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

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

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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.

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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

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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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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".

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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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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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