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.
Anti government protestors continue to march in Bangkok, Thailand, but have declared a temporary truce in their ongoing campaign to topple the administration. The truce was called to honour the Thai king’s 86th birthday, which is celebrated throughout the country.
Thousands of people have continued the protest against the government in Ukraine, calling on the leadership to resign. The demonstrations have been ongoing since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favour of incentives from Russia.
Thousands of Colombian farmers and activists have taken part in a demonstration in Bogota to demand the government comply with agreements made following aggressive agrarian protests earlier this year. Protest leaders said the Colombian government had breached 72 of 88 points agreed after the previous marches against agricultural policies they said were driving them to bankruptcy.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and a team of delegates have made a state visit to China. Cameron met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and received an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People. The Hall also stages a signing ceremony. Cameron has called for a new EU-China free trade agreement as he looks to improve ties between the east and west.
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have been received by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The Emperor and Empress are in India for a six day visit, where they have visited local communities, attended state functions, and laid tributes at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Supporters of the ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn have demonstrated outside the Greek parliament in Athens. The far-right party’s supporters are demanding the release of their party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos and members of parliament from detention. The party’s leadership was arrested on charges of forming a criminal organisation.
Anti-government protesters in Bangkok have continued to stage large-scale marches, and say they plan to occupy the government house and the zoo as they call on the government to step down. The protesters have marched on ministries and government bodies in an attempt to shut them down, and have called on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.
High profile delegates representing Dubai have celebrated the Emirate’s victory in the bid to host the World Expo in 2020. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Sheika Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum were at the voting and announcement ceremony in Paris, where Dubai was announced as the host city for Expo 2020.
Protesters made speeches and chanted slogans during an anti-spying protest outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Recent evidence suggests the Australian government has used phone tapping mechanisms to spy on the Indonesian president and first lady, causing a rift between the two countries. Indonesians have taken to the streets, burning Australian flags and calling for action to be taken against the Australian government whilst demanding an official apology.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand occupied the finance ministry and the foreign Ministry in a bid to oust the current government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Security guards and riot police tried to block the waves of protesters, but couldn’t contain the crowds, who quickly took control of the building without violence.