Main headlines of the day: World leaders congregate in South Africa for Nelson Mandela funeral; Rare riots in Singapore, Snow and ice blanket U.S.; Anti-government protests in Bangkok; and more.
World leaders gather to mourn Nelson Mandela
Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and thousands of people have gathered in South Africa to pay tributes to former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 95. The funeral is on Sunday.
Frigid weather continues to disrupt life in US
Snow and ice has covered a large part of the country, disrupting normal life and making travel conditions dangerous. In Nevada, two adults and four children are missing after they left Sunday for Seven Troughs mountain range.
Soldiers from the Texas National Guard’s 840th Engineer Company, activated for winter weather operations, were en route to Denton, TX when they encountered a parked civilian van on fire. Texas Military Forces personnel helped local authorities extinguish the fire. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.
Freezing rain covered plants and trees in Falls Church, VA on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
ODOT crews in Douglas County break up snow pack and clear highways on Oregon 38.
— Dulles Airport (IAD) (@Dulles_Airport) December 8, 2013
Thousands protest in Bangkok in anti-government rally
More than 100,000 people protested in Bangkok, although Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has approved the dissolution and elections would be held on February 2.
— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 9, 2013
Rare riot in Singapore in 44 years
About 400 people rioted in Singapore’s Little India on Sunday night after a man was hit and killed by a bus. It was the first riot since 1969. The rioters destroyed the bus, burnt other vehicles and clashed with police. More than 24 people have been arrested.
Riot in Singapore's Little India district. Police ask people to stay away. Via @todayonoine pic.twitter.com/xh8tWWVWOf
— PRIMETIMEASIA© (@primetimeasia) December 8, 2013
Singapore susah nak dapat riot cm ni pic.twitter.com/XNVuPIQQlA
— Faatt ✌ ™ (@MuhdFathanah) December 8, 2013
NASA developing legs for space station’s Robonaut 2
NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2 (R2), marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series of tasks to demonstrate its functionality in microgravity.