Dartmouth professor wins top religion prize
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy was awarded one of the world's leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his work, a...
Tutu awards prize to US school shooting survivors
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that "children can move the world" and he compared the U.S. movement for gun control that they started to other big peace movements.
Parkland shooting survivors win Children’s Peace Prize
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Parkland students who created an international movement to raise awareness for gun violence after a deadly school shooting were awarded the International Children's Peace Prize on Tuesday.
During a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu presented the award, calling the student organization March For Our Lives one of the most significant youth-led mass movements in living memory and its founders "true change-makers."
Desmond Tutu back at home after South African hospital stay
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is recovering at home after being treated at a Cape Town hospital for more than two weeks.
The foundation named after the anti-apartheid activist and his wife, Leah, on Friday thanked people who sent messages and prayers for the Nobel laureate's "swift return to his feet."
The foundation says Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for years, is regaining strength.
Desmond Tutu spends 87th birthday in a Cape Town hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 87 years old in a hospital on Sunday, and birthday greetings poured in for the man once described by Nelson Mandela as "our voice of conscience."
Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for many years, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for tests on Sept. 27, the latest of several hospital stays for the Nobel laureate in the last few years.
Nobel winner Tutu admitted to hospital for tests
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu has been admitted to a Cape Town hospital for tests.
Tutu's office said Thursday that the Nobel laureate is in good spirits and hopes to go home in a few days.
Tutu has been treated for prostate cancer for many years. He turns 87 on Oct. 7.
Tutu urges regulated euthanasia after campaigner’s arrest
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Terminally ill people should have the right to a "dignified assisted death," former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu said Friday, following a murder charge against a local campaigner for the legalization of euthanasia.
AP News Guide: Alaska primary election
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Opera, former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and Alaska's most famous gay bar all have a connection to Tuesday's Alaska primary. Here's a look at the election:
If you vote a straight party ticket in the Republican primary, you won't need a road map to vote the ballot. That's because everyone on it will be a Republican.
But if voters want to choose all Democrats, they will have to do some digging on their ballots to find them.
Eric Bana immediately said yes to starring in 'The Forgiven'.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is the recipient of this year's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation's Lincoln Leadership Prize.
Blair will be awarded the prize on April 24 in Chicago. The foundation says the honor is given to those who have strength of character, individual conscience and commitment to democracy.
In March 2009, less than two months before Jacob Zuma assumed office as the fourth president of post-apartheid South Africa, the Dalai Lama’s visa application to enter the country was denied. The Tibetan spiritual leader had been scheduled to attend a peace conference in Johannesburg, on the invitation of fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk.
The language of ‘Black Panther’? It’s real. Give it a try.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Much of what is seen in "Black Panther" is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive click sounds that had some cast members struggling to speak it.
"The clicks are no joke," Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o said recently, calling isiXhosa "one of the hardest languages on the planet."
Nobel winner Tutu says no longer an Oxfam global ambassador
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu said Thursday he will no longer be a global ambassador for the British-based aid organization Oxfam after allegations that senior staff members in crisis zones paid for sex among the desperate people the group was meant to serve.
A statement from the office of the South African former archbishop said he was "deeply disappointed by allegations of immorality and possible criminality."
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South Africa’s Tutu bemoans vast gap between rich and poor
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu says a few in South Africa have become very rich while a "very large majority have remained in the bondage of poverty."
Tutu rarely makes public statements because of health problems, but he delivers the new message in a video released in connection with a national day of prayer.
Harvard honors Elton John for efforts to fight HIV, AIDS
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Elton John has been honored at Harvard University for his philanthropic efforts to fight HIV and AIDS.
The 70-year-old singer was awarded the Harvard Foundation's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award in a ceremony Monday. Previous winners include former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Secretaries General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Javier Perez de Cuellar.
Harvard honors Elton John for efforts to fight HIV and AIDS
NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John will receive an award from Harvard University next month for his philanthropic efforts to fight HIV and AIDS.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation announced Tuesday that the 70-year-old singer will be awarded the Harvard Foundation's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award on Nov. 6. Previous winners include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Secretaries General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Boutrous-Boutrous Ghali and Javier Perez de Quellar.
South Africa court says anti-apartheid activist was murdered
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and killed by South African police, a court said Thursday, a landmark decision that raised hopes that dozens of similar cases would be investigated.
The inquest into Ahmed Timol's death had riveted South Africans as legal experts said it could set a precedent for examining similar deaths.
African art museum opens in Cape Town; Tutu is early visitor
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has attended the opening of a museum of contemporary African art in Cape Town.
Tutu, who rarely makes public appearances since suffering recent health problems, on Friday walked with a cane into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and cheerfully greeted people.
The Latest: Fellow Nobel winner urges Suu Kyi to speak out
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local):
Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is urging Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene to stop the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Southeast Asian country.
As a weaver, Bonnie Tarses has noticed how her art form is used as a metaphor for coming together.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Three former South African heads of state teamed up for the first time Friday to criticize President Jacob Zuma, who faces growing calls to step down after a series of corruption scandals.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Retired University of Notre Dame philosophy professor Alvin Plantinga has won one of the world's leading religion prizes.
Plantinga, whose writings over half a century made belief in god or a divine reality a serious option within academic philosophy, was announced Tuesday as the winner of the 2017 Templeton Prize. The honor from the John Templeton Foundation comes with a $1.4 million award.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tens of thousands of South Africans demonstrated peacefully Friday in a national outpouring of anger at their scandal-tainted president, and a second agency lowered the country's credit rating to junk status a week after the firing of the respected finance minister.
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To inspire myself for this article, I downloaded “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” It’s a collaboration between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, Desmond Tutu. He was the spiritual core behind the amazing feat of reconciliation between the white man, and the native African people when apartheid was over. Douglas Abrams, a Jew was asked by the men to help write it. Penguin Random House of NY, NY holds the copyright.
Nobel laureate Tutu celebrates 85th birthday, giving thanks
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu shed tears of gratitude on his 85th birthday Friday as he presided over a cathedral Mass despite his poor health. And in a newspaper column, the former archbishop said he would like to have the option of a "dignified assisted death" when the time comes.
South Africa’s Tutu said to be ‘jovial as usual’ in hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's deputy president says he visited Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu in a hospital and found the retired archbishop to be "jovial as usual" while being treated for an infection.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the 84-year-old Tutu was in "high spirits" and discussed subjects including education and politics.
Tutu says on Twitter that he told Ramaphosa "he looked beautiful considering his difficult job."
South Africa’s Tutu returns to hospital due to infection
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu was readmitted to a South African hospital on Saturday, just days after he left following three weeks of treatment there.
The 84-year-old retired archbishop returned to the hospital "as a precaution after his surgical wound had shown signs of infection," a family statement quoted Tutu's wife, Leah, as saying.
Nobel laureate Tutu leaves South African hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has left a South African hospital where he was treated for the last three weeks.
Tutu's family said Wednesday that the 84-year-old retired archbishop had been admitted to the hospital in Cape Town "to bring a recurring infection under control."
The family says Tutu had a minor surgical procedure a week ago to address the cause of the infection. It has not provided details about the illness.
Nobel laureate Tutu marks 2 weeks in South Africa hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The family of Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu says he is responding well to treatment for an infection after checking into a South African hospital two weeks ago.
The family of the retired archbishop said in a statement Tuesday that the 84-year-old Tutu will undergo a small surgical procedure in Cape Town on Wednesday. The statement does not specify what kind of infection Tutu has.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a recurring infection, according to his family foundation.
The 84-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to remain in the hospital for a week or two, said the statement issued by the foundation late Wednesday.
Tutu underwent similar treatment last year, when he was hospitalized several times.
Turkey targets Gulen-inspired projects around the world
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In past years, big names in South Africa picked up the annual Gulen Peace Award, a local accolade inspired by a Turkish preacher who has been blamed by Turkey for an attempted coup last month.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Wednesday in municipal elections described as the most closely contested for the African National Congress since it took power in the first all-race elections in 1994.
About 26 million people had registered to vote at more than 22,000 polling stations as the ANC sought to retain control of key metropolitan areas despite a vigorous challenge from opposition parties.
President Jacob Zuma voted near his private home in the...
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The newly appointed leader of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign brings a wide range of experiences that include growing up in a segregated city, recording a song with Stevie Wonder and working with Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu.
The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2aoeh6N ) reports that 65-year-old Robert Jones was approved as the university's next chancellor July 21.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu on Sunday celebrated four decades of service as a bishop at a mass at St. Mary's Cathedral and central Johannesburg.
Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, 84, was dean at St. Mary's when he was appointed bishop of Lesotho 40 years ago. Tutu later became the first black archbishop of Cape Town where he was an outspoken opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime, which enforced a harsh system of racial discrimination....