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Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital - South Africa

March 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital for a scheduled checkup, according to South Africa's presidency.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said 94-year-old Mandela went to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, Saturday afternoon.

Maharaj says doctors are running tests and have indicated that there is "no reason for any alarm."

Mandela, a leader of the fight against apartheid and a former president, was hospitalized for nearly three weeks in December before going home on Dec. 26. At that time, he was treated for a lung infection and had a surgical procedure to remove gallstones.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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