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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to a global symbol of reconciliation.
Mining giant BHP Billiton said Tuesday it plans to cut spending by 25 percent this year and focus on its flagship operations as soft prices and extra supply squeeze resources firms. BHP chief Andrew Mackenzie said the world's largest miner was on track to meet production guidance and deliver 16 percent growth in the next two years. Despite tough operating conditions in the mining sector due to an easing in key market China's rampant growth and a surge in new supply, which has hit prices, Mackenzie said BHP remained profitable by finding savings.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - 0745 GMT: "Am here to celebrate the life of Mandela. You go to a restaurant you see the whitemen dining and the blacks serving," says Tapiwa Munyawiri, 24, a hospitality management student at Vaal University of Technology. Reports say British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived earlier at the stadium and was seen getting into a lift. 0738 GMT: My colleague Stephen Collinson reports that US President Barack Obama is now freshening up at his hotel before heading out to the stadium.