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Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, has died aged 95, after a long illness.
Scientists have cast doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements to protect against diseases like cancers and diabetes.
More men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows.
New research on South and Central American monkeys suggests that size is a key indicator of diet.
Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes as a storm, which has killed two men, causes the biggest tidal surge for 60 years.
Police charge a 37-year-old man with attempting to murder two police officers in Leeds following a shooting in which an officer was hit in the face.
The death of Nelson Mandela is "extremely sad and tragic", Prince William said after hearing the news at a film premiere about the ex-South African president.
As fans prepare for the draw for next year's World Cup in Brazil, Ben Carter considers how the process could be made fairer.
The NHS in England appears to be rationing access to vital non-emergency hospital care, such as knee and hip replacements, a review suggests.
Why women who have been raped may find their character on trial when they take a case to court.
How new tech aims to make cycling safer
The farm using tech it hopes will transform Sudanese agriculture
The young workers fighting against unpaid work
Tokyo Sexwale is one of South Africa's new generation of highly successful businessmen. But he's never forgotten his early years when Mandela, even from within a prison cell, was fighting to change South Africa.
In the course of making a two-part BBC profile of Nelson Mandela, David Dimbleby spoke to a number of leading figures who knew Mandela well, including former US President Bill Clinton
In 2002, when the BBC was making a two part portrait of Nelson Mandela, David Dimbleby carried out a series of interviews with him.
In his struggle against apartheid Nelson Mandela became a hero for millions of his oppressed countrymen.
What lasting changes has Nelson Mandela brought to a country that still sees a massive social divide between rich and poor?