February 11 1990: Mandela’s media conquest
/ 17 February 2020

February 11 1990: Mandela’s media conquest

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison was also South Africa’s first ‘media event’. And, despite the NP’s, and the SABC’s, attempt to control the narrative, the force of Madiba’s personality meant that he emerged as a celebrity

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/ 24 May 2008

Clinton draws rebuke over assassination remark

Hillary Clinton mentioned the June 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in explaining on Friday why she had resisted calls to end her White House bid, drawing a rebuke from Democratic front-runner Barack Obama’s campaign. Clinton, who later expressed regret over the remark, made it to the editorial board of theSioux Falls Argus Leader.

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/ 21 May 2008

US Senator Kennedy has malignant brain tumour

Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, the brother of assassinated president John F Kennedy and the elder statesman of American liberal politics, has a malignant brain tumour, his doctors said on Tuesday. Kennedy (76) who has been hospitalised in Boston since he had a seizure on Saturday, will likely need chemotherapy and radiation therapy to treat the glioma.

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/ 15 April 2008

Marilyn Monroe sex film to be kept private

A 15-minute film of Marilyn Monroe engaging in oral sex with an unidentified man will be kept from public view by a New York businessman who has bought it for ,5-million, the broker of the deal said on Monday. Monroe is clothed and the man’s head remains out of the frame for the entire 15 minutes of the film.

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/ 17 March 2008

Witch’s hat and Jack Ruby’s gun under the hammer

The items are like a march through some of the most famous moments in 20th-century American history, some of them real, some of them cinematic: from the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald to the filming of Citizen Kane. But destiny is calling for the owner of the 850 lots that went under the auctioneer’s hammer over the weekend in a casino in Las Vegas.

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/ 5 March 2008

Dismay and prayers in Obama’s Kenyan village

Villagers in Barack Obama’s ancestral Kenyan home expressed disappointment on Wednesday as his rival, Hillary Clinton, won key votes to revive her campaign for the White House. Victories for Clinton in Ohio and Texas snapped Obama’s winning streak and kept alive the New York senator’s campaign to win the Democratic Party nomination.

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/ 4 February 2008

US braces for decisive Super Tuesday vote

Exhausted White House hopefuls launched one last frenzied day of campaigning before the 24-state Super Tuesday — the biggest one-day White House nominating contest in history. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are fighting neck-and-neck in the Democratic showdown, while John McCain looked set to take a firm grip on the Republican contest.

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/ 27 October 2007

Putin: US risks new Cuban missile crisis

Vladimir Putin stirred ghosts of the Cold War on Friday by comparing the Pentagon’s plan to site elements of its missile shield in Europe to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union went to the brink of nuclear war. The Kremlin’s challenge to the US president in 1962 triggered the worst confrontation of the Cold War.

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/ 24 October 2007

Greeks aim to bring Callas collection home

Her relationship with Greece may have been as tempestuous as her love affair with Aristotle Onassis, but three decades after her death Greeks, it seems, cannot get enough of Maria Callas. So much so, that the cash-strapped Athens government has unprecedented plans to snap up the last great collection of paraphernalia.