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Barack Obama shakes hand of Cuba's Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela memorial

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 6:03pm IST | Place: Johannesburg | Agency: Reuters

US President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations which have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.

Castro smiled as Obama shook his hand on the way to the podium to make a speech at the commemoration for former South African President Mandela, one of the world's greatest peacemakers who died on Thursday.


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