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Former government contractor could join President Obama, Henry Kissinger and Nelson Mandela in historic list

Helen Zille (right), leader of the Democratic Alliance, is hugged by Mamphela Ramphele at the Cape Town conference

South Africa elections: Opposition parties unite to challenge ruling ANC

South Africa’s main opposition party has merged with a smaller group to jointly challenge the ruling ANC in elections in April.

Nelson Mandela statue: Sculptors told to remove bronze rabbit hidden in the ear

Government are now in discussions over how to remove the rabbit without damaging the statue of the anti-apartheid icon

Anthony Hilton: Pompous and smug, Davos has lost the plot

My Week We can expect the papers next week to be filled with musings from Davos, where the business and political elite are about to have their annual shindig in the Alps, so it was particularly satisfying on Thursday to record a piece for National Public Radio in the United States on why the whole gathering had long since lost the plot.

Simon Hughes says some view the criminal justice system as hostile

Simon Hughes: 'Legal profession must do more to reflect modern Britain'

Justice minister wants more female and ethnic minority barristers within 2 years

5 more important ways that Nick Griffin is bankrupt

The leader of the BNP Nick Griffin was yesterday declared bankrupt. He doesn't own a house, and has run out of money. But there are some other, probably more important things that the far-right politician lacks...

Mandela delivering his first public speech since his release from jail in Cape Town in 1990 - the same year Mandela visited Dublin

Time to remember Nelson Mandela’s soft touch with the IRA

When asked if the IRA should be admitted to Northern Ireland talks without first ending its campaign of violence, Mandela fumbled his reply

What will 2013 be remembered for?

We asked our columnists this question and here's what they had to say

West, who once referred to himself as the “number one rock star on the planet”, made the promise during the last leg of his Yeezus Tour

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That awkward moment when… You accidently confuse a real-life, living person with the Hollywood chap 20 years his junior that played him in a movie once.

Billboard confuses Nelson Mandela for Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman

New Delhi cloth merchant Chandrashekhar, who paid for the board out of his own pocket, said he didn’t know how the problem occurred

Locks changed on Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela's house as family feud boils over

The latest developments are part of a long-running feud between the two, both of whom have been jostling for position at head of the family

Paul Walker, iPhone 5s and 'Royal Baby' are Google Zeitgeist most searched for 2013

The annual report on the most popular news items and topics shows what the nation wanted to know in 2013

Mourners lining the roadside react as the cortège of former president Nelson Mandela passes through Mthatha on its way to his birthplace, Qunu, where he was to be buried today

Comrade Nelson Mandela is taken home to Qunu for the final time

Politics simmer as body of former president returns to birthplace

In brief: IOC set for anti-doping push

The International Olympic Committee has set up a $20m (£12m) anti-doping fund to boost detection methods and will hold an extraordinary session next year to push through changes for sports at the Olympic Games, its president, Thomas Bach, said today.

Xhosa women inside a house in the nearby village of Mvezo, where Mandela was born

Nelson Mandela burial: Qunu awaits final return of its most famous son

Amid the squabbles and chaotic preparations, residents speak of their pride in Mandela

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