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Mourners flock to Mandela memorial in S. Africa

Johannesburg - Mourners gathered at a stadium near Johannesburg for a massive memorial service honoring Nelson Mandela.

A light rain fell Tuesday as they gathered at FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Johannesburg Township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle that Mandela embodied.

A crowd is close to 100,000 mourners, including nearly 100 world leaders.

Police promised tight security, and are patrolling a wide perimeter around the stadium. Even so, the first crowds entered the stadium without being searched.

Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95. He will be buried Sunday.

Besides Obama and Raul Castro, eulogies are to be delivered by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and China's vice president (Li Yuanchao). Other speakers include the presidents of Brazil, Namibia and India, as well as tributes from Mandela's grandchildren. South African President Jacob Zuma is to give the keynote address.

The stage will be protected by bulletproof glass and police promise thousands of officers will secure the stadium.

Watch the memorial streaming live.

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Washington Times