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Tens of thousands attend tribute for Nelson Mandela

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President Obama and other World leaders are celebrating Nelson Mandela, the iconic leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who died Thursday at age 95. 

The President said Mandela earned his place in history through struggle, shrewdness, persistence and faith.  Obama eulogized the former South African president at a memorial service in Johannesburg.

He compared Mandela to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, and urged  the world to act on Mandela's legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and racism.

A cold, driving rain kept the crowd in South Africa below capacity at the stadium in Soweto, but it still numbers in the tens of thousands.

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A massive international tribute for Nelson Mandela is underway this morning in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A joyful crowd is dancing in FNB Stadium in celebration of his life.  The stadium holds 94,000 people and is the same place where Mandela made his final public appearance back in 2010.

President Obama along with international leaders past and present are the stands.  He is scheduled to speak during the ceremony.  Newsline 9 will go live to South Africa when President Obama takes the podium.

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