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The captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team, Francois Pienaar, is giving interviews in the FNB stadium ahead of today's memorial.
Also present is the current Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.
Two French soldiers have been killed in Central African Republic, according to French media. Troops were deployed to the former French colony amid ongoing violence between Muslim and Christian communities.
The rain in Johannesburg has not dampened the spirits of the thousands arriving for Nelson Mandela's memorial.
South Africans have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela ahead of the memorial service in Johannesburg for the anti-apartheid leader.
Even the weather is crying, gonna be a sad day now that Nelson Mandela's memorial service will be taking place. #RIPMadiba
FNB Stadium#Madiba http://t.co/HBu7AUQwwZ
Mandela Magic in the air today! So proud to be a South African to have lived in this moment! #Historic event today :)
Nelson Mandela's first wife Winnie Mandela has arrived at the FNB stadium ahead of today's memorial.
Many people at the memorial for Nelson Mandela have arrived in patriotic costumes bearing portraits of the late leader and vuvuzelas - the plastic horns that became synonymous with the World Cup in South Africa.
A woman whose home in Long Eaton was burgled five times by the same man has been given an award for her courage in catching him.
Police cameras installed in Margaret Woodward's home caught Patrick Reid strolling around her living room while she slept in her chair.
Reid was jailed earlier this year.
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A man has flown over to Canada to search for his son who he believes went missing while hiking in the country, police have said.
Tom Billings, described as a "seasoned traveller and avid hiker", was reported missing after he failed to return to his Vancouver accommodation for several days. He was last seen on November 25.
Police are planning to sweep the mountain area as part of the continuing search.
His father Martin said: "I think the most likely thing is he has got in trouble on the mountain.
"We just hope he can be found somewhere safe and can get back to his normal life."