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    Nelson Mandela's funeral: mourners join worldleaders at FNB stadium, Johannesburg for

    service

    NELSON Mandela's memorial service has started an hour late after VIPs and mourners were held up entering

    the stadium.

    The memorial began as the crowds sang "Long live Nelson Mandela".

    Members of the public have queued up overnight to attend the memorial to Nelson Mandela- which was due to start at

    11am local time (8pm AEDT) at the 90,000 seat FNB stadium in Johannesburg where the former South African president

    made his last appearance.

    It was held up just over an hour, with the venue only two-thirds full as the ceremony got underway in steady rain that had

    been falling since the early morning.

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    British PM David Cameron, South African President Jacob Zuma, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu are among world

    leaders past and present to have arrived.

    US President Barack Obama had not arrived when the memorial began.

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    MT @shawnanbcnews : Quick shot of the Beast as the 'cade began to roll

    to the #MandelaMemorial. pic.twitter.com/RdECIXrwY0

    Jill [email protected]

    Obama coming. RT @TheJillGMT @shawnanbcnews:Quick shot of the Beast as the 'cade beganto roll to

    #MandelaMemorial pic.twitter.com/Vlu6SZc6T6

    7:18 PM - 10 Dec 2013

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    DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAM OF TODAY'S MEMORIAL (PDF)

    Three other stadiums set up as overflow venues with giant screens were almost completely empty.

    Incredible scenesat Soccer City, so much history at the

    venue, fitting venue for the #Mandelamemorial

    6:27 PM - 10 Dec 2013

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    Obama will share a stage with China's Vice-President Li Yuanchao and President Raul Castro of Cuba, who will be

    among the dignitaries to address the service, along with South African President Jacob Zuma and some of Mandela's

    grandchildren.

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    President of Brazil Dilma Rouseff who will also be speaking today,

    has just walked in. #MandelaMemorial

    6:48 PM - 10 Dec 2013

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    Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, to whom he remained close until his end, was one the first of the family

    members to arrive. U2 frontman Bono was also among the mourners.

    Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, made her first public appearance since his death as she arrived helped along by friends

    at the stadium.

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    Wearing a black coat and dress, the Mozambican human rights campaigner linked arms as she made her way slowly

    into the bowels of the building.

    Machel barely left her husband's bedside in the final six months of his life.

    She maintained a near around-the-clock bedside vigil during the 84 days Mandela spent in a Pretoria hospital and the

    subsequent three months he spent at home before he died on December 5.

    One of her rare public appearances came a month ago, when she was spotted at the premiere of the movie Mandela:

    Long Walk to Freedomtracing her husband's journey from prisoner to president.

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    Thousands of mourners have already entered the stadium, carrying umbrellas and wearing warm clothing to ward off the

    rainfall and cold winds.

    The Obama and Bush families arrive at Waterkloof AFB in Pretoria,

    S.A. (@CNBCAfrica) #RememberingMandela

    5:02 PM - 10 Dec 2013

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    The mood was one of joy and hope as mourners sang and danced their way into the stadium.

    MANDELA'S WOMEN BY HIS SIDE AT END

    AFRIKA TIKKUN AUSTRALIA MAKES DIFFERENCE

    SOUTH AFRICA HOSTS WORLD LEADERS FOR FUNERAL

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    The man at the head of the queue outside FNB stadium told the BBC: "I got up at one. Been here since three - wouldn't

    miss this for anything."

    US President Barack Obama arrived in Johannesburg on Air Force One as day broke.

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    Outside FNB Stadium for Nelson Mandela memorial.

    Grey sky. Police huddled. Flags at half-mast. Thousands

    of people, some singing in the rain

    1:23 PM - 10 Dec 2013from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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    #Mandelaafter 6 hrs outside, sections begin to fill. "We will meet at

    the sunset" is a common chant filling stadium

    2:05 PM - 10 Dec 2013

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    #MandelaRain falling, winds blowing & its chilly. But a

    hurricane wouldn't stop mourners today. Everyone enters

    FNB with a smile @eNCAnews

    2:21 PM - 10 Dec 2013

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