Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died on Friday. He was 90.
Cuban state television announced the death but gave no other details.
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Time For Truth: (The New York Times) – Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90
White Americans without a college degree are becoming more likely to die in middle age, reversing decades of progress toward better health.
Researchers first noticed this worrisome trend last year. They pointed to increases in opioid abuse, obesity and suicide among the causes of death, but what caused these increases has remained something of a mystery.
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Time For Truth: (The Washington Post) – Researchers have found a troubling new cause of death for middle-aged white Americans
The debate over whether sugary beverages should be heavily taxed is scheduled to be taken up by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in Chicago.
Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed a tax designed to raise revenue, but it’s being promoted as a way to reduce soda consumption and in turn improve public health.
Ivory Coast’s government has banned the production, importation and sale of alcohol in sachets on health grounds.
The small plastic bags, containing rum, vodka or other spirits, are popular with those on a budget – costing between $0.35 (£0.28) and $1.65.
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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – Ivory Coast bans sale of alcohol sachets
The reaction among the United States’ strongest allies in Asia — Japan and South Korea — was more severe, however, as local stock markets plunged.
As news of Donald Trump’s shocking presidential win was reverberating around the world Wednesday, media coverage in China was oddly scant — and not by accident.
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Time For Truth: (Hollywood Reporter) – China Responds to U.S. Election With Heavy Censorship, Light Schadenfreude