JOHANNESBURG - Sports-mad South Africa saluted Nelson Mandela on Saturday with smiles and moments of silence in honour of the late anti-apartheid leader, who inspired people to pursue the impossible from politics to the playing field. | Video
KIEV - Organisers hope one million protesters will turn out in Kiev on Sunday to pile more pressure on Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich as he seeks closer ties with Russia after dumping a trade pact with the European Union.
BANGUI - French soldiers were cheered by residents on Saturday as they began patrolling densely populated neighbourhoods of Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, which has been rocked by waves of killings between Muslim and Christian communities.
LONDON - Thousands of travellers were delayed at major airports across England on Saturday because of a technical problem at an air traffic control centre.
ALEXANDRIA - Fourteen Islamist women jailed for 11 years for demonstrating in Egypt will be released after a court slashed their sentences in a case that had outraged opposition groups and human rights campaigners, judicial sources said on Saturday. | Video
JERUSALEM - The Israeli army said on Saturday that an Israeli military vehicle had been damaged by a bomb set off on the Syrian side of the frontier of the occupied Golan Heights.
Dec. 7 - President Obama defended an interim nuclear deal with Iran and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up pressure on Iran if Tehran fails to abide by the pact. Deborah Lutterbeck 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