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South Africa's Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized in serious condition

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    June 14, 2013 - Balloons, hand-prints and get well messages left by children lie outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP)

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    June 14, 2013: Daughter Zenani Dlamini-Mandela and granddaughter Zoleka, right, arrive at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP)

Schoolchildren in Nelson Mandela's home village are singing songs in his honor and others are leaving balloons and well wishes outside the hospital where he is being treated.

South Africa's first black president has been undergoing treatment for nearly a week for a recurring lung infection.

There was no immediate word Friday on his condition, though the government said late Thursday he was improving though remained in serious condition.

At Mandela's childhood school in Qunu, school children in bright blue uniforms sang in his honor Friday. Others have gathered to pray outside the Pretoria hospital where he is staying.

The leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa's first black president in 1994.

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