JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that stoked talk of a possible rapprochement between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
A Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, convicted of mass murder and rape during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan will be hanged just after midnight Tuesday, officials said. "He will be executed after 12.01pm (1801 GMT) tonight as all legal processes have been exhausted," Bangladesh's deputy law minister Quamrul Islam told AFP. Prisons chief Main Uddin Khandaker said all preparations have been made to carry out the execution, and Molla's family have been asked to meet the 65-year-old senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party for the last time. On Sunday, a tribunal signed an execution order for Molla, and sent it to the main jail in the capital Dhaka, raising speculation that the former journalist could be hanged any moment.
They gathered by the tens of thousands in a Soweto soccer stadium, braving a cold rain to pay respects to Nelson Mandela: world leaders, family members and South Africans whose lives he helped change in his decades-long fight against apartheid. The list of dignitaries was long, ranging from President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro. And a handshake between those two men epitomized the spirit of reconciliation Mandela came to represent.