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Nelson Mandela's daughter has described the final hours of his life in an interview with the BBC.
Makaziwe Mandela said the whole family were with the former president when he died, and everyone got to say goodbye. She said:
"Until the last moment he had us, you know... The children were there, the grandchildren were there, Graca was there, so we are always around him and even at the last moment, we were sitting with him on Thursday the whole day."
"I think from last week, Friday until Thursday, it was a wonderful time, if you can say the process of death is wonderful. But Tata had a wonderful time, because we were there."
Earlier Downing Street declined to say whether David Cameron is ready to accept the expected above-inflation pay hike for MPs.
The PM's official spokesman told a regular Westminster media briefing:
I don't believe Ipsa have made a formal proposal yet. Any proposal that they make will be reviewed in mid-2015.
The Prime Minister's long-standing position is that the cost of politics should go down, not up. He doesn't think that MPs' pay should go up while public sector pay is being restrained.
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A 90-year-old woman has finally graduated 70 years after she gained her degree.
Gene Hetherington achieved her BA in Commerce in August 1943 but was unable to attend her ceremony at the University of Manchester because she was involved in the war effort as an auditor in aircraft factories.
Work and family pressures meant Mrs Hetherington was too busy to pick up the accolade.
However, the 90-year-old finally graduated today and the occasion was even more special as her 23-year-old granddaughter, Rachel, collected her law degree in the same ceremony.
Mrs Hetherington described the ceremony at the university's historic Whitworth Hall as "wonderful", saying she was especially pleased to pick up the award alongside her granddaughter.
Tulisa Contostavlos' lawyer Ben Rose has said she would be denying the charge and claimed she joined a line of celebrities who had had been used as "fodder by greedy newspapers".
Tulisa has been charged with a serious criminal offence to which she will plead not guilty.
As has been widely reported this entire case has been manufactured by the Sun on Sunday and Mazher Mahmood, sometimes known as the fake sheikh.
This case is not simply about drug supply. It is about the limits which we set on the conduct of journalists.
The media have rightly been criticised in recent years for gross invasion into the private life of others.
– Ben Rose
Tulisa is the latest in a long line of people who have been treated as fodder by greedy newspapers.
This was a deliberate attempt to target a young woman who is all the more vulnerable because of her celebrity status.
In due course Tulisa will give a full answer to these allegations in court.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for cross-party talks with the Conservatives and the Lib Dems over an expected 11% pay rise recommendation by the MPs' independent standards watchdog:
– Ed Miliband spokesperson
If the package of proposals being set out by Ipsa is as reported it cannot go ahead when people are going through the biggest cost-of-living crisis for a generation.
We cannot have an outcome for MPs which does not command public confidence.
Therefore we are asking the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats for a cross-party approach which recognises the current economic circumstances where workers in the public and private sectors are going through such difficult times.
Four of Nelson Mandela's 18 grandchildren will speak at his memorial service tomorrow, after tributes from family friend Andrew Mlangeni.
Mbuso Mandela, Andile Mandela, Zozuko Dlamini and Phumbla Mandela will each share their memories of their grandfather.
The family tributes will be followed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, African Union Commission Chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and a number of world leaders including President Obama and Raul Castro.
The programme for Nelson Mandela's memorial service has been released ahead of the event tomorrow at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
US President Barack Obama will lead tributes from world leaders at the service, and will be joined on the podium by his counterparts from Brazil, Namibia, India, China and Cuba.