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China's parliament has declared that Japan has no right to criticize the establishment of a Chinese air defense zone which it said was in accordance with international law, state media reported on Saturday. Japan, South Korea and their ally the United States have all protested at China's decision last month to declare an air defense identification zone in an area that includes islands at the heart of a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo. Fourteen Islamist women jailed for 11 years for demonstrating in Egypt will be released after a court slashed their sentences in a case that had outraged opposition groups and human rights campaigners, judicial sources said. Security forces have tried to crush the Muslim Brotherhood since the army ousted Egypt's first freely elected leader, Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, on July 3. His supporters have staged frequent protests calling for his reinstatement. Protests are a sensitive issue in the country of 85 million people where people power has helped topple two presidents in less than three years. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out a political comeback for her influential self-exiled brother and said an unpopular amnesty bill that would have allowed him to return has been scrapped, permanently. Yingluck said neither Thaksin Shinawatra, the divisive former premier at the center of Thailand's eight years of on-off political turmoil, nor the billionaire Shinawatra family were power hungry and all wanted the country to be democratic and at peace. Anti-government protesters have been on the streets for weeks, clashing with police and vowing to oust Yingluck and eradicate Thaksin's influence in a final push. "Right now, I don't think he wants to continue with politics, he would like to see fairness to everyone to make sure that we can work together and find a long-term solution for Thailand," Yingluck said of her brother in an interview with foreign reporters.
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They had been sentenced to 11 years behind bars. Amid outrage on the streets, fourteen Islamist women were given a stiff sentence for demonstrating in Egypt. Protests are a sensitive issue in Egypt after street demonstrations helped topple two presidents in less than three years. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DETAINEE, SAYING: "They are claiming the Interior Ministry gave us these flowers. Yes, the Interior Ministry did give us flowers in the form of an 11-year jail sentence each. It's our loved ones and friends who brought us these flowers. This is a flower for Egypt because we love it." But on Saturday those sentences were slashed to a one year suspended sentence. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JUDGE PRESIDING OVER CASE READING FINAL RULING, SAYING: "Each of the charged will serve a one-year suspended jail term ." Once the paperwork is completed, they will all be released.
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In their first statement since his death, Nelson Mandela's family says they've "lost a great man, a son of the soil." The statement said: "The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us." The statement went on: "We have lost a great man, a son of the soil whose greatness in our family was in the simplicity of his nature in our midst — a caring family leader who made time for all and on that score we will miss him dearly."
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Supporters of 155 Egyptian backers of the Muslim Brotherhood broke into cheers outside a Cairo court on Saturday after hearing news of their acquittal. The men were arrested and detained in October pending investigation on charges of spreading chaos in Cairo's Tahrir Square during celebrations marking the anniversary of a 1973 conflict with Israel. At the time, authorities had warned that anyone who protested against the army during ceremonies marking an attack on Israeli forces during the so-called October 6 War would be regarded as an agent of foreign powers, and not as an activist. On Saturday, the detained men were seen dressed in white overalls as they stepped out of large, blue police vans outside the New Court of Cairo on their way to the courtroom. Crowds gathered outside the court building, but relatives and media were not allowed inside the courtroom. Following the news of their release, crowds jumped in ju
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) There was a party atmosphere outside Nelson Mandela's former home in the sprawling township of Soweto on Saturday as groups of children gathered to honor the former South African president with dance performances. The children delighted crowds of onlookers and mourners who had come to pay their respects to Mandela and celebrate his life. Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to a multi-racial democracy. His former home on Vilakazi Street became the epicenter of the decades-long struggle against apartheid. Mandela was an icon of peace and reconciliation and came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.
With bouquets piling up throughout South Africa, mourning there has morphed into celebration. Honoring the life of Nelson Mandela, South Africans dance, sing and reflect on his legacy. At Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, more tributes to the late leader. (SOUNDBITE) (Xhosa) SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESSWOMAN, NOPASEKA MBAKI, SAYING: "We have lost a great deal. We had hoped that there was another chance for him to do great things for the country. We trust God to bring forth another hero to lead, but we hope others will learn from him." This man visited the site with his daughters. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VISITOR, CHRIS ALLEN, SAYING: "My daughters are South African and it meant a tremendous amount to them when they were watching the news yesterday and I am proud of their heritage. They are South African, and they wanted to do something, just say some words for Madiba and from the tears that they have been showing this meant a lot to them, even at t
Three weeks after their wedding, a Pennsylvania couple reportedly decided to celebrate by killing someone.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Saturday (December 7), the heavily armed border between two Koreas during his visit to South Korea. At an observation post, he looked around the border area and across at North Korea through binoculars. Biden also met with U.S. soldiers serving at the border post and made a visit to the truce village of Panmunjom where the North and South Korean soldiers stand opposite each other, on their side of the military demarcation line. Pyongyang is technically still at war with South Korea and views Washington as an imperialist aggressor. Biden is scheduled to fly back to Washington after the DMZ visit.
One month on since a deadly typhoon destroyed parts of central Philippines, residents do their best to rebuild and try to return to normal living. Teenagers eagerly pitch in to help remove debris. And although classes have resumed, students won't have any supplies or books. All of our materials have been washed away, this student says. We have absolutely nothing to use. In Tacloban city, teachers help keep children involved with exercises and guided play time. One administrator says they will use the typhoon and the devastation it caused to teach students a valuable lesson. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR MIGUEL DUMAS SAYING: "Of course, now that they (residents) have experienced the so-called storm surge, maybe it's high time to explain to them what the advantages and disadvantages are of living near the coast. That's what they should be taught, so they will understand the dangers." More than 5000 people were killed in
Friends and supporters around the world who knew Nelson Mandela say his role as a human rights icon will never be forgotten. Recording artist and musician Peter Gabriel. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PETER GABRIEL, SINGER AND FRIEND OF NELSON MANDELA, SAYING: "I think Mandela is probably unique in the way that he could climb out of so much darkness, so much pain and completely convince people that reconciliation was possible, that you could move forward and that you could move forward with your enemy working side by side and that you could trust their humanity to make a better world. That's what we're going to miss." Mandela died at his home in South Africa on Thursday where well wishers have been camped out ever since. His passing has attracted comments from former and current political figures and has captured headlines around the world. In the U.K, Prince Charles remembers Mandela as a very special person. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITAIN'S PRINCE CHAR
An elderly US tourist deported from North Korea on Saturday said he was very pleased to be heading home. Merrill Newman spoke to reporters at Beijing airport in China on his way back to the United States. (Dec. 7)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
US Vice President Joe Biden praised North Korea's release of an elderly US tourist on Saturday, but admonished the North for detaining him in the first place and called for another detained American to be swiftly released. (Dec. 7)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
6030 American Merrill Newman, 85, who was detained by North Korea for more than a month, landed in Beijing on Saturday (December 7) after being deported by Pyongyang, Japanese media reported. The North's KCNA news agency said Newman, who was being held on charges of "hostile acts" against the state, was deported because he had admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. "I'm very glad to be on my way home," Newman told Japanese media at Beijing airport. "I feel good, I feel good. I want to go home to see my wife." Newman, who was a U.S. special forces soldier during the 1950-53 Korean War and worked with guerrillas fighting behind the lines against the socialist North, had been held by the Pyongyang regime since late October. He was visiting North Korea as a tourist when he was pulled off an Air Koryo flight in North Korea minutes before it was due to depart for Beijing on Oct. 26. North Korea said on Saturday Merrill E. Newman, an 85-year old America
North Korea has deported Merrill Newman, an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran, who has been held for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country. Vice President Biden says Newman flew to China. (Dec. 6)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Can an out-of-shape computer nerd make it into the 2014 Winter Olympics? Silicon Valley entrepreneur Paul Bragiel is going all out to qualify as a cross-country skier--for Colombia. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
MULTIMEDIA DISPLAY (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Crowds of mourners took to the streets of Johannesburg's Soweto Township in the late hours of Thursday (December 5) to honor and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. Likewise, an outpouring of people paid their respects for Mandela around the world on Friday (December 6). Mandela, an anti-apartheid hero, died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global leaders as a moral giant.
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Across the globe, flags flew at half staff and memorials were erected outside South African embassies as mourners gathered to remember the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The former anti-apartheid leader died Thursday at the age of 95. (Dec. 6)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press