Many South Africans have not waited for the official beginning of the commemorations to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela. FRANCE 24 reports from a nation celebrating the life of the man they described as the “father of the nation”.
The United States is to help transport African Union peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic as part of a French-led intervention to restore security following an explosion of inter-religious violence last week in the country.
Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were announced as the three contenders for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday. Messi’s injury troubles and a late change to the voting system have made Ronaldo favourite to claim this year’s prize.
France said its troops will begin to disarm militias in the Central African Republic on Monday, while acknowledging that its reinforced presence in the capital of Bangui and nearby towns was creating tensions with former Seleka rebels on the ground.
A brawl between rival fans at a Brazilian top-flight league match on Sunday seriously injured at least three supporters and raised concerns over fan safety ahead of Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup.
South Africans held a day of prayer and reflection across the country on Sunday at the start of week-long commemorations for Nelson Mandela. FRANCE 24 went to Soweto, where parishioners both mourned and celebrated their late leader.
North Korea confirmed Monday that leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek (pictured left), has been dismissed for committing “criminal acts”. Jang was previously considered his nephew's mentor and the power behind the throne.
Singapore's streets were littered with burnt cars on Monday after hundreds of South Asian workers rioted in the island nation's worst unrest in more than 40 years. The riot began after a 33-year-old Indian worker was hit and killed by a private bus.
Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro held key cities in Venezuela’s mayoral elections on Sunday but failed to deliver the crushing victory they had sought to try to undermine the hand-picked successor of the late Hugo Chavez.
South Africans flocked to houses of worship for a national day of prayer to honour former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday, starting planned events that will culminate in what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals in modern times.
South Africa on Saturday began preparations to host US President Barack Obama and other world leaders eager to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela during 10 days of mourning for the anti-apartheid icon.
South Korea said Sunday it will expand its air defence zone, which will now partially overlap with a similar zone announced by China. The two zones will now both include a rock claimed by both countries and controlled by South Korea.