JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A South African deputy Cabinet minister says "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign-language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.
PRETORIA (AFP) - The South African government said on Thursday it would not release photographs of Nelson Mandela lying in state, and urged people to shun a purported image of the dead president posted on the Internet.
VATICAN CITY (REUTERS) - Pope Francis attacked mega-salaries and big bonuses on Thursday, saying in the first peace message of his pontificate that they are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality.
LONDON (AFP) - Two children are abducted by a parent and taken out of Britain every day, authorities said on Thursday, as they sought to raise awareness of the problem ahead of an expected spike in cases after Christmas.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A 26-year-old woman disfigured by a tumor has received a new face in Poland's second such transplant.