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'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 21, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

'Bigger than life' Pickens remembered at Texas funeral

Sep. 19, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — T. Boone Pickens was remembered at a Dallas funeral on Thursday for his humor, tenacity and larger-than-life personality. "Boone was bigger than life. In fact, Boone was bigger than Texas itself," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at the service at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Abbott...

Tonga in national holiday to bid farewell to leader Pohiva

Sep. 19, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of mourners packed a church service on Thursday and children stood vigil on downtown streets as Tonga took a national holiday to bid farewell to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral. During a political career that began more than three decades ago,...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed

Sep. 14, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — African heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at a state funeral Saturday for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. More than 10 African leaders and several...

Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe regains prominence for husband

Sep. 13, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The controversy swirling around the burial of Zimbabwe's founding leader, Robert Mugabe, centers on his widow, Grace, who has remained dramatically cloaked behind a heavy black veil as she succeeded in getting the country's president to scrap his plans for the ex-leader to be buried...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe to be buried in 30 days, at new mausoleum

Sep. 13, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The burial of Zimbabwe's founding president, President Robert Mugabe , will be delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built at a prominent spot at the national Heroes' Acre monument, the latest turn in a dramatic tussle between his family and the country's...

Oklahoma State announces ceremony to honor Pickens

Sep. 13, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A public memorial is planned at Oklahoma State University to honor the late T. Boone Pickens, who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to his alma mater during his lifetime. Pickens died Wednesday in Dallas at age 91. OSU says the university will honor Pickens on Sept. 25 at...

Mourning for Zimbabwe's Mugabe marred by dispute, stampede

Sep. 12, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Controversy over where and when former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be buried and a stampede which injured several people trying to view his body marred the mourning for the deceased leader Thursday. A crowd insisting to see Mugabe's face in the partially opened casket...

Indonesians bury former president Habibie at state funeral

Sep. 12, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of dictator Suharto, was buried on Thursday in a state funeral with full military honors. Thousands of mourners lined the...