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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

Bongile Mantsai and Hilda Cronje in Mies Julie

Investigation launched over 'offensive' sexually suggestive Mies Julie poster

The Advertising Standards Agency has launched an investigation into publicity for a critically acclaimed play currently staged in London, after one tube traveller complained the sexually suggestive imagery was “offensive”.

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Cover image of Charles Moore's authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher, Not For Turning

Charles Moore lands first blow in battle to define Margaret Thatcher's legacy and destroy 'myths of the Left'

When Glenda Jackson excoriated Margaret Thatcher’s record in Parliament “to stop history being re-written”, she may well have had Charles Moore’s authorised biography in mind.

Nelson Mandela is 'responding to treatment' after returning to hospital with lung infection

Nelson Mandela breathing without difficulty

The former president had fluid drained from his lungs, enabling him to breathe more easily

Nelson Mandela 'responding to treatment' after returning to hospital with lung infection

Nelson Mandela latest: Former South African President 'responding to treatment' after returning to hospital with lung infection

Zuma calls on public  ‘not to panic’ as former South African president, 94, is taken to hospital

Theatre review: Mies Julie, Riverside Theatre, London

Last autumn, the Barbican played host to Mademoiselle Julie, a French production of Strindberg's 1888 classic that turned the play into a chicly timeless existential conflict. 

Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after 'successful' medical tests

Nelson Mandela left hospital today after “successful” medical tests and returned to his home in Johannesburg.

Mr Mandela was hospitalised for nearly three weeks in December

Nelson Mandela in hospital for check-up

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader, was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria yesterday for a scheduled medical check-up. Doctors say there is "no cause for alarm".

Graca Michel, wife of Nelson Mandela, attends the memorial service of Mido Macia

'Society is grieving', over taxi driver who died in a South African jail cell

Hundreds of mourners gathered for a memorial service for Mido Macia, the Mozambican taxi driver who died in a South African cell after being dragged behind a police vehicle.

South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba celebrated in Google Doodle

The South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba has been celebrated in a Google Doodle on what would have been her 81st birthday.

Mamphela Ramphele at the launch of Agang yesterday

New political party formed to make 1990s dream reality

The launch of South Africa's newest political party today began with a nod to the past rather than the future. People were asked to remember the "patience and quiet dignity" of the long queues in 1994 when most South Africans got their first chance to vote. "Do you remember the dream we embraced to build ours into a great society?"

Luyt in 1998 after resigning as head of South African rugby

Louis Luyt: Businessman and rugby union leader whose career was tarnished by controversy

Louis Luyt was best known as the boorishly fractious South African rugby boss who briefly won kudos for the Springboks' 1995 World Cup victory, but soon fell out with the rest of the rugby world, his own players and with Nelson Mandela. But his notoriety had been secured two decades earlier thanks to his role in the "Infogate" scandal.

Nelson Mandela pictured in August

Mandela is back to health, says Zuma

Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and a gallstones operation, President Jacob Zuma said today.

Marius Kloppers: Lion king of mining nears end of his reign

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