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Parallels
8:57 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

In 1995, then-South African President Nelson Mandela pays tribute at a funeral service for Joe Slovo, a leading white figure in South Africa's struggle for racial equality.
Philip Littleton AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:11 pm

As President Obama travels to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday, it might seem as though Mandela was an eternal object of admiration for U.S. presidents and the American public. But that wasn't the case by a long shot.

During Mandela's 27 years behind bars, successive U.S. administrations worked with, or at least tolerated, South Africa's white leaders. Only in his final years of incarceration did he and the anti-apartheid movement become a cause that gained traction in the United States.

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World
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

A Boxing Champ Rises In Ukraine's Bare-Knuckle World Of Politics

Vitali Klitschko, head of the opposition UDAR party, waves a flag during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 1. The WBC heavyweight boxing champion has emerged as one of Ukraine's most popular political figures, as massive anti-government protests grip the country.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:35 pm

Vitali Klitschko is best-known to the world as "Dr. Ironfist," towering over opponents at a full 6 feet 7 inches, with a punch that delivered 45 victories, including 41 knockouts and only two defeats.

Now 42, Klitschko is the current World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, but he has his eye on a bigger title — president of Ukraine.

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Africa
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

French Troops Arrive In Central African Republic

David Greene talks with Sylvain Groulx, head of mission for Doctors without Borders in the Central African Republic, about the state of the violence there and the hopes for peace now that French troops have arrived.

Television
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

American Dazzles Judges On 'Arabs Got Talent'

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In the Arab world, TV watchers were buzzing this weekend about the finals of a popular contest show, "Arab's Got Talent." Runner up was the competition's dark horse contender, Jennifer Grout, a young American. She's not an Arab. She just loves Arabic music. And the presence of a Westerner in the running for this prize caused a bit of a stir. NPR's Deborah Amos was at the finale Saturday in Beirut and she sent this postcard.

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Africa
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Praise For Mandela Crosses Borders, Partisan Lines

When Nelson Mandela was in prison, the fight over imposing sanctions on South Africa was politically divisive. But it also produced a kind of unity in the end.

Africa
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

In Soweto, Remembering Mandela As A Figure Of Resistance

While the world remembers Nelson Mandela as the great reconciler, some ordinary South Africans are remembering him in their own way — as a powerful figure of resistance. And they're looking toward the country's future with both hope and uncertainty.

Africa
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

South Africa Holds Mandela In Mind As It Gathers In Prayer

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

It has been National Day of Prayer and reflection in South Africa as the nation pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the day, and how white South Africans are reacting to the death of Mandela.

Europe
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Ukrainians Take Anger Over Trade Into The Streets

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Those are protestors who converged on the capital city of Ukraine today. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a massive anti-government protest. It's part of a struggle over whether the country will align itself with Europe or with its former Soviet partner Russia.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Kiev.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)

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Middle East
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Assessing The Fallout From A Hezbollah Commander's Death

Originally published on Sun December 15, 2013 10:58 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Not far from the border with Syria, early this Wednesday, a street in Beirut, Lebanon, became the stage for a political murder.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS REPORTS)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Hezbollah is searching for whoever is responsible for the death of its military leader...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: ...a senior Hezbollah commander has been killed outside his home in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: ...leader Hassan Houlo al-Laqis was reportedly gunned down just after midnight outside his home.

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Middle East
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

So You Found The Chemical Weapons. How Do You Transport Them?

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

The plan to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons is swiftly moving ahead. But the plan to get the materials out to sea to dispose of them is easier said than done, when it means transporting them through a war zone. Arun Rath talks to Amy Smithson of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies about what lies ahead.

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