Applause for Zuma criticism at funeral of S African freedom fighter

The funeral of South African anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada took undertones of a rally against President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday as speakers criticized the leader's African National Congress (ANC) party.

Belgian artist fails to be recognized as ex-king Albert's daughter

Belgian artist Delphine Boel has failed in her legal attempt to be recognized as the daughter of former king Albert II, Belga news agency reported, citing one of the lawyers in the case.

Tributes pour in as Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness dies at 66

Politicians on all sides paid tribute on Tuesday to Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister and an ex-commander of the Irish Republican Army, who died overnight aged 66.

Trump plummets on Forbes' billionaires list

US President Donald Trump has dropped to 544th place from 324th in Forbes' annual list of world billionaires after his net worth fell to 3.5 billion dollars from 4.5 billion last year, the magazine said Monday.

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dead at 90, police say

Chuck Berry, the pioneering rhythm and blues guitarist and singer who was one of rock and roll's most influential performers, died Saturday aged 90.

Mugabe marks 93rd birthday with extravagant party while economy sinks

A deepening economic crisis leaves Zimbabweans struggling for survival, while the authorities celebrate President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday with a huge party.

Breitbart editor resigns after release of paedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor at the far-right Breitbart news website, resigned Tuesday after the emergence of recordings in which he appears to defend sexual relationships between young boys and older men.

Milo Yiannopoulous' book deal cancelled over child abuse comments

US publisher Simon & Schuster cancelled Milo Yiannopolous' book deal on Monday after a video emerged of the far-right blogger defending sex with children.

European Commission chief Juncker won't run for another term

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he won't run for another term as the head of the EU's executive when his term ends in 2019.

Heaviest woman - at 500 kg - leaves Egypt for treatment in Mumbai

A 36-year-old Egyptian woman - reportedly the heaviest in the world, at 500 kilograms - reached Mumbai Saturday in a cargo plane with hopes high that several rounds of surgery could help her reduce weight.

Malawi court allows Madonna to adopt twin girls, spokesman says

A Malawi court has given US pop star Madonna an initial permission to adopt twin girls from the southern African country, a spokesman for the judiciary said Tuesday.

German far-right party leader to fight election with baby by her side

Frauke Petry, the pregnant leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, plans to take her baby on the campaign trail for this year's general election.

Video of Donald Trump’s granddaughter singing in Chinese goes viral

A video of Donald Trump's granddaughter singing in Mandarin has gone viral on Chinese social media at a time when people are also commenting about the US President’s failure to send official Lunar New Year greetings.

Beyonce's baby bump photo breaks Instagram record

Pop star Beyonce, 35, has set a new record on photo-sharing website Instagram with a post announcing her pregnancy with twins.

Longtime Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi dies in Brussels

Congo's main opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died in Brussels on Wednesday aged 84, his party announced.

Reports: Former president George HW Bush in hospital in Houston

Former US president George HW Bush has been admitted to hospital in Houston, Texas, news reports said Wednesday.

Italian premier released from hospital after heart procedure

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been released from the hospital after undergoing a heart procedure, a spokeswoman told dpa on Saturday.

Six charged in Kardashian West jewellery heist case in Paris

Six people were handed preliminary charges Friday in the armed robbery of reality television and social media celebrity Kim Kardashian West, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Marshall Islands' internet blackout continues as repairs delayed

Residents of the Marshall Islands are going into a fourth week without internet access as repairs of its undersea fibre optic cable have been extended, officials said Friday.

Germany pays tribute to ex-president Roman Herzog who dies at 82

German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday led tributes to ex-president Roman Herzog, who died at age 82, describing the key role he played in the country's post-war development.

Seventeen arrested with links to Kardashian West heist in Paris

French police arrested 17 suspects in connection with the October robbery of US reality television and social media star Kim Kardashian West, the Paris prosecutor's office told dpa Monday.

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies aged 82

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday in Tehran at the age of 82 from a heart attack.

Trump takes shot at "Apprentice" successor Schwarzenegger

Donald Trump stepped down as host of the game show "The Celebrity Apprentice" during his presidential campaign, but two weeks before taking office the president-elect chose to ridicule the show's new star.

Zimbabwe first lady defies eviction order, lawyer says

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe is defying a court order to leave three properties that she seized from a Lebanese businessman in a dispute over a 1.35-million-dollar diamond ring, the businessman’s lawyer said Thursday.

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds dies day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday in Los Angeles, just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

"Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher dead at 60 after heart attack

Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, her family said.

Status Quo guitarist/singer Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Rick Parfitt, guitarist and singer for rock band Status Quo, died aged 68, his manager and family said on Facebook on Saturday.

Justin Bieber charged with assault and robbery in Argentina

Argentina has filed assault and robbery charges against pop singer Justin Bieber in connection with a 2013 incident, the authorities confirmed to dpa on Thursday.

Dr Heimlich, inventor of life-saving first aid procedure, dies at 96

Henry Heimlich, a US doctor who developed a life-saving first aid manoeuvre for choking that bears his name, has died at the age of 96, his family said Saturday.

Pope gets 70,000 emails, meets homeless and mulls old age on birthday

Pope Francis mused about old age on Saturday, as he divided time on his 80th birthday between sitting down for breakfast with the homeless, leading Mass with cardinals and holding regular work engagements.

Vatican sets up emails to send 80th birthday wishes to Pope Francis

People who want to wish a happy birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 80 on Saturday, will be able to send him an email and may even write their message in Latin, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

US astronaut John Glenn - "ultimate hometown hero" - dies at age 95

Former astronaut and US senator John Glenn, who shot to fame in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at age 95, the governor of Ohio, Glenn's home state, announced on Twitter.

Donald Trump named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Time magazine named US president-elect Donald Trump as the 2016 Person of the Year, a pick that its editor called a "straightforward" choice given the way he has shaken up US society before even taking office.

"Mother" of India's Tamil Nadu state, Jayalalithaa dies aged 68

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, died at a hospital in Chennai on Monday, a day after she suffered a cardiac arrest, doctors said.

Fidel Castro laid to rest in private funeral

Fidel Castro, who led Cuba through five decades of revolution, resistance and repression, was laid to rest on Sunday in a "solemn and private" ceremony in Santiago de Cuba.

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole

Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, was evacuated Thursday from the South Pole, the US National Science Foundation said.

Fiat scion briefly detained on fake kidnap claims, US prosecutors say

A member of the Italian family that controls the car giant Fiat-Chrysler was briefly detained by New York authorities after trying to collect ransom through a fake kidnapping scheme, prosecutors confirmed to dpa Wednesday.

Top British photographer accused of rape found dead in Paris flat

A prominent British photographer who had recently been accused of rape by several of his former subjects has been found dead in his flat in Paris, security sources told dpa early Saturday.

Stephen King announces social media strike after Trump victory

The social media accounts of horror author Stephen King were silent on Sunday, after he announced he was "shutting down" after the US presidential election victory of Donald Trump.

Snowden's lawyer rejects speculation of pending extradition to US

US state intelligence worker turned whistleblower Edward Snowden's lawyer said Friday that it is groundless to believe he will be extradited from Russia.

Steven Seagal gets Russian citizenship upon Putin's decree

US action film star and martial artist Steven Seagal has received Russian citizenship upon a decree by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Thursday.

EU's Georgieva returns to World Bank after missing out on top UN post

European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who missed out earlier this month on the top job at the United Nations, is leaving her Brussels post to rejoin the World Bank group, she announced Friday.

Assange interview with Ecuadorean prosecutor postponed one month

A formal interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a suspected rape in 2010 has been postponed until November, Swedish and Ecuadorean authorities said Thursday.

Paris opens judicial inquiry into Kardashian West heist

French authorities have opened a judicial investigation into the robbery of US reality television star Kim Kardashian West in Paris slightly more than a week ago.

Kim Kardashian West robbed at gunpoint in Paris hotel room

Reality television and social media star Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint of millions of euros worth of jewelry while inside her Paris hotel room, her spokesperson and a French judicial source said Monday.

Peres believed he "stopped Netanyahu from attacking Iran," paper says

Israel's leaders were preparing for an attack on Iran, fearing that the Islamic republic might be gearing up to develop a nuclear weapon, but Shimon Peres believes he slammed the breaks on the plan, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Friday.

World leaders among thousands attending funeral of Israel's Peres

Leaders from across the world were in Jerusalem on Friday for the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Trump slips on the Forbes billionaire list

Donald Trump's fortune has shrunk by 800 million dollars to 3.7 billion dollars, according to the Forbes list of billionaires on Thursday.

Israel pays respects to Shimon Peres in Knesset ceremony

Israeli leaders and the public paid their respects to Shimon Peres, one of the country's dominant political figures, in a lying-in-state ceremony outside the country's parliament.

Political leaders mourn death of former Israeli president Peres

"In former President Shimon Peres, we lost a key world leader and a friend of India. Pained by his demise. Our condolences to people of Israel."

Israeli statesman Shimon Peres dies at 93, nation begins to mourn

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres died in hospital, aged 93, his family confirmed Wednesday, two weeks after the Nobel peace laureate suffered a major stroke.

Kyrgyzstan's president taken to Moscow hospital for heart problems

The president of the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, has been taken to a Moscow hospital because of heart problems, his office said Friday.

Swedish court rejects Assange request to repeal arrest warrant

A Swedish appellate court Friday rejected a request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to repeal a detention order in relation to a suspected rape in 2010, an allegation he denies.

World's oldest man plans to mark birthday in Israel with bar mitzvah

The world's oldest man, who turned 113th on Thursday, plans to mark his birthday by celebrating his bar mitzvah in the Israeli city of Haifa about a century later than most people, his daughter told dpa.

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres suffers stroke

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has been rushed to a hospital near Tel Aviv following a stroke, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Sweden still waiting for Assange interview date

Swedish prosecutors said Wednesday they have yet to hear from Ecuador about a date when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be interviewed regarding a suspected rape in 2010, an allegation he denies.

Report: Snowden reveals how he evaded capture in Hong Kong

US whistleblower Edward Snowden and a network of lawyers and refugees who helped him hide in Hong Kong in 2013 provided never-before-heard details about his two weeks on the run in an article published Wednesday.

Obama regrets Secret Service won't let him ride elephant in Laos

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he has one regret in his trip to Laos – the Secret Service will not allow him to ride an elephant when he visits the cultural heritage site of Luang Prabang.

Australian teen completes record around-the-world flight

An Australian teenager has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. 

Sonia Rykiel, French liberator of women's fashion, dies at 86

French designer Sonia Rykiel, dubbed the "queen of knitwear" for liberating women's fashion in the 1960s with her relaxing style, has died at the age of 86.

Ecuador to allow questioning of Assange in London embassy

Sweden on Thursday welcomed a decision to allow Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, a spokeswoman said.

Happy birthday, Barack: Obama enjoys seafood, high approval rating

President Barack Obama enjoyed seafood with his family Thursday night to celebrate his 55th birthday, and he blew out candles for the final time as US leader.

Indian opposition leader Sonia Gandhi in hospital

The leader of India's main opposition party, Sonia Gandhi, was recovering in a hospital in the capital Wednesday after she fell ill during a roadshow in election-bound Uttar Pradesh state.

Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel has died

Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel has died at age 87, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said Saturday.

Thousands pay tribute to Muhammad Ali in hometown memorial service

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown as his coffin was driven on a funeral procession Friday honouring the boxing legend, who died last week at 74.

Thousands to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali in hometown memorial service

Tens of thousands of people were gathering Friday in the hometown of Muhammad Ali for a daylong memorial to the boxing legend who died last week at the age of 74.

Goodbye to the Greatest: Mourning for Ali underway in Louisville

Mourners honoured boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a Muslim funeral ritual held on the eve of daylong memorial events in Louisville, Kentucky, the hometown of the three-time heavyweight world champion.

Malaysian leader pines for US President Obama’s “The Beast” limousine

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday said he pines for the mammoth presidential vehicle of US President Barack Obama, which he described as a “lovely car.”

Facebook's Zuckerberg latest high-profile hack victim

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's non-Facebook social media accounts were secure again Monday after being briefly hacked, Facebook said.

The Greatest is gone - boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

Muhammad Ali, the boxing icon whose battles both inside and outside the ring transcended sport and inspired millions around the world and across generations, has died at 74.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died in hospital in the south-western US state of Arizona, his family said Friday.

Prince died of accidental painkiller overdose

An official autopsy report released Thursday confirmed that Prince died of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers.

Yugoslav acting legend "Bata" Zivojinovic dies aged 83

Serbian acting legend Velimir "Bata" Zivojinovic, famous in the region

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor found safe after going missing in US

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who did not return from a bicycle ride on Sunday in the US state of Illinois, has been located and is no longer considered a missing person, police said Monday afternoon.

Erdogan's daughter to wed son of industrialist in Istanbul

The daughter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to wed the son of an industrialist on Saturday, according to local media reports.

Third generation of Kim dynasty in control of North Korea

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is the third member of the Kim dynasty to rule North Korea.

Self-proclaimed bitcoin founder says he won't offer proof

Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright said Thursday that he would no longer try to prove his claim that he was the creator of the digital currency bitcoin.

Obama pokes fun at Trump, himself in last correspondents' dinner

US President Barack Obama was on fiery form Saturday night for his last White House correspondents' dinner in office, raising more than a few laughs.

Prince died alone, no signs of suicide

Music icon Prince was alone when he died in an elevator at his Minnesota home, but investigators have "no reason to believe" his death was suicide, authorities told media Friday.

Prince death investigation could take weeks

Medical examiners said Friday they had completed a four-hour autopsy of pop superstar Prince, who died Thursday at 57 in his estate outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At 57, pop icon Prince ends his purple reign

Pop icon Prince was found dead at his home Thursday, cutting short one of music's most prodigious and influential careers.

Obama: World lost "creative icon" with Prince's death

US President Barack Obama mourns the death of Prince, saying "the world lost a creative icon" with the singer's passing.

Report: Pop icon Prince dead at 57

Pop icon Prince has died at his home in the US state of Minnesota at the age of 57, gossip site TMZ reports.

Merkel awarded Four Freedoms prize for "moral leadership" in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Thursday awarded the renowned Four Freedoms Award for her "moral leadership" during Europe's debt struggle, the Ukraine conflict and the migration crisis.

Aung San Suu Kyi: from hero's daughter to Myanmar leadership

Members of Myanmar's older generation remember the death of Aung San the way Americans over a certain age can recall where they were when US President John F Kennedy was shot.

Former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher dies at age 89

Former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who played a central role in ending the Cold War, has died at age 89, his office announced on Friday.

Merkel: Genscher gave millions in communist nations hope for change

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) praises former foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher as a respected statesman who gave millions in East Germany and other former communist nations hope for change

Hungarian Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz dies aged 86

Imre Kertesz, the Hungarian writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002, died on Thursday at the age of 86, news agency MTI reported, citing his publisher in Hungary.

Keyboard legend Keith Emerson dead in possible suicide

British keyboard legend Keith Emerson, co-founder of the rock trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died early Friday at his home in California, with police treating the case as a possible suicide.

112-year-old Holocaust survivor is oldest man on earth

A survivor of the Holocaust has become the oldest man on earth at 112 years of age, after the previous title-holder died in January, the German office of the Guinness World Records said Friday.

Former US first lady Nancy Reagan, 94, dies in Los Angeles

Former US first lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday at 94, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library said.

Ecuador rejects Swedish request to question Assange

Swedish prosecutors said Thursday Ecuador has "on formal grounds" rejected a request to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, granted asylum by Quito.

Dalai Lama heads to US for medical treatment

Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is scheduled to undergo treatment for a prostrate condition in the United States this month, his office said Tuesday.

Sean Penn under pressure after meeting Mexican crime boss

Hollywood actor Sean Penn has found himself under pressure from the United States and Mexico after he did an exclusive, clandestine interview with fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Sean Penn met with fugitive Mexican crime boss Guzman

Hollywood actor Sean Penn got an exclusive, clandestine interview with fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman before his capture, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

Merkel to receive International Four Freedoms Medal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive the International Four Freedoms Medal for her handling of several crises in Europe.

Israeli police question Sara Netanyahu for misusing public funds

Israel's first lady, Sara Netanyahu, was questioned by police Thursday under suspicion of using public funds for private expenses.