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By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's opposition accused President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday of betraying national interests at unannounced talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin, though both countries said nothing had been agreed. Both governments denied reports they had agreed a deal on cheaper Russian gas and for Ukraine to join a Moscow-led customs union after Yanukovich last month spurned a trade pact with the European Union. But the surprise meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday - and speculation that a deal had been struck - risks fuelling public anger in Ukraine, where thousands of protesters are occupying parts of the capital Kiev in a dangerous stand-off with security forces. It is not in the interests of the fate of the country," Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of three main leaders of the opposition protests, told crowds gathered on Independence Square under driving snow.
South Africa prepared Saturday a sweeping, emotional farewell to Nelson Mandela -- a funeral that will draw an unprecedented gathering of world leaders and luminaries, reflecting the anti-apartheid icon's transcendent influence. Presidents, heads of government and royalty from every corner of the globe will be among those seeking to pay their respects to modern South Africa's founding father, who died late Thursday aged 95, surrounded by friends and family. The government announced Saturday that his coffin would be taken in a cortege through the streets of Pretoria each morning, giving the millions of South Africans still coming to terms with the death of their first black leader an opportunity to say a final farewell. Large numbers of mourners, carrying candles, flowers and messages of respect have turned up every day outside Mandela's residence in Johannesburg and in the once blacks-only township of Soweto.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.