VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis hailed the giant "international" Christmas tree lit up on St Peter's Square on Friday, which was transported to the Vatican from his predecessor Benedict XVI's homeland, the German state of Bavaria.
PRETORIA (AFP) - An estimated 100,000 people saw Nelson Mandela's remains during the three days his body lay in state, the South African government said on Friday.
TEL AVIV, Israel (REUTERS) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians were still on schedule to reach a full Middle East peace deal by the end of April, and both sides were committed to the talks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA - but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found.
TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran has quit nuclear talks with world powers, accusing Washington on Friday of going against the spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its sanctions blacklist.