Havana at 500: a doctor for the people | AFP

Doctor Alina Gonzalez, 57, looks after some of Cuba’s 2,000 centenarians. The island’s 11.2 million people have an average life expectancy of 79.5 years — comparable to that of rich nations. Since 1962, a US embargo has made daily life in Cuba hard, even for doctors like herself. Complications have increased in recent months after the US tightened trade restrictions further.

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US softens position on Israeli settlements

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. (Nov. 18)

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US: Israeli settlements not ‘inconsistent’ with int’l law (Pompeo) | AFP

The United States no longer considers Israeli settlements to be “inconsistent with international law,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces, in a shift in American foreign policy. SOUNDBITE

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, November 17th: US and South Korea postpone military exercise; Louisiana’s Democratic governor wins re-election; Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk; Venice floods.

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Demonstrators arrive at US embassy in Athens to mark annual anti-junta protest | AFP

Demonstrators arrive at the US embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of a 1973 uprising against a US-backed junta. The annual march regularly descends into violence and some 5,000 officers were mobilised for the day, backed by drones, a helicopter and water cannon, police said. IMAGES

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Melinki, Macca & Maverick Soul – It’s Over

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Melinki teams up with frequent collaborator and US talent Maverick soul on ‘It’s Over’, taken from his debut LP on Fokuz Recordings.

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WEB: Washington zoo says bye bye to Bei Bei | AFP

Just after celebrating his fourth birthday here in the US capital, Bei Bei the giant panda is set to return to China on November 19. It’s part of the agreement between Beijing and the Washington Zoo, the latest in a long tradition of “panda diplomacy”. Before he goes, the American fans who have grown to love him say goodbye.

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Guns in the US | AFP Animé

Videographic on gun control in the US. A teenage boy gunned down fellow students at a California high school on his 16th birthday Thursday, killing two and wounding another three before turning the pistol on himself.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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US: ‘Irresponsible’ to expect Iraq to prosecute foreign fighters | AFP

Nathan Sales, the US State Department counterterrorism coordinator, says it “would be irresponsible for any country to expect Iraq” to prosecute foreign fighters instead of repatriating them to their countries of origin. SOUNDBITE

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US: Students evacuate campus following school shooting in California | AFP

Students evacuate the Saugus High School campus in Santa Clarita, California, after at least four people are injured in a shooting. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Twitter that the “suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital.” IMAGES

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William Taylor and George Kent swear in before public hearing in impeachment probe | AFP

William Taylor, former US ambassador in Ukraine, and George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs swear in before Congress in the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry. IMAGES

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Greta Thunberg bound for Europe as new adventures await | AFP

The 16-year-old Swede, who became world famous for founding the “school strikes for the climate,” sets sail after 11 hectic weeks of criss-crossing the US and Canada, making headlines at every turn. Greta plans to attend the COP 25 climate summit in Madrid, which starts in just under three weeks, before heading home to Sweden. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday November 13th: Public impeachment hearings to begin in house; Israeli airstrikes in Gaza; Wildfires in Australia; 70,000 migrant children held in US custody this year.

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Democrats push to protect young immigrants

Democrats are promising to stick with young immigrants as the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems prepared to allow the Trump administration to end a program that allows them to work legally in the US and protects them from deportation. (Nov. 12)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday November 12th: Impeachment witness transcript says Ukrainians asked about delayed aid; Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander; DACA goes to Supreme Court; Frigid cold weather coming to much of US.

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US presidential hopeful Buttigieg makes case as calm visionary for 2020 | AFP

‘Mayor Pete’ was virtually unknown to US voters before launching a presidential bid. Recent polls in Iowa, where voting for 2020 will kick off, show him climbing to the top-tier among Democratic candidates. AFP hopped on his bus tour through New Hampshire, a key primary state where his campaign is pushing to spread the momentum.

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The most destructive hurricanes hitting more often

A new study finds the most destructive hurricanes are hitting the US three times more often. (Nov.11)

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