World’s old­est per­son marks 117th birth­day

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THE world’s old­est liv­ing per­son marked her 117th birth­day by blow­ing out all the can­dles on a spe­cial cake.

Ital­ian Emma Mo­rano re­ceived a greet­ing from Italy’s pres­i­dent, read by an of­fi­cial, and a visit from two el­derly nieces and her long-time physi­cian yes­ter­day morn­ing to mark the mile­stone birth­day.

She pa­tiently re­sponded to a se­ries of ques­tions from jour­nal­ists and ac­cepted some gifts, in­clud­ing bis­cuits.

Then she blew out the can­dles on her cake – not one for ev­ery year, but three nu­mer­als to show her age, 117.

Another party, in­clud­ing cake, was planned for the af­ter­noon, af­ter a nap.

Ms Mo­rano, who is be­lieved to be the last sur­viv­ing per­son in the world born in the 1800s, be­came the old­est liv­ing per­son in May this year.

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