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The former French president apparently informed pals of his mapped-out life plan recently

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Jack Whitehall crowned king of British Comedy Awards

'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize

Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie with Danish PM at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

'Just a bit of fun': Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt defends her ‘selfie’ with Barack Obama and David Cameron

The Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has defended her now infamous ‘selfie’ with Barack Obama and David Cameron, claiming the snap that sparked debate across the world was just a “bit of fun”.

Nelson Mandela is gone, but South Africa will thrive says Anglo

Anglo American's links with South Africa are so entrenched that it has been described as running like a spine through the country's history. The founder of the FTSE 100 mining titan, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, established it there in 1917, sowing the seeds of a giant empire in diamonds, gold and minerals.

Anglo American new boss admits mining giant must dig deeper to recover

The new chief executive of mining giant Anglo American today conceded he had a major job on his hands rebooting a company that lagged its rivals during the boom years of mining.

Photographer behind Obama’s Mandela memorial ‘selfie’ defends snap as ‘human moment’

Photographer behind Obama’s Mandela memorial ‘selfie’ defends ‘human moment’

The photographer behind that viral picture of Cameron, Obama and Thorning-Schmidt cosying up for a ‘selfie’ at Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday has defended the three’s decision.

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Jacob ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala donated his final world title belt to Nelson Mandela in 2002

Steve Bunce: As Nelson Mandela's favourite fighter, 'Baby Jake' Matlala, who also died last week, gave hope to post-apartheid South Africa

'I said to Mandela the two most famous people in South Africa are also famous for their height,' Matlala once recalled

The body of Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings where it is lying in state for three days

The death of Nelson Mandela: A last chance to offer last respects for Madiba

They came and waited patiently in their thousands for a momentary glimpse of their hero, passing the time with songs and stories about the leader who changed their lives. Andrew Buncombe joined the queue in Pretoria

Obama delivers his speech next to a sign language interpreter, who has been accused of being a fake

Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto

The man seen by millions across the world on television has been branded a 'fake' by the national director of the Deaf Federation of  South Africa

Jay Z, here performing in LA on Monday, encouraged fans to follow their dreams in a tribute to Nelson Mandela

Jay Z dedicates song to Nelson Mandela in LA

The rapper closed his Magna Carter set with a tribute to the late politician

Andy McSmith's Diary: Happy birthday, Lord Tebbit: you’re now free to marry another man

The first gay couples will be able to marry on 29 March 2014, which is also the day that the former Conservative Party chairman, Norman Tebbit, will turn 83.

Former British Prime Minister John Major arrives at the memorial service

Sir John Major: Margaret Thatcher's government was wrong to oppose South Africa sanctions

Former prime minister spoke out as he attended the memorial service for Nelson Mandela

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