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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the world has lost an influential, courageous and 'profoundly good' man with the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
    
Obama says Mandela "no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages." Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.
    
Speaking from the White House, Obama said he was one of the countless millions around the world who was influenced by Mandela.
    
Obama met with Mandela's family earlier this year when he visited South Africa. But he did not meet with the ailing leader, who was hospitalized throughout the U.S. president's visit.

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died. Mandela was 95 years old.

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Nelson Mandela survived decades in prison and stayed the course through enormous punishment — ultimately leading his country into freedom.

In his dedication to the liberties of his people and his defeat of apartheid, Mandela became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and one of the most recognizable human rights advocates of the twentieth century.
Described by other leaders of the world as "charming", "kind-hearted", and "humble", Mandela and his heroic legacy changed the history of his country while teaching the rest of world the importance of perseverance, justice and forgiveness.

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