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By Foo Yun Chee and Karolin Schaps BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission will open an investigation next week into planned British support for a new nuclear power plant, two people familiar with the matter said, in a precedent-setting case for future nuclear funding in Europe. Britain has offered EDF a price guarantee lasting 35 years on power from a plant which the French utility plans to build in southwest England. The European Commission's competition directorate will investigate three main points: the length of the contract, the value of the agreed minimum electricity price and a government loan guarantee, one of the sources said. "Britain says this (assistance) is necessary because it's a nuclear project," the source said.
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral has said a schizophrenic episode was to blame for accusations that he was an imposter who gesticulated nonsense during the entire service. Thamsanqa Jantjie was branded as a scurrilous fake after members of South Africa's deaf community said his signing at Tuesday's memorial ceremony had amounted to nothing more than "flapping his arms around." Jantjie's efforts at the memorial service, during which he translated eulogies by US President Barack Obama among others, triggered outrage in the deaf community and prompted a government investigation. Attended by nearly 100 sitting and former heads of state or government, the speeches at Mandela's memorial were supposed to be interpreted into sign language for deaf viewers.