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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court reduced Saturday harsh prison sentences given to 14 young Islamist women for protesting in support of the country's ousted president, reducing them to one-year suspended sentences, a defense lawyer said.
South Africa prepared Saturday a sweeping, emotional farewell for Nelson Mandela and a funeral to underline the anti-apartheid icon's transcendent influence with a stellar gathering of world leaders and luminaries. As Mandela's family expressed their sense of grief and loss, government officials fleshed out details of the memorial events that will culminate in the prisoner-turned-president's burial on December 15 in his boyhood home of Qunu. For a second straight day, thousands of ordinary South Africans, black and white and from all walks of life, paid personal tribute at the Johannesburg residence where Mandela died late Thursday, aged 95, surrounded by friends and family. A large police barrier blocking the road was transformed into a multi-coloured bank of flowers, flags, photos and messages remembering the country's first black leader, known affectionately as Madiba.