KABUL (REUTERS) - A senior aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the United States on Friday of trying to pressure elements of his government to accept a security deal that would shape the post-2014 US military presence in the country.
PARIS (REUTERS) - French President Francois Hollande urged African leaders on Friday to take a grip on their continent's security by creating a long-delayed regional force, after Paris was forced into its second military operation this year.
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama and his predecessor, Mr George W. Bush, will travel to South Africa next week to participate in memorial events for Mr Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died on Thursday.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The international chemical weapons watchdog announced on Friday it has verified the destruction of all of Syria's unfilled munitions - another milestone along the road to eradicating President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons programme by mid-2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former United States secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is remembering Mr Nelson Mandela as a "giant among us" who showed the world how to respond to injustice and tragedy.