Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies in South Africa

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies in South Africa

South Africans mourned on Monday the loss of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the apartheid-era leader of the country’s struggle for justice and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela. Madikizela-Mandela, 81, died at a Johannesburg hospital where she had been treated over the last year for chronic illness, the family said in…

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies

Former Zimbabwe prime minister and longtime political opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died, members of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party confirmed late Wednesday. The 65-year-old Tsvangirai was reportedly battling cancer for which he was treated in South Africa, and in recent weeks had taken a turn for the…

Global migration leaders react with sadness to death of Sutherland

The world’s financial and diplomatic leaders have reacted with sadness to news of the death of Peter Sutherland, the 71-year-old Irish statesman and former European Union commissioner. Among the many tributes to his influence as a United Nations diplomat, or his leadership as a World Trade Organization negotiator, were those…

Ghanaian who died in NYC fire hailed as life-saving hero

Emmanuel Mensah, a Ghanaian immigrant living in the United States, is being hailed as a hero for saving the lives of four neighbors before he couldn’t escape from what is now New York City’s worst fatal fire since 1990. Twelve people died in Thursday’s blaze, among them the 28-year-old member…

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…

Kenyan wildlife filmmaker Alan Root dies at age 80

Alan Root, the award-winning British filmmaker who documented the beauty of the Serengeti and other African ecosystems and wildlife for decades, has died at age 80. Root, a resident of Kenya, traveled for years with his wife Joan as they worked together on films that helped to build an understanding…

South African ANC, anti-apartheid leader Kathrada dies

South African human rights activist, author and anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada has died. The 87-year-old Kathrada, a longtime leader of the African National Congress (ANC), died Tuesday morning at Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg, according to a statement released by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He died after a short illness…