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South Africa Prepares to Welcome World Leaders to Honor Nelson Mandela

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is readying itself for the arrival of a flood of world leaders for the funeral and memorial services for former president Nelson Mandela as thousands of mourners continue to flock to sites around the country to pay homage to the freedom struggle icon.

Among those who have already indicated that they will be travelling to South Africa to honor Mandela, who died at his Johannesburg home at the age of 95 on Thursday night, are U.S. President Barack Obama and his two predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff will also be among the guests.

A week of mourning, with several events planned, has been declared by the government. Mandela will be buried in his rural hometown in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

(Story by: Ray Faure, Associated Press, edited by WIBX date to amend date)

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