Twenty years ago the soon to be President Mandela pledged to 'wash away the stains of apartheid' - two decades on those stains remain.
Jean-Claude Mas, the head of a French company which sold 300,000 faulty PIP breast implants, has been jailed for four years.
Barack Obama has led the tributes to Nelson Mandela saying that South Africa's democracy is his 'cherished legacy.'
Ending apartheid in South Africa was Nelson Mandela's greatest achievement according to a new poll.
A ComRes survey carried out for ITV News found that nearly a third of those questioned believed ending the regime topped his other achievements:
- Ending Apartheid - 31%
- Inspiring ordinary people that they can change the world - 19%
- Unifying South Africa - 15%
- Setting an example for how other world leaders should behave - 14%
- Being a figurehead for Africa across the globe - 8%
- Demonstrating the possibilities of peaceful protest - 6%
- Don’t know -** 7%**
The ComRes survey for ITV News questioned 2,029 UK adults.
A US actress has pleaded guilty to making the highly toxic agent ricin that was sent in letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in May this year.
Shannon Guess Richardson, from Texas, whose career included minor roles in TV shows such as The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing and possessing the biological agent ricin, which was found in the letters.
As part of a deal reached with federal prosecutors that has yet to be approved by a judge, the 36-year-old would spend 18 years in prison and then five years on supervised release, according to court documents.
The Russian parliament accused Western nations of interfering and said protests against Kiev's policy U-turn away from the EU and towards Moscow were destabilising.
The statement came as US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visited Kiev.
Representing the EU, Baroness Ashton expressed concern at a raid by masked police on the Kiev offices of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's political party.
The EU considers Tymoshenko a political prisoner and had sought her freedom as part of the negotiations for the now-mothballed trade pact.
British scientist Peter Higgs received his Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
The Edinburgh University emeritus professor was awarded the prestigious prize alongside Francois Englert for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson, but was unable to collect the prize in October.
While thousands of opposition demonstrators are camping out in freezing temperatures on Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich insisted again his government needs to deepen trade ties with Russia.
In his first public appearance since the demonstrations last week, Mr Yanukovich ignored the demands of pro-Europe protesters.
"We cannot talk about the future without talking about restoring trade relations with Russia," Mr Yanukovich said in televised comments.
The opposition is furious about his decision to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Russia and called for the government to resign.
In response to the historic handshake between Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro, the US National Security Council has said: "This wasn't a pre-planned encounter. Above all else, today is about honouring Nelson Mandela and that was the President's singular focus at the memorial service.
"We appreciate that people from all over the world are participating in this ceremony."
British terror suspect Babar Ahmad pleaded guilty to two counts of providing support to terrorists, in US District Court in New Haven, Connecticut.
He did not plead guilty to two additional charges that also included conspiracy to injure the property of a foreign government and money laundering.
US prosecutors said that Ahmad and another man, Syed Talha Ahsan, ran a website that raised funds for Muslim militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
The two were extradited to the US from Britain last year.
Ahmad faces the possibility of up to 25 years in prison and two to five years' probation.