Funerals and memorial services

The casket of former president Robert Mugabe, covered by the national flag and followed by family and dignitaries, arrives for a state funeral at the National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. African heads of state and envoys are gathering to attend a state funeral for Mugabe, whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
September 14, 2019 - 9:10 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — African heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at a state funeral Saturday for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. More than 10 African leaders and...
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Widow Grace Mugabe wears a black veil as she follows the casket of former president Robert Mugabe to an air force helicopter for transport to a stadium where it will lie in state, at his official residence in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Controversy over where and when Robert Mugabe will be buried has overshadowed arrangements for Zimbabweans to pay their respects to the deceased leader. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
September 13, 2019 - 5:49 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The controversy swirling around the burial of Zimbabwe's founding leader, Robert Mugabe, centers on his widow, Grace, who has remained dramatically cloaked behind a heavy black veil as she succeeded in getting the country's president to scrap his plans for the ex-leader to...
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A man in the stands holds a banner with the face of former president Robert Mugabe, as members of the public queue up to view his body at the Rufaro stadium in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The ongoing uncertainty of the burial of Mugabe, who died last week in Singapore at the age of 95, has eclipsed the elaborate plans for Zimbabweans to pay their respects to the former guerrilla leader at several historic sites. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
September 13, 2019 - 11:51 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be buried at the national Heroes' Acre site but the date has not yet been set, a family spokesman said Friday, as mourners lined up to view the body for a second day in the capital, Harare. The decision to inter Mugabe at the...
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Mourners stampede after the arrival of the coffin carrying former President Robert Mugabe at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 where Mugabe will lie in state for a public viewing. Mugabe, the founder leader, made his final journey back to the country Wednesday amid continuing controversy over where he will be buried. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
September 12, 2019 - 12:57 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Controversy over where and when former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be buried and a stampede which injured several people trying to view his body marred the mourning for the deceased leader Thursday. A crowd insisting to see Mugabe's face in the partially opened...
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo lays a wreath at the grave of former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie during funeral services at Hero's cemetery Kalibata in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has been buried at a state funeral. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
September 12, 2019 - 6:24 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of dictator Suharto, was buried on Thursday in a state funeral with full military honors. Thousands of mourners lined...
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Officials and leaders, among them U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Polish President Andrzej Duda, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier stand during a memorial ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
September 01, 2019 - 9:20 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The speaker of Germany's parliament is giving his support to a push to build a memorial in Berlin to the Polish victims of Nazi Germany. Wolfgang Schaeuble said at an event Sunday...
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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco lies in state in the state capitol rotunda in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Thursday was the first of three days of public events to honor Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a years long struggle with cancer.(AP Photo/Michael Democker, Pool)
August 23, 2019 - 2:09 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Memorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region. A public visitation for the state's only female governor is taking place Friday at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette. A prayer service...
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards places a state flag onto the casket during a Celebration of Life Interfaith Service for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Thursday was the first of three days of public events to honor Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a years long struggle with cancer.(AP Photo/Michael Democker, Pool)
August 22, 2019 - 12:47 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, will return to the state's ornate Capitol building for her last time Thursday, with her casket carried in to the sound of a 21-gun salute honoring her service. Mourners are expected to pack the building...
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This combination of Sept. 14, 1986, left, and Aug. 1, 2019 photos provided by NASA shows the shrinking of the Okjokull glacier on the Ok volcano in west-central Iceland. A geological map from 1901 estimated Okjökull spanned an area of about 38 square kilometers (15 square miles). In 1978, aerial photography showed the glacier was 3 square kilometers. in 2019, less than 1 square kilometer remains. (NASA via AP)
August 18, 2019 - 2:03 pm
OKJOKULL GLACIER, Iceland (AP) — It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the...
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Antonio Basco, left, the long-time companion of Margie Reckard, 63, speak to reporter Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Hundreds of well-wishers gathered at an El Paso cemetery on Saturday to support Basco as he buried his companion of 22 years. Reckard was killed by a gunman who opened fire at an El Paso Walmart this month. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
August 17, 2019 - 4:56 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Thousands of strangers came to say goodbye to a woman who was killed a mass shooting in El Paso after hearing her longtime companion had few family members left. Antonio Basco had told reporters he felt alone in planning the funeral for Margie Reckard, one of 22 people killed...
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