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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Tears as Nelson Mandela lies in state
+ US, UK suspend Syria aid to rebels
+ Ukraine protesters dig in, US mulls sanctions
+ Pope Francis named Time person of the year
+ Malaria down but challenges remain: WHO
Nelson Mandela's distraught widow is among thousands of mourners who pay their last respects before his open casket, as the much-loved leader lies in state.
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The United States and Britain suspend non-lethal aid to rebel-held parts of northern Syria, a day after Islamists overran a border crossing in the snow-swept region near Turkey.
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Pro-EU Ukrainian demonstrators dig in as domestic and international pressure mounts on President Viktor Yanukovych to end a three-week standoff over his refusal to sign an EU deal.
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Time magazine names Pope Francis its person of the year, hailing the head of the Catholic Church as a new voice of global conscience since taking office in March.
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The fight against malaria has saved 3.3 million lives worldwide since 2000 but the mosquito-borne disease still killed 627,000 people last year, mainly children in Africa, the World Health Organization says.
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-- MANDELA --
They were singing on the packed bus going in, but the ride back was silent, hushed by a fleeting glimpse of the man many had hoped would just keep living forever.
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial stands accused of being a fake who merely flapped his arms around during speeches.
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-- AMERICAS --
The pilot of a South Korean airliner that crashed in San Francisco in July, killing three passengers, says he felt "very stressful" about landing the Boeing 777 without the help of an instrument landing system, an investigation hears.
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Golden Globe organisers are poised to unveil nominations for their annual movie awards show, as Hollywood's honors season gets into full swing with a bumper cast of hotly tipped contenders.
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US regulators gird for a vote that could allow in-flight phone calls, as debate heats up in Congress and elsewhere on the issue.
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-- EUROPE --
EU nations agree new rules for bank bailouts or "bail-ins", to save taxpayers from paying for the rescue of ailing financial institutions.
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Germany's top parties hope to end nearly three months of political limbo at the weekend by giving final approval to a coalition deal under Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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-- AFRICA --
The father of a slain French soldier has described how disarmed Muslim fighters in the Central African Republic were lynched by a Christian mob, in harrowing testimony that raised the spectre of a new wave of sectarian killing.
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Kenyans mark half a century of independence from Britain on Thursday, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.
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-- ASIA --
Japan will this weekend play host to Southeast Asian leaders as it looks to strengthen friendships in a region increasingly dominated by China, as it squares off with Beijing over disputed islands.
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An electrifying opening ceremony at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar has boosted faith that the nation is on the rise, after quelling fears its "coming out" party at the event's opening ceremony would fall flat.
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