Reaching out to John Paul II
Millions of pilgrims and world leaders are descending on Rome to pay their last respects to the late pope.
While his papacy was not without controversy, cardinals have praised him as "John Paul the Great" and there is already talk of his beatification, the first step towards sainthood.
While Vatican officials prepare to bury the last pontiff, the search for the new one is getting started: Cardinals will meet on April 18 to begin the election process.
Read about John Paul II's passing and the Catholic Church's future in this DW-WORLD dossier.
Efforts are underway to rescue hundreds of people from a burning Italian ferry, with teams from three countries trying to retrieve passengers still aboard. Poor weather and darkness have so far hindered rescue attempts.
A ferry which caught fire during its journey from Greece to Italy is to be towed to Italy's mainland. One person has died, while hundreds more are still stranded on the ship in the Adriatic Sea.
With both major candidates failing to get 50 percent of the vote, Croatia will have a runoff election in January. Incumbent President Ivo Josipovic faces tough criticism over the country's lagging economy.
Sony has said that, despite North Korea's objections, its controversial film "The Interview" has enjoyed a record-breaking launch. Meanwhile, the firm's PlayStation Network is back online after an apparent cyberattack.