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Obama to Travel to South Africa to Honor Mandela

by Associated Press

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    A painting of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, left, is displayed alongside a painting of U.S. President Barack Obama, on a street in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela passed away Thursday night after a long illness. He was 95. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader. Photo/Sunday Alamba (AP Photo)

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(Updated 11/7/2013) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a Tuesday memorial service in South Africa honoring Nelson Mandela.

The service will take place at a stadium in Johannesburg.

The Obamas will be accompanied on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush. Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with former President Jimmy Carter, will also attend memorials for Mandela in South Africa.

A state funeral for Mandela will take place Dec. 15 in the anti-apartheid leader's hometown.

Mandela died Thursday. He was 95.