South Africa names speakers for Mandela ceremony

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa for a memorial service in honor of Nelson Mandela on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says United States President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among world leaders speaking at a mass memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

South Africa's government released the list of speakers for the Tuesday memorial, expected to last four hours at stadium at Soweto Township near Johannesburg.

Beyond Obama and Ban, the government says the following leaders will speak:

— Brazil President Dilma Rousseff;

— Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao;

— Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba;

— Indian President Pranab Mukherjee; and

— Cuban President Raul Castro.

South African President Jacob Zuma will give the keynote address.

Mandela's family and friends also will speak at the ceremony, which will include a sermon.

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