Mandela has pneumonia

South African officials for the first time Saturday confirmed the seriousness of Nelson Mandelaís illness ó pneumonia ó as the former president prepared to spend a fourth night in a hospital. Mandela, 94, who has a history of respiratory problems, had a pleural effusion, or fluid in or around the lungs, which had been drained, according to the presidentís office. Earlier updates from the presidentís office said Mandela was in good spirits, responding well and eating breakfast. Mandela, who helped lead the rebellion against apartheid rule in South Africa, is revered as a symbol of peace and reconciliation in a nation often plagued by racial divisions.


Eiffel Tower bomb scare

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated Saturday night after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat, police said. Nearly 1,400 people were sent away from the tourist attraction following a request from tower operators after the warning, a Paris police official said. Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs, and set up a security perimeter. No explosives were found and the site was to be reopened, the official said on condition of anonymity because she wasnít authorized to speak publicly. French authorities have stepped up counterterrorism measures in recent weeks amid heightened concern about threats to France over its military campaign against al-Qaida-linked fighters in Mali which began more than two months ago.


Media granted access

The Associated Press on Saturday became the first international news agency to open a bureau in Myanmar since a reformist government took power two years ago and began relaxing restrictions on the media for the first time in decades. The opening paves the way for coverage of the unfolding transition in Myanmar, which is still emerging from nearly half a century of military rule. The Information Ministry informed the AP on Saturday it had granted the news agency permission to open an office in Yangon. Japanese broadcaster NHK was also granted permission.

Compiled from wire reports.