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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately Saturday with Nelson Mandela's family as the world anxiously awaited news on the condition of the ailing 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.

Obama, who has spoken movingly about Mandela throughout his trip to Africa, praised the former South African president's moral courage during remarks from the grand Union Buildings where Mandela was inaugurated as his nation's first black president.

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