Former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after successful "routine tests"

Former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after successful 'routine tests'94-year-old had planned tests to monitor his existing health conditionsMandela was hospitalised last year for lung infection and gallstones /12/21/article-0-1669C678000005DC-717_638x392.jpg” width=”638″ height=”392″ alt=”Routine: Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in Pretoria for routine tests and there was said to be 'no cause for concern'” class=”blkBorder” /> Routine: Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital in Pretoria for routine tests and there was said to be 'no cause for concern' Mr Mandela was hospitalised at the end of last year and he was airlifted on December 8 from his rural village in the south of the country to a hospital in Pretoria for a series of tests. Doctors found the former president and hero of the anti-apartheid struggle had a recurrent lung infection and had developed gallstones. He underwent surgery to remove the gallstones on December 15 and remained in hospital until December 26.

Pope uses Christmas Day address to call for peace and an end to conflicts in the Middle East

Pope uses Christmas Day address to call for peace and an end to conflicts in the Middle East Pontiff condemned killing of 'defenceless' civilians in Syria Urged Israel and Palestine to find courage to negotiate Raised concern about plight of Christians in communist China | UPDATED: 17:52 GMT, 25 December 2012 Pope Benedict XVI used his Christmas Day address to call for an end to bloody conflicts in Syria and Palestine and for there to be peace in the middle East. Appearing from the balcony of the Vatican, he spoke to thousands of pilgrims, tourists and locals who gathered in St Peter's square.

Nelson Mandela"s health problems are "serious" but "he is improving", says South African president

Nelson Mandela's health problems are 'serious' but 'he is improving', says South African presidentJacob Zuma described Mr Mandela as an 'unparalleled fighter' 94-year-old had previously been admitted to hospital with lung infection Doctors say the former South African president will be kept in hospital | UPDATED: 10:25 GMT, 21 December 2012 Nelson Mandela's condition was serious when he was admitted to hospital 13 days ago, but the 94-year-old's health is improving, President Jacob Zuma has said. The South African president, told members of the ruling African National Congress at the close of a party conference: 'His condition was serious but he is responding well to treatment and has steadily improved over the last few days.' Mr Mandela was airlifted on December 8 from his rural village in the south of the country to a hospital in Pretoria for a series of tests

Middle-class children are at risk of anxiety disorders because parents shelter them from the harsh reality of life

Middle-class children are at risk of anxiety disorders because parents shelter them from the harsh reality of life Youngsters growing up in a ‘paranoid’ culture which protects them from risk but unable to cope with life’s challenges, warns leading psychologist Professor Tanya Byron says she is treating an increasing numbers of children with anxiety disorders who lack ‘emotional resilience’ Warning comes as NHS figures reveal rising numbers of children are suffering keyboard strain, but tree-climbing injuries are plummeting By Laura Clark, Education Correspondent PUBLISHED: 15:44 GMT, 5 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:44 GMT, 5 December 2012 Middle-class children are unable to cope with life's challenges, Professor Tanya Byron has warned Rising numbers of middle-class children are suffering mental health problems amid a trend for risk-averse parents to raise them ‘in captivity’, a leading psychologist and broadcaster has warned. Youngsters are growing up in a ‘paranoid’ culture which attempts to protect them from all risk and failure but leaves them unable to cope with life’s challenges, according to Professor Tanya Byron.

Two in five adults feel their lives have not met their childhood expectations

Two in five adults feel their lives have not met their childhood expectations | UPDATED: 00:15 GMT, 3 December 2012 As any budding astronaut will tell you, hoping to own your own home or get married seem fairly run-of-the-mill as far as childhood dreams go. But for many of us, even those simple aspirations have failed to come true. Two in five feel their lives have not met their childhood expectations, a survey found, with many feeling there are fewer options open to them than they had hoped for

Here comes the Christmas veg – and it could get ugly

Here comes the Christmas veg – and it could get ugly Poor growing conditions have left parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Brussels sprouts discoloured and smallStores including Sainsbury's and Morrisons say they will take the crops in a show of solidarity with struggling British farmers | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 Supermarkets are to relax standards and sell ‘ugly’ vegetables for the first time after bad weather and flooding left many crops small and misshapen. Poor growing conditions have left parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Brussels sprouts discoloured and small