Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Mandela leaves estate of $4.1M

By the numbers

$148B

Amount China will spend on its military this year, up from $139.2 billion in 2013, according to IHS Jane's, a defense industry consulting and analysis company. By next year China will spend more on defense than Britain, Germany and France combined.

Times wires

Mandela leaves estate of $4.1M

Nelson Mandela left an estate worth about $4.1 million to his widow, Graca Machel; other family members; staff; and educational institutions, according to a reading of his will in South Africa on Monday. The former president, who died Dec. 5, also left a generous portion of the royalties from the sale of his books and other items to the African National Congress, to be distributed through a trust and used to promote the governing party's ideas and national reconciliation. Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was not mentioned in the will. The couple divorced in 1996.

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