Castro steps down, MI6 did not kill Diana

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Cuba: After 49 years in power, Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro is finally calling it quits.

On Tuesday, the 81-year-old communist leader announced he would be retiring.

Fidel has handed over temporary control to his brother Raul, who is expected to be elected as the new president when Cuba’s parliament meets this Sunday.

In a letter published by the Cuban Communist Party’s newspaper Granma, Castro wrote: “I just want to carry on fighting like a soldier of ideas.”

US President George W. Bush pushed for a move towards democracy, while Europe hoped the ties that had been frozen under Castro’s rule would be strengthened.

United States: After his win in the Wisconsin primary and a victory in the Hawaii caucuses, Illinois senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama is leading the race for the Democratic nomination.

Obama’s remaining competition, Hillary Clinton, came out of the Wisconsin primaries with 41 per cent of the vote while Obama claimed a 58 per cent majority.

John McCain, the senator for Arizona, is leading the Republicans with his two recent successes in Washington and Wisconsin.

Britain: It came as no surprise on Wednesday when former head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency Richard Dearlove stated the organization had not plotted to kill Diana, the late Princess of Wales.

As part of the inquiry into her death, Dearlove testified at the London hearing and assured the court the agency was not involved in a planned assassination in any way. Or at least that’s what it would like you to believe.

China: Inflation rates are at their highest in 11 years and continue to rise against the government’s best efforts.

Officials have blamed the 7.1 per cent increase on food costs, which is partly a result of damages from recent snowfalls.

Leaders have taken several initiatives to curtail the skyrocketing inflation, including increasing interest rates.

United States: In preparation for the destruction of a damaged spy satellite, the space shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida yesterday.

Atlantis returned to Earth in order to give the military room to deal with the satellite, which carries a toxic rocket fuel.

According to Pentagon officials, the fuel, called hydrazine, could spread to an area as large as two football fields if the satellite crashed on Earth.

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