Barack Obama has led the tributes to Nelson Mandela saying that South Africa's democracy is his 'cherished legacy.'
The 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage is set to answer her critics over whether she cheated.
Cuba's revolutionary former leader Fidel Castro and Pope Benedict had a head-to-head on the pontiff's visit to Cuba.
Its oldest stars died after a late burst of international fame, but the show will go on for just a little while longer as Cuba's trademark Buena Vista Social Club as the iconic band prepares to say "adios" with a final global tour.
Some 15 years after the release of their first recording and their historic show at Carnegie Hall, vocalist Eliades Ochoa conceded the Grammy-winning band was due for retirement.
Many of the musicians were brought out of retirement and obscurity during a legendary recording session in March 1997 produced in Havana by American guitarist Ry Cooder.
The 'Adios' farewell tour kicks off in France in July before taking in countries such as Spain, South Africa and the United States.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance at the opening of a Havana cultural centre sponsored by one of his favourite Cuban artists.
State television broadcast images of the bearded, grey haired Cuban leader arriving at the cultural centre to the applause of local residents.
The reclusive 87-year-old was last seen in public in April 2013 at the inauguration of a school in Havana.
Castro lives in a villa on the outskirts of Havana where he regularly receives guests, but photos are rare and only occasionally do his writings appear in the local media.
Castro governed the Caribbean island for 48 years before falling gravely ill in 2006 and handing power to his brother Raul Castro, who officially became president in 2008.
Cuban President Raul Castro is speaking at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
He described Mandela as the "ultimate symbol of dignity and unwavering dedication to the revolutionary struggle for freedom and justice".
Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage on her fifth attempt.
US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad tried to smile for the cameras after completing her 110-mile journey from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
Ms Nyad, whose face was swollen, was placed on a stretcher and hydrated with an intravenous drip before being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Diana Nyad managed to stand unaided as she arrived at Smathers Beach in Key West after swimming for almost 53 hours.
The 64-year-old has become the first person to complete the swim from Cuba to Florida without using a shark cage.
US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swam approximately 110 miles from Cuba to Florida in 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds, her support team announced.
They wrote on her Twitter account:
US swimmer Diana Nyad said people should "never ever give up" after she completed her fifth attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
Looking sunburnt and with a swollen face, Ms Nyad said she had "three messages" after swimming approximately 110 miles.
She continued: "One is we should never ever give up. Two is, you are never too old to chase your dreams.
"Three is, it looks like a solitary sport but it's a team..." before she collapsed her head onto her friend's shoulder.