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

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The RFU announce Stuart Lancaster as the permanent head coach of the England rugby team. A more experienced man such as Nick Mallett had previously been favourite for the job but Lancaster impressed as interim coach during the Six Nations and landed himself the job.

England confirm mid-week fixtures during tour of South Africa

England's three-Test summer tour of South Africa will include midweek matches in Kimblerley and Potchefstroom against SA Barbarians teams, it was confirmed today.

Luther star Idris Elba to play Nelson Mandela

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Man held after Glasgow restaurant stand-off

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David Harewood as Nelson Mandela

Black actors should 'head for Hollywood'

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David Harewood: 'Young black actors must go to US'

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Mandla Mandela with his grandfather Nelson Mandela

Mandela missing as disunity marks ANC's centenary party

The African National Congress stumbled into its second century yesterday with little rejoicing, amid a clampdown on speeches and after international dignitaries stayed away from a chaotic series of commemorative events.

Thousands gather for ANC celebration rally

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Nelson Mandela leaves court in Pretoria during the first treason trial in 1958

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Misplaced devotion: Michelle Yeoh in Luc Besson’s ponderous ‘The Lady’

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Lasting influence: Finkelstein

Vic Finkelstein: Academic anddisability activist

Vic Finkelstein, who has died aged 73, was an activist and academic whose writings gave intellectual shape to the disabled people's movement. Finkelstein was born in Johannesburg in 1938, and grew up in Durban. He claimed later that his "lifelong resistance against regimentation" started in nursery school, while his Jewish background gave him an abhorrence of human oppression.

Beaten Semenya thanks Mandela for his support

In victory in Berlin two years ago, Caster Semenya was denied the opportunity to bask in the glow of her success in the World Championship 800m final by the storm about her gender that broke just before the two-lap race. In the home straight in Daegu yesterday, the 20-year-old South African was denied the gold medal when Mariya Savinova of Russia shot past her in stunning fashion.

The business on...Gill Marcus, Governor, South African Reserve Bank

One of the central banking intelligentsia?

Yes, but Ms Marcus is an unusually forthright member of the club.

Hermione Eyre: Winehouse weaved suffering into her songs

It is painful to hear a new posthumous echo on that great voice, always so contemporary and intimate

South Africa swaps bling for charity on Mandela day

Middle-classes will mark the former president's 93rd birthday today by doing voluntary work. Alex Duval Smith reports
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