Asha (7), Yasmin (24) and, far right, bull elephant Upali at Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Asha the elephant (7) loves climbing. She seems to enjoy the novelty of being taller than the others. Her trunk is up, the ears are out and she loo(...)

A wellwisher carries a portrait in front of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where Nelson Mandela is being treated. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

It has been 65 years of a fulfilling friendship but it was the things that Nelson and I could not do together that cemented our relationship far more (...)

Graca Machel, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, says his condition has improved in recent days. Photograph: Getty Images

Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, said the condition of the hospitalized former South African president has improved over the last week. Mandela (9(...)