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Nelson Mandela Celebrates 92nd Birthday

South Africa 's first black president, Nelson Mandela, is celebrating his 92nd birthday Sunday, with help from people all over the world.

Individuals in South Africa and elsewhere planned to do 67 minutes of community service Sunday, a length of time chosen to honor the number of years Mr. Mandela spent in politics.

Earlier this week the United Nations had its first ever "Nelson Mandela International Day," an unprecedented honor for a living political figure.

Mr. Mandela and his family had a private celebration at his home outside of Johannesburg Sunday. He heard a birthday song performed by 92 children, who were flown from his native village of Mvezo, Voice of America reports.

US President Barack Obama on Sunday extended birthday wishes to Nelson Mandela, hailing the former South African leader's "extraordinary vision, leadership, and spirit."

"On behalf of the United States, I wish Nelson Mandela a very happy 92nd birthday. We are grateful to continue to be blessed with his extraordinary vision, leadership, and spirit," the US president said in a statement.

"We strive," he said, "to build upon his example of tolerance, compassion and reconciliation," AFP reports.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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