A week of Mandela remembrances begins in South Africa...Big storm rumbles east

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Updated: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 05:15:58 EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A national day of prayer and reflection has kicked off a week of events in South Africa to remember Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday. South Africans flocked to houses of worship today as the nation prepares for what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals in modern times on Friday. The Nobel winner, former president and anti-apartheid leader was 95.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The densely populated Eastern seaboard is bracing today for a taste of a powerful storm system that spread hazardous snow, sleet and freezing rain widely across the nation's midsection. Forecasters say the storm blamed for several deaths, numerous power outages and thousands of weekend flight cancellations already, has Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states in its sights today before it moves to the Northeast.

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Government workers are back on the job, markets have goods to sell and the typhoon-devastated Philippine city of Tacloban has the sounds of a place getting back on its feet. But the scars are also still visible a month after the storm. Bodies are still being found while tens of thousands are living underneath shelters made from scavenged materials and handouts.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two U.N. inspectors are paying a visit to an Iranian heavy water production plant today. Iranian state TV is reporting that inspectors arrived at the Arak site where plans for commissioning a plutonium reactor have been suspended under a separate interim deal reached with world powers.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has decided to match China's move and expand its own air defense zone, which overlaps in sports with the one announced by Beijing and denounced by its neighbors. South Korea earlier requested that China redraw its air defense zone but Beijing said no. The U.S., Japan and other countries have also protested the Chinese zone.

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