Funerals and memorial services

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 20, 2010 file photo, former Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov speaks to the media before a reception at the U.S. Ambassador's Spaso House residence in Moscow, Russia. Russia's space agency says Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space 54 years ago, has died in Moscow. He was 85. Roscosmos says in a statement on its website that Leonov died on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
October 15, 2019 - 3:14 am
MYTISHCHI, Russia (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, has been laid to rest at a memorial cemetery outside the Russian capital of Moscow. The legendary cosmonaut, who died Friday at 85, was buried Tuesday in a lavish ceremony, attended by hundreds of well-wishers and other...
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A horse-drawn hearse containing the body of opera star Jessye Norman passes by the Bell Auditorium, site of her funeral, in Augusta, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Norman died Sept. 30 at age 74. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor and four Grammy Awards. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)
October 12, 2019 - 5:34 pm
Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour...
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Students at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts unveil a sign naming the street outside the school in honor of the late opera star, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. Norman, who won five Grammy awards including a lifetime achievement honor in her distinguished career, died on Sept. 30, at age 74. Her funeral is slated for Saturday and a benefit concert for the school follows on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
October 11, 2019 - 5:40 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — International opera star Jessye Norman never forgot her home in a small Southern U.S. city. And Augusta, Georgia, never forgot the woman who grew up among many musical influences to become one of the few black opera singers to gain worldwide acclaim. Augusta is holding four days...
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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk attends a press conference in Bielefeld, Germany, Thursday, Oct 10, 2019. Olga Tokarczuk is named recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, Thursday Oct. 10, 2019. Two Nobel Prizes in literature are announced Thursday after the 2018 literature award was postponed following sex abuse allegations that rocked the Swedish Academy at that time. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 1:50 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...
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Police officers line the street in front of Church of the Sacred Heart, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 in Monroe, N.Y., for the funeral service for New York City Police Officer Brian Mulkeen. Authorities say Mulkeen was fatally hit Sunday by two police bullets while struggling with an armed man in the Bronx. He is the second New York City officer killed by friendly fire this year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 04, 2019 - 9:32 am
MONROE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City police officer killed by friendly fire during a struggle with an armed man was honored Friday at his funeral as a hero. Officer Brian Mulkeen, who was hit Sunday by two police bullets while wrestling with the man in the Bronx, was the second New York City officer...
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French Republican guards carry the flag-draped coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
September 30, 2019 - 8:56 am
PARIS (AP) — France bid a final adieu to Jacques Chirac on Monday as the former French president received military honors on a national day of mourning that culminated with a memorial service attended by dozens of past and current world leaders. Cutting a solemn figure, French President Emmanuel...
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The coffin carrying the body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is seen at during mass at his rural home in Zvimba, about 100 kilometers north west of the capital Harare, Saturday. Sept, 28, 2019. According to a family spokesperson Mugabe is expected to be buried at the residence after weeks of drama mystery and contention over his burial place. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
September 28, 2019 - 8:20 am
ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe (AP) — A priest asked God to take pity on Robert Mugabe as the family of the longtime Zimbabwean leader buried him Saturday at his rural home. They chose a private farewell for one of Africa's most divisive figures after a weeks-long dispute with the administration that forced him...
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In this photo taken Sept. 13, 2019, Associated Press journalist Andrew Meldrum poses for a photograph at the entrance to State House in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe. After 16 years in journalistic exile, Meldrum returned to Zimbabwe, the country where he worked as a journalist for 23 years until he was expelled by former president Robert Mugabe's government. For the past week he reported on the mourning period for Mugabe. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
September 18, 2019 - 9:40 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in...
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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 - 5:10 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. The service and viewing of the...
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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 - 2:49 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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