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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Tears as Mandela lies in state
+ Ukraine leader urges talks after protest camp raid
+ India's top court reinstates gay sex ban
+ Time names Pope Francis person of year
+ Mandela memorial sign interpreter a 'fraud'
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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Ukrainian demonstrators force riot police to retreat after a pre-dawn raid on their protest camp, in a blow to the authority of President Viktor Yanukovych who called for talks after nearly three weeks of rallies.
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India's Supreme Court reinstates a colonial-era ban on gay sex that enables the jailing of homosexuals in a major setback for rights campaigners in the world's biggest democracy.
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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 he took office in March.
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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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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 pilot of a South Korean airliner that crashed in San Francisco in July, killing three passengers, said he felt "very stressful" about landing the Boeing 777 without the help of an instrument landing system, according to documents at an investigation hearing in Washington.
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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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Mexico's Senate approves controversial legislation to open the state-controlled energy sector to foreign investment and break the 75-year-old oil monopoly.
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French expert Laurent Ponsot is to be the star witness on day three of the New York trial of wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan, who faces up to 40 years in jail for selling fake vintage wines.
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Finding a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 is within reach, British Prime Minister David Cameron said at the first-ever G8 meeting on combating the disease.
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Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a parliamentary confidence vote triggered by the fall of Silvio Berlusconi, promising to push through a pro-European reform agenda and fight populism.
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A US foundation reveals it was the mystery buyer of sacred Native American objects auctioned off in Paris under a cloud of controversy, and will return them to the tribes that claim them.
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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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The trial of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies on charges related to protest deaths ends abruptly when the judges quit in protest over chaos in the dock.
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A decade after Saddam Hussein's arrest, the now-executed Iraqi dictator's legacy of conflicts, sanctions and repression still exact a heavy toll on the country.
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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 in the troubled state.
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