Amy Wong Yuen Roei

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The Week in Review: The 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination

Inside Flipboard / November 22, 2013<p>This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The youngest elected …

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

For 27 years, I knew Nelson Mandela by reputation only. I had seen him once, in the early 1950s, when he came to my teacher-training college to judge a debating contest. The next time I saw him was in 1990.<p>When he came out of prison, many people feared he would turn out to have feet of clay. The …

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 …

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 …

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'

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 Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid. In the other is Nelson Mandela, whose decades of struggle helped bring …

Japan's defence plans focus on China and islands dispute | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will set up a new amphibious military unit and deploy unarmed surveillance drones in its southwest, where it faces a row with China over disputed islands, according to drafts of the nation’s latest defence plans seen on Wednesday.<p>A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island …

'Dementia is not inevitable. It is a disease that needs tackling'

We've heard it heralded as a "time bomb", "epidemic", and "our greatest health challenge yet". The truth is that dementia will soon touch every family in the land. Around 800,000 people in the UK are facing a condition that slowly robs them of their ability to remember, speak and connect with their …

Ukraine seeks 20 billion euros in aid from EU, PM says | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine wants 20 billion euros ($27.54 billion) in aid from the European Union in return for signing an agreement on trade and cooperation, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Wednesday.<p>In remarks at a cabinet meeting, as thousands protested in the capital Kiev following Ukraine’s …

UK Supreme Court says Scientology is a religion, allows wedding | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A woman who wants to get married in a chapel of the Church of Scientology in London won her case on Wednesday at Britain’s Supreme Court, which ruled that Scientology was a religion and the chapel was a place where marriages could be solemnised.<p>A general view shows Court Three in …

Thousands of South Africans queue to see Mandela lie in state | Reuters

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Thousands of people queued on Wednesday to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela, whose body lay in state in Pretoria in the building where the anti-apartheid hero was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa’s first black president.<p>Several people fainted in the stifling heat as South …

Italian PM Letta seeks parliament's backing for reforms | Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Enrico Letta called on parliament on Wednesday to back his government or risk chaos as he sought to push through long-avoided reforms intended to revive Italy’s economy after two years of recession.<p>Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta looks up as he waits for the …