FROM Celia Dugger
South Africa Tries to Africanize the World Cup In the days of Apartheid, South Africa was barred from soccer tournaments around the world. Now, for the first time, it's about to host the World Cup , and is struggling to put an African stamp on a global event. The manager of South Africa's organizing committee says, "We are just the organizers…we are the stage" for "FIFA's World Cup," referring to the Zurich-based governing body of world soccer. That's according to Celia Dugger of the New York Times , who also reports that "poking a finger in the eye of authority is part of [South Africa's] national DNA."
Zimbabwe Faces Growing Political, Humanitarian Crises Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Nelson Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, were among those refused entry visas for Zimbabwe on Saturday. The group known as The Elders wanted to visit the troubled country to assess the humanitarian situation, which is rapidly approaching a crisis. Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe continues to cling to 28 years in power and to evade a power-sharing agreement with the opposition, which has been advocated by African leaders. Celia Dugger is South Africa Co-bureau Chief for the New York Times .
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