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Audio slideshow: Nelson Mandela

As Nelson Mandela - former political prisoner and South African president - celebrates his 87th birthday, the BBC News website looks back at his life and the struggle to overcome apartheid.

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Part of Mandela's Speech from the Dock at the Rivonia Trial is reproduced courtesy of the National Archives of South Africa and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

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