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Michelle meets Mandela in SA

MICHELLE OBAMA heard stories of South Africa's racist past from Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years in his struggle against brutal apartheid rule.

Now 92 and largely retired from public life, Mandela sent word he wanted to meet with the US first lady while she was at his foundation viewing some of his personal papers.

She was joined by her daughters, Malia (12) and Sasha (10) her mother, Marian Robinson, and Mrs Obama's niece and nephew, Leslie (15) and Avery Robinson (19).

The Obama family spent about 20 minutes with Mandela, who wore one of his trademark patterned shirts.

Hitler's goblets sold for €3k

FOUR goblets believed to have been Adolf Hitler's were sold at auction for £3,000 (€3,300).

The engraved goblets, edged in gold and etched with the Nazi eagle, a swastika and the initials AH, are thought to have been used by the Nazi leader in his Berlin bunker.

They were bought by a bidder in Sweden at the Specialist International Militaria sale in Towcester, Northants last night.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: "Anything Nazi can be a little bit awkward to place, although we had an immense amount of publicity, people were very cagey about expressing pre-sale interest."

Drivers cutting back on trips

ALMOST half of motorists are cutting journeys for financial reasons, an RAC poll found.

Of the 1,002 motorists surveyed, 48pc were reducing car journeys on cost grounds.

Almost all (92pc) those surveyed reckoned the condition of local roads had deteriorated in the last 12 months.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said the findings "show the tough choices being made by many motorists."

World's oldest person dies

A BRAZILIAN woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person has died weeks before her 115th birthday on July 9.

Maria Gomes Valentim died of multiple organ failure, said Helerson Lima, a spokesman for the nursing home where she lived.

The title now reverts to a woman in the United States.