World celebrates Madiba's 95th birthday

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School kids from the Milton Mbekela school wave flags as they sing wishing former South African president Nelson Mandela a happy birthday in Qunu. Nelson Mandela spent his 95th birthday in hospital but his health was steadily improving. AFP photo

School kids from the Milton Mbekela school wave flags as they sing wishing former South African president Nelson Mandela a happy birthday in Qunu. Nelson Mandela spent his 95th birthday in hospital but his health was steadily improving. AFP photo

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Artists of health education & environment awareness society pose with the painting of former South African president Nelson Mandela in New Delhi on his birthday. HT Photo/Virendra Singh Gosain

Artists of health education & environment awareness society pose with the painting of former South African president Nelson Mandela in New Delhi on his birthday. HT Photo/Virendra Singh Gosain

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School children hold a banner with messages for the birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela holding a banner on outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

School children hold a banner with messages for the birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela holding a banner on outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

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A Kenyan schoolboy looks at the book Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom on the former South Africa president's 95th birthday celebrations in Nairobi. AFP photo

A Kenyan schoolboy looks at the book Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom on the former South Africa president's 95th birthday celebrations in Nairobi. AFP photo

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People hold on a shirt bearing a portrait of former South African president Nelson Mandela to wish him a happy birthday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

People hold on a shirt bearing a portrait of former South African president Nelson Mandela to wish him a happy birthday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

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A portrait of Nelson Mandela is displayed in front of cyclists to celebrate the birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Gap, before the start of the 172.5 km eighteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. AFP photo

A portrait of Nelson Mandela is displayed in front of cyclists to celebrate the birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Gap, before the start of the 172.5 km eighteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. AFP photo

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Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stand by a montage of photos of the former South African president inside the gate of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. AP Photo

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stand by a montage of photos of the former South African president inside the gate of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. AP Photo

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An man walks past a banner with the name of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Matosinhos City Hall, Matosinhos, Portugal. AP Photo

An man walks past a banner with the name of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Matosinhos City Hall, Matosinhos, Portugal. AP Photo

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A birthday card made by learners from the Melpark Primary School in Johannesburg adorns a wall as learners celebrate former president Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday during their school assembly. AP Photo

A birthday card made by learners from the Melpark Primary School in Johannesburg adorns a wall as learners celebrate former president Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday during their school assembly. AP Photo

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A South Korean man stands near the banner of former South African president Nelson Mandela during a meeting to celebrate for Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday in Seoul, South Korea. AP Photo

A South Korean man stands near the banner of former South African president Nelson Mandela during a meeting to celebrate for Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday in Seoul, South Korea. AP Photo

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An electronic billboard announces Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday in New York's Times Square. AP Photo

An electronic billboard announces Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday in New York's Times Square. AP Photo

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Guests and hospital workers prepare to cut a large birthday cake for Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa. AP Photo

Guests and hospital workers prepare to cut a large birthday cake for Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa. AP Photo

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A traditional dance group performs in Mvezo, the birth place of former South African president Nelson Mandela to celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday. AFP photo

A traditional dance group performs in Mvezo, the birth place of former South African president Nelson Mandela to celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday. AFP photo

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A well-wisher with cake spread on his face smiles after some of a large birthday cake for former South African Nelson Mandela was given out to the crowd gathered in Pretoria, South Africa. AP Photo

A well-wisher with cake spread on his face smiles after some of a large birthday cake for former South African Nelson Mandela was given out to the crowd gathered in Pretoria, South Africa. AP Photo

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People try to grab a balloon with a portrait of former South African president Nelson Mandela on it on his birthday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

People try to grab a balloon with a portrait of former South African president Nelson Mandela on it on his birthday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

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People hold on a poster bearing a portrait of former South African president Nelson Mandela to wish him a happy birthday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

People hold on a poster bearing a portrait of former South African president Nelson Mandela to wish him a happy birthday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. AFP photo

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