South Africa prepares to welcome world leaders
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is readying itself for the arrival of a flood of world leaders for the memorial service and funeral for Nelson Mandela as thousands of mourners continued to flock to sites around the country Saturday to pay homage to the freedom struggle icon.
South Africa begins life without Nelson Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — What next for South Africa?
North Korea deports US tourist and Korean War vet
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyogyang.
US welcomes North Korea's release of American
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is welcoming North Korea's decision to release an elderly American tourist.
Hagel lands in Kabul amid chaos over security deal
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting with American forces in Afghanistan amid a stubborn stand-off between the U.S. and Afghan leaders over a security agreement that President Hamid Karzai still refuses to sign despite increasing pressure from diplomatic and defese officials.
Biden visits DMZ as NKorea releases US tourist
OBSERVATION POST OUELLETTE, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stepped foot into the no-man's land between North and South Korea on Saturday, peering out at the furtive nation hours after it released an American tourist the regime had detained for more than a month.
AP PHOTOS: Mandela remembered around the world
Mourners sing and dance outside Nelson Mandela's old house in Johannesburg. In Pakistan, children gather around his portrait holding candles. Well-wishers leave flowers outside South African diplomatic missions in Beijing and New York.
Deal to boost global trade reached at WTO summit
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A deal to boost global trade has been approved by the World Trade Organization's 159 member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping alive the possibility that a broader agreement to create a level playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached inthe future.
Thai premier: No quick end to political impasse
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said Saturday that while she sees no quick end to her country's deep political impasse, her government is willing to negotiate with opponents to end the crisis.
Putin spokesman: customs union not discussed
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The spokesman for Russia's president says Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin didn't discuss Ukraine joining a Russian-led customs union, one of the issues driving large protests now in their third week in Kiev.
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