South African President declared 10 days of mourning, as the nation prepared for the logistical and security challenges of hosting hundreds of dignitaries from around the world planning to attend Mandela's state funeral.
Colombia recalled its ambassador to Nicaragua, a day after the Central American nation filed a complaint with an international court alleging Colombia "made threats of force" regarding disputed territory in the Caribbean.
United Nations climate talks ended with a pair of last-minute deals keeping alive the hope that a global effort can ward off a ruinous rise in temperatures.
Brazil says the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 28% between August 2012 and last July, after years of decline. The government is working to reverse this "crime" as activists have blamed the increase in destruction on a controversial reform to Brazil's forest protection law. Last year Brazil reported the lowest rate of deforestation in the Amazon since monitoring began.
Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand is expected to soar, scientists have found.