Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the acclaimed former president of South Africa who became famous for his staunch opposition to apartheid, died on Thursday, December 5, 2013. He was 95.

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Many considered Nelson Mandela a saint

Here are just a few of the many stories and memories about Nelson Mandela that people are sharing. Also, the US military says it will stop revealing hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay. And we tell of a famous filmmaker who may pay a hefty price for violating China's one-child policy, while another man talks up the male pill. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

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Caught between Russian oil and EU trade, Ukraine now hopes to get both

Ukrainian leaders seem ready to appease protesters by signing a deal with the European Union, while still maintaining close ties with Russia. But will that stop the protests? We also look at the Turkish model of Islamic democracy, and China's guidelines for the media on what to remember —and not remember — about Nelson Mandela. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

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The interpreter scandal at Mandela's memorial takes a bizarre turn

We are learning more about the fake interpreter for the deaf who signed gibberish during Mandela's memorial service. He may well have posed a security risk. We highlight an Ethiopian village that has found a path out of poverty, only to be resented by its neighbors. And Greenpeace activists are learning that being "free" on bail in Russia has its limits, in today's Global Scan.

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Mandela brings people together, even in death

World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

What's it like to portray Nelson Mandela in an opera? Amazing!

If you're in Pretoria, South Africa, one show you won't be able to see is a new opera about Nelson Mandela. That's because the show, "Madiba: The African Opera," was cancelled after just three nights because of a lack of funding. The opera depicts Nelson Mandela's early years in his native home of Qunu, on South Africa's Eastern Cape. Thabang Senekal is the well-known South African baritone who played Mandela in the production. He describes what it's like to play Mandela on stage.