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    Obama arrives in South Africa at critical time for Mandela

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    US President Barack Obama has arrived in Johannesburg on a visit set to be dominated by global concern about the health of Nelson Mandela.

    Obama played down speculation that he might visit the anti-apartheid leader, who he has described as a 'personal hero', in hospital.

    Mandela is in serious condition in a Pretoria clinic, where a crowd of well-wishers have kept a vigil for days.