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Crowds celebrate Mandela's life Across South Africa, people are gathering to celebrate the life of the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95. Details WTO agrees global trade agreement The World Trade Organization agrees a historic global deal aimed at boosting commerce, which could add nearly $1tn to the global economy. Details US citizen released by North Korea US citizen Merrill Newman arrives in the Chinese capital, Beijing, after being deported from North Korea following more than a month in detention there. Details 'Hundreds dead' in CAR violence At least 300 people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, the Red Cross says. Details Elton John 'sad' over Russia gay law British singer Elton John urges Russia to end discrimination against gays and lesbians as he performs at a concert in Moscow. Details Arrests over Mexico radiation truck Six men are detained in central Mexico over the robbery earlier this week of a truck containing radioactive material from a hospital. Details US jobless rate hits five-year low The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November as firms created 203,000 new jobs, latest figures show. Details Deadly storm lashes northern Europe Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges kill at least seven people in northern Europe, flood parts of Hamburg and leave thousands without power. Details Italy convicts abducted Egypt cleric Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar, abducted by the CIA in Italy in 2003, is given a six-year jail term in absentia in Milan for terror offences. Details Al-Qaeda claims Yemen ministry raid Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says it was behind an attack on Yemen's defence ministry on Thursday that left 52 people dead. Details Samsung and Philips raided by EU Samsung and Philips are among several consumer electronics companies raided by the European Commission over suspected breaches of competition rules. Details Jazz pianist Stan Tracey dies at 86 British pianist Stan Tracey, one of the greats of the jazz world, dies at the age of 86. Details Dylan's guitar sells for $965k The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sells at auction in New York for a record $965,000 (£591,000). Details