After some confusion, Gabon officials have confirmed that President Bongo, the longest serving African leader, has died. He was being treated for cancer in Spain at the time of his death. The country will have a 30-day period of mourning, CNN.
The U.S. is calling for two American journalists, sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean camp, to be released. The Obama administration says they believe the harsh sentence to be a ploy used to gain leverage. Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, were charged with illegally entering North Korean territory, but their families say they were actually arrested while they were on the border and had no intention of entering the country, New York Times.
International soccer star Kaka has been traded from Inter Milan to Real Madrid. Reports had indicated that Chelsea was interested in him, but his six-year deal is now complete, BBC Sport.