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Duty editor: Jitendra Joshi

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Tens of thousands gather to view Mandela in state

+ Mexico lawmakers pass historic energy reform bill

+ US mulls sanctions on Ukraine as protesters dig in

+ New Thai tensions as ex-PM indicted for murder

+ Golden Globes inaugurate Hollywood nominations

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PRETORIA

Nelson Mandela is given back to his adoring people, with tens of thousands expected to queue for an opportunity to file past his open casket on a full day of public viewing in the capital Pretoria.

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MEXICO CITY

Mexico's lower house of Congress gives general approval to a disputed energy reform bill aimed at luring foreign investors and ending the state's 75-year-old oil monopoly.

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KIEV

Ukraine marks three weeks of opposition demonstrations since the government's decision to reject a historic EU pact as the United States warns of possible sanctions over Kiev's crackdown on the protesters.

600 words by 0800 GMT by Dmytro Gorshkov. Graphic. Picture. Video

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BANGKOK

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is indicted for murder in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors say, as fresh political unrest shakes the kingdom.

600 words 0700 GMT by Thanaporn Promyamyai. Graphic. Picture. Video

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LOS ANGELES

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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-- MANDELA --

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CAPE TOWN

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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LONDON

They tuned in to view performances by some of the biggest rock and pop stars of the day. But for many of the half a billion television viewers who watched the 1988 Wembley Stadium concert, it was an eye-opening event that helped turn Nelson Mandela into a global icon.

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-- EUROPE --

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KIEV

The failure of Ukrainian security forces to shift the mass protests occupying the centre of Kiev has significantly weakened the hand of President Viktor Yanukovych but the outcome of the drawn-out crisis remains far from certain, analysts say.

650 words 0800 GMT by Dmytro Gorshkov

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STRASBOURG

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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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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DAMASCUS

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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-- AMERICAS --

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NEW YORK

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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WASHINGTON

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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WASHINGTON

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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-- ASIA --

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BEIJING

China has lost its key North Korean interlocutor with the purging of Kim Jong-Un's uncle, but analysts say the young leader's tightening grip on power may be welcomed by Beijing, which prizes stability above all else in its wayward nuclear-armed ally.

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-- AFRICA --

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NAIROBI

Kenyans mark half a century of independence from Britain, 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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