JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South Africans have given thanks in Sunday prayers for the improvement in the health of Nelson Mandela, the former president who was discharged from a hospital after treatment for pneumonia.
Members of an outdoor congregation in Johannesburg say 94-year-old Mandela was in their thoughts often during his most recent hospitalization. The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was admitted to a hospital in the South African capital of Pretoria on the night of March 27 and was discharged on Saturday.
Knowledge Modisa, a South African advertising manager, says she and other worshippers have been putting Mandela "first" in their prayers.
Mandela spent 27 years in prison during the period of white racist rule that ended with his election to the presidency in a democratic vote in 1994.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say they've arrested nine people, including builders, police officers and municipality officials, for colluding to illegally construct a residential building in India's financial capital that collapsed, killing 74 people.
Police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi says two builders were arrested for allegedly paying bribes to police and municipality officials to construct the eight-story building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane without any official sanction.
The building came crashing down on Thursday in the country's worst house collapse in recent decades.
Raghuvanshi said Sunday that police will formally charge the nine with culpable homicide and causing death by negligence at the end of an investigation into the accident.
If convicted, they can be sentenced to up to life in prison.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Central Methodist University is working with St. Charles Community College to offer a new bachelor's degree program in nursing.
The program is designed for people who already have their registered nurse certification. The program allows them to earn a four-year degree from Fayette-based CMU, with classes held on the St. Charles Community College campus.
Central Methodist University also will partner with BJC HealthCare to offer the nursing program.
BJC HealthCare operates Columbia's Boone Hospital Center. The facility serves residents primarily in the St. Louis area, southern Illinois and Mid-Missouri.