The much-anticipated Africa-France summit on peace and security opened in Paris a day after Nelson Mandela’s death, sparking a commitment from African leaders to try to tackle the continent’s problems in the spirit of the great African statesman.
South Africans gathered Friday to pay tribute to former president Nelson Mandela, celebrating his 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 has been brought to life in various films over the years, played by actors from Sidney Poitier to Morgan Freeman to Idris Elba (left), star of the most recent biopic about the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon.
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.
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.