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Mandela Spends Another Day in Hospital

Former South African President and human rights leader Nelson Mandela is spending another day in the hospital Sunday, undergoing treatment for pneumonia.

On Saturday, officials said the anti-apartheid leader was resting comfortably and undergoing a procedure to clear fluid from his lungs.

Mr. Mandela was taken to an unidentified hospital late Wednesday.

He was hospitalized for three weeks in December with a lung infection and gallstones.

Concern runs high among admirers of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace laureate in South Africa, where he is considered a national hero, and elsewhere in the world.



U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday he is "deeply concerned" about Mr. Mandela's health. He called Mr. Mandela an inspiration and a hero.

Mr. Mandela spent nearly three decades in prison for opposing apartheid in South Africa and became a symbol of the nation's peaceful transition to a democratic government after decades of suppression by the white minority. He became South Africa's first black president in 1994.

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