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Fears rise as Mandela remains in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela remained hospitalized Thursday for a second straight day for what his office described as routine tests but which drew concern over the health of the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela undergoes regular hospital checkups, but his latest visit, which started Wednesday, has stretched into an unusually long stay. Journalists camped outside the hospital Thursday as Mandela's relatives and friends entered for visits. President Jacob Zuma, attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is being updated on developments, Zuma's office said.

Mandela's office has released only a brief statement, saying Wednesday the hospital visit involves only routine tests and that Mandela is in "no danger and is in good spirits." His spokesman did not return calls seeking more information.

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Reunion marks Eichmann's trial

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Fifty years after Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann was brought to justice, the men who captured, investigated and prosecuted the Holocaust mastermind held a rare reunion Thursday in the Jerusalem hall where the famous trial took place.

The gathering, marking the U.N.'s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, revisited the landmark trial that brought to light in vivid detail the horrors of the Nazi final solution to rid Europe of its Jews.

After the war, Eichmann escaped to Argentina, where, after extensive surveillance, agents of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, nabbed him in May 1960. He was convicted and hanged in 1962.

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Uproar follows slaying of gay rights activist

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A prominent Ugandan gay rights activist whose picture was published by an anti-gay newspaper next to the words "Hang Them" has been bludgeoned to death. Police said Thursday his sexual orientation had nothing to do with the killing and that one "robber" had been arrested.

Activists were outraged over the death of David Kato, an advocacy officer for the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda. His slaying follows a year of stepped up threats against gays in Uganda, where a controversial bill has proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts.

Kato, who had received multiple threats, was found late Wednesday at his home in Kampala with serious head wounds caused by an attack with a hammer. He later died.

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NATO leader affirms Afghan commitment

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Afghan army will not collapse when international troops end their combat role, in the way that South Vietnam's did in the 1970s, NATO's top officer said Thursday.

Italian Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola said the international community intends to remain committed to Afghanistan after NATO forces hand over responsibility to the Afghan security forces in 2014.

"About 60 countries are engaged in the broader effort," Di Paola told reporters. "It is not just a bilateral or trilateral effort, as it was (in Vietnam)."

"The United Nations, the World Bank, many nongovernmental organizations are all there," he said. "That is the fundamental difference."