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South African Presidency Says Mandela 'Comfortable'


Former President Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu in August 2012

Former President Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu in August 2012

The office of South African President Joseph Zuma has released a statement saying former leader Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment in a hospital.

The statement said the 94-year-old Mandela was breathing without difficulty after being treated for pneumonia.

Mandela has been in the hospital since March 27, when he was admitted "due to a recurrence of his lung infection."

The March 30 statement said Mandela was "comfortable."

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and dpa
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