South Africans in mourning on Friday gathered to pay tribute to one of the nation’s greatest icons, celebrating Nelson Mandela’s life with song, music and dance. The anti-apartheid hero is expected to be buried in his home town of Qunu next Saturday.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s revered anti-apartheid leader and the country’s first black president, has died at the age of 95. Watch FRANCE 24's interactive report on the extraordinary life of a 20th century icon.
French President François Hollande on Friday hosts nearly 40 African leaders at a Paris summit on peace and security, which will be dominated by the military intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Pope Francis will establish a special commission to help protect children from sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, the archbishop of Boston announced on Thursday. The move is the pope’s first major initiative to address the abuse of children.
The Ukrainian government is prepared to discuss the possibility of early elections, the country’s deputy prime minister said Thursday, as protests against President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to abandon a deal with the EU continue to rage.
A suicide bomber and several gunmen launched an attack on the Yemeni defence ministry in the capital Sanaa on Thursday, killing at least 52 people and wounding at least 167 others, government sources said.
President François Hollande called on French business leaders Wednesday to double their trade with Africa, saying doing so would create some 200,000 jobs in France. Hollande's comments came ahead of a summit with African leaders in Paris.
Anti-government protesters and police are observing a day-long truce in recognition of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday on Thursday. But the protest leader vowed to resume the "battle" against supporters of the current prime minister.
Investigators believe that a mass grave containing 21 bodies discovered Wednesday in Mali could be those of a group of missing Malian paratroopers. The gruesome find could also assist criminal proceedings against coup leader General Amadou Sanogo.
The lower house of the French parliament, the National Assembly, has approved a law imposing a €1,500 fine on those caught paying for sexual services. The bill is expected to go before the upper house for consideration in early 2014.