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Nelson Mandela's message of perseverance, respect and forgiveness was heard beyond the boarders of South Africa. He also inspired people in countries far and wide in their fights against authoritarian rule. The measure of his influence was in the varied and immediate outpouring Friday from people around the globe in response to his death. In South Africa, people held his image in the streets, but they did so in the Palestinian territories as well. South Africans lowered their flags to half-staff, but so, too, did Europeans and Americans.

Published: December 6, 2013

Schoolchildren hold candles near a giant portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Chennai, India, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95, was considered a master of forgiveness. He became South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid.

Arun Sankar K/AP Photo

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