Mr Mandela

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Attendees sing prior to the start of the state memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in the Soweto township of Johannesburg on Tuesday. Photograph:  Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

World leaders paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela at his state memorial service in Johannesburg yesterday, but their praise (...)

US President Barack Obama (left) greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg today. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Nelson Mandela urging the world to use the celebration of his life as a period of “self-reflection.” (...)

Nelson Mandela, wearing the number six jersey, congratulates  Springbok captain Francois Pienaar after victory in the 1995 World Cup final against New Zealand in in Johannesburg. Photograph: Getty Images

There was a lovely moment, or indeed minute, before kick-off in the Munster-Perpignan game at Thomond Park on Sunday. It only required one clap at the(...)

A man places flowers in tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his house in Johannesburg  today. Photograph: Reuters

Peter Murtagh and Bill Corcoran in JohannesburgPresident Higgins and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have arrived in Johannesburg to attend tomorrow’s State Me(...)

Nelson Mandela: The  first democratically elected president of South Africa had repeatedly been hospitalised with lung troubles in recent years. Photograph:  Camera Press/ Yousuf Karsh

Surrounded by close friends and family members, Nelson Mandela was breathing on his own before he died, free of the life-support system that had kept (...)

 Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson: Dr Jackson spoke  at the Discovery International Christmas Carol Service which took place in the Church of St George and St Thomas on Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The life of Nelson Mandela made “unreflective conservatism” impossible, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin has said.Archbishop Michael Jackson(...)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with South African president Jacob Zuma at a prayer service for former president Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

The full magnitude of the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial service became apparent yesterday after it was confirmed dozens of the world’s former and sit(...)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela prays as she attends a service at Bryanston Methodist Church. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Fifty-nine foreign heads of state or government have said so far they will attend either the memorial ceremony or the state funeral of Nelson Mandela(...)

Former IDATU (now Mandate) trade union official Brendan Archbold, who officiated  during the 1984-1987 Dunnes Stores strike in support of Nelson Mandela and ending apartheid in South Africa. Mandate has said it and other unions are trying to arrange  attendance of some of the strikers at Mr Mandela’s funeral next Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike for almost three years over the importing of goods from apartheid South Africa are to attend Nelson Mandel(...)

A girl dances today on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, where the former South African President Nelson Mandela resided when he lived in the township. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Late former South African president Nelson Mandela’s body is being prepared to lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria next week, where untold(...)

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