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'I am Fidel!': Cuba, leftist leaders massive rally in Castro's honour
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'I am Fidel!': Cuba, leftist leaders massive rally in Castro's honour

Leftist Latin American leaders vowed on Tuesday to carry the torch of Fidel Castro's revolution at a massive rally in honor of the late Cuban communist icon in Havana.

For many Africans, Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a hero who battled white supremacy
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For many Africans, Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a hero who battled white supremacy

Africa knows it is still a white man’s world. Hence it remembers Fidel Castro’s role in Africa. So should we.

Fidel Castro death: Cubans hold mass rally with Latin American, African leaders in Havana
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Fidel Castro death: Cubans hold mass rally with Latin American, African leaders in Havana

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans rallied for late communist leader Fidel Castro with Latin American and African leaders in Havana on Tuesday night before his ashes are taken across the country.

Malayalis troll Donald Trump for his criticism of Fidel Castro on Facebook
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Malayalis troll Donald Trump for his criticism of Fidel Castro on Facebook

Kerala, the Left-leaning state and its ardent admirers of every thing Left, be it personalities, policies, books and even films, did not take kindly to US President-elect Donald Trump's criticism of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

First commercial US-Havana flight in more than 50 years lands in Cuba
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First commercial US-Havana flight in more than 50 years lands in Cuba

Just three days after the death of Fidel Castro, the first scheduled commercial flight from the US to Havana in more than 50 years landed Monday to the applause of passengers and a water-spraying salute from firetrucks.

Donald Trump threatens to 'terminate' US-Cuba thaw unless concessions made
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Donald Trump threatens to 'terminate' US-Cuba thaw unless concessions made

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday threatened to end the US thaw with Cuba unless Havana makes key concessions, potentially upending the historic rapprochement engineered by the White House, which insists the opening serves American interests.

Fidel Castro: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau defends his remarks after Twitter backlash
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Fidel Castro: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau defends his remarks after Twitter backlash

While Cuban leader Fidel Castro passed away, Twitterati lashed out on an otherwise social media favourite, Justin Trudeau.

Fidel Castro: What transformed the charismatic Cuban revolutionary into an icon
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Fidel Castro: What transformed the charismatic Cuban revolutionary into an icon

For an older generation of Indians, the image of Fidel Castro invokes nostalgia of a by-gone era, where fiery revolutionaries hoped to change the world.

North Korea mourns Fidel Castro, remembers him as 'close friend' and heroic ally
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North Korea mourns Fidel Castro, remembers him as 'close friend' and heroic ally

North Korea began three days of official mourning on Monday for late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, remembering him as a "close friend" and heroic ally in a joint struggle against the US aggression.

Demonetisation: Oppn protests continue in Rajya Sabha, insists Narendra Modi's presence
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Demonetisation: Oppn protests continue in Rajya Sabha, insists Narendra Modi's presence

Soon after the House mourned the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and the listed papers were laid, Naresh Agrawal (SP) said nationwide protest is being observed today against demonetisation that has caused hardships to common man.

Israel increases order for F-35 fighter jets to 50
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Israel increases order for F-35 fighter jets to 50 | Reuters

JERUSALEM Israel's security cabinet on Sunday approved the purchase of an additional 17 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, bringing its total number on order to 50.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement the decision to increase the order was unanimous.Lockheed is developing three versions of the F-35 Lightning II jets for the U.S. military and nine countries that have already placed orders - Britain, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, Japan, Israel and South Korea. Israel's first two are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

Nairobi airport closed temporarily after plane makes emergency landing
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Nairobi airport closed temporarily after plane makes emergency landing | Reuters

NAIROBI A plane from Somalia landed on its belly and veered off the runway at Nairobi's international airport on Sunday, causing no casualties but prompting the authorities to temporarily close the runway.Kenya Airports Authority said on Twitter that the plane had four people on board when it made the emergency landing at 4.55 p.m. (1355 GMT) at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. "As a result the runway is temporarily closed to evacuate aircraft," the authority said, without giving any details about the flight or type of plane.

Islamic State gone, Mosul district residents adjust to new life
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Islamic State gone, Mosul district residents adjust to new life | Reuters

By Isabel Coles | GOGJALI, Iraq GOGJALI, Iraq Until three weeks ago, many of Abu Osama's customers were Islamic State militants who brought their wives and children to his pharmacy on the eastern edge of Mosul for injections and treatment.Now, most of them are Iraqi security forces who recaptured the Gogjali neighborhood earlier this month and are pushing further into the city, which has been under Islamic State control for more than two years.As the militants retreat, civilians are adjusting to a new reality in their wake and a clearer picture is emerging of what they did to survive the punishments and deprivation of Islamic State rule."Whether Daesh (Islamic State) or army: my door is open to everyone," said Abu Osama, taking the blood pressure of an Iraqi policeman. "If my worst enemy comes here, I must treat him."Several Islamic State militants, both local and foreign, lived in Gogjali and it was mainly their families that visited the pharmacy because the militants themselves were often away, Abu Osama said.The front of his shop and those next door are marked with the Arabic letter "z" for zakat, meaning alms, and beside it an identification number Islamic State bureaucrats assigned to record donations made at the shop for their self-proclaimed caliphate.Advancing Iraqi forces have sprayed Shi'ite slogans over it.The 40-year old opened the pharmacy after Mosul fell to Islamic State and the salary he received as an employee of the Iraqi health ministry was cut by the government as it sought to choke off funding to the militants, who were skimming the pay of public sector workers in areas they controlled.The militants wanted Abu Osama to work for them in a hospital, but he refused because it would have meant pledging allegiance to the group, and he does not agree with their hardline ideology.According to that ideology, the depiction of living creatures is un-Islamic because it can lead to idolatry.

Iraqi forces grind on in east Mosul as political rift opens over Shi'ite militias
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Iraqi forces grind on in east Mosul as political rift opens over Shi'ite militias | Reuters

By Michael Georgy, Isabel Coles and John Davison | MOSUL, Iraq MOSUL, Iraq Iraq's sectarian political leaders have plunged back into a dispute over the status of Shi'ite armed groups, undermining efforts to reunite the country as its troops press on with the assault of Mosul, Islamic State's biggest stronghold.Forty days into the biggest ground offensive in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, about a quarter of the city has been taken by U.S.-backed government units on the eastern side. The western part could prove far more dangerous, Major General Najm al-Jubbouri, one of the army's top commanders, told Reuters.Residents still wearing the long beards demanded by Islamic State welcomed Iraqi troops into a neighbourhood of east Mosul with coffee, cheers and kisses after the fighters left."Today we have been released from prison," said a resident, Ahmed Zeidan Mahmoud

Swiss reject quick exit from atomic power
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Swiss reject quick exit from atomic power | Reuters

By John Miller | ZURICH ZURICH Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject a speedy exit from the nation's five nuclear power plants, as concerns over losing energy independence outweighed safety worries raised by the measure's proponents.Nearly 55 percent of voters turned down the initiative, with 45 percent favouring it in a vote that was part of the Swiss system of direct democracy giving citizens a final say on important issues.Swiss reactors Muehleberg and Beznau I and II would have been shuttered next year, followed by Goesgen in 2024 and Leibstadt in 2029, had the initiative passed.The Swiss government and industry fought the plan, saying it could have led to blackouts, higher costs and the loss of energy independence because the country would have become more dependent on coal-fired power from neighbouring Germany."We're very happy Swiss voters are giving such an explicit result," said Heinz Karrer, a former head of the utility Axpo and current president of the pro-business group Economiesuisse, in an interview on state-run television SRF. "Switzerland's people don't want a radical solution," he said. "It would have caused uncertainties about our energy supply, something Swiss people were unwilling to risk." Germany plans to shutter its remaining nuclear plants by 2022, a response to the 2011 disaster in Japan that also prompted the Swiss initiative

Trump adviser warns him not to pick Romney for Secretary of State
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Trump adviser warns him not to pick Romney for Secretary of State | Reuters

By Andy Sullivan | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON An internal dispute among Donald Trump's advisers broke out into the open on Sunday when his campaign manager warned that the president-elect could face an intense backlash from supporters if he chose Mitt Romney to be his secretary of state.Trump has been weighing whether to pick Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who spent much of the past year criticizing Trump, or former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who backed the real-estate mogul's insurgent presidential run.Giuliani would fit with the other loyalists and conservative hardliners that Trump has picked to fill out his administration so far, but he has drawn criticism for working as a consultant to foreign governments. Trump could help unite his party and win over skeptical establishment Republicans if he chooses Romney for the post

Blast rocks northern Syrian town, deaths reported and wounded taken to Turkey - sources
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Blast rocks northern Syrian town, deaths reported and wounded taken to Turkey - sources | Reuters

By Daren Butler | ISTANBUL ISTANBUL A blast ripped through a street in the northern Syrian town of al-Rai on Sunday in what was believed to be an Islamic State suicide bombing, with several deaths reported and security and hosital sources saying 12 wounded, mostly children, were taken to a hospital in nearby Turkey.The town of al-Rai, which is 2 km (1 mile) south of Turkey's Kilis border province, is in an area under the control of Turkey-backed rebels and was seized from Islamic State militants in Ankara's "Euphrates Shield" operation launched in August.Local sources said the explosion was caused by a vehicle-borne bomb which killed several people, according to Turkey's Dogan news agency. The casualty toll could not be confirmed.The Turkey-backed rebels have for days been besieging the IS-controlled town of al-Bab, around 30 km south of al-Rai, as part of the three-month-old offensive to drive the jihadists away from the Syrian side of the Turkish border.Turkey's army earlier said IS militants fired a rocket into the Haliliye area of the same region that caused symptoms of "chemical gas" exposure in 22 Syrian rebels, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. The rebels were transferred to a Turkish hospital on suspicion of chemical poisoning after complaining of constant sickness and severe headaches following the attack, the Hurriyet website reported

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90
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Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90 | Reuters

By Marc Frank and Nelson Acosta | HAVANA HAVANA Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday.

Diego Maradona 'wept uncontrollably' after death of 'second father' Fidel Castro
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Diego Maradona 'wept uncontrollably' after death of 'second father' Fidel Castro

For soccer great Diego Maradona, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro was more than a friend and fellow Latin American legend, he was "a second father."

Miami's joyous Cubans hope for change with Fidel Castro's death
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Miami's joyous Cubans hope for change with Fidel Castro's death

Wearing his "Bay of Pigs Veteran" shirt, 80-year-old Rafael Torre stood amid hundreds of Cuban-Americans celebrating the death of Fidel Castro and marveled that he remained in power for so long.