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US War veteran Merrill Newman, detained by authorities in North Korea for more than a month, has arrived back in San Francisco today.
The tired but smiling veteran of the Korean War was holding the hand of his wife as he thanked the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, and the US embassy in Beijing for helping to secure his release.
Mr Newman said he was "delighted to be home."
"It's been a great homecoming," he said. "I'm tired, but ready to be with my family."
The 85-year-old was detained in late October at the end of a 10-day trip to North Korea, a visit that came six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas during the 1950-53 war.
Relatives of Nelson Mandela emerged from their home today to thank well-wishers and supporters, and to pay tribute to the "pillar" of their family.
Family spokesman Lt Gen Themba Matanzima said it had "not been easy for the last few days" since the 95-year-old died at home on Thursday.
The pillar of the family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment, but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us, his spirit endures.
As a family we commit ourselves to uphold and be guided by the values he lived for and was prepared to die for.
As a family we learned from him to appreciate the values that made him the leader that was recognised by all.
Chief among these is the lesson that a life lived for others is a life well-lived.
Rugby and football players paid their tributes to the former South African president Nelson Mandela ahead of Premier League games and Heineken Cup matches.
Mr Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday.
Mandela's compatriot, Ulster captain Johann Muller appeared very emotional during a minute's silence in memory of the late South African leader.
A minute's applause in honour of Nelson Mandela was held before Premier League football matches.
Airline passengers suffered a day of delays and frustration as a telephone system glitch at air traffic control caused major disruption at airports across the UK and Ireland.
Heathrow Airport was the worst affected, with 228 cancellations. At Stansted Airport, flights were delayed throughout the whole day. The average delay was two hours, a spokesperson said.
Eurocontrol, the European organisation for air navigation safety, said it had been working with Nats and its counterparts in Holland and France during the day.
It said about 1,300 flights, nearly 8% of all traffic in Europe, had been "severely delayed."
For the first time since Nelson Mandela died, members of his family emerged from their home to collect some of the flowers and tributes left to him, and speak of their loss.
In his former home in Soweto, hundreds poured on to the streets to mark his life and mourn his death, singing songs, dancing, clapping and chanting his message of unity.
Today it was confirmed that leaders from all over the world will fly to South Africa to attend a memorial service and funeral.
Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports.
The funeral of the pilot of the helicopter which crashed into a Glasgow pub last weekend took place at Glasgow University. Captain David Traill, 51, was one of nine people who died in the crash last Friday. ITV News' Harry Smith reports:
Technical problems that caused delays and cancellations at airports across the UK and Ireland have been resolved, the National Air Traffic Service (Nats) said.
Thousands of passengers were left stranded in airports around England and further afield today after an technical glitch at the National Air Traffic Services' control centre in Swanwick. Computers crashed this morning when operators tried to switch from day to night operations.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled and delayed, whilst thousands of passengers were stuck on aircrafts for hours before taking off.
Lewis Vaughan Jones reports.
Irish supermarket workers who went on strike for almost three years over the import of goods from apartheid South Africa are set to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.
Trade unions are trying to organise transport for some of those who took part in the high-profile picket at Dunnes Stores in Dublin in the 1980s.
The action was triggered in 1984 when 21-year-old cashier Mary Manning was suspended for refusing to handle goods bought from South Africa.
One of the longest strikes in trade union history only ended when the Irish Government agreed to ban the import of South African fruit and vegetables until the apartheid regime was over.
Mr Mandela met the strike workers during a visit to Dublin in the early 1990s.