MILAN (AP) — An Egyptian cleric kidnapped as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program was convicted by an Italian court Friday of decade-old terror charges and sentenced to six years in prison, lawyers involved in the case said.
MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted Friday that members of the punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in Russia's upcoming amnesty.
The world on Friday grappled with the loss of South Africa's beloved Nelson Mandela, a towering figure of the 20th century who inspired millions across the globe with his struggle for equality. Mandela's Rainbow Nation awoke to a future without its 95-year-old founding father after the country's first black president died late on Thursday at his Johannesburg home, surrounded by friends and family. As his compatriots paid lively tributes to the revered anti-apartheid hero with flowers, songs and dance, countries around the world united in an outpouring of emotion, pondering his legacy and remembering key moments in the Nobel Peace laureate's astonishing life. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with South Africa's last white president F.W. de Klerk in 1993.
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By Tosin Sulaiman and Peroshni Govender JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans united in mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but while some celebrated his remarkable life with dance and song, others fretted that the anti-apartheid hero's death would make the nation vulnerable again to racial and social tensions. South Africans heard from President Jacob Zuma late on Thursday that the statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died peacefully at his Johannesburg home in the company of his family after a long illness. Despite reassurances from public figures that Mandela's passing, while sorrowful, would not halt South Africa's advance away from its bitter apartheid past, some still expressed unease about the absence of a man famed as a peacemaker. People will turn on each other and chase foreigners away," said Sharon Qubeka, 28, a secretary from Tembisa township as she headed to work in Johannesburg.