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As President Obama arrived to deliver his eulogy at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service he shook the hand of the Cuban President, Raul Castro. The controversial moment threatened to overshadow coverage of the day in the US media. Was the seemingly friendly greeting between long-time foes premeditated, or was Mr Obama just being polite?

Also, we find out why the iconic American muscle car, the Ford Mustang, is going to be appearing in showrooms around the world and hear how iconic 20th Century American poet Robert Frost, came to fame while on a trip to Britain. And, we look at some other iconic artefacts: a set of Native American sacred face masks that are being returned to the Hopi tribe, thanks to some generous auction bidders, the Cyrus Cylinder which is wowing Iranian-Americans in California, and a rug woven by Armenian orphans that is too controversial to see, which is locked up in the White House.

(Photo: US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. Credit: Getty Images)

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