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Obama touches down in Senegal at start of African tour


US President Barack Obama landed in Senegal on Wednesday to begin a long awaited first major tour of Africa with the world preparing to bid a reluctant farewell to Nelson Mandela, an AFP journalist said.

Obama plans to visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania over the next week, although the itinerary is subject to possible drastic changes with the anti-apartheid icon's health deteriorating.