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Call for redemption as executed Australian mourned

Sydney - More than 1,000 people mourned Australian drug smuggler Andrew Chan at his funeral in Sydney Friday following his execution in Indonesia, with his brother saying he should have been given a second chance.

China cracking down on funeral strippers

The government is planning on cracking down on funerals where strippers and pole dancers are performing, in a bid to discourage the practice.

Malta holds funeral for migrant shipwreck victims

Valletta - Malta on Thursday honoured the memory of the estimated 800 people who perished in the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster with a poignant inter-faith funeral service for 24 of them.

Hundreds mourn at funeral of black man killed by U.S. cop

Summerville - Hundreds mourned Saturday at the funeral of an unarmed black suspect gunned down in a "disgraceful" shooting by a white officer, an episode that has raised questions about race and excessive force in the United States.

Tears and accusations as Ukraine buries mine blast victims

Donetsk - Emotions ran high as mourners in east Ukraine on Friday laid to rest some of the 33 miners killed in an apparent gas blast at a notoriously dangerous coal mine in rebel-led Donetsk.

Danes bid farewell to first shooting victim

Copenhage - Several hundred mourners Tuesday attended the funeral of the first victim of the Copenhagen shootings as reports said the filmmaker died trying to stop his killer from spraying a cultural centre with bullets.

Hundreds attend funeral of Copenhagen gunman

Copenhage - Hundreds of people on Friday attended the Islamic burial of the gunman who killed two people in twin shootings in Copenhagen last weekend.

Ukraine rebels bury dead who fell hours before ceasefire

Donetsk - After the coffins of four pro-Russian fighters killed hours before the Ukrainian ceasefire were lowered into the ground on Monday in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, their comrades fired Kalashnikov rifles into the icy air in a final salute.

Argentine prosecutor laid to rest amid mystery over his death

La Tablada - The special prosecutor whose mysterious death set off a political firestorm in Argentina was laid to rest Thursday, as an investigation tries to determine whether he died by his own hand or was murdered.

Israel buries Jews slain in Paris attack

Jerusalem - Israel held an emotional funeral Tuesday for four Jews killed by an Islamist gunman in Paris, with thousands turning out to mourn the victims of an attack that shook the Jewish community.

Israel set to hold funerals for Jews slain in Paris attack

Jerusalem - Crowds of mourners are set to attend the funeral in Jerusalem Tuesday of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a Paris kosher supermarket, after their bodies were flown to Israel.

Belgian queen Fabiola's funeral draws world royalty

Brussels - Global royalty from as far afield as Japan and Thailand attended the windswept funeral Friday of Belgium's former queen Fabiola, widow of the popular King Baudoin, following her death last week aged 86.

Funeral services to be streamed online in Spain

Valencia - The city of Valencia in Spain is set to be the first to offer a brand new, free service to families and friends of deceased loved ones. Wherever they are in the world, they will be able to attend the funeral service, and tour the cemetery, online.

Clashes in Jerusalem but flashpoint Palestinian funeral delayed

Jerusalem - Israeli police clashed with Palestinians across east Jerusalem Saturday ahead of a potentially explosive funeral that was delayed for a day and tight security conditions imposed.

Drive-thru mourning now offered at Michigan funeral home

Saginaw - Drive-thru windows have become a part of everyday life for many of us, but some Michigan residents find the drive-thru visitation window at a local funeral home disrespectful.

Funeral of disaster-hit ferry owner starts in S. Korea

Seoul - The funeral of a South Korean tycoon who was the target of a massive manhunt connected to April's ferry disaster began Saturday under tight security at the compound of the religious group he led.

Thousands bid farewell to slain US teenager

Saint Louis - The black teenager whose shooting by a white officer ignited protests and revived the race debate in the United States was eulogized as a victim of abusive policing whose untimely death demands justice.

Thousands bid farewell to slain US teenager

Saint Louis - The black teenager whose shooting by a white officer ignited protests and revived the race debate in the United States was eulogized Monday as a victim of abusive policing whose untimely death demands justice.

Spain mourns priest who died from Ebola

Madrid - Several hundred mourners joined a funeral service on Wednesday for a Spanish priest who died from Ebola after being infected in Liberia, becoming the first European victim of the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

Gaza's Christians bury their first casualty of the war

Gaza - Jalila Ayyad's widower George still had a black eye and bloodstains on his shirt as he processed ahead of her coffin, hours after the air strike that destroyed their home.Jalila, 60, was the first Christian casualty of a bloody Gaza war.

Mourners demand justice for NY man choked by police

New York - Civil rights activist Al Sharpton led hundreds of mourners in demands for justice at the funeral for a black father of six who died after being choked by New York police.

Bosnia buries 284 war victims two decades on

Kozarac - Thousands gathered on Sunday for a final farewell to 284 people killed in Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, after their remains were exhumed from one of the largest mass graves found in the country.

Tensions near breaking in Jerusalem as Palestinian boy is buried

Jerusalem - Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem expressed frustration Friday as the funeral of a slain Palestinian boy approached while radicals in Gaza fired missiles at communities in southern Israel.

Mother's funeral turns into party, and her corpse held menthol

New Orleans - Miriam Burbank's two daughters said that their mother, from New Orleans, was full of life, so they wanted to make sure her funeral was lively.

Lee Ann Womack sings 'I Hope You Dance' at Maya Angelou funeral

Country sensation Lee Ann Womack sang her signature song "I Hope You Dance" at Maya Angelou's funeral on June 7. Angelou's most famous work was her autobiography, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings."

Puerto Rican woman attends her own wake in style

According to her wishes, an 80-year-old Puerto Rican woman attended her own wake this week, sitting in her favorite rocking chair, wearing her gown from her second marriage and surrounded by flowers and plants.

Six mourners injured by falling coffin at funeral in Spain

Ronda - Six mourners were attending a funeral in the city of Ronda in southern Spain when the coffin containing their deceased loved one fell on them, injuring them all.

With tears and anger, Slavyansk buries its dead

- Irina Boyevets was standing innocently on her balcony when a bullet smashed into her head. Anatoly Korochka was burned alive when his delivery truck was raked by machine gun fire. On Wednesday, the war-torn town of Slavyansk buried two of its own.

After the horrors of Odessa, both sides bury their dead

Odessa - Andriy and Vadim: two young men from Odessa, one pro-Russian, one pro-Kiev, both buried as heroes on Tuesday after dying in a bloodbath that brought their country closer to civil war.

Leaders honour Spain's democratic hero Suarez in mass

Madrid - International dignitaries crowded into Madrid's Almudena Cathedral for a solemn state funeral to honour Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship.
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Official photographs of King Tupuo V and his cortege
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