Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a Tarnished Leader of South Africa’s Liberation, Dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a Tarnished Leader of South Africa’s Liberation, Dies at 81 Photo Nelson Mandela with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela after his release from a South Africa prison in 1990. She often acted as a conduit to his followers during his imprisonment. They divorced in 1996. Credit Greg English/Associated Press Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, whose hallowed place in the pantheon of South Africa’s liberators was eroded by scandal over corruption, kidnapping, murder and the adulterous implosion of her fabled marriage to Nelson Mandela, has died in Johannesberg, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She was 81.
SABC said Ms. Madikizela-Mandela Mandela was admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg over the weekend complaining of the flu after attended a church service on Friday. She had been treated for diabetes and underwent major surgeries as her health began failing over the last several years.
Charming, intelligent, complex, fiery and eloquent, Ms. Madik..

Explorer: A Family Adventure in the Wild Heart of Tanzania

A Family Adventure in the Wild Heart of Tanzania Few wildlife parks in Africa allow you to drift lazily along a calm stretch of water like something out of “The African Queen” and take in an incredible amount of wildlife from a boat. The Selous Game Reserve, a remote and spectacular wildlife refuge in central Tanzania, is one of them.
Last year, I took a wonderful safari here with my family, and on one of our first afternoons, we glided along a shallow lake in an aluminum-hulled skiff. There’s something serene — and a little sneaky — about seeing animals from the water. You’re not trailing behind them as they step out of the bushes and move toward their watering holes; you’re inside their watering hole.
Continue reading the main story As we floated along, maybe 100 yards from shore, a distance close enough to observe, but hopefully not, disturb, we watched baboons, zebras, giraffes and gazelles head down to the lake for a drink. Palm trees on the water’s edge cast long pillarlike shad..

Shabab Says It Killed Ugandan Peacekeepers in Somalia

Shabab Says It Killed Ugandan Peacekeepers in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya — Islamist militants in Somalia carried out multiple coordinated attacks against African Union peacekeeping forces on Sunday, and claimed to have killed at least 59 Ugandan soldiers.
Ceaser Olweny, a spokesman for the Ugandan peacekeepers, said four soldiers had been killed, and six wounded.
The Shabab, a Somali terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, made the attacks on three military bases and two Somali government outposts in the Lower Shabelle region, a Shabab stronghold near Mogadishu, the country’s capital.
Mr. Olweny said the attacks were coordinated.
Somali officials confirmed the attacks to the local news media.


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“The number of casualties, and whether or not the dead were combatants, is used by all sides for propaganda and political objectives,” Abukar Arman, an analyst and former Somalia special envoy to the United States, said from Columbus, Ohio.