Sport Roger Bannister celebrates with Chris Chataway in 1954 as he becomes the first man to run a sub-four minute mile

Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition as he enters his second month in hospital.

Children in Soweto in front of a mural of Nelson Mandela

Separate and unequal: Apartheid's legacy lives on

World View: South Africa has certainly changed since the ANC came to power, but the party's failure to tackle economic inequality is glaringly evident

“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.

Official court documents described the former South African president's situation as 'perilous'

Nelson Mandela: Doctors say South Africa's hero faces 'impending death' but deny he is in 'vegetative state'

Meanwhile, his family argues over Mandela's final resting place

The battle for Mandela’s legacy is only beginning

Even before Mandela’s illness, the political parties of South Africa were at loggerheads over their versions of the anti-apartheid struggle. Now the struggle is intensifying

Obama's debt to Nelson Mandela

It is a pity that Nelson Mandela’s illness has stopped America’s first black President from meeting the first black President of South Africa, not least because such a meeting would have brought home the great transformation that has occurred in both countries.

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

Nelson Mandela: Why the world won't let go

How extraordinary for a man - a stranger to most of us - to engender such warmth and respect that so many grown-ups feel bereft at the thought of his passing

Mr Mandela's condition had become critical in the past 24 hours

Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in hospital, says Zuma

The former South African president Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition in hospital, just two weeks after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The news, broken by President Jacob Zuma after a hospital visit late on Sunday evening, left millions of South Africans fearing the worst.

Nelson Mandela's wife thanks well-wishers

The wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela said today that love and generosity from across the world have brought comfort and hope during the 94-year-old's latest spell in hospital.

President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela remains in a serious condition but that over the last two days his doctors have said the improvements in his health have been sustained.

Mandela has made 'sustained improvement', but remains in serious condition says Zuma

There has been sustained improvement in the condition of Nelson Mandela from the recurring lung infection that is forcing him to spend a ninth day in hospital, South Africa's president said today.

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela during a previous hospital visit

Nelson Mandela breathing unaided but remains in 'serious, stable' condition in hospital with lung infection

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is breathing unaided but remains in a “serious but stable” condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a recurring lung infection.

Lonmin worker killed as tension builds again

A shop steward from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was shot dead at one of Lonmin's South African mines yesterday, sparking fears of a renewed cycle of violence in the country's troubled platinum mining belt.

Leftwich:

Adrian Leftwich: Leading anti-apartheid activist who turned state witness

By most standards, Adrian Leftwich's life was brimming with achievement. He established a public reputation as a leading British academic and author – and a private reputation as a single father of two children who adored him. In earlier years in Cape Town, he was a national student leader and a founder member of the underground anti-apartheid movement. But it was six dire months in 1964 that defined his image.

Nick Clegg has distanced himself from the Prime Minister's claim that

Nick Clegg rejects David Cameron's claim that 'we're all Thatcherites now'

Deputy Prime Minister challenged Thatcher's legacy over apartheid and gay rights

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee