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Mandela, 94, battles lung infection

JOHANNESBURG — Military doctors are treating South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela for a recurring lung infection, an ailment the 94-year-old antiapartheid leader remains susceptible to because of his age and his 27 years in prison.

Government officials acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that the illness forced soldiers to admit Mandela to a military hospital on Saturday, though they said the politician was responding to treatment.

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