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Mandela 'continues to respond to treatment'

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A man sells a portrait of former Nelson Mandela on Thursday outside the MediClinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. Mandela "continues to respond to treatment" but is still in a critical condition in hospital, South Africa's presidency said Thursday. (AFP)

Nelson Mandela "continues to respond to treatment" but is still in a critical condition in hospital, South Africa's presidency said Thursday.

The upbeat assessment came after President Jacob Zuma visited the global peace icon for the second time in 24 hours.