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As Nelson Mandela Turns 95, South Africa Celebrates

Mandela remains hospitalized, but South Africans take the opportunity to honor the man who symbolized the anti-apartheid movement.

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Health workers vaccinate a boy against polio at a May immunization drive in Mogadishu, Somalia. Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP hide caption

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