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In Photos: World Leaders Honor Mandela's Life

  • Tens of thousands of South Africans gathered at a stadium in Soweto on Tuesday to honor the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. He died at his home Thursday, at the age of 95.
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    Tens of thousands of South Africans gathered at a stadium in Soweto on Tuesday to honor the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. He died at his home Thursday, at the age of 95.
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  • South African girls dance during the service. The memorial celebrated Mandela's gift for uniting enemies across political and racial divides.
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    South African girls dance during the service. The memorial celebrated Mandela's gift for uniting enemies across political and racial divides.
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  • President Obama talks with Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, during the memorial service. "It was a memorial, but it was almost a thanksgiving as well," NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from South Africa. "I think people are so grateful to what Nelson Mandela and his generation of freedom fighters did to liberate South Africa."
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    President Obama talks with Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, during the memorial service. "It was a memorial, but it was almost a thanksgiving as well," NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from South Africa. "I think people are so grateful to what Nelson Mandela and his generation of freedom fighters did to liberate South Africa."
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  • NPR's Gregory Warner says that while the mood was celebratory, the rainy weather likely kept many people at home.
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    NPR's Gregory Warner says that while the mood was celebratory, the rainy weather likely kept many people at home.
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  • Obama delivered a 20-minute eulogy, during which he compared Mandela to Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and America's Founding Fathers.
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    Obama delivered a 20-minute eulogy, during which he compared Mandela to Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and America's Founding Fathers.
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  • A woman sings in the stands. "There is, of course, much music — some of it mournful and some of it joyful," Quist-Arcton reports. "Either way, South Africans are dancing and swaying, with their umbrellas up."
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    A woman sings in the stands. "There is, of course, much music — some of it mournful and some of it joyful," Quist-Arcton reports. "Either way, South Africans are dancing and swaying, with their umbrellas up."
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP
  • A man waves a South African flag. Nearly 100 heads of state have traveled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating Mandela's life.
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    A man waves a South African flag. Nearly 100 heads of state have traveled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating Mandela's life.
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  • A man sells portraits of Mandela outside the memorial service.
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    A man sells portraits of Mandela outside the memorial service.
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  • Thomas, 14, stands behind a security barrier before the start of the service.
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    Thomas, 14, stands behind a security barrier before the start of the service.
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