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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nelson Mandela's long-time private assistant, Zelda la Grange, has written a memoir about her life and working for the anti-apartheid hero and former South African president, publisher Viking said on Thursday.

It has acquired the North American rights for "Good Morning, Mr. Mandela," which will be published worldwide on June 19.

"It's tender, intimate, eye-opening, incredibly moving, and offers a rare portrait of Nelson Mandela and his remarkable life," Viking President Clare Ferraro said in a statement.

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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Conflict and war in the 20th century will be themes of this year's annual Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, the festival's outgoing director said on Tuesday.

More than 2,400 artists from 43 nations have been invited to take part in the festival from August 8 to 31. Along with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, combined they constitute one of the world's biggest annual artistic showcases.

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