Influential figures send birthday wishes to Mandela

Foreign Secretary William Hague:

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela. Thank you for your inspiration to everyone striving for freedom around the world #Madiba @theelders

Susan Rice represents the US at the UN:

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Nelson Mandela is a towering example of grace, wisdom, and strength. Happy 94th Birthday, Madiba.

Rio Ferdinand is a former England captain:

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Celebrations for Mandela's 94th

South Africa is celebrating the 94th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela. He is unlikely to attend any public celebrations, but was pictured yesterday with ex-US president Bill Clinton at his home in Qunu.