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Public service marks Mandela's birthday updated: Wed Jul 18 2012 03:55:00

South Africans celebrated Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday Wednesday by participating in good deeds nationwide to honor the legacy of the famous statesman.

Why Mandela still matters to South Africans fearful for futureupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 08:38:00

When Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital, South Africans took a deep breath and prepared themselves for the worst. Despite the government issuing statements telling concerned citizens not to panic, they did. Mandela holds such a special place in South African's hearts that they fortify themselves with the inevitable day when he takes his last breath.

Why Mandela means so muchupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 08:38:00

CNN's Nadia Bilchik talks about global icon Nelson Mandela and why he means so much to the entire world.

Mandela released from hospital after treatmentupdated: Sun Feb 26 2012 13:08:00

Nelson Mandela was released from a South African hospital a day after officials said the ailing anti-apartheid icon underwent treatment for an abdominal ailment

Nelson Mandela in "satisfactory condition" after hernia surgeryupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 18:37:00

South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela successfully underwent hernia surgery Saturday, a family member told CNN Saturday.

Mandela to return to Johannesburg from boyhood town updated: Sun Jan 29 2012 06:59:00

Nelson Mandela returns to Johannesburg on Sunday while his home in his childhood town -- where he's been living since last year -- undergoes repairs.

Nelson Mandela's ANC marks 100th anniversary updated: Tue Jan 10 2012 07:35:00

The African National Congress marks its 100th anniversary this weekend, a milestone for the liberation movement that helped end apartheid in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela's granddaughters to be featured on TV reality showupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 20:19:00

The spotlight will soon shine on three granddaughters of South African and global icon Nelson Mandela, as the women become focal points of a new reality TV show.

Branding Nelson Mandelaupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 11:25:00

Can a clothing line branded with Nelson Mandela's prison number teach the next generation about the icon's legacy?

Can fashion label preserve Mandela's legacy?updated: Thu Sep 01 2011 11:25:00

Nelson Mandela's former prison number is being used to brand a new clothing line -- but some are wondering if a fashion label can really represent what Mandela stands for. The number 46664, which identified Mandela when he was imprisoned in 1964, is being used as the name of South Africa's newest fashion range. The clothes also carry an image of the anti-apartheid hero's hand.

Morgan Freeman: Best way to honor Mandelaupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 05:21:00

Actor Morgan Freeman talks about Nelson Mandela and how to honor him on his 93rd birthday with community service

Keeping Nelson Mandela's legacy aliveupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 05:18:00

Nelson Mandela is a symbol of the human struggle for justice and equality. In celebration of his 93rd birthday on Monday, you may be asking yourself how best to honor him.

Bikers on a drive to do good for Mandela's birthdayupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 07:30:00

As Nelson Mandela turns 93, one group of South Africans has been getting revved up in tribute to his legacy.

Bikers for Nelson Mandelaupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 07:30:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on how bikers are marking Nelson Mandela's birthday.

Actress lives life inspired by Mandelaupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 18:30:00

Two weeks before Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday on July 18, actress Alfre Woodard sits on a couch near her home in Santa Monica, California, reminiscing about the first time she met him.

Actress discusses friendship with Mandelaupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 18:30:00

Actress Alfre Woodard has been friends with Nelson Mandela more than 20 years and talks about the man behind the icon.

Mandela well enough to travel, South Africa saysupdated: Mon May 23 2011 05:35:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is "resting at his home" in Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa announced Monday, amid concerns that his health is in decline.

Mandela's pistol remains a hidden treasure decades laterupdated: Wed May 18 2011 03:27:00

As a young freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela stepped out of a farmhouse hideout in South Africa, took 20 strides and dug a hole on the sprawling land.

South Africans get rare glimpse of Mandelaupdated: Tue May 17 2011 12:18:00

South Africans got a rare glimpse of former President Nelson Mandela as he voted in local municipal elections at his home in Johannesburg on Monday.

Nelson Mandela: Global icon and fatherupdated: Sat Feb 12 2011 22:47:00

CNN's Nadia Bilchik talked to Nelson Mandela's children and grandchildren about his family life.

Mandela doctors worried about number of visitorsupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 09:04:00

Former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is "responding to medication and treatment," but doctors are concerned about the number of people visiting him, the nation's acting president said in a statement Monday.

Nelson Mandela goes homeupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 09:04:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is discharged from hospital. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.

Mandela discharged after treatment for respiratory infectionupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 14:52:00

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was discharged from a South African hospital Friday after treatment for an acute respiratory infection, the nation's surgeon general said.

2010: Mandela's personal portraitupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 05:48:00

From October 2010: A new book on Nelson Mandela gives readers a look at the man behind the public figure.

Ruling party urges calm after Mandela's hospitalizationupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 05:48:00

The South African ruling party appealed for calm Thursday after Nelson Mandela was hospitalized a day earlier in Johannesburg.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela hospitalizedupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 13:15:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized for "routine tests," his foundation said Wednesday.

Conversations with Nelson Mandelaupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 07:34:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on "Conversations with Myself" - a book based on Nelson Mandela's personal notes and diaries.

New memoir chronicles Mandela's thoughts, dreamsupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 07:34:00

The extraordinary life experiences of former South African President Nelson Mandela have been chronicled in a new book entitled "Conversations with Myself."

What we didn't know about Nelson Mandelaupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 06:21:00

On Nelson Mandela's 92nd birthday, CNN's Nadia Bilchik explains things about Mandela's life we may not have known.

Mandela to attend World Cup final, source saysupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 12:48:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is expected to attend part of Sunday's World Cup championship match on Sunday, a month after a family tragedy at the opening of the games, a member of the local organizing committee said.

2010 'architect' Mandela reunited with World Cup trophyupdated: Fri May 07 2010 10:31:00

Nelson Mandela welcomed the World Cup trophy to South Africa on Thursday, nearly six years after the former freedom fighter and national leader cried tears of joy when the tournament was awarded to the continent for the first time.

Mandela's rare appearanceupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 11:19:00

Nelson Mandela is honored by South Africa's parliament on the 20th anniversary of his release from prison.

Mandela makes appearance as lawmakers honor himupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 11:19:00

Former South African freedom fighter-turned-president Nelson Mandela made a rare public appearance Thursday as the nation's parliament met to honor him on the 20th anniversary of his release from prison.

Remembering Mandela's releaseupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 16:51:00

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse takes a look back on the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's prison release.

This week on Inside Africa ...updated: Fri Feb 12 2010 12:04:00

South Africa looks back, 20 years after Nelson Mandela's historic release. Plus, Desmond Tutu reflects on the day his dream became a reality, and picturing Mandela - a South African cartoonist and his drawing tribute.

Inspired by Mandela's 'stubborn sense of fairness'updated: Fri Feb 12 2010 10:08:00

Freedom lovers everywhere over a certain age recall the thrilling news 20 years ago that Nelson Mandela had been released from a Cape Town, South Africa, jail.

Morgan Freeman: Mandela was tougher than playing Godupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 13:01:00

He's played the president of the United States and he's played God twice, but that was nothing compared with the challenge of becoming Nelson Mandela, says actor Morgan Freeman.

Freeman on playing Mandelaupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 13:01:00

Morgan Freeman on how playing South Africa's first black president for "Invictus" was harder than playing God.

People.com: Morgan Freeman Thanks Nelson Mandelaupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 17:38:00

"I'd like to thank the Academy for this extraordinary honor. Congratulations to Matt Damon on his nomination. I'm especially grateful to Clint Eastwood, Invictus producer, Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of

'Invictus' red carpetupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 17:04:00

The red carpet premiere of 'Invictus' brings out the stars of the film, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

'Invictus' hero recalls day Mandela transformed South Africaupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 17:04:00

Francois Pienaar was the "big blonde son of apartheid," a white South African who grew up dreaming of glory on the rugby field.

The real story of 'Invictus'updated: Thu Dec 17 2009 14:44:00

CNN takes a look at the true events in South Africa that inspired the 'Invictus' starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

Review: 'Invictus' has substance and convictionupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 09:44:00

As another Oscar season kicks into gear, Clint Eastwood returns with his annual contribution to Hollywood's self-esteem, in this case a solidly uplifting historical drama about President Nelson Mandela and South Africa's bid to win the Rugby World Cup in 1995.

Mandela and Machel voted children's championsupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 14:11:00

Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel have been crowned the "Decade Child Rights Heroes" in a vote cast by children from all over the world.

South African policeman kills self while guarding Mandela's homeupdated: Sat Aug 01 2009 18:05:00

A South African policeman guarding former South African President Nelson Mandela's home shot and killed himself Saturday, police said.

'Sparkle is fading' as Mandela turns 91updated: Sat Jul 18 2009 10:34:00

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 91st birthday Saturday -- as his wife reveals he is struggling to deal with the indignities of aging.

Mandela turning 91updated: Sat Jul 18 2009 10:34:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow reports that Nelson Mandela wants people to remember him by doing small acts of kindness on his birthday.

New York students meet with Mandelaupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 12:14:00

It was a day to remember for 12 lucky young New Yorkers. As part of a series of activities ahead of Mandela Day on July 18, 12 high school students won a competition that required them to submit creative projects on Nelson Mandela's life and legacy. The prize? A trip to South Africa to meet the man himself.

Time.com: Mandela's 90th Birthday Partyupdated: Sat Jul 19 2008 11:00:00

Nelson Mandela welcomed scores to the festive tent outside his home Saturday for the formal celebration of the anti-apartheid icon's 90th birthday

Mandela talks with CNNupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 15:14:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow had a chance to sit down with Nelson Mandela and his family as they celebrated his 90th birthday.

Nelson Mandela celebrates 90th birthdayupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 15:14:00

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, Nobel peace laureate and South Africa's first black president, celebrated his 90th birthday Friday by doing something he had indicated he would not do again -- grant an interview to journalists.

Time.com: Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadershipupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 00:00:00

As he celebrates his 90th birthday, the world's greatest moral leader reflects on a lifetime of service -- and what the rest of us can learn from it

Mandela off U.S. terrorism watch listupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 08:08:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is to be removed from a U.S. terrorism watch list under a bill President Bush signed Tuesday.

People.com: Amy Winehouse Performs for Nelson Mandela Tributeupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 14:15:00

The troubled star sings a rousing rendition of two songs at Mandela's birthday celebration

People.com: Stars Congratulate Mandela on 90th - Watch the Concertupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 09:05:00

The South African leader will be celebrated at a gigantic concert in the U.K.

London rocks for Nelson Mandelaupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 06:31:00

Hollywood star Will Smith led a London crowd of 46,664 in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" to Nelson Mandela on Friday at a party for the South African prisoner, president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Review: Mandela factor makes musical magicupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 06:24:00

A glittering line-up is by no means a guarantee of a great night as previous charity gigs have proved -- but when that show has the Nelson Mandela factor, nothing it seems can go wrong.

Mandela celebrates with Will Smith, 46,664 othersupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 21:15:00

Hollywood star Will Smith led a crowd of 46,664 in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" to Nelson Mandela on Friday at a party for the South African prisoner, president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Living with Mandelaupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 16:18:00

Graca Machel talks with CNN's Robyn Curnow about the last ten years of marriage with Nelson Mandela.

Wife: Nelson Mandela has one regretupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 16:18:00

In a rare and candid interview, CNN's Robyn Curnow spoke to Nelson Mandela's wife of 10 years, Graca Machel, to find out more about the man from the person who arguably knows him the best. Here, Machel reveals that Mandela's courageous and eventful life has left him with only one regret.

Time.com: Zimbabwe: Mandela Bowed to Westupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:55:00

President Robert Mugabe's information minister dismissed criticism of Zimbabwe's leader from anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, a day before an internationally condemned runoff election was scheduled to take place

Mandela: I am prepared to dieupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:46:00

A recording of a moving speech by Nelson Mandela before he was sentenced to life in prison in 1964.

Profile: Nelson Mandela's long walkupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:46:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela toiled for 27 years in South African prisons before gaining his freedom and leading his nation from white minority rule to full democracy. In the process, he became an international symbol of strength and hope.

Fight to free Mandela from tacky T-shirtsupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:44:00

His is one of the most famous faces in the world -- a symbol of dignity and reconciliation for many.

Letter shows Mandela's 'million kisses' from jailupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:44:00

During much of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, communication with him was limited. In the early days on Robben Island he could only receive one visitor and one letter every six months.

Flirting and freak outs of reporting Mandelaupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:41:00

What do you say when you meet one of the most iconic statesmen in the world?

'He's on first name terms with the queen'updated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:41:00

He may be on first name terms with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, but Nelson Mandela would never let his status go to his head.

Mandela concert hails legend's lifeupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:39:00

Nelson Mandela, the indomitable anti-apartheid campaigner who emerged from decades of imprisonment to lead his country into a new era, will this week be joined audience of thousands and a star-studded guest list to mark his 90th birthday.

Mandela in his own wordsupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:37:00

Whether talking about his time in prison, his struggle against apartheid, his emergence as a global icon or cracking a joke about his career, Nelson Mandela's words often have a resonance far beyond their original context. Here are a few of his memorable quotes.

Links to Mandela's charitiesupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 12:34:00

Since retiring from public life, Nelson Mandela has continued to campaign for several charitable organizations. His primary interest has been the fight against HIV-AIDS, but he has also worked vigorously to alleviate poverty, promote education and strive for global peace.

Time.com: Mandela Celebrates 90thupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 16:40:00

Nelson Mandela is in London for a week of events to celebrate his 90th birthday

People.com: Amy Winehouse to Sing for Nelson Mandela's Birthday updated: Fri May 30 2008 18:06:00

The troubled star will take the stage to wish a happy 90th to the statesman

AIDS concertupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 03:28:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela hosts a concert on World AIDS Day.

Concert raises awarenessupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 03:28:00

Nelson Mandela urges youth to take responsibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports

Star-studded concert highlights World AIDS Dayupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 03:28:00

Surrounded by some of the biggest names in music, former South African President Nelson Mandela sounded another call to arms Saturday in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Mandela statue unveiledupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 21:39:00

Mandela statue unveiled

London unveils Mandela statueupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 21:39:00

It was 1962, and Nelson Mandela was on the run. Hunted by South African authorities and gearing up for armed struggle against his country's apartheid government, Mandela visited London seeking money, training and support.

eBay offers chat with Mandelaupdated: Wed May 23 2007 04:46:00

How about tea with Nelson Mandela? Or perhaps you would like to spend the afternoon chatting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu? Or maybe, you would just like to hang out with Virgin boss Richard Branson on his game farm in South Africa?

De Klerk told Mandela: Timing of release not negotiableupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 15:36:00

Frederik Willem de Klerk -- the last leader of white South Africa and the man who turned his back on decades of entrenched racism to bring an end to apartheid -- lights up with excitement when he describes his historic decision to free Nelson Mandela from prison after 27 years.

Mandela: 'Honor those who suffered for justice'updated: Wed Aug 30 2006 11:48:00

His eyes are sensitive to light, he wears a hearing aid and often walks with a cane, but former South African President Nelson Mandela is in excellent health for an 88-year-old man, his personal assistant and spokeswoman, Zelda La Grange, said. She sees to it that Mandela has access to the best medical care in the country.

CNN Connects: The panelupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 07:10:00

South Africa is the economic and political powerhouse of the African continent. The country's broad-based development has put it on the cusp of becoming a first-world nation.

Newsmaker: Nelson Mandelaupdated: Wed Oct 19 2005 17:36:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela toiled for 27 years in South African prisons before gaining his freedom and leading his nation from white minority rule to full democracy. In the process, he became an international symbol of strength and hope.

Mandela voted 'greatest' on world stageupdated: Fri Jul 15 2005 06:40:00

Leadership is seen by many in Britain and Germany as the quality which best defines being great, according to a new survey.

Mandela: Rich must feed the poor updated: Thu Feb 03 2005 08:30:00

A frail Nelson Mandela told thousands gathered in London's Trafalgar Square Thursday that the world must do a better job of eliminating poverty.

Mandela: Urgent AIDS action neededupdated: Fri Jul 16 2004 03:36:00

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has urged the international community to take "real and urgent action against AIDS" as a global conference closed in Bangkok.

S. Africa celebrates 'Freedom Day'updated: Tue Apr 27 2004 03:41:00

South Africa is throwing a $13 million party to celebrate its first decade of freedom after the end of apartheid.

Money Magazine: INTO SOUTH AFRICA How you can invest in this nation's immense potentialupdated: Fri Jul 01 1994 00:01:00

NELSON MANDELA'S INAUGURAtion in May as South Africa's first black president was more than a media spectacle set to the foot-stomping beat of the toyi- toyi. Symbolism also abounded in the packed c...

Fortune: THE MANDELA BULL MARKET IN SOUTH AFRICAupdated: Mon Feb 07 1994 00:01:00

Nelson Mandela can claim to be a patriot and peacemaker in South Africa, but he's also a pretty good market mover. Since the president of the African National Congress called for an end to economic...

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