Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Cairo this week as the first Iranian head of state to travel to Egypt since Iran's revolution in 1979 soured ties.
The flags on roadsides are at half-staff. Black ribbons frame the King Father's official portrait at the airport and in hotels.
Emerging economies are not "free riders" and will continue to play a more active role in international affairs, a senior Foreign Ministry official told a global security forum on Saturday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated Tokyo's hard-line position on the Diaoyu Islands, during a tour of Okinawa, amid continuing tension over the East China Sea islands.
Myanmar's government and ethnic Kachin rebels have said they will hold peace talks in China in the coming days after some of the worst fighting between the two in years.
Iran said on Sunday it was open to a US offer of direct talks on its nuclear program and that six world powers had suggested a new round of nuclear negotiations this month, but without committing itself to either proposal.
US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed his commitment to promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace on Sunday in telephone calls to the leaders of both sides.
New US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday reaffirmed his commitment to pursuing peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, still in Cuba recovering from a Dec 11 surgery, has approved a plan to strengthen the state-run oil company Petroleum of Venezuela.
The White House has released a photo of United States President Barack Obama skeet shooting in an apparent bid to allay concerns by gun owners that he opposes firearms following a school massacre in December.
Over 8.5 million Cubans on Sunday started to cast their votes for the picking of nearly 1,900 members of the country's new national and provincial legislatures.
Top leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un called for strengthening the military to defend the country's security and sovereignty.