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Long-term study backs early HIV drugs for children

A landmark five-year trial has strengthened evidence that early use of antiretroviral drugs helps children combat the AIDS virus.

Long-term study backs early HIV drugs for children
Pistorius due back in court for murder of his lover
Pistorius due back in court for murder of his lover

Star sprinter Oscar Pistorius returns to court in South Africa on Monday, when prosecutors will indict him for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and confirm a trial date.

Pistorius due back in court for murder of his lover
Mandela making 'slow but steady' progress: presidency
Mandela making 'slow but steady' progress: presidency

Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill.

Mandela making 'slow but steady' progress: presidency
Critically ill Mandela 'more alert' every day: daughter
Critically ill Mandela 'more alert' every day: daughter

Nelson Mandela is becoming more alert and more responsive by the day, his youngest daughter said Friday, adding that the anti-apartheid hero is "not going anywhere anytime soon".

Critically ill Mandela 'more alert' every day: daughter
World celebrates ailing Mandela's 95th birthday
World celebrates ailing Mandela's 95th birthday

Global celebrations and charity events will mark Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday Thursday, but the critically ill anti-apartheid hero himself may still be confined to his Pretoria hospital bed on life-support.

World celebrates ailing Mandela's 95th birthday
Government denies Mandela in 'vegetative state'
Government denies Mandela in 'vegetative state'

The South African government on Thursday denied that former president Nelson Mandela is in a permanent vegetative state.

Government denies Mandela in 'vegetative state'
Mandela on death and dying
Mandela on death and dying

Haunted by death during his long anti-apartheid struggle, Nelson Mandela looked toward his own "eternal sleep" as a man who fulfilled his duty to his people.

Mandela on death and dying
Obama warns Africa's 'tyrant' leaders
Obama warns Africa's 'tyrant' leaders

US President Barack Obama warned Sunday that Africa could only fulfill its rising potential with leaders who serve their people, not tyrants who enrich themselves.

Obama warns Africa's 'tyrant' leaders
Mandela 'improving' as Obama lands in S.Africa
Mandela 'improving' as Obama lands in S.Africa

US President Barack Obama arrived in South Africa on Friday to pay homage to his hero Nelson Mandela, who was said to be showing "great improvement" in hospital.

Mandela 'improving' as Obama lands in S.Africa
Obama's 'hero' Mandela hangs on
Obama's 'hero' Mandela hangs on

US President Barack Obama flies to South Africa Friday hoping to pay homage to the legacy of his critically ill hero Nelson Mandela.

Obama's 'hero' Mandela hangs on
Mandela on life support, Zuma cancels foreign trip
Mandela on life support, Zuma cancels foreign trip

Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is on life support, unable to breathe on his own, an elder in the South African icon's clan said Wednesday, all but extinguishing hopes for his recovery.

Mandela on life support, Zuma cancels foreign trip
Mandela in critical condition
Mandela in critical condition

Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition in hospital, South Africa's presidency said late Sunday, marking a sudden and significant deterioration in the health of the former leader and anti-apartheid hero.

Mandela in critical condition
Africa finally gets its turn with Obama visit
Africa finally gets its turn with Obama visit

Barack Obama will visit Africa living a paradox: its blood runs in his veins, yet he has given the continent only passing notice as US president.

Africa finally gets its turn with Obama visit
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Mandela ambulance to hospital broke down: presidency

The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero.

Mandela ambulance to hospital broke down: presidency
Nelson Mandela 'doing very well', daughter says
Nelson Mandela 'doing very well', daughter says

Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital for 10 days suffering a lung infection, is "doing very well".

Nelson Mandela 'doing very well', daughter says
The concert that transformed Mandela from terrorist to icon
The concert that transformed Mandela from terrorist to icon

So revered is Nelson Mandela today that it is easy to forget that for decades he was considered a terrorist by many foreign governments, and some of his now supporters.

The concert that transformed Mandela from terrorist to icon
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Recurrent pneumonia not common: lung expert

Pneumonia is one of the most common of lung infections among the elderly but concerns of underlying conditions arise when it recurs.

Recurrent pneumonia not common: lung expert
Prayers for Mandela as family urged to 'let him go'
Prayers for Mandela as family urged to 'let him go'

Nelson Mandela, the revered anti-apartheid hero, spent a third night in hospital after South Africa prayed for him on Sunday amid calls for his family and nation to "let him go".

Prayers for Mandela as family urged to 'let him go'
Mandela back in hospital in 'serious but stable' condition
Mandela back in hospital in 'serious but stable' condition

Nelson Mandela was readmitted to hospital early on Saturday with a renewed lung infection and was in "serious but stable condition".

Mandela back in hospital in 'serious but stable' condition
South Africa government in crisis over wedding scandal
South Africa government in crisis over wedding scandal

South Africa's government announced the suspension of a slew of officials and military personnel Friday, as it tried to limit the political and diplomatic fallout from a lavish Indian wedding.

South Africa government in crisis over wedding scandal