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China Recognizes Kim Jong Il's Son as His Heir Apparent

Dieter Depypere/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BEIJING) -- On the day that his late father's body went on display in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un received an important boost from North Korea's most important ally.

China announced Tuesday that it would recognize him as the rightful leader of North Korea, replacing his father, Kim Jong Il, who died last Saturday at age 69.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said that his country had faith the North Korean people would unite around "Comrade Kim Jong Un" to build a strong communist country.

Liu also said it was China's hope that the new leader would "realize permanent peace on the Korean peninsula," which threatens to become unstable because of the changing of the guard.

Kim Jong Un would be welcome to visit China when it is convenient for him and Beijing to do so.

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Nelson Mandela Welcomes New Great-Grandchild

Nelson Mandela Family(EASTERN CAPE, South Africa) -- Nelson Mandela’s family has released a photo of the 93-year-old South African icon cradling the newest member of his family, his eighth great-grandchild. The new baby, born to Mandela’s grandson Mandla, is Mandela’s direct heir.

The picture was taken in Qunu, Mandela’s ancestral home, where he has lived for the past two months.

In almost all African cultures, a child’s name is steeped in tradition. Nelson Mandela’s own birth name is Nkosi Rolihlala Dalibhunga Mandela. The name Nelson was given to him on his first day of school because it was easier to pronounce. Such name changes were commonplace for Africans attending colonial schools.

The name of the newest member of the Mandela family, Nkosi Qheya II Zanethemba Mandela, is also steeped in tradition. His name was chosen by Mandela himself, who is now considered the clan elder.

The Mandela family said Qheya was the birth name of Nelson Mandela’s cousin, the Royal Majesty King Gangelizwe of the AbaThembu. The baby’s second name, Zanethemba, translated from the Xhosa language to mean “Bringing Hope,” was chosen to symbolize continuity of the family.

“As the first-born son of Nkosi Dalibhunga’s [Nelson Mandela's] male heir, the child represents a continuation of the Mandela family and the journey undertaken by their forefathers,” read a statement by the Mandela family.

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