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06 Dec

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Nelson Mandela

People around the world are mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Media24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa is set for a week of mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela, the most universally loved and revered leader in history, through a series of events to celebrate his life.

South Africa’s week of mourning for ‘outstanding son’ Mandela

, in Johannesburg and in Jerusalem

Schedule of events announced by president Jacob Zuma including memorial service at 2010 World Cup final venue

All the latest reaction to Nelson Mandela’s death
Latest reaction from around the world – in pictures
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Site of a drone strike on the road in southern Yemen

The site of a drone strike on the road in Lahj province, southern Yemen in August. Photograph: REUTERS

When Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haidar Shaye receives a coveted Human Rights Defenders award in Geneva on Saturday, his role as a fearless chronicler of his country’s US-led drone war will have come full circle.

Opinion

President Obama: deporter-in-chief

Deportations are at record levels, and Obama says he’s not responsible. It’s not true, and it won’t sell Congress on reform
Obama meets immigration reform protesters

President Barack Obama meets immigration reform protesters. Photograph: Rex

America is not just a nation of immigrants, it is a nation of illegal immigrants. After all, no one – whether having come over willingly or forcibly – bothered to ask permission from those who lived here first. A byproduct of the massive and bloody land grab that birthed this country is our peculiarly broad notion of American-ness. Because unless you are, in fact, native, nobody – Mexican American, African American, or Irish American – can claim to be “more American” than the next person. It’s a legacy of tolerance, born of mutual illegitimacy, of which Americans can be justifiably proud………………………………..

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