An extensive digital archive documenting former South African President Nelson Mandela's life has been launched on the internet. Almost 2,000 entries have been made available for scholars and researchers.

Images of the cell on Robben Island, near Cape Town, in which he spent many of his 27 years in jail are among the material stored on the archive. The plan was announced a year ago with $1.25m (£790,000) in funds from internet firm Google.

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