By Ed Cropley and Pascal Fletcher JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than 70 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity's great peacemakers, officials said on Monday. U.S. President Barack Obama and Raul Castro from Cuba, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Britain's David Cameron will be among those attending Tuesday's main send-off in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, reflecting the global appeal of South Africa's first black leader, who died on Thursday aged 95. "The whole world is coming to South Africa," foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said, playing down concerns about the logistics and security of such a large event organized at only five days notice.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking her conservative party's support for a new German government alliance with its center-left rivals and pointing to continuity in Berlin's hard-nosed approach to Europe's debt crisis.
One of two men accused of murdering a British soldier in broad daylight on a London street said on Monday that he loved the Islamic militant group al Qaeda as he gave evidence for the first time. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and co-defendant Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of running over soldier Lee Rigby, 25, as he crossed a street in Woolwich, southeast London, in May before attacking his unconscious body with a meat cleaver and knives. The prosecution has said the two suspects then dragged Rigby's body into the middle of the road for as many people to see as possible. Adebolajo, giving evidence in the Old Bailey court, expressed his admiration for al Qaeda under questioning by his defence lawyer and in the presence of Rigby's family.