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AFP 1900 GMT News Advisory

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Duty editor: Arthur MacMillan

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ S.Africa prepares emotional Mandela farewell

+ US war veteran home after N. Korea detention

+ Hagel says Afghans will agree US troops deal

+ Elton John challenges gay ban at Moscow gig

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JOHANNESBURG

South Africa prepares a sweeping, emotional farewell for Nelson Mandela with a funeral that will underline the anti-apartheid icon's transcendent influence with a stellar gathering of world leaders and luminaries.

900 words 2000 GMT by Giles Hewitt. Picture. Video. Graphic. Videographic.

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SAN FRANCISCO

A visibly relieved American war veteran freed by North Korea after more than a month in detention arrives home in the United States where he is greeted by his family.

700 words 2000 GMT. Picture. File Video

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KABUL

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he has received assurances during a visit to Kabul that a long-delayed deal allowing American troops to stay after 2014 will be signed "in a timely manner".

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MOSCOW

British pop icon Elton John uses a sold-out Moscow concert to challenge Russia's highly contentious law banning the "propaganda of homosexuality" to minors.

600 words moved by Dmitry Zaks

-- MANDELA --

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa

As a rookie prison guard reporting for his first day on Robben Island, Christo Brand was told he was about to meet South Africa's 'terrorist' Nelson Mandela. Now he is mourning the loss of a father figure.

750 words moved by Justine Gerardy. Video

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RIO DE JANEIRO

The Nelson Mandela favela in Rio de Janeiro is a memorial to the late South African president. And the people of this shanty town remember him fondly.

500 words moved by Claire De Oliveira Neto. Picture. Video.

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JOHANNESBURG

After the initial shock of Mandela's death, many South Africans are celebrating his life and legacy with song and dance -- a fitting tribute to a man whom music helped set free.

700 words moved by Griffin Shea. Picture

-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

US President Barack Obama warns that an "ideal" agreement to eliminate "every nut and bolt" of Iran's nuclear program is not a realistic goal.

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-- AFRICA --

Centrafrica-unrest,WRAP

BANGUI

French troops are given a hero's welcome as they deploy in strife-torn Central African Republic, with thousands cheering their arrival as part of an international bid to stamp out deadly sectarian violence.

800 words 2000 GMT by Michel Cariou and Patrick Fort. Picture. Video. Graphic.

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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MANAMA

Diplomacy with Iran must be backed up by US military might, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says in a speech to Gulf allies anxious over a nuclear deal with Tehran.

700 words moved by Dan De Luce. Picture

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Cairo

Egyptian appeals courts order the release of 21 women and girls over an Islamist opposition protest after reducing harsh sentences that had sparked outrage.

600 words moved by Mona Salem. Picture. Video

-- EUROPE --

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KIEV

Outraged Ukrainians rally in central Kiev after President Viktor Yanukovych discussed a new strategic partnership agreement with Russia's Vladimir Putin upon rejecting a historic EU deal.

700 words by Olexander Savochenko. Picture. Video.

-- ASIA --

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia

Commerce ministers cap days of hard negotiations by approving a commercial deal that the WTO hails as a "historic" boost for the trade body and the world economy.

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