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Children wearing school uniforms watch the laying of wreaths, at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto, South Africa for commemoration of the 40th anniversary of uprisings.

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An electronic billboard displays Nelson Mandela's photo in New York's Times Square. South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

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Well-wishers carry a large banner of Nelson Mandela as they march up and down outside the gates of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

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A child passes a container bearing a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela set up to collect books for underprivileged children, at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Grandson Ndaba Mandela embraces a student from East Bank High during the Mandela Day activities in Alexandra township in South Africa.South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

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A woman walks by a mural of former South African President Nelson Mandela in the Soweto township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Graca Machel, wife of former president Nelson Mandela, attends a fundraising drive for a children's hospital that will be named after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in Johannesburg.

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Mandla Mandela grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, and his mother Nolusapho Mandela at a news conference in Mvezo, South Africa.

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U.S. President Back Obama peers out from Section B, prison cell No. 5, on Robben Island, South Africa where Former South African president Nelson Mandela's spent 18-years of his 27-year prison term.

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Supporters gather outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa.

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A stained glass panel inside the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa depicts former president Nelson Mandela durng a church service.

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In this photo dated, Tuesday, July 10, 2012 shows a tattoo artist Charles Hearne create a tattoo portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela on the upper leg of customer Hein van Tonder at a tattoo studio in Pretoria, South Africa. Hearne is attempting to have 67 customers tattooed to honor Mandela's 67 years in politics as the country celebrates Mandela's 94th birthday on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

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