Tens of thousands join world leaders at a rainswept memorial for South Africa's Nelson Mandela, with Barack Obama hailing him a "giant of history".
Two French soldiers are killed in overnight fighting in the Central African Republic amid an operation to restore order to the troubled country.
The founder of French company PIP, which distributed defective breast implants, is sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.
South Korea's president warns ties with North Korea could become more unstable after the purge of key powerbroker Chang Song-thaek.
Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, the newspaper El Mundo says.
Five people are killed in widespread looting in Argentina after police in 17 provinces go on strike to demand higher salaries to match rising inflation.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada denies terror charges at a Jordanian court, and complains the presence of a military judge means he is being denied a fair trial.
The coldest place on Earth is measured by satellite to be a bitter minus 93.2 Celsius (-135.8F) in the heart of Antarctica.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra rejects protesters' demands that she resign before February's snap elections.
Top Western diplomats push for a settlement of the crisis in Ukraine as police move to break blockades by pro-EU protesters in Kiev.
US Secretary of State John Kerry urges China to release Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, five years after the activist was detained.
Google unveils a new tool that allows users to create a Street View - a 360 degree virtual tour - of any place and share it using Google Maps.
Scientists say they are in for an anxious wait as they prepare to wake the comet-chasing Rosetta probe from deep-space hibernation.
A stuffed toy wolf stocked by Swedish furniture giant Ikea sells out in in Hong Kong, after it appears to have become an unlikely symbol of protest.
The 85-year-old US citizen held in North Korea for more than a month, Merrill Newman, says his videotaped confession was given under duress.
The US Senate approves a 10-year extension of a ban on all-plastic guns but rejects tougher restrictions called for by gun-control advocates.
The mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogota, is sacked by the country's prosecutor general's office and banned from politics for 15 years.
An investigative commission in Brazil says it has found evidence that the ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the 1970s military regime.
Thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo attend the state funeral of rumba star Tabu Ley Rochereau in the capital, Kinshasa.
The United Nations says nuclear inspectors will visit Libya to assess its uranium stockpiles, amid concerns about fragile security in the country.
A Sikh gang convicted of slashing a retired Indian general's throat in a revenge attack is jailed.
Police in Singapore charge 24 Indian nationals with rioting after violent protests on Sunday night over the death of a migrant worker.
An amnesty drafted by Russia's President Putin could free the two jailed Pussy Riot protesters and the Greenpeace Arctic 30 campaigners.
President Vladimir Putin abolishes the country's state-owned news agency RIA Novosti in a surprise decree.
Syrian government forces are reported to have taken control of the motorway linking Damascus with the city of Homs, as well as the nearby town of Nabak.
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority sign a water co-operation pact aimed at one day replenishing the rapidly drying Dead Sea.
The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales can take place from 29 March 2014, Equalities Minister Maria Miller says.
Lack of a proper national policy to get UK children to do more exercise amounts to mass "child neglect", the British Journal of Sports Medicine says.
US car giant General Motors says Mary Barra, formerly product development chief, is its new chief executive, the first female boss for the company.
China's industrial output and retail sales rise in November, the latest in a series of signs suggesting a recovery in the world's second largest economy.