RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, Aretha Franklin, Myrtle Allen and Stephen Hawking. Photographs: Tim Roney/Getty, Fred A Sabine/NBC via Getty, Eric Luke and Santi Visalli/Getty

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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A young boy and hundreds of others watch Nelson Mandela’s funeral service at a viewing point in the village of Qunu yesterday. Photograph: EPA

In the end, it was a rainbow funeral – the sort of final passage that acknowledged differing aspects of his faith in a harmonious unity. A meeting of (...)

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“Nicer than the Terminator”: Nelson Mandela with Melanie Verwoerd (right) and Mary Davis in Dublin for the Special Olympics. Photograph courtesy of Robbie Fry
Mandela, Ireland and me
  • People
  • December 7, 2013, 01:00

There is an incredible depth of sadness in South Africa. Over the past three months South Africans have been preparing themselves for the inevitable. (...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

U2’s new song Ordinary Love was specially written for Nelson Mandela biopic A Long Walk To Freedom,  so it is unclear whether or not it will appear on the new U2 album. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

U2 have unveiled their first song for at least three years as part of the trailer for the forthcoming Mandela biopic A Long Walk To Freedom. An excerp(...)