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Mandela Celebrates With Family on 88th Birthday


Gifts for former South African President Nelson Mandela are arriving from around the world, as the anti-apartheid hero celebrates his 88th birthday.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Mandela said the gifts so far include cigars and rum from Cuba's President Fidel Castro and shoes from women in his home province of Eastern Cape.

Aides say Mr. Mandela plans to spend his birthday Tuesday in private with his family.

He celebrated on Monday with employees and volunteers at his foundation, where he blew out candles on a giant birthday cake.

Mr. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after serving 27 years in jail as a political prisoner. The Nobel peace prize laureate still rallies thousands of people to fight HIV/AIDS and poverty.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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