Surrounded by waving banners of blue and red, Haitian President Rene
Preval pledged Tuesday to step down as scheduled next year, rebuking
critics who say he is using the post-earthquake emergency to hold onto
Nelson Mandela reminisced with fellow anti-apartheid activists and met
with top football officials Thursday, one month ahead of South Africa's
upcoming World Cup, which he helped bring to Africa for the first time.
Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua, whose election marked the country's
first peaceful transition of power from one civilian to another, has
died following a debilitating illness that sparked a leadership crisis
in Africa's most populous country. He was 58.