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June 6, 2010 2:14 PM

Billions of eyes look toward South Africa's World Cup

Much has changed in South Africa. Apartheid was abolished in 1990. Civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison, won the country's first multi-racial democratic election in 1994. And this week, the eyes of nearly a billion television viewers will turn to South Africa as it stages the 2010 World Cup, the biggest sports show on Earth and first ever held on African soil.

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