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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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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

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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".

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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

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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

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

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