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Attendees listen to a speech during the state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in the Soweto township. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

It did not turn out quite as planned.The state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela would fill this giant 96,000-seat fo(...)

US president Barack Obama  shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, called the gesture “nauseating”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Cuban-American politicians in the United States have voiced criticism at President Barack Obama’s historic handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro (...)

US President Barack Obama (left) greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg today. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Nelson Mandela urging the world to use the celebration of his life as a period of “self-reflection.” (...)

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica (L) and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro hold talks at Havana’s Revolution Palace. Photograph: Ernesto Mastrascusa/Reuters.

Cuban president Raul Castro used a television address marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the Cuban revolution to assure the public that a (...)

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