Baker said he was "amazed" at Mandela's soft spokenness and conviction.
"We’re in the middle of the end of the apartheid struggle now," Rev. Jesse Jackson said.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in South Africa Tuesday.
Nelson Mandela’s family released their first statement since his death.
The president thanked her for Mandela's profound influence on the world.
Justin Sink 12/06/13 11:56 AM EST
President Obama and Michelle Obama will be in South Africa next week to honor Mandela.
GOP leader Mitch McConnell called Mandela "one of the great statesmen of our time."
U.S. forces are standing at the ready to provide support for French and African troops battling rebel forces in the Central African Republic, according to the Pentagon's top military officer.
"We're in contact with our French counterparts" regarding the ongoing operation in Africa, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said Wednesday.
The State Department is set to designate Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram as a terrorist entity following growing pressure from Congress, a key lawmaker told The Hill.
“Tomorrow's the hearing, and I think they're going to do it,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs panel on Africa. “So I'm glad.”