Several leaders, including US President Barack Obama, will visit Saudi Arabia's new King Salman after the death of his predecessor, King Abdullah.
The encryption genie is out of its bottle to give people back their privacy, but this is frightening world governments, writes Alistair Fairweather.
M&G's photo editor Paul Botes brings you a selection of captivating photos from around the world, including some of the events that made headlines this year.
A collection of "face palm" news events â€“ from Steveâ€™s apartheid comments to Phiyega's fake medals and Zuma's cancelled overseas trips.
The presidency says reports that Jacob Zuma cancelled his UK trip because David Cameron declined to meet with him are "incorrect and mischievous".
President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a second trip to the UK after being declined by Prime Minister David Cameron, not because of a scheduling conflict.
Partial results show the United Kingdom's eurosceptic party has stormed to victory in the European vote with its raised anxiety over immigration.
The UK has enforced the inspection of 15 schools in Birmingham after an anonymous letter alleging a plot to force leaderhip change at four schools.
Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev has attacked David Cameron's plan to tighten immigration rules for Bulgarians and Romanians in the UK.
The US mission to SA says a fascination with a group "selfie" featuring Barack Obama should not be allowed to distract from honouring Nelson Mandela.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has laughed off criticism that he had acted inappropriately by taking a "selfie" at Mandela's memorial service.
Britain's David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have no doubt Syria's President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.
From Alt-J to Laura Mvula, UK Prime Minister David Cameron's "bespoke" list of songs for leaders at last month's G8 summit has been revealed.
Allegations of inmates being force-fed in GuantĂˇnamo reveal Obama and Cameron have been talking a lot and doing very little to close the facility.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has ignored growing speculation about the "Curse of Cameron" by tweeting a message of support to Andy Murray.
Reports that Britain spied on G20 delegates, including SA, during meetings in London in 2009, should be investigated, says government.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron says G8 leaders should be inspired by Northern Ireland when the summit delivers its own economic breakthrough.
From the Conference of Berlin to today's G8, "helping" Africans looks suspiciously like monopolising their resources, writes George Monbiot.
US President Barack Obama has urged Britons to watch whether EU reforms were successful before deciding whether to leave the multi-nation bloc.