JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest on Sunday in an elaborate ceremony combining a state funeral and all its military pomp with the traditional burial rituals of his Xhosa clan to ensure he has an easy transition into the afterworld.
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YEREVAN - Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made Turkey's first high-level visit to Armenia in nearly five years on Thursday, raising the prospect of a revival in peace efforts between the historical rivals which stalled in 2010.
NAIROBI - The Congolese government has signed a peace deal with the M23 rebels it had been fighting until they laid down their arms last month, Kenya's presidential spokesman said on his official Twitter account on Thursday.
MADRID - Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set November 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum on Thursday and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government immediately poured cold water on the plan.
VIENNA - Experts from Iran and six world powers labored for a fourth day on Thursday to work out exactly how to implement last month's breakthrough deal for Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for limited sanctions easing.
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Thursday not to underestimate Russia's military might but cast his country as a force for moral good and a bastion of traditional values.