BERLIN (AFP) - Icy winter storms with hurricane-force winds on Friday lashed northern Europe, where the death toll rose to nine while hundreds of thousands were left without power or stranded by transport chaos.
MANAMA (AFP) - The United States has no plans to scale back its strong military presence in the Gulf despite a diplomatic opening with Iran, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said on Friday.
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Friday paid tribute to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela for "forging a new South Africa" and said he hoped his example would inspire the nation to strive for "justice and the common good".
LONDON (AFP) - Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taleban to champion girls' rights to education, paid tribute to "my leader" Nelson Mandela on Friday following his death.
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas paid tribute on Friday to Nelson Mandela's commitment to his people's cause as he mourned the South African liberation icon.