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Three ex-PMs to join Cameron at Mandela memorial

Three previous Prime Ministers - Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - are to join current PM David Cameron at the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in South Africa tomorrow, Downing Street said.

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Dalai Lama to miss Nelson Mandela memorial

The Dalai Lama will not attend memorial services for fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

The Buddhist spiritual leader has twice been unable to obtain a visa.

The Dalai Lama will miss the memorial services. Credit: Holger Hollemann/DPA/Press Association Images

His spokesman Tenzin Takhla gave no reason on Monday for the Dalai Lama's missing a memorial service in Johannesburg and funeral in Mandela's hometown.

Mr Takhla said only that "logistically it's impossible at this time."

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