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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

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File: Glass capsules containing ketamine found in Bang Pa In on 26 June, 2008

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The anaesthetic has become a popular recreational drug

The notable side of Nelson Mandela wasn't forgiveness. It was action

If he had been just a kindly chap, nobody outside his family would have noticed

Tales from the water cooler: A by-product of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment? One of history's greatest protest songs

I would never presume to be capable of adding anything of weight to those solemn odes to Nelson Mandela written by our body of accomplished scribes. I’ll therefore try to offer something perhaps more lightweight and just hope you don’t think me flippant (and I’m guessing you won’t, or you would have long ago given this daft wee corner of the internet a miss in favour of the far more legitimate journalism featured from elsewhere).

Prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. The majority of inmates are being held without charge

‘No longer in our interest’ to disclose how many Guantanamo inmates are on hunger strike, US military says

The announcement comes as two Algerian men held at the camp for a decade are released without charge in a revived push towards gradual closure

West Midlands double murder: Wesley Williams admits killing Yvonne Walsh and her seven-month-old baby son

Judge tells Williams to expect a 'very substantial' prison term

Like many others, I have appropriated Mandela as my own

Not once in the long years on Robben Island did he bend to the will of his captors

Armada: he was freed from jail early because of ill-health, though he enjoyed a robust old age

General Alfonso Armada: Soldier whose death means that the mysteries surrounding the 1981 attempted coup in Spain may never be solved

One of the biggest questions about Alfonso Armada is what he really knew about the attempted coup d'etat that took place in Madrid on 23 February 1981, and which he refused to reveal. His silence did not save him from a 30-year prison sentence as one of the three top names in the coup, known in Spain as the 23-F, together with Colonel Tejero, whose civil guards held the government hostage in parliament for the best part of a night and a day, and Lieutenant General Jaime Milans del Bosch.

‘Detainees are made to dig their own graves’: Former guard speaks out as satellite images show North Korean gulags are growing

Amnesty International report reveals female political prisoners are raped and then made to ‘disappear’

Jim Armitage: Watchdog moves so slowly it still isn't wise after the event

Outlook If you thought the wheels of justice grind slowly, wait till you get a load of the Financial Reporting Council.

'If anything happens tell my kids I love them': Woman found stabbed to death left chilling Facebook post

Police say Michelle Rowling’s ex-boyfriend is a 'person of interest' in case and he has now handed himself in for questioning

Nearly half of all prisons had callouts in the last three years

Use of riot squads in jails has soared amid overcrowding crisis

The number of times that officers trained to quell riots have been called in to calm tensions in prisons has soared over the last year, Ministry of Justice figures disclosed today.

Hampshire pensioner murder: 80-year-old Peter Beaver charged with murdering elderly wife Annie

An 80-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of his elderly wife.

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