Nelson Mandela's funeral cortege will travel through the streets of the capital Pretoria on three consecutive days, the South African government said Saturday, encouraging people to line the route. "Every morning, when the remains leave the mortuary to the lying in state, those routes will be made public," said government spokesman Neo Momodu. Mandela's remains will lie in state at the Union Buildings -- the official seat of the South African government -- on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said Saturday that while she sees no quick end to her country's deep political impasse, her government is willing to negotiate with opponents to end the crisis.
By Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea freed an 85-year-old retired American soldier on Saturday after detaining him for more than a month for crimes it said he committed during the Korean War six decades ago. The veteran, Merrill E. Newman, flew to China from North Korea in the morning. Hours later he left on a United Airlines flight to San Francisco to be reunited with his family, sources at Beijing airport said. North Korea's official KCNA news agency earlier said he was being deported on humanitarian grounds and because he had admitted to his wrongdoing and apologized.