LONDON, UK — On Friday, Britain assessed the damage of a storm that killed two people, forced thousands from their homes and threatened the nation with the biggest tidal surge in 60 years before moving on to Europe.
Severe floods wreaked havoc on the UK’s east coast. Waves several stories high smashed against seaside barriers. In the seaside town of Hemsby, homes tumbled downhill and were carried away by the sea like children’s toys.
Winds killed one man in northern England and another in Scotland.
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — On Nelson Mandela’s street, there is singing.
Songs from the liberation struggle, songs in Mandela’s praise. Choruses of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” this country’s gorgeous national anthem, sung by the crowds that have gathered here since news came that Mandela had died.
Around the country, as South Africans young and old pay tribute to their beloved former president and national hero, the sadness is tempered with a celebration of his life rather than a tearful mourning of his death.
South Africa remembers Mandela with song
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Erin Conway-Smith reports from:
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for his struggle against racist white rule before emerging to become South Africa’s first democratically elected president, has died at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death to the nation in a televised statement live from the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Mandela, who had become increasingly frail over the years and suffered recurring lung infections, passed away Thursday at 8:50 p.m. local time. He is said to have died peacefully and in the company of family at his home in the Houghton area of Johannesburg.
"Our nation has lost its greatest son," Zuma told South Africans. "Our people have lost a father."
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Pope forms panel on sex abuse, but advocacy group calls it ‘meaningless’
Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him on combatting sex abuse in the clergy, it was announced Thursday.
The move would help protect children from pedophiles and better screen would-be priests, according to the Vatican. But it was dismissed as a “public relations stunt” by a leading victim advocacy group, who added that it would do little to shield young people from predatory priests.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, announced the creation of the commission Thursday at the conclusion of a meeting between Francis and his eight cardinal advisers in Vatican City who are helping him govern the church and reform the Vatican bureaucracy. Boston was the epicenter of the 2002 clerical sexual abuse scandal in the U.S.
O’Malley told reporters that the commission, made up of international lay and religious experts on sex abuse, would study current programs to protect children, better screen priests, train church personnel and suggest new initiatives to implement inside the Vatican and around the world.
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SEOUL, South Korea — The news today that North Korea removed Jang Sung-taek, the powerful uncle of Kim Jong Un and vice chair of the body that heads the military, could amount to the boy dictator’s greatest leadership shake-up yet.
At least, that’s if you believe a briefing on Tuesday by the South Korean spy agency, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), for the country’s lawmakers. The body cited the (supposed) earlier execution of two close aides, and the fact that Chang has not appeared in North Korean state media in a month, Yonhap news agency reported.
“In essence, the evidence available boils down to, ‘These two guys were shot, and then Jang disappeared, so he must have been removed,” said Chris Green, international affairs manager at DailyNK, a website that tracks events in North Korea. “The logic is sound, isn’t it? And it fits the playbook of an autocratic dictatorship, where power cannot be shared so something has to give.”
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GlobalPost’s Dan Peleschuk visited the Ukraine protests’ base of operations in Kyiv.
By Tuesday evening, anti-government demonstrators effectively controlled much of downtown Kyiv and forced the partial closure of Kreshchatyk, the city’s main street.
They continued to occupy several key administrative buildings, including city hall — the site of a makeshift “revolutionary headquarters” where volunteers distribute food, warm clothing and medicine to fellow protesters.
Around-the-clock demonstrators have also erected barricades around Independence Square — the nucleus of the Orange Revolution as well as the current protests — while others roam freely around the streets housing most of the central government’s main buildings.
Several thousand gathered outside parliament during Tuesday’s session, some huddled around parked cars listening to a live feed of the proceedings.
On Independence Square, trash-barrel fires and army-green tents erected to provide warmth for protesters are lending a revolutionary feel to this bustling and brightly lit former city.
Graffiti have appeared on walls and sidewalks, some reading “Away with Yanukovych” and “Revolution.”
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