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Birthday tribute to sick Mandela

South Africa's president has urged his compatriots to show their appreciation for Nelson Mandela, who is in critical condition in a hospital, by marking his 95th birthday next month with acts of goodness that honour the legacy of the anti-apartheid leader.

The office of President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela's condition remained unchanged after reporting that his health had deteriorated to critical.

Members of Mr Mandela's family held a meeting at his rural home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province, where he grew up.

SINGER BROWN FACES JAIL TERM

Singer Chris Brown has been charged with with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence.

Los Angeles City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the charges involve a minor accident on May 21.

If convicted, Brown would face up to one year in jail.

LIGHTS DIMMED FOR GANDOLFINI

Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of James Gandolfini, The Sopranos star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

The Broadway League said the lights will be dimmed for one minute at exactly 8pm.

The 51-year-old actor died last week in Rome and a funeral will be held tomorrow at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

SOCCER CLUBS

IN FRAUD PROBE

Prosecutors in Naples have ordered the search of dozens of football club offices as part of a tax fraud investigation.

Financial police were executing search warrants yesterday at the offices of about 20 Serie A clubs, including AC Milan, Juventus and Lazio, in addition to clubs in lower leagues.

Naples prosecutors said some foreign clubs were also part of the investigation, but they did not identify them.

Prosecutors said the clubs are under investigation for alleged conspiracy to avoid payment of "huge amounts of money" to tax authorities during the transfer of players.


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