President Zuma was greeted with cheers at the congress of the mainstream union confederation

South Africa is 'not falling apart' says defiant Zuma at start of ANC conference

South Africa's president Jacob Zuma said his country is not “falling apart” as he opened a conference which will decide whether he remains as leader of the African National Congress.

Owen Farrell

Fearless Owen Farrell is hungry to tackle brilliant All Blacks

England's raw outside-half insists he is ready to go head-to-head with returning New Zealand star Dan Carter

Britain's real sporting heroes aren't the stars of 2012, but the tireless coaches working in our schools

Anyone who buys into negative stereotypes about British teenagers would have been surprised by the evidence in front of our writer at an awards ceremony last week

Lorraine Kelly leads tributes to TV-am presenter Mike Morris

Colleagues including Lorraine Kelly have paid tribute to former TV-am presenter Mike Morris, who has died.

TV-am presenter Mike Morris dies

Colleagues including Lorraine Kelly have paid tribute to former TV-am presenter Mike Morris, who has died.

Call for nationalisation of South African resources

The controversial politician Julius Malema yesterday said black South Africans are worse off than during apartheid and launched a hit list for nationalisation as he capitalised on discontent over the Marikana mine massacre.

The Robben Island Bible

Shakespeare: Staging the World, British Museum, London

The Bard's glorious, grisly, world springs to life. Verily, it's a triumph!

Nelson Mandela looks celebrates his birthday at his house in Eastern Cape with giant cakes and mass renditions of 'Happy Birthday'

Brand squabbles taint dignity of Mandela birthday celebrations

As Nelson Mandela turned 94 today and tributes poured in from around the world, an unseemly squabble continued among the former president’s relatives who are trying to put a commercial value on the anti-apartheid icon.

Glasgow bomb claim man handed jail sentence

A man who claimed to have a bomb in an Italian restaurant, sparking an armed stand-off, has been jailed for more than two years.

England prop Alex Corbisiero forced out of third Test against South Africa

England have been forced into a change for this weekend's third Test against South Africa after prop Alex Corbisiero suffered a recurrence of a knee injury.

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Ben Fogle yesterday preparing for his Atlantic crossing

Celebrity fundraisers: Just to watch is a feat of endurance

Whether swimming the Atlantic or running multiple marathons, they are raising the stakes

Eddie Izzard abandons his attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days

Eddie Izzard has been forced to abandon his attempt to complete 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa due to "unforeseen medical complications".

Eddie Izzard has demonstrated a common touch that Ed Miliband can only dream of

Eddie Izzard halts 27-marathon challenge

Eddie Izzard has had to abandon his gruelling challenge to run a marathon each day for 27 days in South Africa due to "medical complications".

Suu Kyi to give Nobel speech, 21 years late

Aung San Suu Kyi will finally get a chance to deliver her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, nearly 21 years after she won it.

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The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
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The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
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