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By Stella Mapenzauswa and Steve Holland JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuba's Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a rare gesture between the leaders of two ideological opponents that reflected the anti-apartheid hero's spirit of reconciliation. But the peace and harmony did not stretch to South African President Jacob Zuma, whom the crowd at the rain-soaked Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg booed and jeered as he prepared to give his closing address. Mandela's death on Thursday at the age of 95 has diverted attention from a slew of corruption scandals in Zuma's administration, while underscoring the gulf between South Africa's first black president, a towering figure of the 20th century, and its fourth. "But what Zuma speaks, he doesn't live.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama shook hands at Nelson Mandela's memorial Tuesday with Raul Castro, leader of long-time Cold War foe Cuba, in what Havana called a gesture of hope. Obama offered the handshake before taking the stage to speak at the ceremony, in a new sign of his willingness to reach out even to the staunchest of US enemies, a US official told AFP. The United States maintains a five-decade-old embargo against the communist island nation, which Havana says has cost the economy $1.1 trillion. Seen by millions as they watched the memorial being broadcast live around the world, the surprise handshake was saluted in Havana as a hopeful sign.