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South Africa: First Lady and her girls meet the president

Michelle Obama paid a surprise visit to the former South African President Nelson Mandela yesterday, kicking off her trip to Africa by meeting one of the world's most revered leaders.

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Obama says goodbye with a smile

US president Barack Obama left Britain with a wide smile today following a highly successful state visit.

Obamas give Queen farewell dinner

US president Barack Obama rounded off his highly successful state visit to Britain by hosting a dinner in honour of the Queen.

Michelle tells students: 'Work hard and don't be afraid to fail'

She spoke framed between portraits of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I in the grandest and most elite of Oxford colleges that has educated thirteen Prime Ministers.

Obama: Values unite UK and US

Barack Obama has reaffirmed the special relationship between the US and the UK and declared that together the two countries "stand squarely on the side of those who long to be free".

Michelle Obama 'thrilled' at reunion

Michelle Obama told schoolchildren she was "thrilled to be back" on a visit to Oxford University today.

Video: Michelle Obama gives school girls pep talk

On a visit to Oxford University Michelle Obama tells schoolgirls they have the talent and the drive to get an elite education.

Barack Obama receives warm welcome to UK

US president Barack Obama renewed friendships with the Queen and strengthened ties with Britain today on his first state visit to the UK.

Afghanistan and Libya top of agenda as Obama flies in for state visit

President will urge Cameron not to withdraw troops from Helmand – but PM wants more help fighting Gaddafi in return

An inside guide to Obama's UK visit – barbecues and all

What will be on the menu when the US leader and family dine at No 10 this week, and which First Lady will be better dressed? Who else will Barack Obama be talking to? Jane Merrick provides all the answers

Street dance: The beat of the street

Forget ballet, ballroom and tap classes. Street dance has the moves cool kids want to learn. And even Michelle Obama is at it, says Paul McKenzie

Popularity boost for Obama

The successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden will give a much-needed boost to President Barack Obama's flagging popularity ratings.

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