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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
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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-- MANDELA --
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.
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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.
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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.
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-- AMERICAS --
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 --
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.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
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.
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Egyptian appeals courts order the release of 21 women and girls over an Islamist opposition protest after reducing harsh sentences that had sparked outrage.
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-- EUROPE --
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.
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-- ASIA --
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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