South Africa's Jacob Zuma is facing a pivotal battle for his scandal-ridden presidency.
There was a time, however, when he was known as a fiery fighter against apartheid and a political prisoner alongside Nelson Mandela.
The future fate of two members of the "Islamic State" group nicknamed "The Beatles" remains unclear.
The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a personal letter to South Korea's president, inviting him to a summit in Pyongyang.
The overture follows heightened tensions over the North's missile tests.
Olaf Scholz, tapped to be Germany's next finance minister, said Berlin will not lecture other EU states about their finances.
His comments hint at an about-face in the eurozone's policy of strict fiscal discipline.
Bayern Munich profited from a pair of Ralf Fährmann errors to move another step closer to a sixth straight title.
Goals from Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski were enough to see them to a hard fought 2-1 win.
The president of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, has been replaced by his deputy, Mary Lou Mc Donald.
The move marks the party's break with links to the IRA, which waged a long and bloody insurgency.
The welfare states in Germany and the UK have been able to create a lot of legitimacy for governments.