Obama leads tributes to Mandela at memorial service

US President Barack Obama has led the tributes to Nelson Mandela saying that South Africa's democracy is his "cherished legacy." Thousands gathered in Johannesburg to celebrate the life of the former South African president.

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Ending apartheid was 'Mandela's greatest achievement'

Ending apartheid in South Africa was Nelson Mandela's greatest achievement according to a new poll.

A ComRes survey carried out for ITV News found that nearly a third of those questioned believed ending the regime topped his other achievements:

  • Ending Apartheid - 31%
  • Inspiring ordinary people that they can change the world - 19%
  • Unifying South Africa - 15%
  • Setting an example for how other world leaders should behave - 14%
  • Being a figurehead for Africa across the globe - 8%
  • Demonstrating the possibilities of peaceful protest - 6%
  • Don’t know - 7%

The ComRes survey for ITV News questioned 2,029 UK adults.

Obama-Castro handshake 'not a pre-planned encounter'

Obama shakes the hand of Castro

In response to the historic handshake between Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro, the US National Security Council has said: "This wasn't a pre-planned encounter. Above all else, today is about honouring Nelson Mandela and that was the President's singular focus at the memorial service.

"We appreciate that people from all over the world are participating in this ceremony."


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