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A handout photograph made available by the South African government showing widow of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela,  Graca Machel (right) paying her last respects to late former president Nelson Mandela as he  lies in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at  Union buildings in Pretoria.

The man behind me on the bus tapped me on the shoulder. “Excuse me,” he said. “Do you know the way to Union Buildings; are you going there?”Travelling(...)

Supporters of the bill celebrate after the Uruguayan  Senate approved a government-sponsored bill that provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana during a session in Montevideo. Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters
Uruguay moves to legalise marijuana
  • World
  • December 11, 2013, 06:36

Uruguay’s Senate has approved pioneering legislation that will allow the country to legalise the cultivation and sale of marijuana on a nationwide s(...)

Attendees sing prior to the start of the state memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in the Soweto township of Johannesburg on Tuesday. Photograph:  Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

World leaders paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela at his state memorial service in Johannesburg yesterday, but their praise (...)

A French soldier talks to locals during operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic (CAR). Photograph:  EPA/Denniel Melaine/ECPAD handout

Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in the capital of the Central African Republic, President Francois Hollande’s office announced today.Th(...)

Roddy Doyle signed the appeal, which will be carried in 27 newspapers worldwide

Five Nobel literature laureates are among 560 international writers who today have put their names to an appeal, “A stand for democracy in the digital(...)

French soldiers leave their base in Mpoko international airport in Bangui. Photograph: Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

Relative calm returned to the Central African Republic yesterday after three days of heavy fighting between Christians and Muslims, with France sayin(...)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with South African president Jacob Zuma at a prayer service for former president Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

The full magnitude of the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial service became apparent yesterday after it was confirmed dozens of the world’s former and sit(...)

Children’s commissioner Patricia Lewsley-Mooney said: “The process that every trafficked child goes through must seek to protect them when they are facing a very frightening time.”

The number of children trafficked into Northern Ireland has increased, a report found today.Most were intended for sexual exploitation and a specialis(...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

Mexican authorities launched an alert in several states of the country after the robbery of medical equipment (above) that contains radioactive material of low intensity but that is still dangerous if its magnetic head is broken. The states in alert are Queretaro, Estado de Mexico, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla and the Mexican capital city. Photograph: EPA/Sener
Mexico radioactive material found
  • World
  • December 5, 2013, 06:38

A missing shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, said to be able to kill within days, has been found near the spot where a stolen lorry transportin(...)

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