JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.
Qunu (South Africa) (AFP) - South African troops and mounted police patrolled Nelson Mandela's boyhood home of Qunu on Thursday, with the village under virtual security lockdown ahead of the peace icon's burial there at the weekend. Thousands of high profile mourners, including numerous heads of state are expected to descend on the remote location in Eastern Cape province where Mandela will finally be laid to rest on Sunday.
Perth (Australia) (AFP) - Australia look poised to seal one of the great turnarounds in Ashes history when they take on reeling England in Perth from Friday after bulldozing their way to a 2-0 lead. The Aussies went into the Test series just months after a 3-0 loss in England but the incredible revival of fast bowler Mitchell Johnson triggered big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide. The home side can take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on the famously fast pitch at the WACA -- Johnson's home ground -- while shell-shocked England, winners of the past three series, are desperately searching for answers. Rival captains Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook will both play their 100th Tests but it is unlikely both men will be celebrating at the end of it.
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