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President Obama leaves Monday for what looks like a relatively quick trip to South Africa to honor the late Nelson Mandela.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to attend a memorial service for Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

No other events have been announced for Obama, and he could be back at the White House as early as Wednesday.

Former president George W. Bush and wife Laura are expected to accompany the Obamas aboard Air Force One on the journey of more than 8,000 miles.

Ex-presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to travel separately to South Africa for Mandela services.

Under heavy security, the four presidents will join hundreds of global dignitaries and tens of thousands of South Africans at a Johannesburg soccer stadium to honor Mandela's life as a freedom fighter.

Mandela died Thursday at age 95.



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