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.
The FIFA World Cup, hosted this year by South Africa, is nearing amid doubts and turmoil in the country. The Games are set to take place June 11-July 11, 2010. But despite the
concerns over safety and readiness, the South African government is in
high gear in preparation for the games.
Food headlines related to the volcano that erupted in Iceland on April
14 so far have focused on the air transport chaos and its impact on
imports and business travel. But with smoke still billowing from the
volcano, the European Commission has started asking questions about how
the ash cloud will affect food safety and animal health, according to
an April 22 article published by FoodNavigator.com.