A passerby stops to look at signs showing US President Barack Obama alongside Senegalese President Macky Sall and reading "Welcome to Senegal" in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday 26 June 2013
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Obama hails Mandela 'inspiration' in South Africa visit

29 June 2013 Last updated at 18:54 BST

US President Barack Obama has praised Nelson Mandela as "an inspiration to the world" during his visit to South Africa.

Speaking in the executive capital, Pretoria, after talks with President Jacob Zuma, Mr Obama said he would not visit the 94-year-old in hospital, but would meet his family in private.

Mr Mandela, South Africa's first black president, has been critically ill for nearly a week.

Andrew Harding reports from South Africa.