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Mandela getting university honour

Nelson Mandela becomes an honorary graduate of Queen's
Nelson Mandela becomes an honorary graduate of Queen's

Nelson Mandela is to be honoured with a special award from Queen's University, Belfast, at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The former South African president will become the university's Centenary Honorary Graduate.

Mr Mandela, who led the struggle against apartheid, will not be attending the function.

He was presented with the doctorate for distinction in public service by Sir Anthony O'Reilly, Independent News & Media (INM) chief executive.

Mandela Hall on the campus was named after Mr Mandela, who turns 90 next month, as part of the worldwide opposition to apartheid.

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