Top News: Former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela died on Thursday. President Jacob Zuma asked flags be placed at half-mast after announcing his death on a national TV address.
Mandela spent 27 years in prison on charges of treason before becoming South Africa's first black president. His leadership was critical in transitioning South Africa from the racist apartheid regime to a representative democracy.
After spending most of the summer in the hospital, Mandela had been receiving treatment for a lung disease at his home.
A memorial service will be held in Johannesburg's soccer stadium on Monday. His funeral will take place in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape
Syria: The Obama administration and its allies are struggling to find a viable place to store Syria's chemical weapons, reports Foreign Policy. "I know we have a deadline in three weeks but the operations have not yet started," one diplomat familiar with the U.N.'s internal discussions told FP. "It's never going to happen." The OPCW has set a Dec. 31 deadline to remove Syria's chemical arsenal.
- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on Yemen's defense ministry that left 52 dead.
- An American teacher was killed by unknown gunmen in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi.
- An Egyptian cleric who was part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program has been convicted of terrorism charges by a Milan court.
- Amid growing regional security concerns, including China's new air defense zone and North Korea's nuclear program, Joe Biden urged greater cooperation between U.S. allies in Seoul and Tokyo.
- An aide to Kim Jong-un's uncle is reportedly seeking asylum in South Korea.
- Chinese officials have banned its banks from handling transactions involving Bitcoin.
- At least six people have been killed in the storm that has swept across northern Europe.
- Pope Francis announced that he will establish a commission to advise on how to address the issue of sexually abusive priests in the Catholic Church.
- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hinted that high profile political prisoners, such as members of the punk band Pussy Riot, would not be freed as part of an upcoming amnesty.
- Radioactive material that was stolen in Mexico has been recovered, officials say.
- Authorities in the central Argentine province of Cordoba have a agreed to a substantial pay rise to police officers after looters took advantage of a police strike.
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied accusations that he tried to buy a video which shows him smoking crack cocaine.
- Up to 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted and taken to Egypt's Sinai since 2007, according to a recent study.
- Uganda is giving iPads to all members of parliament.
- After a new round of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, a French-led peace keeping operation is being launched immediately.