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Nelson Mandela Hospitalized For Tests

Former South African President Nelson Mandela
Former South African President Nelson Mandela was in the hospital today for what his office said were routine tests amid worries over the health of the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela undergoes regular hospital checkups, but his latest visit starting on January 26 stretched into an unusual overnight stay.

Journalists were standing outside the hospital today, watching Mandela's relatives and friends enter for visits.

Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his fight against apartheid. He became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and stepped down after serving one term in 1999.

compiled from agency reports