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South African president Nelson Mandela exchanges a handshake with deputy president F.W. de Klerk after their inauguration in Pretoria, May 9th, 1994.Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times.
Nelson Mandela: A timeline
  • Africa
  • December 5, 2013, 23:29

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Here are some of the major events in his life.July 18, 1918: Born to Hendry M(...)

Residents gather near damaged cars at a site hit by what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, near a children’s park in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograpgh: Yousef Albostany/Reuters

During a brief encounter with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc) president Abdul Rahman Attar on the stair at the organisation’s headquarters, I congratu(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a stark warning of more violence and deepening isolation in store for Israel if Israeli and Palestinian ne(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah (R) in Riyadh today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry praised Saudi Arabia as a “very, very important” ally today as he visited the Gulf kingdom on a mission to soothe str(...)

Jordan Casey: “One of my teachers had a big black book where everything from attendance to exam marks was stored. If she lost that book all the information for the entire year was gone. I thought it would be better to have information like that put into the cloud.”

Teenage entrepreneur Jordan Casey announced the launch of his second technology company, TeachWare, at yesterday’s Dublin Web Summit.Taking to the dig(...)

Foreign ministers conduct a meeting of the ‘London 11’, from the Friends of Syria Core Group, in Lancaster House, London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Syrian opposition yesterday refused to commit fully to proposed peace talks scheduled for the end of next month in Geneva in spite of the effor(...)

England coach Roy Hodgson. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Reuters

The Republic of Ireland have fallen to their lowest ever position in the Fifa world rankings at 60th despite the midweek victory over Kazakhstan. Foll(...)

Gustav Klimt’s painting The Kiss superimposed on a building in Syria in a work by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam.

Earlier this year a striking image of Gustav Klimt’s painting The Kiss superimposed on a building in Syria gouged by mortar shells and bullets went vi(...)

BAM chief executive Theo Cullinane said the company had managed to buck the industry trend during 2012. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Profits at building and engineering company BAM grew by almost 50 per cent to €5.9 million last year, the latest figures show.BAM Contractors, the Ir(...)

A UN vehicle transporting a team of United Nations experts charged with starting the process of verifying and eliminating chemical weapons arrives at a hotel in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

Twenty chemical weapons experts arrived in Damascus yesterday on a mission to identify and destroy Syria’s stockpiles of weapons and chemical agents b(...)

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