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Trump calls Fidel Castro `brutal dictator`


Cuba`s former leader Fidel Castro was a “brutal dictator”, US President-elect Donald Trump has said, hours after the 90-year-old`s death was announced. Mr Trump, who takes office in January, said he hoped Cubans could move towards a freer future. Castro came to power in 1959 and ushered in a Communist …

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Fidel Castro`s funeral set for December 4


Cuba declared nine days of public mourning Saturday for its late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, and said his ashes will be buried at a ceremony on 4 December in Santiago de Cuba. From 26 November to 4 December, ‘public activities and shows will cease, the national flag will fly at …

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Scores killed in Iran train collision


At least 44 people have been killed and 100 others injured when two passenger trains collided in Iran`s north-central province of Semnan, and the death toll is likely to rise, according to news reports and local officials. President Hassan Rouhani ordered an acceleration of rescue efforts as well as an …

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Tens of thousands flee as fires hit Haifa


About 80,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes as wildfires swept into Israel`s third largest city of Haifa. The fires follow a two-month drought and are being fanned by strong winds in the north of the city. Wildfires are also threatening homes near Jerusalem and in the West …

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Fillon wins French presidential primary


Francois Fillon has won France`s Republican presidential primary, after his opponent Alain Juppe conceded defeat. Mr Fillon had won 67% of votes and Mr Juppe was on 33%, according to results from about 90% of polling stations. The pair, both former prime ministers, were vying to become the centre-right Les …

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