JOHANNESBURG - South Africans united in mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but while some celebrated his remarkable life with dance and song, others fretted that the anti-apartheid hero's death would leave the nation vulnerable again to racial and social tensions. | Video
MANAMA - The United States has a proven and enduring commitment to Middle East security, backed by diplomatic engagement and a fierce array of warplanes, ships, tanks, artillery and 35,000 troops, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told Gulf Arab leaders on Saturday.
BANGKOK/WASHINGTON - The United Nations and the United States called Friday for investigations into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human trafficking rings.
LONDON - Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will have to take a bigger axe to ministerial budgets or make further deep cuts to welfare to meet his target of a budget surplus before the end of the decade, a leading think-tank said.
LONDON - Former Barclays boss Bob Diamond and other past executives at the British bank are set to be called as witnesses next year in a court case relating to the alleged manipulation of Libor interest rates.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - - Hosts Brazil will get the ball rolling against Croatia, holders Spain face 2010 runners-up Netherlands and U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann is up against compatriots Germany after Friday's World Cup draw.
Dec. 6 - Rain didn't hamper the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C. with President Obama and its musical performances by Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Released into a country teetering on the brink of civil war, Nelson Mandela's charm, sensibility - and, perhaps most importantly, his willingness to forgive his former oppressors - proved such a unifying force that when South Africa went to the polls in 1994, whites and blacks alike proudly dangled his picture from their key rings and bought his portrait from street vendors. Commentary
One of the key reasons for South Africa’s weak performance is that while high-growth countries saw large numbers of workers shift from low-productivity sectors, like subsistence farming, into high-productivity sectors like export-oriented manufacturing, South Africa’s high-productivity sectors have seen little growth. Commentary
The most important question now for Britain’s political and economic outlook is whether this week’s rhetorical divergence is a blip in the cooperation between Osborne and Carney, or a harbinger of much bigger clashes over the government’s effort to stoke a pre-election property and mortgage boom. Commentary
Economists generally set out to be value-neutral, but many of their theories are implicitly pro-rich, or at least not pro-poor. Pope Francis is no economist, but his teachings on poverty could improve the profession. Politicians and billionaires could also benefit. Commentary
Reuters looks at the life of Nelson Mandela, an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Video
NAHA, Japan - Storage tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant like one that spilled almost 80,000 gallons of radioactive water this year were built in part by workers illegally hired in one of the poorest corners of Japan, say labour regulators and some of those involved in the work. Full Article