Friday, December 6, 2013

World News Briefs -- December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela Death: World Mourns South Africa's First Black President -- CNN

Former South African President Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest December 15 in the Eastern Cape province, South African President Jacob Zuma said Friday. Other events, according to Zuma: Sunday will be a "national day of prayer and reflection," in which people will be called to gather in buildings of worship to conduct "prayer services and meditation reflecting on the life" of Mandela. Also, the official memorial service will be held Tuesday in FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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Syrian rebel group demands hostage swap for abducted nuns: paper.

UN inspectors set to visit Iranian plant.

U.S. official: Final Iran deal to include 'a lot of dismantling'.

On Middle East visit, Kerry sees hope of progress for Iran, Israel.

Palestinian negotiator calls for summit of great powers to resolve conflict.

Military bear brunt of Yemen terror attacks.

U.S. military hikes regional alert status after Yemen attack.

Hagel reassures Gulf allies U.S. committed to regional security.


Biden: US commitment to Asia beyond doubt. Biden rejects China's air defense zone, reaffirms Asia pivot.

Biden urges Seoul-Tokyo co-operation amid Asia tensions.

Biden: U.S., world ‘will not accept’ a nuclear-armed North Korea.

Aide to N. Korean leader's ousted uncle seeks asylum in South: media.

Thai protest leaders refuse to give up, but streets calm.

7 years after military coup, Fiji's ruler clears path to elections, legitimacy on own terms.

After four days of intense negotiations, India has its way at WTO.

Flights delayed as air pollution hits record in Shanghai.


Nelson Mandela's funeral to be held on Dec. 15.

With song and sadness, South Africans mourn Mandela.

French troops move to quell violence in CAR. 92 dead in one hospital in C. African capital, charity says.

Niger leader urges 'mixed brigades' to help Libya.

Somali MP killed by carbomb.

Egyptian police fire tear gas to end clashes in Cairo.


Ukraine's Yanukovich heads for talks in Russia with Putin - news agency.

Ukraine's Yanukovich postpones foreign trip over domestic turmoil: statement.

Cold, Cold War: Putin talks tough over US Arctic rivalry.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit Iran next week.

Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe.

Six months to go, momentum builds ahead of EU parliament vote.

Germany raises growth forecasts.

Pussy Riot members not expected to be freed in Russian amnesty.


US jobless rate falls to 5-year low in November.

Venezuela cracks down on internet as economy implodes.

Nearly a third of Latin Americans living in poverty: report.

Canada: Mulcair says NDP would have killed Keystone XL, eliminate power to override NEB assessments.

Canadian armed forces hit by spate of suicides.

Thieves who stole radioactive truck will 'without a doubt' die from exposure.

'Ice Friday' blast bears down on U.S. South, Midwest.


Al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility for Yemen ministry attack.

Italy convicts Egyptian cleric once kidnapped in CIA rendition of terror charges.

Analysis: Pro al Qaeda militants seen as lead suspects in American teacher’s death.

U.S. efforts stall in capturing suspects in Benghazi attacks.


Iran plans to meet foreign oil companies to seek investment.

Qantas: S&P cuts airline's credit rating to 'junk'.

Samsung and Philips among tech firms raided by EU.

French Central Bank warns of Bitcoin risks.

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