Deutsche Post is testing the possibility of using drones to deliver packages. A quadcopter drone was deployed from a pharmacy in Bonn, carrying a small package of medicine to Deutsche Post headquarters, as the group looks to expand its delivery options by using new technology.
A commuter train has collided with a vehicle in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The collision killed at least five people, including three people who worked for the train company. Nearly 80 others have been injured, many suffering from burn injuries.
Balinese shoe designer Ni Luh Ayu Pertami, has found fame among Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. The designer and owner of Niluh Djelantik has attracted custom from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts, Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz, and model Gisele Bundchen. Luh Ayu Pertami’s hand-made leader shoes are put together by 40 workers in a small atelier in Canggu Village, and have rocketed her to fame in the footwear world.
South Africans have held a national day of Prayer across the country for Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December. Known as ‘Madiba’ or ‘Tata’, Mandela died at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. He was South Africa's first black president after being elected in 1994, having spent 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa.
Revellers in London have taken a step back in time for the fifth annual ‘Chaps and Chapettes Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball’. The Ball is a celebration of traditional English attire, etiquette and eccentricity, featuring musical tributes, dance classes, and swing music.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has made visits to counterparts in the Middle East, as well as US military bases, as he continues his tour of the region. While in Manama, Bahrain, Hagel met with the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, as well as Saudi Arabia’s deputy Minister of Defense, Prince Salman bin Sultan, and Bahraini Minister of State for Defense, Lt-Gen Dr Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al-Khalif.
Candidates from the Indian Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have celebrated with supporters after winning in the Rajasthan state assembly election in Jodhpur. India's ruling Congress party suffered an electoral humiliation at the hands of the main opposition and anti-corruption movement, in the last major test before next year's national polls.
Rehearsals have taken place for the 2013 British Military Tournament which is taking place at Earls Court in London. Re-enactments, daring stunts, and displays of skill are being performed in front of huge audiences, raising money for armed forces-related charities.
The French city of Lyon has opened its annual Festival of Lights, illuminating landmarks around the historic city. The festival coincides with the opening of a new two kilometre long pedestrian and cyclists’ tunnel which has been lit on the inside with a stunning display.
People around the world have come out in mourning for former South African leader Nelson Mandel, who died on December 5. The anti-apartheid campaigner, politician and philanthropist served 27 years in prison before being released to a hero’s reception, and being elected as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999.