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Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclear

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Havana, Apr 21 (AP) - Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel. The 86-year-old revolutionary departed from his prepared re-marks, making jokes and reminiscing about the past. He talked about his great-grandchildren.
In short, he talked like a man heading into retirement.
Castro, who stepped down from the presidency Thursday, remains the most powerful person in Cuba as head of the Communist Party. He has...

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

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Gaza City, Apr 21 (AP) - Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, in-cluding a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border...

Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killings

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United Nations, Apr 21 (AP) - The Palestinians said Friday they want the U.N. Human Rights Council to estab-lish a commission to carry out an independent investigation of the Israeli military's killing and wounding of Pal-estinians during protests in Gaza.
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N...

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

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Yangon, Apr 21 (AP) - A Myanmar police officer testified Friday that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government's case against the journalists.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been detained since Dec. 12...

2 more killed in Nicaragua social security protests

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Managua, Apr 21 (AP) - Two university student protesters were killed Friday in clashes over a social security reform pushed by President Daniel Ortega's government, according to independent media reports.
Police did not immediately confirm the deaths, but images of the two young men were carried...

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