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Raul Castro swears to defend revolution after Fidel death   SANTIAGO DE CUBA: Cuban President Raul Castro pledged at a massive rally in honor of his late brother Fidel on Saturday that he will defend the socialist revolution on the communist-ruled island."We swear to defend the fatherland and socialism," Raul Castro said as he led tens of thousands of people into reciting the pledge in Santiago de Cuba, on the eve of the communist icon's burial in the eastern city.The president also said his brother's dying wish was that no monuments in his honor be erected, or that any buildings or streets be named after him.  Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016

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Cubans hold one more massive rally for Castro            SANTIAGO DE CUBA: Tens of thousands of Cubans rallied on Saturday to pay one more tribute to the late leader Fidel Castro before his ashes are buried in the cradle of his revolution.The crowd in Revolution Plaza in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba waved small Cuban flags and held pictures of Castro at a ceremony led by his brother, President Raul Castro.A convoy carrying a cedar urn containing his ashes had arrived earlier in the day following a ...

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China coal mine blasts kill 59: report   BEIJING: At least 59 people have been killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts, according to death tolls reported by state media.An explosion Saturday at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongolia region killed 32, Xinhua news agency said.A total of 181 people were working underground when the gas explosion struck the mine in the city of Chifeng, with 149 managing to escape.In a separate incident, a blast occurred late Tuesday at a private mine in Qitaihe City, in northeast ...

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Peaceful resolution of outstanding issues, essential for regional peace: Sartaj ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Sunday stressed upon the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues for promoting regional peace and prosperity.The regional cooperation played an important role in ensuring the political stability, and promoting and deepening mutually beneficial economic interaction, he said during his address at the sixth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference held in the Indian city of Amritsar.The Advisor said Pakistan deeply valued the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, as the forum since its ...

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Air strikes kill 14 in Syria BEIRUT: Air strikes on a village in the Syrian province of Idlib killed at least 14 civilians on Sunday, among them a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.The Britain-based group said dozens more had been injured in the strikes on several parts of the village of Kafr Nabal and that the death toll could rise.It said the strikes appeared to have been carried out by a Russian warplane.The Observatory says it determines whose planes carried out raids according ...