A child smiles next to a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela on a balloon placed outside Mandela's Johannesburg home, Thursday July 18 2013. South Africa celebrated Mandela's 95

 

              A child smiles next to a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela on a balloon placed outside Mandela
A child smiles next to a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela on a balloon placed outside Mandela's Johannesburg home, Thursday July 18 2013. South Africa celebrated Mandela's 95th birthday with acts of charity on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)