Thousands of mourners formed a queue that at one point stretched back for a mile to pay their final respects to Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria Wednesday, where the former leader’s open casket will lay in state for three days.
A US-based foundation bought 24 Native American artefacts sold Monday at a controversial Paris auction and will return them to the tribes from which they originated. The auction went ahead despite a request from the US embassy to halt the sale.
TIME magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year for 2013 on Wednesday, crediting him with capturing the "imaginations of millions" who had become disillusioned with the Vatican. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was named the runner-up.
Security forces withdrew from a protest camp and the occupied City Hall building in the Ukraine capital of Kiev on Wednesday following clashes with pro-EU demonstrators at the two sites and condemnations by US and EU officials.
The French president arrived in the Central African Republic on Tuesday amid a French-led mission in the restive country and immediately praised the two French soldiers slain overnight who he said, “gave their lives to save the lives of others.”
Uruguay's Senate voted to legalise marijuana Tuesday, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee its production and sale. "The war against drugs has failed," said one senator, calling the bill an "unavoidable response" to that failure.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday refused opposition calls to resign before snap elections in February as protest leaders announced the creation of a parallel government and said the premier should be charged with "insurrection".
US President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro on the sidelines of a memorial service for South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday that brought together nearly 100 world leaders.
US House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative budget deal on Tuesday to avoid a January 15 government shutdown. Senate Democrat Patty Murray and House Republican Paul Ryan unveiled the deal after weeks of closed-door negotiations.
Olympiakos Piraeus and Bayer Leverkusen reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, with either Juventus or Galatasaray set to join them after their match in Istanbul was abandoned because of a snowstorm.
Around 100 heads of state and thousands of South Africans gathered to honour Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in a Johannesburg sports stadium Tuesday. Look back over FRANCE 24’s live blog of the event.
Representatives from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have signed a deal to better manage water in the region, create new fresh water through desalination and build infrastructure that could help save the shrinking Dead Sea.
City authorities in Edmonton, Alberta, have unveiled a new hijab-style headscarf as part of its police uniform for Muslim women officers. Not all Canadian provinces, notably French-speaking Quebec, want to follow suit.
A French court has sentenced Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), to four years in prison on aggravated fraud charges. PIP sold breast implants prone to rupture and filled with industrial-grade silicone to some 300,000 women.
A court in France ruled on Monday that electronic cigarettes qualify as tobacco products and as such can only be sold by licensed tobacconists under French law, threatening to put specialist e-cigarette sellers across the country out of business.