South Africa marks Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, as he remains in 'stable' condition in Pretoria
South Africans have been asked to mark his 67 years of public service by spending 67 minutes on charitable acts
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has turned 95 in hospital, as events take place around the world to celebrate his birthday.
South Africans have been asked to mark Mr Mandela's 67 years of public service by spending 67 minutes on charitable acts. Volunteers will paint schools, biker gangs will clean streets and politicians will devote time to worthy projects.
Elsewhere in the country, social workers, military commanders and others joined in planting trees, painting hospices, and donating food, blankets and other basic necessities in poor areas. Doctors also administered eye tests and other medical treatments to the needy.
The UN has declared 18 July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day as a way of recognising the Nobel Peace Prize winner's contribution to reconciliation. A procession was held in India to honour Mr Mandela. In Washington, US congressional leaders planned a ceremony later.
Mr Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition with a lung infection in a Pretoria hospital. South African President Jacob Zuma said his condition was improving.
"Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria, but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving," Mr Zuma said in a statement using Mandela's traditional clan name.
"We thank all our people for supporting Madiba throughout the hospitalisation with undying love and compassion," he said.
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...