Surveying the remnants of nature's destructive power in the country's midsection, Obama pledged to residents of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities that their government will stand with them until they finish rebuilding.
Meanwhile, South Africans voted on Wednesday in elections that are expected to see the ruling African National Congress (ANC) return to power despite a vigorous challenge from opposition parties seeking to capitalize on discontent with corruption and economic inequality.
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Obama visits tornado hits areas
President Barack Obama greets people during a tour of tornado damaged areas in Vilonia, Arkansas.
Obama assures govt help to tornado victims
President Barack Obama tours a tornado-damaged area of Vilonia with Senator Mark Pryor, Vilonia Mayor James Firestone,Governor Mike Beebe and Rep Tim Griffen.
South Africa votes
A baby clings to her mother as she casts her vote at a polling station in the Alexandra township of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chennai dancers perform in Shanghai
Dancers from Chennai based Kalakshetra performing at the inauguration of the Glimpses of India Festival being organised by India in China.
Ronaldhino out of the World Cup
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, vies for the ball with Valladolid's Diego Marino, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain.