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Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at memorial service

President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa.

By JC Finley
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Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at memorial service
Cuban President Raul Castro, pictured in July 2012, shook President Barack Obama's hand at FNB Stadium as Obama walked to the podium to deliver his speech in honor of Nelson Mandela at the South African leader's memorial service on December 10, 2013. (UPI/Stephen Shaver) | License Photo

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama shook hands today with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.

The hand shake between the leader of the free world and the communist leader occurred as Obama made his way to the podium at FNB stadium to deliver his speech about Mandela's life and legacy.

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Relations between the U.S. and Cuba have been strained relations since the Cold War.

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