For the first time in more than a generation, Iran made a deal with the United States, agreeing to halt its nuclear program and the loss of Nelson Mandela united the world in grief. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report, Part 3 of her look back at the year in international news.
A new day dawns in Iran as a new president takes control and offers an olive branch to the international community.Hassan Rouhani assumed office in August and within weeks began talks with the United States and other countries to ease tensions over their nuclear program.
For more than 30 years, Iran has had a strained relationship with the U.S., but in September, Obama became the first American president to speak on the phone with an Iranian head of state since 1979.
Weeks later President Obama announced an historic deal had been reached in Geneva as Iran promises to curb its nuclear program in exchange for fewer sanctions.
On December 5, tears rained around the world as a global icon passes away. Nelson Mandela's historic sojourn from political prisoner to president inspired people from all walks of life and when the frail anti-Apartheid hero succumbed to illness at the age of 95, tens of thousands danced and wept for a man considered the father of his country.
At his national memorial at a famed soccer stadium, presidents, prime ministers and dignitaries representing more than 100 countries paid their respects.
And as one royal leaves the world this year, another one enters. The Dutchess of Cambridge gave birth to Prince George Alexander Louis on July 22. The first child for Prince William and Kate Middleton is third in line for the British throne.