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Fidel Castro's military forays in Africa HAVANA: Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead.Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent.Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols of the "regional conflicts" of the Cold War, in which Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy and power through proxy wars.But Havana's involvement in the fighting fields far from home was to cost it dear.Some 4,300 Cubans died in African conflicts, half of them in Angola -- although experts say that number has been sharply underestimated.Cuban veterans have often complained of lack of care and benefits on returning home.In Angola, ...

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Castro will 'live forever': China President Xi Jinping BEIJING: Fidel Castro will live forever, China President Xi Jinping said Saturday in a message read out on television following the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro."The Chinese people have lost a good and true comrade," said Xi in a message read at the beginning of the nightly news on the country's main TV channel. "Comrade Castro will live forever."Castro was "a great man of our time," said the president. "History and people will ...

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US media headlines death of Fidel Castro WASHINGTON: US media early Saturday headlined the death of the country's long time rival Fidel Castro, updating websites over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and devoting major coverage to the Cuban revolutionary.The New York Times described Castro, who died late Friday in Havana, as the man who "bedeviled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war."Castro "became a towering international figure whose importance in the 20th century far exceeded what ...

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Trump names Don McGhan as White House Counsel: transition official WASHINGTON/WEST PALM BEACH: US President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Don McGhan, a well-known campaign finance lawyer, as his White House counsel and K.T. McFarland, a national security analyst, to be his deputy national security adviser, a transition official said on Friday. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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'Dead and missing' after hurricane hits Costa Rica: president SAN JOS: A hurricane that hit Costa Rica on Thursday left some people dead and missing, President Luis Guillermo Solis said, as rescue services worked to provide a number.Three people died from the passage of Hurricane Otto across the north of the country, a national newspaper, La Nacion, reported. Officials have not confirmed any number.Solis said in a statement that the hurricane -- which weakened to a tropical storm before exiting into the Pacific Ocean ...

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UN agency job hands Peru's ex-first lady immunity: UN GENEVA: A former first lady of Peru who is facing money-laundering charges will receive immunity through her new posting with a United Nations agency in Geneva, the UN said Friday."Privileges and immunities (are) extended to staff of all UN agencies, and staff members of specialised agencies in the exercise of their functions," UN spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci said in a statement.She was reacting to questions about the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s appointment of ...

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Trump win breathes life into private detention industry WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's White House triumph this month caught the business world by surprise but also breathed life into a little-understood US industry: private prisons and migrant detention centers.Following the Republican's election, shares in two of the sector's major players, CoreCivic (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America) and the GEO Group have skyrocketed 43 percent and 21 percent, respectively, after having languished in recent months.In August, the US Justice Department left them reeling after ...