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South African Presidency Says Mandela 'Comfortable'


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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