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Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, celebrates his 90th birthday on July 18, 2008 in Qunu, South Africa.

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, celebrates his 90th birthday on July 18, 2008 in Qunu, South Africa.

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