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Nelson Mandela in 'Good Spirits,' President Jacob Zuma Says

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- South African President Jacob Zuma has said Nelson Mandela is "in good spirits," following a visit to the former South African President in the hospital on Christmas day.

Zuma joined Graca Machel and members of the Mandel family at Mandela's bedside in Pretoria Tuesday morning.

"He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward!" Zuma said in a statement on his website. "He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better. The doctors are happy with the progress that he is making."

Mandela was hospitalized on Dec. 8 for a lung infection and gallstones.

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Gadhafi Rejects Attempts to End His Reign

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Col. Moammar Gadhafi isn't going anywhere, despite the onslaught of NATO attacks against his military and government institutions.

The Libyan leader has made it clear to South Africa President Jacob Zuma that he won't vacate his post and seems more determined than ever to fight to stay in power.

Zuma's second attempt at brokering a peace deal between Gadhafi and rebel forces who occupy eastern Libya failed after he presented a ceasefire plan that would involve the two sides and NATO, which has enforced a no-fly zone over Libya since March 24.

Six hours of talks with Gadhafi this week produced nothing in the way of a quick resolution to the crisis, which has also affected the worldwide oil industry.  Zuma said Gadhafi instead used the conversation to express "his anger at the NATO bombings, which have claimed the lives of his son and grandchildren and continue to cause a destruction of property and disruption of life."

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Libyan Rebels Not Interested in Deal with Gadhafi

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(BENGHAZI, Libya) -- Rebel leaders in Benghazi, Libya said Monday they couldn't accept the African Union's "road map" to end hostilities with government forces until Col. Moammar Gadhafi steps down from power.

Getting the rebels to agree to the proposal was a long shot, even after Gadhafi announced he would agree to a cease-fire and hold talks "with the view to adopting and implementing the political reforms necessary for the elimination of the causes of the current crisis."

However, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, who leads Libya's rebel council, was adamant that "Gadhafi must leave immediately if he wants to survive."

In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to back the rebels' demands, telling reporters there "needs to be a transition that reflects the will of the Libyan people and the departure of Gadhafi from power and from Libya."

The rejection of the peace deal is a blow to South African President Jacob Zuma, who personally met with Gadhafi in Tripoli last Sunday and described the meeting as a "huge success."

Zuma also has called on NATO to stop its bombardment of Libyan's military forces, which the coalition says won't be possible until Gadhafi loyalists lay down their arms and pull back from cities held by rebels.

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Gadhafi Accepts Cease-Fire; Is This Time Different?

Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Moammar Gadhafi has accepted an outline for a cease-fire with rebels, according to South African President Jacob Zuma, who met with the Libyan leader Sunday to present the African Union's road map for resolving the months-long conflict.

The road map includes an immediate and verifiable cease-fire, and ultimately a transition to a new government in Libya.

The African Union delegation, led by Zuma, says it will travel to Benghazi on Monday to meet with rebel leaders, who must also accept the AU's proposal.

Gadhafi has in the past announced his own cease-fires, only to immediately break them.

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