The surprise appointment by African leaders indicates, some say, a support of the 90-year-old leader's misrule of Zimbabwe. Mugabe has been the country's President since it gained independence in 1980.
Britain's current Prime Minister David Cameron, began the remembrance events at a ceremony in parliament Friday, laying a wreath at a statue of Churchill, a man he described as 'a great Briton' who should never be forgotten.
Parts of the memoir by ex-President Lee Myung-bak, provided to reporters in advance, reveal that senior intelligence officials from the two Koreas made secret visits to each other's countries to explore summit possibilities in 2010.
An audio recording in English made by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, seems to extend the deadline for Jordan's release of an al-Qaida-linked prisoner. Jordan had agreed to the prisoner swap with the Islamic State to free a Jordanian pilot being help by the militant group.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two. The trip would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking power, succeeding his father Kim Jong-il, in 2011.