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South Africa's president has said Barack Obama (pictured) will still meet Nelson Mandela

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Meanwhile, South African officials have confirmed that

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South African president Jacob Zuma asks the country to pray for 'the father of democracy'

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Nelson Mandela's ambulance broke down on way to hospital

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Nelson Mandela's wife thanks well-wishers

The wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela said today that love and generosity from across the world have brought comfort and hope during the 94-year-old's latest spell in hospital.

Boks to the wall: Matt Scott and Greig Laidlaw tackle Marcel Coetzee`

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Nelson Mandela arrives for the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani

Nelson Mandela 'continuing to improve' in Pretoria hospital

Nelson Mandela's health is continuing to improve but the anti-apartheid hero remains in a serious condition, South Africa's president said today.

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: Anti-apartheid icon 'responding to treatment' in South African hospital

Former president has been in hospital four times for treatment since December

A mural of former South African president Nelson Mandela is seen at Regina Mundi church in Soweto

Nelson Mandela in hospital: South Africa holds its breath once more as co-defendant calls for nation to 'release' its hero

The former president’s co-defendant in trial said there was a possibility he would not be well again

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela in hospital on an earlier stay

Nelson Mandela back in hospital with 'serious' lung infection

Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in a “serious but stable” condition as a result of a lung infection.

The Lions players warm up during training in Brisbane yesterday

British and Irish Lions 2013: Queensland Reds are ready to bounce Lions from controversy to calamity

After soft opening game and Healy row, tourists face serious threat against Queensland

Oscar Pistorius enters the dock at the Pretoria Magistrates court

Oscar Pistorius trial: Judge hits out at press coverage of case as athlete's court date is set

Magistrate Daniel Thulare says behaviour of media outlets could be interpreted as contempt of court

Oscar Pistorius at his bail hearing in February

Oscar Pistorius case: Family were 'shaken' by leaked photographs of star's bathroom

The comments, from Arnold Pistorius, uncle of the "Blade Runner", come as the athlete prepares once again to face the public gaze as he returns to court

Carl Pistorius appeared in court for culpable homicide of a 36-year-old woman

Oscar Pistorius' brother acquitted of culpable murder for the death of a female motorcyclist

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