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Celebrating Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday through service

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PRETORIA, South Africa -

As an ailing Nelson Mandela recuperates in a South African hospital, the world is celebrating his 95th birthday Thursday.

South Africa's current president says Mandela, who has been hospitalized since June with a lung infection, is steadily improving.

Mandela's a Nobel Peace Laureate.  He spent 27 years in prison for fighting against oppression of minorities in South Africa.  He also became the nation's first black president in 1994, four years after he was freed from prison.

Mandela's foundation is asking people to take part in at least 67 minutes of public service on his birthday because that's the number of years he devoted to public service.

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