at St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town on April 23, 2014

Tutu speaks out on 20 years of South African freedom

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu Wednesday celebrated 20 years of freedom in South Africa as a "heck of an achievement", while confirming that he would not vote for the ruling party in upcoming elections.

  • Mock executions, beatings: Journalists describe Syria ordeal
    Mock executions, beatings: Journalists describe Syria ordeal Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Mock executions, hunger, thirst, cold, beatings, a makeshift chess game to pass the time... and a "surreal" snowball fight with their jailers. More »

  • South Africa's 'spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in
    South Africa's 'spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    By David Dolan SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - In this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, the biggest building used to be the Catholic church. Now it's been overshadowed by a shopping centre and business has only gotten worse for Grace, a 68-year-old shopowner. Like many proprietors of "spaza" shops - the informal stores that dot township corners - Grace barely manages to keep afloat as more of her neighbours head to the mall. Grace has been running the shop with her husband since 1993, the year before South Africa's first all-race elections. More »

  • Column: Can metaphors make better laws?
    Column: Can metaphors make better laws? Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    It’s very possible that metaphors can help make better laws … But we can only hope that our lawyers and judges, like our metaphors, are chosen wisely. More »

  • Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses
    Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases. Reviving a 12-year-old lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan accepted an argument from a group of plaintiffs that corporations may be held liable under a 1789 law, the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), that lets non-U.S. citizens pursue some cases in U.S. courts over alleged violations of international law. More »

  • Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears
    Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a "global exporter" of violence and terrorism intent on waging war against non-Muslims, prosecutors said Thursday as the Egyptian-born cleric's trial opened in New York. More »

  • On This Day: Enoch Powell delivers ‘Rivers of Blood’ anti-immigration speec …
    On This Day: Enoch Powell delivers ‘Rivers of Blood’ anti-immigration speec … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The MP was sacked from the Shadow Cabinet and accused of inciting racial violence when he warned of native Britons becoming ‘strangers in their own country’. More »

  • Selfie With Obama As Biden Joins Instagram
    Selfie With Obama As Biden Joins Instagram Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Joe Biden has snapped a selfie with President Barack Obama to launch the vice president's new Instagram account. -VP," Mr Biden said. Mr Biden's account explains that instagrams from the vice president, rather than his office, are signed "-vp". The White House said Mr Biden's Instagram presence is part of an effort to "give followers a unique look inside the Vice Presidency" and "connect with citizens online". More »

  • Britain hosts first state visit of Irish president
    Britain hosts first state visit of Irish president Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - President Michael Higgins became the first Irish head of state on Tuesday to make a state visit to Britain, crowning a big improvement in historically fraught relations between Dublin and its former colonial master. Clashes over British-ruled Northern Ireland saw more than 3,600 killed from the 1960s onward until a 1998 peace deal largely ended the conflict between Catholic groups wanting the province to become part of the Irish republic and Protestant groups determined to keep it within the United Kingdom. Addressing both houses of parliament on Tuesday, a privilege only accorded to a few foreign leaders including Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, Higgins described that 1998 agreement as a key milestone but said there was more to be done. "Our two countries can take immense pride in the progress of the cause of peace in Northern Ireland. More »

  • White House: No Ban On Selfies With President
    White House: No Ban On Selfies With President Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    The White House is not banning selfies, despite fears of a crackdown after a photo featuring Red Sox player David Ortiz and the President was used in an advertisement. However, the White House did ask America's Olympic athletes to keep their cell phones in their pockets last week when they visited the White House and met with Barack Obama. The White House said it was a longstanding practice because taking individual photos with hundreds of people would not be practical. "There's no discussion of a ban," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. More »

  • UK ex-minister urges amnesty in Northern Ireland conflict Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - An amnesty should be offered to all those involved in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland, a former British government minister said, ahead of a state visit by the Irish president that will highlight improved ties between London and Dublin. Peter Hain, a former Northern Ireland Secretary and a member of Britain's opposition Labour Party, told the Times an amnesty should be offered to those responsible for killing, bombing and maiming during three decades of conflict in the province. The amnesty should apply to all cases pre-dating the 1998 peace deal and soldiers should be treated in the same way as former loyalists or republican paramilitaries responsible for atrocities, he said. More »

  • Race for top EU jobs turns murkier before elections
    Race for top EU jobs turns murkier before elections Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    By Paul Taylor PARIS (Reuters) - The race for the European Union's top leadership jobs has turned murkier with news that Finland's prime minister is stepping down to seek a European role while France is touting its former finance minister as its nominee for a European Commission post. That undermines the chances of two potential compromise candidates - both French - to head the executive body, in what is expected to be a tough fight between national governments and the European Parliament in June, with the added spice of a eurosceptic Britain following its own agenda. The European Parliament, the EU's directly elected body, wants the next Commission president - the big prize - to be the leading candidate of the political group which wins the most votes in next month's European parliamentary election. The floor leaders of the three biggest political parties said as much on Thursday in a joint statement, declaring: "The next elected Commission president will be the result of a transparent process, not the product of back-room deals." But if no party wins a clear victory, and if Britain objects to the official frontrunners as too integrationist, the top job may go to a dark-horse third candidate, as it did in 2004, when Portugal's Jose Manuel Barroso was picked to break a deadlock. More »

  • One Direction Star Zayn Malik Attends The Asian Awards
    One Direction Star Zayn Malik Attends The Asian Awards Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Zayn Malik has made an appearance at The Asian Awards. The One Direction star arrived at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, for the event which celebrates the achievements of Asians across the globe in all fields of endeavour. The singer joined music producer Naughty Boy, Eastenders star Preeya Kalidas and broadcaster Jasmine Dotiwala.  British Asian stars from TV, radio and film turned out to celebrate Asian achievement, among them BBC radio's Nihal, Eastenders actor Nitin Ganatra, music producers Naughty Boy and Rishi Rich, and Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder  Chadha.   More »

  • “We were fighting with all our passion to create a boring society” – South African …
    “We were fighting with all our passion to create a boring society” – South African … Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Albie Sachs, one of the lawyers who drew up South Africa’s first democratic Constitution, sits down with TheJournal.ie for a Q&A. More »

  • Mandela's former aide to publish memoirs
    Mandela's former aide to publish memoirs Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The long-serving and trusted white personal aide of Nelson Mandela will publish her memoirs in June about how her life was transformed by South Africa's late anti-apartheid icon, Penguin Books announced Thursday. More »

  • Nelson Mandela's trusted assistant publishes memoir Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Nelson Mandela's long-time private assistant, Zelda la Grange, has written a memoir about her life and working for the anti-apartheid hero and former South African president, publisher Viking said on Thursday. It has acquired the North American rights for "Good Morning, Mr. Mandela," which will be published worldwide on June 19. "It's tender, intimate, eye-opening, incredibly moving, and offers a rare portrait of Nelson Mandela and his remarkable life," Viking President Clare Ferraro said in a statement. The life and beliefs of la Grange, a white South African who grew up supporting the segregation rules of the country, were transformed after she started working for Mandela in 1994. More »

  • Special Report - The bishop who stood up to China
    Special Report - The bishop who stood up to China Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    By Sui-Lee Wee SHANGHAI (Reuters) - It was shaping as a win in the Communist Party's quest to contain a longtime nemesis, the Roman Catholic Church. In July 2012, a priest named Thaddeus Ma Daqin was to be ordained auxiliary bishop of Shanghai. The Communist body that has governed the church for six decades had angered the Holy See by appointing bishops without Vatican approval. Known as the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, it was now about to install Ma, one of its own officials, as deputy in China's largest Catholic diocese. More »

  • RECAP: 5 things from the Oscar Pistorius trial this week
    RECAP: 5 things from the Oscar Pistorius trial this week Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    WhatsApp messages, a delay in proceedings and a woman’s scream? More »

  • Column: Anybody – not just the elites – can use law to change society
    Column: Anybody – not just the elites – can use law to change society Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Even a state with limited resources can prioritise human rights. We’re determined to ignite a passion for using the law to help disenfranchised communities, writes Mairead Healy. More »

  • Obama's Cold War Speech on Russia and Ukraine: Full Text
    Obama's Cold War Speech on Russia and Ukraine: Full Text Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    And it was here in Europe, through centuries of struggle—through war and Enlightenment, repression and revolution—that a particular set of ideals began to emerge. Those ideas eventually inspired a band of colonists across an ocean, and they wrote them into the Founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men—and women—are created equal. More »

  • Mandela widow formally waives right to estate
    Mandela widow formally waives right to estate Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel has given up her right to half his more than $4-million estate, an executor of his will said Tuesday. More »

  • Former US President Jimmy Carter Blames Bible For Inciting Violence and Discrimination …
    Former US President Jimmy Carter Blames Bible For Inciting Violence and Discrimination … Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Former US president Jimmy Carter has attributed female violence and discrimination against women to the misinterpretation of religious texts within Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. In his new book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, published on Tuesday by Simon & Schuster in the US, the 39th president writes that "the most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls." Making reference to female genital mutilation and child marriage, he explains the issue is "largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime by the United States". More »

  • Rio seeks federal help on violence ahead of World Cup
    Rio seeks federal help on violence ahead of World Cup Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro's state governor headed to Brasilia on Friday to seek help from the government in a bid to stamp out a surge in slum violence ahead of the World Cup. More »

  • Tutu speaks out on 20 years of South African freedom
    Tutu speaks out on 20 years of South African freedom 15 hours ago

    Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu Wednesday celebrated 20 years of freedom in South Africa as a "heck of an achievement", while confirming that he would not vote for the ruling party in upcoming elections. More »

  • Jimmy Carter urges US, China leadership on climate
    Jimmy Carter urges US, China leadership on climate Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Former US president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday urged his country and China, two of the world's biggest fossil fuel polluters, to take the lead on halting climate change. More »

  • Baby boy for Mandela film star Elba
    Baby boy for Mandela film star Elba Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Hollywood star Idris Elba has become a father for the second time. More »