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Nelson Mandela has become critically ill in
hospital, the South African presidency has
In a statement, President Jacob Zuma said
Mandela s doctors were "doing everything pos-
sible to get his condition to improve".
"He is in good hands," said Zuma.
South Africa s first black president, who is
94, was taken to hospital earlier this month for
the third time this year, with a recurrent lung
The statement said Zuma had visited Mandela
in hospital in Pretoria on yesterday evening and
was told the former president s condition had
worsened over the past 24 hours.
"The doctors are doing everything possible to
get his condition to improve and are ensuring
that Madiba is well-looked after and is com-
fortable. He is in good hands," said President
Zuma, using Mandela s clan name by which he
is widely known in South Africa.
Zuma appealed for prayers for Mandela and
his medical team.
Mandela is revered for leading the fight against
white minority rule in South Africa and then
preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned
for 27 years. He left power after five years as
The former president and Nobel Peace Prize
winner is believed to have suffered damage to
his lungs while working in a prison quarry.
He contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while
being held in jail on the windswept Robben
Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and
has rarely been seen at official events since.
On Saturday, it emerged that the ambulance
in which Mandela was taken to hospital on June
8 broke down, meaning he had to be moved to
But Zuma said he had been assured that "all
care was taken to ensure his medical condition
was not compromised".
"There were seven doctors in the convoy who
were in full control of the situation throughout
the period. He had expert medical care," he said.
Zuma also denied reports that the former
leader had suffered a cardiac arrest.
ROME--- The Italian news agency
ANSA says the body of actor James
Gandolfini has departed Rome and
is en route to the United States.
ANSA did not cite any sources,
but published a photo showing air-
port workers loading a coffin iden-
tified as that of the "Sopranos" star
on to a plane.
The agency says the private plane
took off at 6 pm (1600 GMT) yes-
Its exact US destination was
Family spokesman Michael
Kobold earlier told reporters the
"provisional plan" was to repatriate
Gandolfini s body today.
Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday
in Rome. Kobold has said an autopsy
revealed the cause was a heart
attack. Authorities have not released
The actor had been headed to
Sicily to appear at the Taormina
Film Festival, which paid tribute to
him Saturday. (AP)
Cabinet yesterday approved
exporting 40 per cent of
Israel s newfound natural gas
reserves, keeping a larger
amount for local consumption
than originally expected.
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu told his Cabinet the
decision struck a balance
between domestic needs and
the concerns of the exploration
companies that will drill for gas
underneath the Mediterranean
"It ensures the needs of the
citizens of the state of Israel,
both by filling the state coffers
with considerable funds from
exports and by supplying the
local market with cheap energy,"
Last year, an advisory panel
proposed exporting just over
half of the country s gas, spark-
ing protests by Israelis who said
the country should keep most
of its reserves to reduce energy
prices at home.
Israel began pumping gas
from the large Tamar field off
its coast earlier this year and is
to begin exporting in 2016. (AP)
KABUL---Afghanistan s govern-
ment reaffirmed support yesterday
for possible talks with its Taliban
foes, but demanded full explana-
tions on how the group was
allowed to raise its flag in Qatar
and display other symbols that
have stalled the US-led effort.
The ongoing dispute over the
Taliban compound in Doha---which
the Afghan government said
appeared as something akin to an
embassy in exile instead of just a
political outpost when it opened ---
underscore the extreme difficulties
in just trying to launch dialogue
after nearly 12 years of war in
The Taliban s use of its old flag
and a sign bearing the name of the
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,
which the movement used during
its five-year rule that ended in 2001
with the U.S.-led invasion, at Tues-
day s office opening in the Qatari
capital brought sharp complaints
across all party lines in Afghanistan.
Afghan Foreign Ministry
spokesman Janan Mosazai said yes-
terday that the Afghan government
remains willing to send a peace del-
egation to Doha to negotiate with
the Taliban---but only after it
receives explanations over the office
opening and assurances that the
site does not suggest a diplomatic
revival by the Taliban.
US Secretary of State John Kerry
used a stop in Qatar on Saturday
to urge the Taliban to make good
faith efforts to open talks and begin
what he called the "difficult" road
ahead. He also warned the Taliban
may have to close their office if
they don t negotiate in good faith.
Under pressure from Qatar, the
Taliban lowered the flag and
removed the sign.
The Taliban say they have made
no concessions after Kerry s warn-
ings. A spokesman in Doha, Sha-
heen Suhail, has urged all sides to
press forward with the process in
comments made hours before Kerry
arrived in Doha. He said members
of the Islamic movement are still
having an internal discussion over
whether to comply. (AP)
least 13 people were killed and
32 were injured when a bus car-
rying Romanian tourists swayed
off a bridge and plunged into a
deep ravine in central Montene-
gro yesterday, police said.
Montenegro Interior Minister
Rasko Konjevic said the bus with
46 people on board crashed some
30 kilometres north of the capital,
Podgorica. He said the bus was
traveling from Romania to Mon-
tenegro s Adriatic coast.
Police said the bus plunged
from a bridge over the Moraca
river during a rain storm and
crashed some 40 metres into the
ravine. A helicopter was used in
the rescue operation mounted by
Konjevic said number of dead
may rise since seven passengers
were seriously injured.
The winding road that leads
from Serbia in the north through
the Moraca canyon and then to
the seacoast is notorious for traffic
accidents because it is narrow
and slippery in wet weather con-
South African President announces:
critically ill in hospital
32 hurt in
Israel adjusts gas exports down to 40 per cent
Concert goers display a photo of actor James Gandolfini during Day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival at The
Woodlands in Dover, Del. AP PHOTO
Gandolfini's body sent to US on private plane
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