JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to a global symbol of reconciliation.
New Zealand on Tuesday drafted in Kane Williamson to strengthen their batting line-up for the second Test against the West Indies, which will be played on a Wellington wicket tailor-made for bowlers. Captain Brendon McCullum confirmed on the eve of the Test that Williamson, a late withdrawal from the drawn first match in Dunedin because of a thumb injury, was fit again. He will replace Aaron Redmond at number three in the order. McCullum suggested leg spinner Ish Sodhi will play, leaving New Zealand with only three seamers despite the short turnaround after the Black Caps' bowlers were forced to send down more than 200 overs without a break.
Mining giant BHP Billiton said Tuesday it plans to cut spending by 25 percent this year and focus on its flagship operations as soft prices and extra supply squeeze resources firms. BHP chief Andrew Mackenzie said the world's largest miner was on track to meet production guidance and deliver 16 percent growth in the next two years. Despite tough operating conditions in the mining sector due to an easing in key market China's rampant growth and a surge in new supply, which has hit prices, Mackenzie said BHP remained profitable by finding savings.