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APTOPIX South Africa Mandela Mourning
A boy plays with a rubber tyre on a hill overlooking the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday Dec. 7, 2013. Today’s South Africa is no blissful paradise the nation struggles with a staggering rate of violent crime. It has the world’s highest incidence of HIV infection. And it harbors an income inequality that would befit any feudal state. Still, its people made the transition from apartheid without all-out civil war. It is not only Africa’s most successful economy, but also the 28th-largest in the world. Its democratic elections are widely believed to be fairly conducted. None of those successes was pre-ordained, and they were all given a major assist by the preternatural spirit of one man: Nelson Mandela. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)