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South Africa Names Speakers for Mandela Ceremony

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South Africa says President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among world leaders speaking at a mass memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
 
South Africa's government released the list of speakers for the Tuesday memorial, expected to last four hours at stadium at Soweto Township near Johannesburg.
 
Beyond Obama and Ban, the government says the following leaders will speak:
 
   - Brazil President Dilma Rousseff;
 
   - Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao;
 
   - Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba;
 
   - Indian President Pranab Mukherjee; and
 
   - Cuban President Raul Castro.
 
South African President Jacob Zuma will give the keynote address.
 
Mandela's family and friends also will speak at the ceremony, which will include a sermon.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden is honoring the memory of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela by signing a condolence book at the South African Embassy.
 
Biden traveled to the embassy on a cold, drizzly Monday morning.
 
Biden's inscription said, quote: "Through his unflagging, unflinching commitment to human dignity and his willingness to forgive, he inspired us and challenged us all to do better."
 
President Obama left earlier for Johannesburg on Air Force One for Mandela's memorial service.
 
As a senator more than three decades ago, Biden traveled to South Africa where authorities denied his request to see the imprisoned Mandela. After Mandela's release in 1990, the two men met in Washington.
 
Biden will speak Wednesday at a Mandela memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.  (AP)

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