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Obama joins South Africans to mark Mandela centennial


South Africans have joined former US president Barack Obama in marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule.

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Jazz musician Hugh Masakela dies


South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78, according to the Associated Press. A statement issued by his family said he died peacefully in Johannesburg, surrounded by his family, after suffering from prostate cancer.