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World Reacts With Sorrow To News Of Nelson Mandela's Death

Nelson Mandela was an international hero and an inspiration to nonviolent movements worldwide.

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As news spread of Nelson Mandela's death, there was an immediate outpouring from around the world for the famed civil rights and nonviolence activist.

In honor of Nelson Mandela, who died today, here is an image of South Africa from #ISS: https://t.co/JkwMuxcGm0

NASA

@NASA

In honor of Nelson Mandela, who died today, here is an image of South Africa from #ISS: https://t.co/JkwMuxcGm0

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7 MILLION Mandela tweets in last 24hrs. 5M using words 'Nelson Mandela', 1M million #RIPNelsonMandela, another 1M 'RIP Nelson Mandela'

Anne-Marie Tomchak

@AMTomchak

7 MILLION Mandela tweets in last 24hrs. 5M using words 'Nelson Mandela', 1M million #RIPNelsonMandela, another 1M 'RIP Nelson Mandela'

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Political figures from around the world chimed in with their condolences.

President Obama: "I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life."

The White House

@WhiteHouse

President Obama: "I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life."

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron:

A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.

David Cameron

@David_Cameron

A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.

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The United Nations:

Ban Ki-moon on #Mandela: I will never forget his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.

United Nations

@UN

Ban Ki-moon on #Mandela: I will never forget his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

All of Canada mourns with the family of Nelson Mandela and the citizens of South Africa. The world has lost one of its great moral leaders.

Stephen Harper

@pmharper

All of Canada mourns with the family of Nelson Mandela and the citizens of South Africa. The world has lost one of its great moral leaders.

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Former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard:

The world has lost a great man. As we grieve for Nelson Mandela we should also celebrate his tremendous victory over prejudice and hate. JG

Julia Gillard

@JuliaGillard

The world has lost a great man. As we grieve for Nelson Mandela we should also celebrate his tremendous victory over prejudice and hate. JG

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Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council:

Nelson #Mandela - one of the greatest political figures of our times. Let's honour his memory by collective commitment to democracy

Herman Van Rompuy

@euHvR

Nelson #Mandela - one of the greatest political figures of our times. Let's honour his memory by collective commitment to democracy

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Queen Noor of Jordan:

Rest in Peace dearest Mandiba #NelsonMandela

Noor Al Hussein

@QueenNoor

Rest in Peace dearest Mandiba #NelsonMandela

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Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete:

The world has lost one of its greatest citizens. A voice of courage, a source of inspiration and a beloved leader to us all. #Mandela

Jakaya Kikwete

@jmkikwete

The world has lost one of its greatest citizens. A voice of courage, a source of inspiration and a beloved leader to us all. #Mandela

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Ghana President John Dramani Mahama:

Nelson #Mandela served his nation n Africa well. We have lost an icon in the liberation struggle n an illustrious son of our continent.

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama

Nelson #Mandela served his nation n Africa well. We have lost an icon in the liberation struggle n an illustrious son of our continent.

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Former South African President F. W. de Klerk:

"I always respected him and I always liked him as a person," F.W. de Klerk, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa on CNN

The Africa Channel

@AfricaChannelTV

"I always respected him and I always liked him as a person," F.W. de Klerk, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa on CNN

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame:

Madiba- President (1st,post-apartheid SA) passes on-but what is certain he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us # rest in peace

Paul Kagame

@PaulKagame

Madiba- President (1st,post-apartheid SA) passes on-but what is certain he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us # rest in peace

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff: "The fight of #Mandela became a paradigm for all those who struggle for justice, freedom and equality."

O combate de #Mandela transformou-se em um paradigma para todos aqueles que lutam pela justi๺, pela liberdade e pela igualdade.

Dilma Rousseff

@dilmabr

O combate de #Mandela transformou-se em um paradigma para todos aqueles que lutam pela justi๺, pela liberdade e pela igualdade.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford:

We join the people of South Africa in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, a true leader and advocate for freedom and democracy.

Mayor Rob Ford

@TOMayorFord

We join the people of South Africa in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, a true leader and advocate for freedom and democracy.

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There were also some controversial responses, like from embattled Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

#Syria presidency eulogizing #Mandela as "inspiration for oppressed people" around the world https://t.co/YH3sW19v0j

Sam Dagher

@samdagher

#Syria presidency eulogizing #Mandela as "inspiration for oppressed people" around the world https://t.co/YH3sW19v0j

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Others expressed hope over what Mandela's spirit could still inspire.

We need a Syrian, a Palestinian, an Israeli, an Iranian, an Iraqi, an Egyptian, a Lebanese, a Bahraini, a Yemeni #Mandela

Chris Doyle

@Doylech

We need a Syrian, a Palestinian, an Israeli, an Iranian, an Iraqi, an Egyptian, a Lebanese, a Bahraini, a Yemeni #Mandela

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Mandela inspired millions of people to fight for equal rights.He fought hard to show world that all deserved to have access to decent life

Egyptian Women

@EgyptWomen2011

Mandela inspired millions of people to fight for equal rights.He fought hard to show world that all deserved to have access to decent life

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Thank you #NelsonMandela for all you did, and for inspiring so many of the activists who sit in prisons today, attempting the same struggle

Maryam Alkhawaja

@MARYAMALKHAWAJA

Thank you #NelsonMandela for all you did, and for inspiring so many of the activists who sit in prisons today, attempting the same struggle

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@NelsonMandela was considered a terrorist, then an icon. His consistency and support for the oppressed was respectable.Prayers

Tariq Ramadan

@TariqRamadan

@NelsonMandela was considered a terrorist, then an icon. His consistency and support for the oppressed was respectable.Prayers

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Wherever we are in the world let us recall the values for which #Madiba fought. #mandela

Cobus Visagie

@Drieman3

Wherever we are in the world let us recall the values for which #Madiba fought. #mandela

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In Mandela style, others questioned their leader's responses.

Four months ago, Egyptian FM blasted South Africa's 'attempt to export it's failed reconciliation process', today they mourn Mandela. #Egypt

Galal

@GalalAmrG

Four months ago, Egyptian FM blasted South Africa's 'attempt to export it's failed reconciliation process', today they mourn Mandela. #Egypt

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"We had our philosophical differences but we regret his departure. RIP Nelson Mandela. Also IRAN WILL GET THE BOMB!" Benjamin Netanyahu

Karl Sharro

@KarlreMarks

"We had our philosophical differences but we regret his departure. RIP Nelson Mandela. Also IRAN WILL GET THE BOMB!" Benjamin Netanyahu

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Sports teams and celebrities also mourned the world's loss.

We are saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela's death. He was a truly great man.

Manchester United

@ManUtd

We are saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela's death. He was a truly great man.

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I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family.

Mike Tyson

@MikeTyson

I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family.

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RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice...it was an honor to have been in his presence.

Gloria Estefan

@GloriaEstefan

RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice...it was an honor to have been in his presence.

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Muhammad Ali on Nelson Mandela's Passing: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a (cont) http://t.co/DplputMOLD

Ann Curry

@AnnCurry

Muhammad Ali on Nelson Mandela's Passing: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a (cont) http://t.co/DplputMOLD

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The consensus, for once, was near universal.

Our reaction to #Madiba's death: Hamba Kahle Tata uqhatso ulufezile - Go well, Father, you have done all http://t.co/pOxKqoOSmn

Oxfam International

@Oxfam

Our reaction to #Madiba's death: Hamba Kahle Tata uqhatso ulufezile - Go well, Father, you have done all http://t.co/pOxKqoOSmn

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Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor

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