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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Celebrations at Mandela's memorial

December 11th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

The rich, the powerful. The famous and the family. All of them bidding goodbye to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, the first of three days his body will lie in state at the seat of South Africa's government.

First was South African President Jacob Zuma, then came Mandela's widow Graça Machel and former wife Winnie Mandela, both wearing black turbans.

In near silence, dozens of family members passed by as military honor guards dressed in white flanked the coffin on each end.

There were others too. Former South African leaders Thabo Mbeki and F.W. de Klerk, the country's last apartheid-era president and Nobel Peace Prize winner. U2's Bono also paused for a moment before moving on.

But what did Mandela's memorial day mean for everyday citizens of South Africa?

Becky looks at how South Africans came together to celebrate the life of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela with footage taken by CNN iReporters in the country.

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Obama Castro handshake

December 11th, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Arriving on stage at FNB stadium in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders, pausing briefly to grasp the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.

The greeting quickly sparked a strong debate on Twitter between those who praised and disagreed with the handshake, given that the United States does not share diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter tells Becky that the gesture is "significant."

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