Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - 0916 GMT: With the rain pouring down, the start of the memorial service is running late. Still plenty of empty seats in the stadium and people eager to celebrate Mandela's life arriving, many sporting Mandela T-shirts or wrapped in South African flags. 0912 GMT: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the last apartheid-era president FW de Klerk, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela, have arrived. 0909 GMT: The memorial event is part of an extended state funeral that will culminate in Mandela's burial on Sunday in the rural village of Qunu where he spent his early childhood.
PARIS (AP) — Two French soldiers were killed in combat in Central African Republic's capital, President Francois Hollande's office announced Tuesday, the first French casualties since he ordered a stepped-up military presence in the restive former colony to help quell inter-religious violence.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama arrived in South Africa on Tuesday for a day of remembrance and celebration for his personal hero Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who died last week at age 95.