• Update: Nelson Mandela Responding Positively To Treatment [VIDEO]

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    UPDATE: 11:15 AM EST:

    JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s presidency says 94-year-old Nelson Mandela (pictured) is responding positively to hospital treatment for a recurring lung infection.

    The office of President Jacob Zuma also said in a statement Thursday that the former president and anti-apartheid leader remains under observation.

    Mandela was admitted late Wednesday to a hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital.

    Mandela contracted tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting white racist rule in South Africa. He has repeatedly had lung problems.

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital with a lung infection.

    The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement Thursday that the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader went to the hospital just before midnight on Wednesday.

    The statement says Mandela is being treated for a “recurrence of his lung infection” and that doctors are ensuring he has the best possible treatment.

    Zuma wished Mandela a speedy recovery and he urged South Africans and the world to pray for the former leader and his family. Mandela has become increasingly frail in recent years.

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