News In other news ... Jon Snow performed at last year's Newsroom's Got Talent charity event

The veteran Channel 4 host let readers in on the inner workings of his mind – and it’s not as laundered as one might have thought

Robert Mugabe ad his wife Grace Mugabe at his sister's funeral. The British government has come under fire for hosting a delegation of Zimbabwean businessmen, some of whom were related to Mugabe's regime

British government criticised for hosting businessmen linked to Mugabe regime

Zimbabwean trade delegation is said to include vocal supporters of indigenisation laws and violence

A rights tussle: Peter Tatchell attempts to arrest Robert Mugabe in 1999, in London

How to make a citizen's arrest

The latest attempt to make a citizen's arrest on Tony Blair is saluted by campaigner Peter Tatchell, who was beaten unconscious in his attempt to apprehend President Mugabe

Mandela delivering his first public speech since his release from jail in Cape Town in 1990 - the same year Mandela visited Dublin

Time to remember Nelson Mandela’s soft touch with the IRA

When asked if the IRA should be admitted to Northern Ireland talks without first ending its campaign of violence, Mandela fumbled his reply

2013 - the year in review: It took his death, but the world came together for a moment for Nelson Mandela

Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel claimed that he couldn’t afford the trip. His absence reminded us of Israel’s closeness to the apartheid regime

SABMiller chairman Graham Mackay dies aged 64

Graham Mackay, the man credited for turning SABMiller into the world’s second-largest brewer, died this morning at the age of 64.

The News Matrix: Monday 16 December 2013

Mandela buried in ancestral village

Illegal miners dig for diamonds in Zimbabwe’s Marange gem fields, which were exposed by an earth tremor in 2006 and are the largest discovered in Africa in more than a century

The flawed diamond sale: Sanctions lifted on gemstones from Zimbabwe

Belgium has successfully lobbied for sanctions to be lifted on gemstones mined in Zimbabwe, promising a windfall for the ailing nation. But critics say the ethics of the move are questionable

Jacob Zuma was greeted with hostility in Soweto

Nelson Mandela memorial: The booing of Jacob Zuma shows that divisions still remain

In front of leaders from around the world, South Africa’s current President was derided as Nelson Mandela was honoured

In this image from TV, US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama and Raúl Castro build bridges as world says farewell to Nelson Mandela

Obama’s handshake with Castro may initiate a thaw in their countries’ relations; no detente was in sight for Hollande and Sarkozy, however

A mural depicting Nelson Mandela in Soweto. Many claim the township has been turned into a tourist site

The death of Nelson Mandela: ‘The politicians live in their palaces; the rest of us do not see any of this wealth’

In Johannesburg’s townships, citizens lament the betrayal of their former leader’s legacy

Tributes at Mandela’s home in Houghton

The death of Nelson Mandela: In churches, mosques, synagogues and halls, they came to pray for Madiba

Millions of South Africans unite in a day of remembrance

England batsman Gary Ballance looks to be the favourite to replace the departed Jonathan Trott after hitting a half-century in the warm-up match against an Australian Chairman's XI

Ashes 2013-14: No 6 place remains hanging in the Ballance for England

England toiled in the heat against the Cricket Chairman’s XI

Hung, poisoned and mutilated alive: our atrocious abuse of elephants

Elephants are among the most intelligent, gentle creatures on the planet. Yet they have suffered for centuries at the hand of man.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Jeremy Hunt(s) for answers to all the right questions (if they’re sent in beforehand)

There is little spontaneity in Question Time in the House of Commons. MPs arrive with their pre-prepared questions, quite often supplied for them by the business managers.

Iveson and comrades: he always wore a white scarf in case he was shot down over Germany. 'I
don’t want them to think we’re scruffs,' he would say

Tony Iveson: Second World War pilot who served in the Battle of Britain in a Spitfire and helped sink the 'Tirpitz' in a Lancaster

Tony Iveson flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain and later the Lancaster Bomber, in which he was part of the group which sank Hitler's flagship, the Tirpitz. Serving as a flying instructor for two years after the Battle of Britain, he then flew many missions over Germany as a member of the 617 Squadron – the "Dambusters". His love affair with the Lancaster continued for the rest of his life and he flew the last remaining Lancaster at the age of 89. He then wrote Lancaster – the Biography (2008) with Brian Milton in 2009. But nothing in his life became him more than the memorial for which he campaigned tirelessly in his final years for his comrades in Bomber Command, around 55,500 of whom gave their lives to keep Hitler from these shores.

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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