Nelson Mandela was given back to ordinary South Africans Thursday, who queued in their thousands from early morning to file past his open casket on a day of viewing reserved for the public.
On Wednesday, the cameras of the world had been trained on world leaders, VIPs and celebrities paying tribute to a man known for his common touch -- relating to princes and paupers with equal ease.Full Story
An accidental explosion in an arms depot shook central Kabul on Thursday before Afghan officials moved quickly to allay fears of an attack on the city that has often been targeted by militants.
The loud blast erupted close to the NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters and in an area of the capital that houses many embassies and international institutions.Full Story
South Korea has condemned Japan for publishing a video in 10 languages challenging its sovereignty over a tiny group of islets at the heart of a territorial dispute, demanding Tokyo remove it.
The film, published Wednesday by the Japanese foreign ministry on its own website and on YouTube, insists the islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), called Dokdo by Seoul and Takeshima by Tokyo, are its own.Full Story
Pakistan's new chief justice took his oath of office on Thursday after his outspoken predecessor retired, ending an eight-year turbulent and at times controversial era.
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain administered swore in Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stepped down a day earlier.Full Story
Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said.
The move comes as fresh political turmoil rocks the Thai capital, with protesters backed by Abhisit's opposition party seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin.Full Story
Boko Haram's leader said in a video obtained by Agence France Presse on Thursday that the group was behind a daring raid on military installations in the north Nigerian city of Maiduguri earlier this month.
"Allah the Almighty has given us victory in the attack we launched inside Maiduguri (which was) called Borno in ancient times," said Abubakar Shekau in a 40-minute clip.Full Story
The White House on Wednesday dismissed Republican criticism of President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
Obama has faced a backlash from Republican rivals after exchanging pleasantries with Castro, the leader of a Communist-run country that has been bitterly estranged from the United States since 1961.Full Story
Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested eight people on the holiday island of Majorca as part of an operation coordinated by Interpol against a Russian organized crime group.
The eight are suspected of laundering money for the Taganskaya criminal group, police said in a statement.Full Story
An association grouping web giants such as Google and Facebook on Wednesday slammed the adoption in France of a bill that gives intelligence agencies wider access to personal data without prior authorization from a judge.
In a wide-ranging bill setting defense spending for years to come, concern has focused on a single clause that broadens surveillance of citizens to content such as emails, photos and other data.Full Story
The United States is considering a range of options to respond to Ukraine's crackdown on opposition protests, including possible sanctions, the State Department said Wednesday.
"We are considering policy options, there obviously has not been a decision made, sanctions are included but I am not going to outline specifics," spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.Full Story