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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa's vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday while pledging to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied.
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.
By Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Next May's elections to the European Parliament promise to be among the most closely watched since the 1970s, with many in Europe expected to show their frustration with the economic crisis by voting for anti-EU or protest parties. Earlier this year, there was talk among officials of a protest vote of up to 30 percent, meaning up to 250 of the 751 seats in parliament being taken by candidates from non-mainstream parties on the far-left or far-right. Such a large protest vote, the analysis went, could lead to serious disruptions in parliament, making it much harder to forge a majority on critical legislation, even if the protest candidates were of widely divergent views and not united. "Mainstream Eurosceptics have been around for a while now and have never been truly obstructive forces," Cas Mudde, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia and an expert in Europe's right-wing populist parties, wrote last month.