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December 06, 2013

Grief, deep admiration expressed worldwide for the revered Nelson Mandela

JOHANNESBURG — Flags across several continents fell to half staff early Friday, and South Africans poured into the streets at daybreak in mourning for Nelson Mandela, a liberator whose life spanned nearly a century and whose model for dignity and peace-making was admired across the world.

The death Thursday of Mandela, 95, spurred the rarest of outpourings — one nearly universal and unanimous, as South African President Jacob Zuma announced a national week of mourning before a state funeral is held on Dec. 15.

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