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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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