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Nelson Mandela Home After Medical Checkup

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Children play beneath a giant statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela, center back, on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg, Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013.
South African peace icon Nelson Mandela has returned to his Johannesburg home following a successful medical examination at a Pretoria hospital. He was admitted a day ago for a scheduled medical check-up.

South Africa's presidency said Sunday that doctors have completed all scheduled tests, that Mr. Mandela is well and, as before, his health remains under the management of a medical team.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said there is "no reason for any alarm" as doctors conduct tests on the 94-year-old Nobel Peace laureate and former president.

Mandela was hospitalized in December for a lung infection.

He 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.