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Nelson Mandela Shows 'Sustained' Improvement

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized for a recurring lung infection after 10 days, but doctors have been encouraged by the 94-year-old's ability to recover from yet another health setback.

While Mandela remains in serious condition, President Jacob Zuma reports that the civil rights leader "continues to engage with family" as doctors report "sustained" improvements in his overall health.

Mandela has been susceptible to respiratory problems since he contracted tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment.  Since last December, he has been hospitalized four times.

Several years after his release from prison, Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994, essentially ending the system of apartheid.

President Obama plans to travel to South Africa later this month and hopes to meet with Mandela -- his first opportunity to do so as commander-in-chief.

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