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How the web was born: WWW turns 25

It was 25 years ago that the World Wide Web was born: from a plan to organise scientific data written in a nondescript Swiss office, it has grown to become one of the most important creations in human history. We look at how it all started.<p>In 1989 the internet - a global system connecting computer …

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Tunisia begins scrutiny of new constitution

Tunisia's national assembly on Friday began voting on the long-delayed new constitution, which must be adopted by January 14, the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution.<p>Politicians voted to approve the title of the charter, which will now be voted on article by article.<p>They are due to examine the …

Kerry faces prisoner's dilemma in Palestine

<b>Khallat al-Agd, Occupied West Bank</b> - Like the 25 other Palestinian prisoners released by Israel on New Year’s Eve, wheel-chair bound Naim Shawamreh received a hero's welcome in his small village.<p>The 26 Palestinians, who had served between 19-28 years in prison, were freed ahead of a visit to the …

Cambodia strike faces deadly crackdown

<b>Phnom Penh, Cambodia -</b> As hundreds of heavily-armed military police began moving in to quell protesting garment workers Friday morning, Neang Davin looked on nervously.<p>"Last night I didn't join anything, I was just driving my motorbike and stopped to watch. The police arrived, they didn't ask …

Bangladesh on edge ahead of election

<b>Dhaka, Bangladesh</b> - With Bangladeshis prepared to vote on Sunday in national parliamentary elections, tensions are mounting on the streets, as many expect violence to follow the polls.<p>The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said on Thursday night that the government is pushing the …

Facebook accused of mining private messages

Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit in the US which alleges the company mines data from private messages without users' knowledge or consent, and shares the information with advertisers.<p>The lawsuit by two US users accuses Facebook of violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and …

Rival rebel factions clash in Syria

Fighters from several Syrian rebel factions have engaged in fierce battles against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in what activists say is growing resistance to the al-Qaeda-linked group's grip on several areas of the country.<p>Sixteen ISIL fighters were reportedly killed in the …

Children targeted in CAR violence | Central African Republic News

Children in the Central African Republic have become deliberate targets of armed gangs, aid workers have said.<p>An official with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed to Al Jazeera on Saturday that "more children are being targeted and killed" as concerns over civilian casualties …

South Sudan peace talks delayed

Face-to-face talks between rival parties in South Sudan have been delayed, government and rebel delegations said, dashing hopes of a swift ceasefire to end raging battles and risks of all-out civil war.<p>South Sudan information minister, Michael Makuei, part of the delegation to the talks in …

Qunu mourns Mandela ahead of family burial

In front of the modest brick house of his childhood, people in the small village of Nelson Mandela’s formative years have been paying tribute.<p>In eight days’ time this tiny backwater will be at the centre of the worlds’s attention when Madiba comes home to be laid to rest.<p>The burial will take place …

As We Memorialize Mandela, Remember Those Who Stood With Him

By the time he died this week, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few — perhaps the only — giants on the world stage.<p>But the man who was prisoner 466/64 on Robben Island was a giant among heroes who offered their lives for freedom as valiantly as he did. In a way, the acclaim the world now …

Desmond Tutu on Nelson Mandela: 'Prison became a crucible'

The most fitting memorial to Nelson Mandela is to make a success of what he helped to establish, writes the archbishop and human rights activist<p>• All the latest reaction to Nelson Mandela's death<p>For 27 years, I knew Nelson Mandela by reputation only. I had seen him once, in the early 1950s, when he …

'Mandela looked his enemy in the eye and held him close'

Mandela's real contribution to humanity was that he chose peace over war and forgiveness over vengeance, writes South African journalist and author Justice Malala<p>Towards the end of his life, as Nelson Mandela’s lung infection forced him to hospital frequently, criticism of the anti-apartheid icon …

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Mandela death: Cousin recounts his rebellious early life

<b>When 91-year-old Nozolile Mtirara speaks of Nelson Mandela, she speaks of a simple man.</b><p>The widow of one of Mr Mandela's cousins - and close childhood friend - she remembers a man who enjoyed eating sheep tripe and reminiscing about his days as a young herd boy.<p>The two met when Nozolile married …

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Anxious and conflicted: Afrikaners await a post-Mandela world

Many are grateful to his reconciliation of the races, but some of the white minority still express fears of a 'night of the long knives'<p>Dirk Smit's reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela, it would be fair to assume, puts him in the minority of South Africans. "Sort of indifferent, to be honest," …

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Nelson Mandela shared final moments with wife and former wife, says friend

Graça Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela were at bedside of former South African president, according to Bantu Holomisa<p>Nelson Mandela's final moments were spent off a life support machine, with his wife, Graça Machel, and his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at his bedside, witnesses have …

The Media and Mandela: Praise even from those who once opposed him

Just about everyone loved Nelson Mandela in death. But that was not always true in life.<p>The outpouring of well-deserved media tributes, which will continue through the funeral, have highlighted how many lives he touched around the world.<p>But Mandela had plenty of detractors when he was alive, and I …

Prince Charles to Represent Queen at Mandela Funeral

As most senior royal after his mother, who no longer flies long-haul, Prince Charles was always the obvious choice<p>It was announced last year that the …

Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

As President Obama travels to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday, it might seem as though Mandela was an eternal object of admiration for U.S. presidents and the American public. But that wasn't the case by a long shot.<p>During Mandela's 27 years behind bars, successive …

Sign language interpreter a 'fake'

JOHANNESBURG — The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa says a man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake." Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa's …

Mandela’s Complicated Legacy: Who Profits from Mandela’s Brand?

Mandela’s name has been linked to everything from groups like “Bikers for Mandela” to a collection of fine wines, and members of his extended family …

Mandela's jail warden tells how a man he saw as a terrorist became a 'brother'

Jack Swart met the key figures who defined the apartheid era and cooked for Mandela during his final years in prison<p>In a worn album he keeps in a dark wooden cabinet, Jack Swart, a former prison warden, has photos of himself shaking hands with two men who defined modern South Africa. In one is …

Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year | Reuters

(Reuters) - Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions of people who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.<p>The cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year issue, …

Sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial accused of being a fake

Leader of World Deaf Federation says man who signed at ceremony during Obama speech was 'making it up'<p>The translation of speeches into sign language at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was seen as a sign of inclusiveness, but it appears the sign language interpreter was a fake, according to …

How Should a Man’s Overcoat Fit?

Like most men’s clothing, no garment will fit you as precisely as something that is custom-built for your body by a tailor. You may also have luck in …

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