Zuma Visits Mandela in Hospital

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his birthday in Qunu, South Africa, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Across the country, and even abroad, people are doing good deeds to honor the country's most famous statesman on his 94th birthday Wednesday.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

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    Ninety-four-year-old anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is “comfortable and in good care” after a night in the hospital, President Jacob Zuma said Sunday. South Africans gathered anxiously across the country after the man who helped lead their country out of the horrors of racial division was admitted to a military hospital Saturday. Mandela has mostly absented himself from public life over the past decade, last making an appearance during the 2010 World Cup for soccer. On Saturday, Zuma’s office issued a statement saying only that Mandela was receiving care “consistent for his age.”

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