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Mandela improving, had restful day

4:40 PM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
This photo taken Monday Aug. 6, 2012 shows former South African president, Nelson Mandela, when he met with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's government says former president Nelson Mandela had a restful day in the hospital today. A statement says he's improving after treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia.

The office of President Jacob Zuma thanked South Africans who prayed for the 94-year-old Mandela at Easter church services this weekend. He also thanked foreign governments for "their messages of support."

Mandela was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday. It was his third trip to a hospital since December, when he was treated for a lung infection.

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