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Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba

Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance in Havana Sunday to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo. Castro’s visit to the voting precinct in Havana’s El Vedado neighborhood was the main event in Sunday’s elections, during which Cubans…

Scotland Yard stole dead children’s identities: report

London’s Metropolitan Police stole the identities of some 80 dead children and issued false documents in their names for use by undercover officers, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Sunday. The force authorised the practice over three decades for officers attempting to infiltrate protest groups, without informing the children’s parents, the…

Team recreating Shackleton’s 1916 Antarctic trip makes landfall

An exhausted British-Australian expedition recreating Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 crossing of the Southern Ocean in a small boat made landfall after a perilous 12-day journey. Led by renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis, the team of six reached Peggotty Bluff on rugged South Georgia, where they landed their vessel in the same place…

At least 8 killed in California bus accident

At least eight people died and 27 others were injured in a multiple vehicle accident in southern California that involved a passenger bus, local media reported. The KABC television network said the accident occurred at about 6:30 pm local time (0230 GMT Monday) in a rural area north of of…

Communist newspaper rejects claims hackers associated with China’s military attacked U.S. newspapers

The official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party on Monday roundly rejected claims of hacking attacks from China by American media outlets, hinting instead at ulterior motives by the US. The People’s Daily article echoed vehement government rejections last week after The New York Times and Wall Street Journal linked…

China’s thick smog arrives in Japan

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health fears for the young and the sick. The environment ministry’s website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way. “Access to…

Sequins and robberies at Rio’s pet Carnival

Hundreds of pets decked out with sequins, ruffles and hats paraded on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach Sunday in an annual pre-Carnival extravaganza briefly interrupted by a spate of robberies. The annual “blocao,” a play on the Portuguese words for “street party” and “dog,” brought together dogs and their owners on…

MSNBC guest: 2014 Iowa Senate race could be ‘test case’ for GOP reform efforts

On Up with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host and the day’s panel discussed the post-election Republican Party. “Do you buy the basic thing that we’ve seen a shift in the institutional behavior of the Republican Party, in the wake of the election?” he asked. Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer…

Confirmed: Richard III’s skull and skeleton found in British parking garage

British archaelogists hunting for the lost remains of King Richard III on Monday revealed the first image of a battle-scarred skull found at a car park ahead of what they said would be a “major announcement” about their findings. More than five centuries after the mediaeval king was killed in…

Fearless brain-damaged patients are terrified of suffocation: study

People who lack a brain structure thought to be critical for fear can still experience the emotion The patient known as S.M. has not experienced fear since she was a child, and has fascinated brain researchers for many years. Several years ago, one team noted that she makes risky financial…

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