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Friday Round-up: Nelson Mandela, the power of Universal Health Coverage, the AIDS epidemic in 4 charts, gauging corruption, and grim climate trends

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The week ended with the passing at age 95 of Nelson Mandela, father of South African democracy and a global icon for freedom. Read President Jacob Zuma's statement  as well as a statement from World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim --

Universal health coverage was the topic of a December 6 speech by Jim Kim in Tokyo.

On the heels of World AIDS Day on December 1, Tariq Khokhar of the World Bank's Data Group provided a snapshot of the global state of AIDS in four charts.

Transparency International issued its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index.

A new paper from the US National Academy of Sciences warns that climatic changes -- and the results of those changes -- could occur within decades or even sooner. Scientists warn of abrupt shifts on the near horizon, including a continuing rapid decline in Arctic sea ice.