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The FNB stadium where the memorial service for Nelson Mandela will be held later this morning feels "like a massive rock concert" and "much different" from the average memorial service, Daybreak's Richard Gaisford said.
Dancing has broken out in the stadium among supporters after crowds queued for 24 hours to say farewell to the former South African President.
Tributes from foreign dignitaries at the Nelson Mandela memorial service will include:
- President Barack Obama (USA)
- President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil)
- Vice-President Li Yuanchao (China)
- President Hifikepunye Pohamba (Namibia)
- President Pranab Mukherjee (India)
- President Raul Castro Ruz (Cuba)
Dancing has broken out in the stands of the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg as the crowds await the start of the national memorial service to remember Nelson Mandela.
Thailand's prime minister has refused to resign ahead of national elections set for February 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government.
Yingluck Shinawatra spoke the day after she announced elections - on the same day the main opposition leader ended a massive protest rally of 150,000 people by insisting his movement had now assumed broad political power.
Ms Yingluck told reporters: "I must do my duty as caretaker prime minister according to the constitution. After the parliament is dissolved there must be elections according to the constitution. Then, the newly elected prime minister can assume his or her position".
President Obama has arrived in South Africa where he will deliver a speech at the national memorial service in honour of Nelson Mandela.
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Mourners have begun to fill the FNB Stadium ahead of the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
Despite the rain, the crowds are singing and dancing. The service is due to begin at 9am UK time.
The gates have been opened at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and people have begun to pour inside ahead of the Nelson Mandela national memorial.
People have begun queuing outside the FNB stadium in Johannesburg ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. More than 80,000, including world leaders, are expected to attend.