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The world united Friday to mourn Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African anti-apartheid hero, as the people of his beloved rainbow nation marked his passing with flowers, songs and dance. President Jacob Zuma announced a 10-day mourning period for Mandela, the founding father of modern South Africa and its first black leader, after he died late Thursday aged 95, surrounded by friends and family. Barack Obama, America's first black president, will travel to South Africa next week, the White House said, joining a raft of world leaders for a huge December 10 memorial service. Mandela's body will lie in state in Pretoria for three days after that before he receives a state burial on December 15 in his boyhood home of Qunu.