Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden was formerly Africa Correspondent for The Independent.

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“Please, please, please may we think not only of ourselves. It’s almost like spitting in Madiba’s face,” Tutu said in a statement released by his foundation

Desmond Tutu calls for resolution to Nelson Mandela graves feud

The family feud over the graves of the children of Nelson Mandela drew a sharp rebuke yesterday from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

A hearse is pictured at Mvezo resort after being accompanied by a police convoy to collect the remains of former South African President Nelson Mandela's children

Return to Qunu: Mandela family remains exhumed again

Battle over bodies of statesman’s children ends as they are taken back to ancestral village

Mandla Mandela addressing the media last month

Judge orders Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla to exhume bodies of anti-apartheid leader's children

A judge ordered Nelson Mandela's grandson to exhume the bodies of three of the anti-apartheid leader's children today and return them to their original graves, the latest twist in a dispute that has divided South Africa's most famous family.

Mandla Mandela, pictured, had five of Nelson Mandela's dead relatives relocated to his own village in Mvezo. Other Mandela family members want them returned to Qunu

Tug of war over Mandela family burials set to continue

The tug of war over the remains of three of Nelson Mandela's children is set to continue after his grandson said he would challenge a court order to return them to the anti-apartheid icon's childhood home of Qunu in Eastern Cape.

US President Barack Obama, right, and First Lady Michelle Obama, left, tour Robben Island

Barack Obama pledges energy cash to light up Africa’s darkness

US President promises funding to provide 'the energy to lift people out of poverty' by doubling Africans' access to electricity

Tributes pile up for South Africa's hospitalised former president, Nelson Mandela

Family wrangle over Nelson Mandela's final resting place nears conclusion after court order

Barack Obama has not confirmed whether he will visit the ailing president

South Africa prepares to say farewell to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, who remains in 'stable but critical' condition in Pretoria hospital

Ndileka Mandela says former president's condition is still critical but has not worsened, while daughter Makaziwe says he is responding to touch

Africa prays: The front page of Kenya's 'Daily Nation'

Friend denies reports of family row over Nelson Mandela funeral arrangements

A friend of the Mandelas has denied reports of family row over funeral arrangements for the ailing 94-year-old who is in a critical condition at a Pretoria hospital. South African media reported a rift had emerged over where Nelson Mandela should be buried, with his grandson Mandla wanting him interred in the village of Mvezo, where the anti-apartheid leader was born, while others supported Qunu, where he grew up.

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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
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Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
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The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
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James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
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Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
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Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution