World reacts to Nelson Mandela's death

2013-12-06 14:22

The death of South Africa's liberation leader Nelson Mandela has unleashed a heartfelt chorus of awed respect from across the worlds of politics, religion, sport and culture.

Statesmen, resistance leaders, Nobel laureates and prisoners of conscience have died before, but never has one man united such global unity in honouring his passing.

Foreshadowing the guest list of what will surely be the most important funeral of recent decades, world leaders queued up to issue solemn tributes to the 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero who became South Africa's first democratic president.

  • A large television screen in New York's Times Square broadcasts a news show as they announce the death of Nelson Mandela. (Stan Honda, AFP)
  • News crews gather around a statue of Nelson Mandela outside the South African Embassy in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee, AFP)
  • Indian machine operator, Dineshbhai Makwana reads the newspaper as the front page of the Gujarati-language 'Western Times' features the news of South African former president Nelson Mandela's death. (Sam Panthaky, AFP)
  • The South African flag is at half mast at its embassy in Budapest. (AFP)
  • Flowers and tributes to former South African President Nelson Mandela are shown outside South Africa House in central London. (Leon Neal, AFP)
  • (AFP)
  • Flowers and tributes lie at the base of the plinth bearing a bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela in central London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said Friday she was "deeply saddened" by the death of Nelson Mandela, adding that he had "worked tirelessly for the good of his country". (Leon Neal, AFP)
  •  (Leon Neal, AFP)
  • Flowers are put before a photo of Nelson Mandela by college students to pay their tribute on their campus in Hengyang, central China's Hunan province. (AFP)
  • A South African woman places a bouquet of flowers at the foot of a plaque of the South African High Commission. (AFP)
  • The French national flag flies at half mast on the Elysee presidential palace in Paris as a tribute to late Nelson Mandela who died the day before, as France host today a summit for peace and safety in Africa. (Alain Jocard, AFP)
  • A Senegalese man reads newspapers front pages paying tribute to late President Nelson Mandela are displayed at a newsstand in Dakar, Senegal. (AFP)
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