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.

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.

Global Scan

Another gang rape in India, with a complex twist

A woman was sentenced by elders to a public gang rape in her village in the West Bengal area to punish her for an affair. India's Supreme Court is investigating. A signal room in London's Underground gets flooded, with quick-drying cement. And an artist is painting and placing cut-outs of immigrant workers around LA. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

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The Mandela threat

Faith and news analyst Jason Mantzoukas discuss South African liberation hero Nelson Mandela and his continued presence on the international terrorism watch list.

Conflict & Justice

Betancourt in the spotlight

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt is in France, where she is the focus of much media attention; Lisa Mullins talks with Time Magazine's Paris correspondent Vivienne Walt about the French reaction to Betancourt's rescue and return.

Conflict & Justice

Geo answer

The answer to our Geo Quiz today is Cape Town, South Africa. That's where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech after being released from prison 20 years ago today. Cape Town resident Vanessa Watson remembers seeing Mandela that day right outside her home.