World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
AP PHOTOS: Thousands gather to remember Mandela
They gathered by the tens of thousands in a Soweto soccer stadium, braving a cold rain to pay respects to Nelson Mandela: world leaders, family members and South Africans whose lives he helped change in his decades-long fight against apartheid. The list of dignitaries was long, ranging from President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro. And a handshake between those two men epitomized the spirit of reconciliation Mandela came to represent.
2 French soldiers die in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in Central African Republic's capital, President Francois Hollande's office announced Tuesday, underscoring the challenges of a new French military intervention in the nearly lawless former colony.
Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that stoked talk of a possible rapprochement between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
Quotes from leaders, family at Mandela memorial
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — World leaders, family, friends and thousands of mourners who queued for hours to secure a seat in Johannesburg's FNB stadium paid tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Analysis finds confusion over 'armed conflicts'
GENEVA (AP) — Armed conflicts killed at least 95,000 people and wounded hundreds of thousands more last year but few of them led to any punishment for war crimes because the laws are unclear, a Swiss-based think tank said Tuesday.
Weapons watchdog receives Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Recalling the "burning, blinding and suffocating" horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday.
Thai democracy enters dangerous new crossroads
BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of protesters vying to topple Thailand's prime minister says his movement will establish what amounts to a parallel government — complete with "volunteer peacekeepers" to replace the police, a "people's council" to rule and a foreign policy to go with it.
2 Spanish journalists kidnapped in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The families of two Spanish journalists abducted in Syria by an al-Qaida linked group nearly three months ago appealed publicly for their release Tuesday, after failing to make contact with the captors via intermediaries.