The anti-apartheid leader will be buried on December 15 at his rural home in Qunu, and a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium will be held on December 10.
Though the world knew him as Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid hero had five other names, including "Tata".
The Norwegian Nobel committee paid tribute today to Nelson Mandela, calling him "one of the greatest names in the long history of the Nobel Peace Prize".
Scientists have discovered the skeleton of a human ancestor - dating back 1.34 million years - characterized by a "robust" jaw and skull bones and a gorilla-like upper body.
A body, suspected to be that of an Indian-origin woman missing since October 23, was found in a river in northern England today.
Israel and the Palestinians are closer to a peace deal than they have been in years, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday wrapping up his latest visit.
He wasn't allowed to wear anything but a pair of shorts for the first few years.
Hashtag RIP Nelson Mandela was the top trending topic on Twitter today following the death of global anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
The body of South Africa's anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela was today taken to a military hospital here as preparations for the state funeral of the peace icon began.
Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country's first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday night. He was 95.
An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack on Yemen's defence ministry that killed at least 52 people.
South Africans called it the "Madiba magic" after his clan name -- Nelson Mandela's quirky mix of grandeur and simplicity, his ready quips, his ability to relate to the poor, his colourful custom-made shirts and his dancing prowess.
Preparations began Friday for the state funeral of South Africa's liberation hero Nelson Mandela, as the world mourned the peace icon's passing.
Nelson Mandela's long walk from apartheid prisoner to South African president remade a country and inspired the world.
So what, exactly, is it that makes Nelson Mandela so special? Apart from the fact that he emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons bearing so little malice.