Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson said he was sad to announce the death of Nelson Mandela.
Rev Jackson was speaking at a dinner last night when he heard the news. He went on to pay tribute to the former South African president.
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A decision is expected today on whether to open new inquests into the deaths of the 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings.
A dull and damp day, with cloudy skies and further outbreaks of rain, locally heavy during the morning.
It will be a cloudy day across the West Midlands with showery outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy in places