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- MU joins South African preservation effort Updated: Dec-09-13 5:04 am
- AP WAS THERE: Mandela's release from prison Updated: Dec-06-13 3:47 pm
- Russia PM: No amnesty for political prisoners Updated: Dec-06-13 9:04 am
- Mandela inspired music, movies, poems Updated: Dec-05-13 5:59 pm
- Main players in Ukraine's political drama Updated: Dec-02-13 12:45 pm
- UN to Myanmar: Make Rohingya Muslims citizens Updated: Nov-20-13 12:28 am
- Myanmar's president pardons 69 political prisoners Updated: Nov-15-13 12:38 pm
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - A half-century ago Nelson Mandela was taken as a prisoner to Robben Island, 11 kilometers (seven miles) across the bay from Cape Town, where he would begin serving a life sentence for plotting to overthrow South Africa's racist apartheid system.
COLUMBIA, Missouri - The University of Missouri is teaming up with South African researchers to preserve historical records related to political prisoners at an infamous symbol of the apartheid era.
EDITOR'S NOTE - On Feb. 11, 1990, AP reporter Greg Myre was in Cape Town when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison hand-in-hand with his then wife, Winnie, as people worldwide rejoiced. The momentous event rivaled the fall of the Berlin Wall just a few months earlier as a symbol of newfound freedom. Twenty-three years after its original publication, the AP is making this story available to its subscribers.
MOSCOW - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted Friday that members of the punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in Russia's upcoming amnesty.
NEW YORK - Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community.
KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian government's abrupt decision to freeze ties with the West and violently disperse a peaceful rally has fueled public anger and drawn hundreds of thousands to the streets of the Ukrainian capital. Here is a look at the main characters in Ukraine's political drama:
UNITED NATIONS - The General Assembly's human rights committee passed a resolution urging Myanmar to give the stateless Rohingya minority equal access to citizenship and to crack down on Buddhist violence against them and other Muslims in the southeast Asian nation.
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's president on Friday pardoned 69 political prisoners, including two grandsons of a former dictator, as part of a promise to free all such detainees by the end of the year.