Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two and a half years into a
blood-soaked rebellion against his rule, mourned Nelson
Mandela's death, calling his life an inspiration for freedom
fighters and a lesson to tyrants.
Apartheid-era South Africa's most feared prison, Robben
Island, remains inextricably linked with Nelson Mandela, its
most famous inmate who spent decades of hard labour educating
his comrades and charming even his granite-hearted jailers.
Hurricane-force Storm Xaver has blasted towards mainland
Europe after cutting transport and power in northern Britain
and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could
be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.
Mexican police have found a truck they suspect was stolen by
common thieves and carried a dangerous radioactive medical
material the United Nations said could provide an ingredient
for a "dirty bomb," a government official said.