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Mandela Memorial Service Underway In South Africa

People danced and swayed to music under a sea of colorful rain umbrellas as crowds gathered at a huge soccer stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.
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South Africa Honors Mandela, An 'Incomparable Force Of Leadership'

With a mix of joyful, mournful and soulful music tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of world leaders gathered in a huge soccer stadium to celebrate the country's emancipator. Nelson Mandela was remembered as an "incomparable force of leadership."
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Israel, Jordan, Palestinians Strike Water-Sharing Deal

Under the agreement, Jordan would build a desalination plant and a pipeline would be built from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea.
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Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles

Andre Le Notre helped turn an old hunting lodge into the Versailles we know today, taking his profession way beyond a trade. Experts say Le Notre's work was so groundbreaking, it continues to influence contemporary urban architecture. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Le Notre's birth.
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Ukrainian Police Threaten To Drive Protesters Out Of City Buildings

Tensions are high in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, as huge crowds of protesters vent their anger at President Viktor Yanukovych. He has rejected a plan to strengthen ties between Ukraine and the European Union. The demonstrators fear that Yanukovych will instead strengthen ties with Russia and some former Soviet republics. There have been angry face-offs between protesters and police. In one incident on Monday, a line of demonstrators pushed right up against the shields of a line of police. Tempers were flaring until a group of parliamentarians walked between the two lines and separated them.
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Kim Jong Un Dismisses Uncle From Defense Post On State Television

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed his uncle — who was considered the number two power in the country — from a key defense post. Jang Song Thaek was accused of a long list of criminal and counter-revolutionary acts. He was stripped of all power, and was seen on state television being forcibly removed from a party meeting. Melissa Block talks with Korea-watcher Victor Cha, a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Obama And Former Presidents To Attend Mandela Memorial

The world has joined South Africans in mourning and memorializing Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95. The life of the man known as the '"father of the nation" — the anti-apartheid hero, Nobel Laureate laureate and South Africa's first black president — will be celebrated on Tuesday in Johannesburg, a ceremony that will be attended by many world leaders.
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For Working-Class Chinese, 'Picture Day' Is A Rare Treat

Volunteers in more than 20 countries this weekend shot free, studio-quality portraits of more than 16,000 people who otherwise couldn't have afforded them. Getting people in one Shanghai neighborhood to smile wasn't easy. Some had never had portraits taken before.
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The Afterlife Of American Clothes

The U.S. exports a billion pounds of used clothes every year. Much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Singapore's Leader Urges Calm After Rare Riot

Sunday's riot was sparked by the death of a 33-year-old Indian national who was struck and killed by a bus. Hundreds rioted in the Little India neighborhood following the death. Eighteen people were hurt.

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