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SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — The official mourning period for former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ends today when his ashes are interred and a memorial is held in Santiago. The memorial will be live on Cuban television. President Raul Castro announced that Cuba will prohibit the naming of streets and monuments after his brother and bar the construction of statues in keeping with his desire to avoid a cult of personality.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials say an investigation had been in place for weeks into a warehouse that burned Friday night in Oakland, California, during an electronic music party, killing at least nine people. Investigators were looking into whether people were living there illegally. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly says there are more bodies trapped in the debris. Former residents call it a death trap.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the American military will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group. Speaking at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum today, Carter said the U.S. and its coalition partners must, in his words, "endure and remain engaged militarily" to counter attempts by IS to relocate or reinvent itself.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The leaders of India and Afghanistan are sending a thinly veiled message to Pakistan to stop being a haven for militants. The two countries joined representatives of nearly two dozen meeting in the northern Indian city of Amritsar as part of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process initiative to promote Afghan peace efforts. Neither prime minister actually named Pakistan.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The search continues for signs of wreckage from an Indonesian police plane believed to have crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday with 13 people on board. Indonesian rescuers say body parts have been pulled from the sea near the search area and that they are probably from the plane.
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