Despite the profound sense of sorrow triggered by Nelson Mandela's death, the mood at his memorial was upbeat, with people celebrating his memory.
Shaking hands at a Mandela memorial service, presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro fuelled talk of a thawing in relations between the US and Cuba.
People attending Nelson Mandela's memorial service are upbeat, despite the mood of national sorrow in South Africa.
US President Barack Obama has eulogised Nelson Mandela as "a giant of history who moved a nation towards justice".
US officials say the country's army will help transport African Union forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in co-ordination with France.
World leaders and South Africans have honoured Nelson Mandela, eulogising his life and achievements.
The first two French soldiers have been killed in an operation to disarm rebels in the former French colony of the Central African Republic.
French troops have begun a campaign to disarm rebel fighters in the Central African Republic.
Police in South Africa are preparing for a massive logistical effort to secure the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela was urged to refuse the Nobel Peace prize he shared with South African president FW de Klerk, but he saw it as means to reconciliation.
SBS reporter Brian Thomson is in Johannesburg to cover the ongoing reaction as the world mourns the death of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Over fifty heads of state and government have so far confirmed attendance at upcoming memorial events for peace icon Nelson Mandela, South African Foreign...
Leaders from across the globe are heading to South African to pay their respects and bid farewell to Nelson Mandela.
There has been "unprecedented interest" to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral week after he died on Thursday night.
South African President Jacob Zuma has urged his county to keep Nelson Mandela's ideals of unity, freedom and justice alive.
As French troops were welcomed in the Central African Republic, its president announced a three-day mourning period for the 300 victims of local violence.
Sudan's president says the vice president has resigned and there will be a new government in the troubled state.
Czech PM Jiri Rusnok has been caught on tape using colourful language to say he was hoping to avoid travelling to SAfrica for Nelson Mandela's funeral.
Nigeria's anti-narcotic agency says it is "sad and disturbing" that most farmers are now producing cannabis rather than food and economic crops.
South Africans have crowded into myriad places of worship to remember Nelson Mandela in a nationwide day of prayer.
French President Francois Hollande is pledging to help the African Union turn its plans for a rapid reaction force into reality.
Nelson Mandela's family have expressed their sorrow at his death, saying "the pillar of our family is gone".
An Egyptian court has acquitted more than 150 protesters arrested in Cairo during October clashes between police and protesters.
Nelson Mandela's childhood village of Qunu is sombre and eerily quiet as residents await his return to be buried on December 15.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe early this year criticised Nelson Mandela for being too soft on whites after the end of apartheid.
Francois Pienaar, who received the Rugby World Cup from Nelson Mandela in 1995, described him as "the most extraordinary and incredible human being".
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