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Mandela responding to treatment

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment and the 94-year-old’s condition remains critical but stable, South Africa’s president said Wednesday after visiting the antiapartheid leader.

Mandela was hospitalized June 8 for what the government said was a recurring lung infection, and his condition has been critical for more than two weeks.

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The Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s 95th birthday is July 18 and his foundation’s Twitter feed is asking people to join in the volunteer-day initiative.

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