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World Leaders Bow, Pray at Mandela’s Casket
World leaders bowed and prayed Wednesday before the flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela, having a final look at the anti-apartheid icon in the amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years earlier as South Africa’s first black president. Some made the sign of the cross, others simply spent a few moments gazing at Mandela’s face through a glass bubble atop the coffin at the Union Buildings, the government offices in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.
The creative director of the brand, Riccardo Tisci, has chosen the “Bag Lady” singer as the face of the 2014 line. “Erykah, she’s an icon—come on!” Tisci told Style.com.
Steve McQueen’s historic saga “12 Years a Slave,” Jon Wells’ dysfunctional family adaptation “August: Osage County,” Jean-Marc Vallee’s AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club” and the sweeping White House servant tale “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” topped the list of outstanding performances for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. “12 Years a Slave” scored four nominations, while “Osage County” and “The Butler” earned three nominations in Wednesday’s announcements.
Prosecutors will not move forward with domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman because of a lack of evidence. He was accused of pointing a gun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, and pushing her, but she did not want to pursue a case.
A man who appeared to provide sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Wednesday. The scandal over the interpreter is another indication of bad organization of the historic memorial service at a huge soccer stadium on Tuesday. Other difficulties included public transportation breakdowns which hindered mourners from getting to the event and a faulty audio system that prevented many of the tens of thousands in the stadium from hearing the leaders’ speeches.
The publication made the announcement Wednesday, awarding the leader for his large impact on the Catholic community in just a short amount of time. Edward Snowden, NSA leaker, was runner-up.