Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, died early Monday. She was 59.
State television South African Broadcasting Corporation reported that Zindzi died at a Johannesburg hospital early Monday morning.
She had been South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark since 2015.
The Mandelas' daughter came to international prominence in 1985, when the white minority government offered to release Nelson Mandela from prison if he denounced violence perpetrated by his movement, the Africa National Congress, against apartheid, the brutal system of racial discrimination enforced in South Africa at that time.
Zindzi Mandela read his letter rejecting the offer at a packed public meeting that was broadcast around the world.
She is survived by her husband and four children.
As coronavirus cases continue to surge several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas.
The number of infections neared 900,000 on Monday with a record 28,701 cases reported in the past 24 hours.
The total of 878,254 is behind only the United States and Brazil. The Health Ministry on Monday also reported another 500 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking India's total fatalities from COVID-19 up to 23,174.
The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 63%.
New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune are among the Indian cities witnessing a surge in infections. Several states introduced weekend curfews and announced stringent lockdowns in high-risk areas to slow infections.
India imposed a national lockdown March 24 that lasted more than two months, but it has mostly reopened.
Some 9.7 million children worldwide "could be forced out of school forever" by the end of this year, as a result of increasing poverty and budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
London-headquartered charity Save the Children made the warning on Monday.
In 12 countries, mainly in West and Central Africa but also including Yemen and Afghanistan, children are at extremely high risk of not going back to school after the lockdowns are lifted, while in another 28 countries, they are at high or moderate risk, the charity said in a report published on its website.
Lockdown measures during the pandemic saw a peak of 1.6 billion children out of school globally, according to the report.
Calling this an unprecedented education emergency, Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children, said: "We know the poorest, most marginalized children who were already the furthest behind have suffered the greatest loss."
In a mid-range budget scenario, some of the poorest countries in the world will see a shortfall of 77 billion U.S. dollars in education spending during the next 18 months, while in those countries where governments use education spending to tackle COVID-19, the figure could soar to 192 billion dollars by the end of 2021, the report said.
Ashing expressed worries that the impending budget crunch let existing inequality grow even wider between the rich and the poor, and between boys and girls.
Girls are at increased risk of gender-based violence, child marriage and teen pregnancy during school shutdown, the report said.
To address this education emergency, Save the Children, which has 29 national members worldwide, urges governments and donors to increase funding of education, with 35 billion dollars to be made available by the World Bank.
The agency also in its report calls on commercial creditors to suspend debt repayments by low-income countries, which could free up 14 billion dollars for investment in education.
The gunman who admitted killing 51 devotees in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, will represent himself when he will be sentenced in next month.
Brenton Harrison Tarrant had pleaded guilty in March to 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist act for the shootings targeting people praying at the two mosques in the city of Christchurch in 2019.
His sentencing hearing, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to begin in Christchurch on August 24.
The hearing could last more than three days.
The date was confirmed at a High Court session in Christchurch on Monday that was attended by some shooting survivors.
Tarrant’s defense team, lawyers Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, applied during Monday’s hearing for permission to withdraw as his counsel, a role they have filled since April 2019.
They told the court they had been instructed by Tarrant to withdraw as he wishes to exercise his right to represent himself.
Tarrant participated in Monday’s proceedings by video link from his Auckland jail. Justice Cameron Mander approved Tarrant’s request to dismiss his lawyers, saying he was satisfied he understood his right to legal representation and wished to waive that right.
A lawyer will still be appointed by the court to provide advice if Tarrant requests it. Mander called for a pre-sentence report and statements from victims for the hearing.
Tarrant faces life imprisonment, with the judge having some discretion in deciding how many years Tarrant must serve before becoming eligible for parole.
The attacks targeting people praying at the mosques shocked New Zealand, where new laws were quickly approved banning the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons. It also prompted global changes to social media protocols after the gunman livestreamed his attack on Facebook, where it was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.
The sudden guilty plea in March surprised survivors and relatives and relieved many people who had feared Tarrant would try to use his trial as a platform to promote his views.
Brazil on Sunday said its nationwide COVID-19 death toll has reached 72,100, with 631 more patients having succumbed to the novel coronavirus in the previous 24 hours.
The country has reported 24,831 new cases in the same period, bringing the total number of infections to 1,864,681, the health ministry said.
Brazil registers a mortality rate of 3.9 percent, and 1,123,204 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the past four months, according to the ministry's daily updated COVID-19 dashboard.
The most populous state of Sao Paulo is the epicenter of the epidemic, with 371,997 cases of infection and 17,848 deaths.