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Contributions from Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the late Walter Sisulu, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his official biographer Anthony Sampson

Commemorative special - an interactive e-book celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela

Contributions from Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the late Walter Sisulu, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his official biographer Anthony Sampson

Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

Revealed: Hillary Clinton earns $200,000 from lucrative world of after-dinner speaking

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rakes in up to $200,000 (£132,000) a night in the lucrative world of professional speechmaking, according to The New York Times.

David Cameron (left) welcomes Barack Obama (right) to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland

Aid agencies tell David Cameron: Don't leave poor countries out of tax avoidance rules

Activists warn against creating a 'rich man’s club'

PR peer pays out over billionaire 'smear'

Lord Malloch-Brown, a former Labour minister, was left humiliated last night after he and the PR company he works for agreed to make an out-of-court settlement to the controversial Israeli mining billionaire Beny Steinmetz over sensational allegations of a smear campaign.

Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array which could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans

Kids today! They’re so, so... kind: We’ve had wasters and entrepreneurs. But the new generation of youth are big into philanthropy

Doing good as a teenager used to mean mowing granny’s lawn or teaching English badly in a randomly selected  developing country. Then came the me-me millennials whose circuit-board brains helped propel them to overnight riches. Next up: a new generation that combines good intentions, Facebook entrepreneurialism and a desire to save humanity and/or the planet.

Bashar al-Assad's overt ongoing support from Moscow and Vladimir Putin stands in the way of resolving issues in Syria

Sir Menzies Campbell: Stalemate leaves few options

There are options for Syria, but none of them is attractive nor likely to be conclusive.

Kofi Annan to quit as special envoy to Syria

Kofi Annan said today he will step down from his high-profile role as special envoy for Syria at the end of the month, delivering blistering criticism of world powers' failure to unite over the country's escalating violence.

Video footage shows the mourners

Terrified villagers tell of the horror of Tremseh

Chilling evidence of Syria's worst atrocity as bodies are packed into mass graves

Russia cuts off Assad's military lifeline to leave regime out in the cold

Move by Moscow is strongest signal that support for long-time ally is on the decline

Time is running out for Syria peace hopes, says Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said time is running out on Syrian peace hopes and warned that the Syrian state could collapse.

From left, Ban Ki-moon, Annan and
Sergei Lavrov yesterday

Annan in last-ditch attempt to rescue Syria peace talks

International powers agreed yesterday that a transitional government should be set up in Syria to end the bloodshed there, but they left open the question of what part President Bashar al-Assad might play in the process.

Mood pessimistic on Syria peace plans

Major powers meeting in Geneva have adopted a watered down version of special envoy Kofi Annan's Syria plan that leaves open whether President Bashar Assad can be part of the transition government.

The Russian President says Kofi Annan's peace plan is the only way forward

Russia and China refuse to step up the pressure on Assad regime

The bloodshed continues, and hopes for UN peace plan fade as Syria bars Western ambassadors

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus yesterday

Syria isolated as Western capitals expel diplomats

Europe and US ratchet up diplomatic pressure on Assad's pariah state

International community should unite against Syria, says minister

A Foreign Office minister called for the international community to unite to take further action against Syria following the “revolting” massacre at Houla.

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