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'No Significant' Change in Mandela's Condition

The South African government says there has been "no significant change" in the condition of former President Nelson Mandela, who remains hospitalized with pneumonia.

The latest medical assessment was provided Monday. Late Sunday, officials had said Mr. Mandela's condition was improving.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was able to spend some time with family members at his hospital bedside Monday.

Churches across South Africa held Easter Sunday prayers for the former president's recovery from his third hospitalization in four months.

Mr. Mandela has been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting apartheid, South Africa's white racist rule. He became South Africa's first black president in 1994.

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Kurdish Fighters Celebrate Kobani Victory

Kurds Celebrate Kobani Victory

Kurdish fighters, backed by US airstrikes, pushed back Islamic State fighters from the Syrian border town Kobani. This exclusive video shows the destruction of the city, celebrations of the fighters, plus continued firing on IS targets on the outskirts of the town. More