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PRETORIA---Nelson Mandela was
back in hospital yesterday in a
"serious but stable" condition, trig-
gering an outpouring of concern
for South Africa s beloved national
hero at home and across the globe.
Mandela, who turns 95 next
month, was admitted to a Pretoria
hospital in the early hours suffering
a renewed lung infection, his fourth
hospital stay in seven months and
the third this year.
"The truth of the matter is a sim-
ple one. Madiba is a fighter and at
his age as long as he is fighting, he'll
be fine," presidency spokesman Mac
Maharaj told AFP, using Mandela's
His wife Graca Machel was with
him at the hospital after calling off
a trip to London earlier this week.
"This morning when Madiba was
hospitalised she accompanied him
and she is with him at the hospital,"
The revered anti-apartheid icon,
who has long had problems with
his lungs, was once again suffering
pneumonia after being admitted to
hospital in March for 10 days for
the same condition, he said.
"His condition deteriorated to the
point where it was found necessary
to hospitalise him," said Maharaj,
who served time with Mandela at
the apartheid prison on Robben
"But I am told by the doctors that
he is breathing on his own, so I think
that is a positive side," he added.
The ruling ANC called on South
Africans and people around the
world to keep "our beloved states-
man and icon, Madiba" in their
thoughts and prayers.
The Nobel peace laureate is
revered around the world as a sym-
bol of peace and forgiveness after
leading South Africa into multi-race
democracy as its first black president
after decades of apartheid rule.
His readmission to hospital, and
the acknowledgement that his con-
dition is serious, sparked concern
at home and around the world, as
South Africans grappled with their
hero's increasing frailty.
Mandela was receiving care at his
Johannesburg home when the lung
He was diagnosed with early-
stage tuberculosis in 1988 and also
has had treatment for prostate can-
cer and suffered stomach ailments.
The government has not disclosed
where he has been taken, although
in the past Mandela has been treat-
ed at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital
in the capital Pretoria which
attracted a media camp on Satur-
In December 2012, he was hos-
pitalised for 18 days for a lung
infection and for gallstones surgery,
his longest stay since he walked
free from 27 years in jail in 1990.
In March he was admitted for
an overnight scheduled check-up
before returning later that month
for a 10-day stay.
President Jacob Zuma's office
said Mandela was "receiving
expert medical care and doctors
are doing everything possible to
make him better and comfortable"
Mandela is still a powerful sym-
bol of peace and unity almost 20
years after taking power. But he
has not been seen in public since
the World Cup final in July 2010.
After serving just one term in
office he turned his energy into
the battle against AIDS and resolv-
ing conflicts particularly in Africa,
before announcing in 2004 at the
age of 85 that he was stepping out
of the public eye.
The African National Congress,
facing elections next year, has lost
much of its Mandela shine, amid
widespread corruption, poverty
and poor public services.
Mandela's own family has also
been locked in a feud over control
of various companies.
"It's sad because he's our icon,"
said Faith Mashaba outside the
But there was also growing
acceptance of his age.
"I think we must not worry that
much about his health," said Calvin
Netshifhefhe, saying it was normal
for elderly people to get sick.
"But I think people just love him,
they just want to see him alive."
CARACAS---Food rationing is begin-
ning in Venezuela s second most pop-
ulous state next week for 20 products
subject to price controls.
How it will work is being determined.
Also unclear is whether it could extend
to the rest of Venezuela.
Zulia state chief of staff Blagdimir
Labrador says computer chip cards will
be used beginning next week to track
and limit consumer purchases of prod-
ucts including rice, chicken, flour, cook-
ing oil, sugar, powdered milk and toilet
Sixty-five supermarkets will partic-
ipate in the state bordering Colombia.
Venezuela's annual inflation was 29.4
per cent in April, and a shortage of dol-
lars widely blamed on currency controls
has prompted to Venezuela's worst food
shortages in at least four years.
More than 100 products are subject
to price controls, but government-set
prices are regularly ignored. AP
Madiba back in hospital
...condition 'serious but stable'
Food rationing to begin in Venezuelan state
Swedish Princess Madeleine weds New York banker
Sweden's Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O'Neill, arrive yesterday at
the boat that will take them to Drottningholm Palace, Sweden, where the wedding
dinner is to be held after their wedding in Stockholm. AP PHOTO
STOCKHOLM---Swedish Princess Madeleine
fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said
"yes" to New York banker Christopher O Neill
in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony
Madeleine, 30, was wearing a stunning silk
organza dress with a lace top and a 13-foot trail,
designed by Valentino Garavani, when she tied
the knot with British-American O'Neill yesterday.
Around 470 European royals, top New York
socialites and celebrities were in attendance.
The 38-year-old O'Neill fought back tears as
the princess walked down the aisle with her
father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to a traditional
Swedish wedding march performed by a chil-
dren's choir. The bride and groom were visibly
moved as the ceremony proceeded with hymns
in both Swedish and English, and performances
by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broad-
way's "Phantom of the Opera" star Peter Joback.
With a smile on her face, Madeleine read out
the wedding vows in Swedish while O'Neill read
his in English in the Royal Chapel, decorated
with typical Swedish summer flowers. After the
wedding, the couple kissed on the steps of the
palace in front of a cheering crowd of several
thousand who had gathered in the sunshine
waving Swedish flags.
Later, the newlyweds will travel in a procession
through the capital in a special horse and carriage.
They will then sail to the royal residence and
UNESCO World Heritage site Drottningholm
Palace, 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of the city
center, where a private wedding reception will
O'Neill was born into a wealthy family. His
late father, Paul O'Neill, set up the European
head office of Oppenheimer & Co. in London
in the 1960s and his mother, Eva Maria O'Neill,
is involved in several charities. He studied at a
boarding school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and
holds a bachelor's degree in international relations
from Boston University and a master's degree
from Columbia Business School in New York.
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