JOHANNESBURG - Sports-mad South Africa saluted Nelson Mandela on Saturday with smiles and moments of silence in honour of the late anti-apartheid leader, who inspired people to pursue the impossible from politics to the playing field. | Video
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MEXICO CITY - Mexican lawmakers unveiled a draft energy bill on Saturday that includes contracts ranging from profit-sharing and risk-sharing to licenses to lure private investment, in what would be the biggest oil-sector opening in decades for the world's 10th biggest oil producer.
BANGUI - French soldiers were cheered on Saturday as they began patrolling densely-populated neighborhoods of Central African Republic's capital Bangui, which has been rocked by waves of killings between Muslim and Christian communities.
- A U.S. federal judge has refused to allow investors to proceed as a group in a lawsuit accusing BP Plc of fraud by misleading them - before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill - about the company's ability to respond to an accident.
KABUL - A NATO meeting in February could become a new deadline for a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan, whose president has been reluctant to sign the deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on visit to Kabul.
- A former SAC Capital Advisors trader, set to go on trial next month on insider trading charges, wants to cite in court some 2012 testimony given by the hedge fund's founder Steven Cohen, claiming it rebuts the government's case.
DALLAS - Freezing weather gripped parts of the United States on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of people in Texas and Arkansas coping in the cold without power after a winter storm made roads impassable and caused severe flight delays.
MANAMA - Rising naval power India has no intention of becoming a U.S.-style protector of Gulf Arab states, even if the region's states asked it to take on that role, its foreign minister said on Saturday, citing his country's avoidance of foreign military deployments not mandated by the United Nations.