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Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/02/18, 11:01 am

Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, the eldest son of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, committed suicide Thursday after undergoing months of treatment for depression, according to state media reports. He was 68. The official Cubadebate website said Castro Diaz-Balart suffered from profound depression that required “an initial hospitalization then outpatient follow-up.” The nuclear scientist was often called “Fidelito,” or “Little Fidel,” because of his resemblance to his father.

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Trump orders Guantanamo Bay prison kept open

by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/31/18, 10:51 am

WASHINGTON—Moments before delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep open the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds and hundreds of dangerous terrorists only to meet them again on the battlefield,” Trump said in the speech. “I am asking Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists, wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them.

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Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo Bay

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/21/17, 11:03 am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited troops Thursday at the American Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was the first trip there by a secretary of defense in almost 16 years. Mattis met with troops but did not tour the detention center, which still houses 41 inmates despite former President Barack Obama’s attempts to empty and close it. During his tenure, President Donald Trump hasn’t released any Guantanamo prisoners nor added any to the list of men who have been officially cleared to go home or to a third country for resettlement.

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