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Former South African President Nelson Mandela showing a book to US First Lady Michelle Obama at his home in Johannesburg, Tuesday. US First Lady Michelle Obama visited former South African President Nelson Mandela at his home during the first full day of a six-day visit to southern Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said. Obama, who arrived in South Africa late June 20, visited Mandela’s charitable foundation and archives, Tuesday and took a tour with the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s wife, the humanitarian and former Mozambican First Lady Graca Machel. AFP


World’s oldest person dies in Brazil

BRAZIL: A Brazilian woman recognized as the oldest person in the world has died at the age of 114, local media reported Tuesday. Maria Gomes Valentim was certified in May as the world’s oldest person, edging past US woman Besse Cooper, who is 48 days younger,

 

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Too few women in Japanese politics

JAPAN: Japan should promote women in politics and business, a government paper said Tuesday, pointing out that they make up just 11 percent of lower house members and one percent of corporate leaders.

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Glimmers of green hope for Asian cities

PHILIPPINES: The air in most Asian cities is getting more polluted and the rivers filthier, but experts say there are many reasons to believe in a green vision for the region as urbanisation powers ahead.

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