Mandela 'critical but stable'

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in Pretoria in a critical but stable condition, President Jacob Zuma said. Doctors are working hard to keep the former president comfortable.

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Mandela's granddaughter: 'We want him to go home'

As Nelson Mandela turns 95 in a hospital in Pretoria, two of his grandchildren told ITV News they are hoping he will return home soon.

"Of course we always hope that our grandfather's going to go home," Swati Dlamini told Rohit Kachroo.

Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway agreed: "We want him to go home."

The former South African president has been critically ill in hospital since he was admitted with a lung infection in early June.

Nelson Mandela's health 'steadily improving'

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital but his health is "steadily improving," the South African presidency said today.

“On behalf of government and all the people of South Africa, we wish Madiba a joyous 95th birthday," said President Zuma in a statement.

"We are proud to call this international icon our own as South Africans and wish him good health."

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Obamas send birthday wishes to Nelson Mandela

Barack and Michelle Obama have sent their best wishes to Nelson Mandela on the former South African president's 95th birthday.

The US president and first lady said the world can honour Mandela by heeding his example and serving others.

The couple met the Mandela family last month on a visit to the former prison on Robben Island where the former leader spent 18 years in jail.

Barack Obama stands in the Robben Island prison cell in which Nelson Mandela spent 18 years. Credit: Reuters
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