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Along with the brutal repression of his people, Mugabe’s forces have slaughtered an estimated 20,000 people.

Via NBC News:

Briefly laying aside differences hardened over decades, President Barack Obama on Tuesday shook the hand of the president of Cuba at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

The handshake appeared to be the first between American and Cuban presidents since 2000, when Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro greeted each other at a United Nations luncheon in New York, and only the second since 1959, when Castro took power.

It was Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul, named president of Cuba in 2008, who shook Obama’s hand on Tuesday. […]

On his way to the rostrum, Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the strongman ruler of Zimbabwe, and hugged Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, who has stridently opposed spying by the National Security Agency and criticized the U.S. government.

Via Telegraph:

The handshake between the two historic enemies came as they attended a ceremony in Johannesburg to celebrate the late South African leader’s ability to foster reconciliation.

The gesture – which comes despite half a century of hostilities but follows a thawing in relations in recent years – came as Mr Obama made his way to a podium to deliver a speech.

In today’s ceremony in South Africa, Mr Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, and greeted Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, with a kiss on the cheek despite recent tensions between the two over the extent of US spying revealed in the NSA leaks.

Update: NBC quietly deletes the Mugabe reference, no correction noted. Stand up journalism, NBC!

On his way to the rostrum, Obama also hugged Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, who has stridently opposed spying by the National Security Agency and criticized the U.S. government.