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Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

HAVANA — Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech Friday at the opening of […]

Raul Castro, long a sidekick, finally the face of his nation

For most of his life, Raul Castro played second-string to his brother Fidel — first as a guerrilla commander, later as a senior figure in their socialist government By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press April 16, 2021, 10:15 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article HAVANA — For most of his […]

Israel says it will ‘definitely’ stop Iran from getting bomb

Israel’s foreign minister says his country is determined to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon after Tehran promised to step up its uranium enrichment process ByThe Associated Press April 16, 2021, 4:15 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ATHENS, Greece — Israel’s foreign minister said Friday that his […]

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

Iran says it has started enriching uranium up to 60% purity, its highest level ever, after the sabotage at its Natanz nuclear site this past weekend By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press April 16, 2021, 9:32 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article TEHRAN, Iran — Iran began […]

7 Hong Kong democracy leaders to be sentenced amid crackdown

Seven of Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy advocates face sentencing for organizing and participating in a march during massive anti-government protests in 2019 that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing By ZEN SOO Associated Press April 16, 2021, 3:13 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article HONG KONG — Seven of […]

Shortage of intubation drugs threatens Brazil health sector

RIO DE JANEIRO — Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patients without the aid of sedatives, after weeks of warnings that hospitals and state governments risked running out of critical medicines. One doctor at the Albert Schweitzer municipal hospital in Rio de Janeiro told the Associated Press that for days health […]

Germany sees drop in crime during 1st year of pandemic

Germany saw a drop in reported crime last year, partly due to pandemic restrictions that kept people indoors, although there was a rise in child abuse, domestic violence and cybercrime ByThe Associated Press April 15, 2021, 3:38 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — Germany saw a drop […]

Australia to withdraw last 80 troops from Afghanistan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia will complete its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in September in line with the United States and other allies By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press April 15, 2021, 9:30 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, Australia — Australia would complete its troop withdrawal from […]

Myanmar charges doctors over civil disobedience protests

A state-run newspaper says Myanmar’s military junta has charged at least 19 medical doctors for participating in civil disobedience protests against the Feb. 1 coup ByThe Associated Press April 15, 2021, 1:30 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s ruling junta has charged at least 19 […]

Brazil court greenlights probe of president’s virus response

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a Senate investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic to go forward, one of two cases it tackled that could affect the leader’s bid for reelection next year. The full court also was weighing the political future of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da […]