JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination.
By Stella Mapenzauswa and David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a rare gesture between the leaders of two nations at loggerheads for more than half a century. With Mandela's message of reconciliation hanging over the ceremony, Castro smiled as Obama shook his hand on the way to the podium to make a rousing speech in memory of the former South African president, one of the world's greatest peacemakers, who died on Thursday aged 95. Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe also received wide applause. Relations between Cuba and the United States have been frozen since soon after Cuba's 1959 revolution led by Raul's brother Fidel Castro, and Washington has maintained economic sanctions on the communist-ruled island for more than half a century.