News Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location.

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

Mandela family feud deepens as doctors suggest relatives 'turn off life support machine'

The news of the former South African leader's health came as the bitter feuding of the Mandela family exploded into the public arena

Tributes pile up for South Africa's hospitalised former president, Nelson Mandela

Mandela coverage: a fine line between racism and ethics?

Mandela’s daughter said there is a racist element to the way her father’s health is being covered - so at the very least people should listen

A hearse is pictured at Mvezo resort after being accompanied by a police convoy to collect the remains of former South African President Nelson Mandela's children

Return to Qunu: Mandela family remains exhumed again

Battle over bodies of statesman’s children ends as they are taken back to ancestral village

The battle for Mandela’s legacy is only beginning

Even before Mandela’s illness, the political parties of South Africa were at loggerheads over their versions of the anti-apartheid struggle. Now the struggle is intensifying

Mandla Mandela addressing the media last month

Judge orders Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla to exhume bodies of anti-apartheid leader's children

A judge ordered Nelson Mandela's grandson to exhume the bodies of three of the anti-apartheid leader's children today and return them to their original graves, the latest twist in a dispute that has divided South Africa's most famous family.

The News Matrix: Monday 01 July 2013

Britons bask in a (short) golden glow

US President Barack Obama, right, and First Lady Michelle Obama, left, tour Robben Island

Barack Obama pledges energy cash to light up Africa’s darkness

US President promises funding to provide 'the energy to lift people out of poverty' by doubling Africans' access to electricity

Makaziwe Mandela leaves after visiting the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria

Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe lashes out at 'media vultures' as former South African leader remains in stable but critical condition

Makaziwe Mandela says interest in former president's condition has 'gone overboard' and media are 'vultures waiting for the carcass'

Nelson Mandela: Why the world won't let go

How extraordinary for a man - a stranger to most of us - to engender such warmth and respect that so many grown-ups feel bereft at the thought of his passing

Africa prays: The front page of Kenya's 'Daily Nation'

Obama’s African tour overshadowed as Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition, as family is caught up in heated row

Daughter says that legendary leader smiled and opened his eyes when she told him of US President's visit

The News Matrix: Monday 24 June 2013

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Mandela is being treated at a hospital in Pretoria

Nelson Mandela said to be 'responding better to treatment' for lung infection

South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma, tells parliament in Cape Town that 'we are very happy with the progress that he's now making'

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela in hospital. South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela in good shape and in good spirits

Nelson Mandela’s relatives fly from around the world to be at his bedside, as he faces fourth day in Pretoria hospital

Former South African president's wife, ex-wife, children and grandchildren have all visited the Pretoria hospital where he is being treated for a recurrent lung infection

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela during a previous hospital visit

Nelson Mandela breathing unaided but remains in 'serious, stable' condition in hospital with lung infection

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is breathing unaided but remains in a “serious but stable” condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a recurring lung infection.

Eddie Izzard - £31,550: The multi-lingual stand-up comic has fronted Labour broadcasts and been talked of as a London mayoral candidate

Comedian Eddie Izzard 'ready for flak of politics' in Mayor of London 2019 race

Comedian Eddie Izzard has said he is prepared to take the flak for wanting to pursue a career in politics.

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