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The Issue: The Kennedy assassination -- did the mob do it?

The Issue: The Kennedy assassination -- did the mob do it?

It's been nearly 50 years since bullets were fired at the presidential motorcade as it wended its way through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, killing U.S. President John F. Kennedy and spawning decades of speculation on whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or was part of -- or victim of -- a conspiracy with tentacles in Havana, Washington and perhaps Moscow.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
61 percent of Americans: JFK's death was part of a conspiracy

61 percent of Americans: JFK's death was part of a conspiracy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Sixty-one percent of Americans say President John F. Kennedy's death was the product of a conspiracy, a poll indicates.
Ted Cruz: Dad's remark about Obama birthplace was 'ill-advised joke'

Ted Cruz: Dad's remark about Obama birthplace was 'ill-advised joke'

DALLAS, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says his father made "an ill-advised joke" when he told an audience President Barack Obama should go back to Chicago or Kenya.
Egyptian and Arab democracy uber alles?

Egyptian and Arab democracy uber alles?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Insanity has been described as constantly repeating the same mistake and expecting a different outcome. That characterization sadly applies to U.S. attitudes and policies toward much of what is happening in Egypt and the Arab and Islamic worlds.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
By United Press International
Barbara Walters on retirement: I am perfectly healthy

Barbara Walters on retirement: I am perfectly healthy

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- Veteran broadcast journalist Barbara Walters officially announced her planned summer 2014 retirement on Monday's edition of "The View" in New York.
Barbara Walters says she will retire from TV journalism in 2014

Barbara Walters says she will retire from TV journalism in 2014

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Barbara Walters, the groundbreaking newscaster and creator of "The View," says she will retire from TV journalism in 2014.
Castro: New Korean war would be slaughter

Castro: New Korean war would be slaughter

HAVANA, April 5 (UPI) -- A war between North and South Korea would bring "terrible slaughter" to the peninsula, Cuban leader Fidel Castro said Friday.

Chavez -- the man who would be king

HERNDON, Va., March 12 (UPI) -- The next leader of Venezuela will have to deal with the issues created by the presidency of Hugo Chavez.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Venezuelan President Chavez dies at 58

Venezuelan President Chavez dies at 58

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 5 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced in a televised address. Chavez was 58.

Cuba: After Raul Castro is a 52-year-old

HAVANA, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Raul Castro, who said the five-year term he has just begun will be his last, has a man 29 years his junior poised to succeed him.

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Raul Castro says will step down in 5 years

HAVANA, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Raul Castro said the second five-year term as Cuba's president to which he was elected Sunday would be his last.
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Fidel Castro
Cuban President Fidel Castro is pictured in this July 26, 1984 file photo during celebrations in Cienfuegos, Cuba marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution. (UPI Photo/FILE)
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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (Spanish: ; born August 13, 1926) is a Cuban revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration Cuba was converted into a one-party socialist state, with industry being nationalised under state ownership and socialist reforms implemented in all areas of society.

Born the illegitimate son of a wealthy farmer, Castro became involved in leftist and anti-imperialist politics whilst studying law at the University of Havana. Subsequently involving himself in several armed rebellions against rightist governments in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, he went on to conclude that the U.S.-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, who was widely seen as a dictator, had to be overthrown. To this end he led an armed attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953, but this failed and he was imprisoned. Getting out of prison after a year, he travelled to Mexico, and with the aid of his brother Raúl Castro and friend Che Guevara, he assembled together a group of Cuban revolutionaries, the July 26 Movement. Returning with them to Cuba, he took a key role in the Cuban Revolution, leading a successful guerilla war against Batista's forces, with Batista himself fleeing into exile in 1959.

Castro subsequently came to power and shortly thereafter became Prime Minister of Cuba. His anti-imperialist views alarmed the United States, who through the CIA organised the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 to overthrow his government, before proceeding to orchestrate repeated assassination attempts against him and implement an illegal economic blockade of Cuba. This only served to turn him further against the U.S., instead forging an alliance with the Soviet Union and allowing them to store nuclear weapons on the island, leading to the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Adopting Marxism-Leninism as his guiding ideology, in 1961 he proclaimed the socialist nature of the Cuban revolution, and in 1965 became First Secretary of the newly founded Communist Party of Cuba, with all other parties being abolished. He then led the transformation of Cuba into a socialist republic, nationalising industry and introducing free healthcare and education for all.

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