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Photo gallery: Thousands gather to remember Mandela

First Published Dec 10 2013 09:36AM      Last Updated Dec 10 2013 02:21 pm

In this image from TV, President of Democratic Republic of Congo's, Joseph Kabila, front right, waves to the media as he arrives at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, ahead of a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. Hundreds of foreign dignitaries and world leaders gather Tuesday with thousands of South African people to celebrate the life, and mark the death, of Nelson Mandela who has become a global symbol of reconciliation. (AP Photo/SABC Pool)

They gathered by the tens of thousands in a Soweto soccer stadium, braving a cold rain to pay respects to Nelson Mandela: world leaders, family members and South Africans whose lives he helped change in his decades-long fight against apartheid. The list of dignitaries was long, ranging from President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro. And a handshake between those two men epitomized the spirit of reconciliation Mandela came to represent.

Here are some images from the service:



 

 

 

 

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