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Cuba: Fidel Castro’s son ‘takes own life’

The 68-year-old son of Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro has killed himself in Havana, according to Cuban state media. Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found on Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression. The first-born son of the late president was nicknamed “Fidelito”, or Little Fidel, after his father. He was a nuclear physicist, trained by the former Soviet Union. “Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due…

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European Union adds 3 persons involved in serious human rights violation to sanctions list

The Council has added 3 persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted to a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan. The Council adopted this decision in view of the ever deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in South Sudan, and considering the lack of commitment by some actors to the ongoing peace process. It is the first time that the EU decides to sanction persons in view of the situation in…

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U.S. bans export of weapons, defence services to South Sudan

The United States on Friday banned the export of weapons and defense services to South Sudan, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir to end the country’s four-year conflict. “The Department of State today announces that it is implementing restrictions on the export of defense articles and defense services into South Sudan,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. While the United States government does not conduct arms sales to South Sudan, the move prevents any American…

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U.S. to impose arms embargo on South Sudan to end conflict – sources

  The United States is set to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan on Friday, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir to end the country’s civil war and humanitarian crisis. The State Department is set to make the announcement later on Friday morning, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The unilateral move would signal that the Trump administration has lost patience with South Sudan’s warring…

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