Victory over Apartheid after 27 Years in Robben Island; INTERNATIONAL

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Today, world leaders and pop stars queue up to be photographed with Nelson Mandela, but for decades he was considered a terrorist.

He spent 27 years in jail for leading the campaign against apartheid in South Africa before being elected president in 1994.

Mr Mandela retired from politics nine years ago, but despite age and ill health he has continued to campaign around the globe for peace and an end to poverty.

Even last month's concert in London to celebrate his 90th birthday was organised to raise money for his 46664 Aids awareness charity.

The event in Hyde Park marked the 20th anniversary of the Free Mandela concert at Wembley in June 1988, which reached a TV audience of 600 million.

Mr Mandela-who describes music as one of his great loves-was about to turn 70 and had been in prison 25 years.

But two years later a ban on his party, the African National Congress (ANC), was lifted and he was freed amid jubilant scenes. …