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Nelson Mandela laid to rest

Dec 15, 2013 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED His burial in the rural village of Qunu where he spent his early childhood closes the final chapter on a towering public figure and global symbol of freedom and hope

FINAL FAREWELL. Candles are lit under a portrait of Neslon Mandela before the funeral ceremony of South African former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on December 15, 2013.  AFP / Pool / Odd Andersen

Mandela returns home

Dec 14, 2013 - 10:45 PM

The anti apartheid icon is set to be buried Sunday December 15 ending 10 days of national mourning and global tributes

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Dec 14, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Sunday s funeral will begin at 8:00 am with a two hour ceremony for 5 000 people

ALMOST THE END. Women are consoled as they react in sadness after walking past the casket of late South African President Nelson Mandela, on the final day of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by Matt Dunham/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: World unites for Nelson Mandela memorial

Dec 11, 2013 - 8:55 AM

Tens of thousands of South Africans converged in sorrow celebration and pride on Soweto s World Cup stadium to sit side by side with presidents priests and queens at a memorial service for unifying global icon Nelson Mandela

FOR MADIBA. Mourners wave South African flags ahead of the memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 December 2013. EPA/Ian Langsdon

South Africa unites in prayer and song for Mandela

Dec 08, 2013 - 8:20 PM

The nationwide day of prayer marks the formal start of a week long state funeral for the man who forged a new multi racial South Africa

SONGS FOR "MADIBA". Women sing during a mass commemorating late South African former president Nelson Mandela on December 8, 2013 in Soweto, near Johannesburg. Photo by Pedro Ugarte / AFP

Historic farewell set for Nelson Mandela

Dec 08, 2013 - 9:47 AM

UPDATED Presidents religious leaders and cultural figureheads from all corners of the world are expected for the funeral The memorials and events will culminate in Mandela s burial on December 15 in his boyhood home of Qunu

Mandela's village awaits the final return of their son

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Preparations for his burial in the picturesque village of his childhood are underway

MADIBA. Nelson Mandela, an icon of peace in South Africa and the world, will be buried in his hometown of Qunu on December 15, 2013. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Mandela villagers pray for anti-apartheid icon

Jun 30, 2013 - 11:44 PM

Worshippers sang solemn hymns in a community hall in Qunu calling on God to heal the revered leader during this difficult time

Obama's 'hero' Mandela hangs on

Jun 28, 2013 - 10:04 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama heads to South Africa hoping to pay homage to the critically ill Nelson Mandela

GAME-CHANGER. UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe credits former South African president Nelson Mandela for breaking the 'conspiracy of silence' surrounding HIV/AIDS. This October 23 1995 file photo shows Mandela speaking during a Special Commemorative Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo by UN Photo/G Kinch

Mandela's condition still critical; relatives gather

Jun 25, 2013 - 9:11 PM

UPDATE Despite intensive treatment the 94 year old s condition appears to have suddenly and dramatically deteriorated in recent days

PRAYERS FOR MADIBA. Messages of support at the entrance to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, 24 June 2013, where former president Nelson Mandela is believed to be undergoing treatment for a recurring lung infection. Photo by EPA/Stringer