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  • The giant arena in Mandela's back yard that will house the biggest funeral in history: Preparations begin as world leaders head to South Africa for historic event

    December 9, 2013 6:43 PM 54

    A giant arena is being built in view of Nelson Mandela's home to stage the biggest funeral in South Africa's history for him. Final preparations are being made before more than 70 world leaders fly in this week to attend a series of events to mark the extraordinary life of one of humanity's great peacemakers. They include Cuban leader Raul Castro and Zimbabwe's

  • Russia news agency appoints controversial leader

    December 9, 2013 10:12 AM 25

    Best news photos of the week The Russian TV anchor has been known for his controversial and conservative views. In one August episode of his show, he said he believed that the organs of homosexuals were not fit for transplants, and should be burned. The decree, which effectively transferred all property of RIA Novosti to Russia Today, was effective immediately

  • Frustrated India investors cheer opposition gains

    December 9, 2013 7:03 AM 35

    Business leaders are openly cheering on the BJP. Several surveys show overwhelming business support for its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, reflecting widespread frustration with the ruling Congress-led government’s failure to end extravagant corruption and scythe through a thicket of bureaucratic red tape that has stifled investment. India’s

  • Censored: Why the media hides Cuba’s role in the end of apartheid

    December 9, 2013 5:53 AM 45

    Inconvenient figures have been whitewashed from the coverage of Nelson Mandela's death. The photo pull-out sections show the South African leader with Bill Clinton, with Princess Diana and Naomi Campbell and the Spice Girls. But his close friendship with Fidel Castro and the two men's habit of calling each other 'brother' is written out of history

  • Protests Reach Crunch Stage in Ukraine As Russia Deal Looms

    December 7, 2013 3:55 PM 31

    KIEV, December 7 (RIA Novosti) – Protests entering their third week in the Ukrainian capital looked set to gain new momentum Saturday as President Viktor Yanukovych committed his former Soviet nation to greater economic ties with Russia. Thousands of people, many of them waving flags of Ukraine and opposition political parties, assembled in Independence

  • Nelson Mandela death: Public bodies lower flags in tribute

    December 7, 2013 1:28 AM 38

    Flags are being flown at half mast across north Wales as a mark of respect to former South African president Nelson Mandela. Wrexham was flying the Welsh flag and Union Jack at half mast outside the town's guildhall. Conwy council also flew flags at half mast outside its Bodlondeb headquarters in Conwy. Mr Mandela, South Africa's first black president

  • Snowden to appear, via video, at European Parliament hearings

    December 6, 2013 6:21 PM 44

    Dec. 6, 2013 at 3:14 PM   |   0 comments Jan Phillip Albrecht said Snowden, who currently resides in Russia, will provide answers to pre-submitted questions in a video appearance to be presented at the European Parliament's civil liberties committee in Brussels on Dec. 18, noting the procedure will be followed to avoid revealing Snowden's exact location

  • Death toll in Europe storm rises to 6 as winds blast Poland

    December 6, 2013 1:02 PM 61

    WARSAW (Reuters) - The death toll from hurricane-force Storm Xaver sweeping across northern Europe rose to six on Friday when high winds hurled a tree limb against a car, killing three people, local emergency services said. Xaver blasted into northern Europe late Thursday after disrupting transport and power in northern Britain and flooding east coast

  • Kerry says prospects good for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    December 6, 2013 12:40 PM 49

    Kerry also reassured Israelis that tough sanctions on Iran will remain in place during negotiations toward an international deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful purposes. “We will approach this final negotiation with an absolute view about Israel’s security,” as well as the safety of the wider Middle East, Kerry said as he ended two days of talks

  • Russian Feminist Punk Rocker Doc Makes Oscar Shortlist

    December 4, 2013 8:23 AM 35

    MOSCOW, December 4 (RIA Novosti) – A feature documentary about a group of anti-Kremlin feminist punk rockers jailed after mounting a protest performance in a Moscow cathedral has been shortlisted for an Oscar award. The film is among 15 features picked in the documentary category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The movie, which was included