Friday, December 6, 2013

World News Briefs -- December 6, 2013 (Evening Edition)

Nelson Mandela Death: South Africa And World Mourn -- BBC

South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95.

Crowds have been paying tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela's former home in Soweto.

He is to be accorded a state funeral on Sunday 15 December, President Jacob Zuma announced.

Mr Mandela spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994.

His administration replaced the racist white-minority regime that had enforced segregation of black and white people in a policy known as apartheid.

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All Syrian chemical weapons munitions destroyed.

Syrian rebel group demands hostage swap for abducted nuns: paper. Syrian nuns appear in video, deny they were abducted by rebels.

Jordan elected to UN Security Council.

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.

Yemen army sweeps capital after deadly attack.

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.


Afghanistan won't bow to U.S. 'pressure' over security pact: official.

Japanese parliament passes controversial secrets law.

Thai protest leader vows final push to 'victory' on Monday. Thai protest leaders refuse to give up, but streets calm.

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.

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.


South Africa mourns Mandela amid racial tensions fears.

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

With song and sadness, South Africans mourn Mandela.

Egypt stops Morsi prison visits over 'incitement' messages.

Many flee in fear to C. African Republic airport.

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.


Clashes break out in Athens on anniversary of teenager's killing.

France adopts bill to penalise prostitutes' clients.

Russia and Ukraine leaders seek partnership treaty. 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.


Obama to go to South Africa next week for Mandela memorial: White House.

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.


Cuban objection holds up world trade agreement.

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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