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2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Cuban dissident Hildebrando Chaviano works at his laptop inside his home in Havana, Cuba. Chaviano, a government lawyer turned independent journalist, is one of at least two Cuban dissidents who made it past a first round of voting to become candidates in Sunday's local elections. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as an unprecedented test of Cuba's single-party system.


Officers shoot and kill man with knife in St. Louis suburb, police say

(Reuters) - A 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb and spoke of a "black revolution" was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife, authorities said on Saturday. His death follows a string of police shootings around the United States, many involving African Americans, that have raised questions about the use of force by law enforcement. St. Louis County police did not say whether the man was black and could not immediately be reached for comment. In November, a Missouri grand jury's decision to bring no charges against an officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson triggered a wave of protests from coast to coast.

Cyprus bailout on track after foreclosure law passed

Workers takes down the sign of Laiki (Popular) Bank at one of the failed bank's branches in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, on May 23, 2013Cyprus's bailout agenda was back on track Saturday after parliament adopted a controversial and long-delayed foreclosure and insolvency package as demanded by the country’s international lenders. A delay in passing the insolvency framework, seen as a safety net for vulnerable groups against property repossessions, had prompted the opposition to suspend a foreclosures law passed last year. International lenders are now expected back on the island to proceed with the bailout funding process. The International Monetary Fund recently held back 86 million euro ($93 million) in bailout funds for Cyprus until the legislation was adopted.


South Africa's Zuma visits immigrants displaced by anti-foreigner violence

Locals harass a motorist who was driving past a hostel during the anti-immigrant violence in JohannesburgSouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Saturday canceled a state visit to Indonesia to deal with a wave of anti-immigrant violence at home and promised peace to those who wished to remain in Africa's most advanced economy. The unrest which began in the port city Durban two weeks ago and spread to Johannesburg, Africa's economic hub, appeared to have died down on Saturday as police patrolled trouble spots. "We are certainly going to stop the violence," Zuma told hundreds of displaced African immigrants at a camp in Chatsworth, south of Durban, in a speech televised on eNCA. Thousands of foreigners have sought refuge in camps set up in Johannesburg and Durban and the governments of Zimbabwe and Malawi began bussing their nationals back home.


Civil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South

In this Monday, April 6, 2015 photo, a Civil War statue is on display at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In the decades after the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers were placed in countless American communities, from New England commons to the grounds outside Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered “Silent Sentinels” still stand guard, most of them at “parade rest” with their muskets at the ready, gazing off in the distance. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.


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