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politics lead

December 10th, 2013
04:41 PM ET

Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican involved in budget talks, told reporters Tuesday that negotiators were closing in on a deal with a Friday deadline for doing so fast approaching.

"We're making really good progress. We're getting close. Don't have a timeline for you," Ryan said.

Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray have spent the past two months working on a budget agreement that would set government spending levels and replace the automatic spending cuts scheduled to hit early next year.

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December 10th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Obama, world leaders praise 'giant of history' at Mandela memorial

Johannesburg (CNN) - They gathered in the tens of thousands - presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and ordinary South Africans - all united to say farewell to a man hailed as a global symbol of reconciliation.

In what has been billed as one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history, representatives from around the world joined street sweepers, actors and religious figures to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.

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