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Fidel Castro’s Former Bodyguard: Cuban Dictator Ran Cocaine Trade like a ‘Godfather’

In a tell-all autobiography to be released in English this year, Fidel Castro’s former bodyguard asserts that, while head of state, the Cuban dictator ran cocaine and marijuana trafficking operations “like a godfather.” The body guard also claims Castro executed some of his top officers to prevent further international attention for bolstering violent drug cartels.

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Dana Perino Dodges Iraq/Afghanistan Questions on David Webb Show

On host David Webb’s eponymous radio show Friday, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino weighed in on the developing face of the War on Terror, blaming President Obama’s failure to enforce a red line on chemical weapons in Syria for growing chaos in Afghanistan and Iraq, and saying of the possibility that the Bush administration could have emphasized Afghanistan more as a warfront, “I don’t know if anything could have been done differently at that particular time.

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Boko Haram Terrorists Stoned Girls to Death Upon Realizing Rescue was Near

The good news that up to 700 girls and women have been rescued from captivity under the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has been tempered this week by their stories, including those who lived to tell that the terrorists began stoning women and girls to death when they realized their captives were close to being rescued.

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FBI Tried to Put Texas Shooter on No-Fly List in 2010

The FBI has confirmed Phoenix native Elton Simpson, a Muslim convert from Phoenix, Arizona, as one of the shooters responsible for attacking a Draw Muhammad Contest in Garland, Texas on Sunday. Simpson had been previously convicted of lying to the FBI about his jihadist intentions in 2010. Simpson made multiple pro-Sharia statements then that led the FBI to request, unsuccessfully, that he be placed on a no-fly list.

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Garland Police Refuse to Identify Suspects in Draw Muhammad Shooting

A tight-lipped Garland, Texas Police Spokesman Joe Harn refused to name either of the two men responsible for an attempted shooting at the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday, where the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest was being held. Harn explained that the two men were shot almost immediately upon opening fire on police, and that no bombs were found in the men’s vehicle.

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South Africa Arrests 200 Immigrants in Raid Following Xenophobic Attacks

South African law enforcement has arrested 198 illegal immigrants in a raid in Johannesburg, following weeks of violent attacks on known foreigners and foreigner-owned small businesses by South African natives for unspecified “criminal activity.” The number of those arrested in one night is about 100 less than the total of those arrested for participating in riots and attacks that have taken the lives of seven and caused an international firestorm against the South African government.

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Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Refuse Free Year of Rent from Uruguay, Demanding US Funds

Five of the six former Guantánamo Bay detainees being hosted by Uruguay are refusing to sign an accord with the local United Nations body that would pay for their rent and utilities for one year, demanding that the United States subsist their lives and claiming they were promised three years of free living in the Latin American nation.

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Venezuela Rations Electricity, Blames Climate Change

The Venezuelan government will begin rationing electrical supplies this week in response to high demand triggered by heat. Public employees will only have to work six hours a day until further notice, and police units will be sent to inspect private businesses to ensure they only use their allotted amounts. Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza blamed the measures on climate change.

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More than 400 Dead Line Streets of Boko Haram-Ravaged Nigerian Town

The tiny village of Damasak in northeast Nigeria is arguably the most terror-ravaged in the region, save those completely razed to the ground. After months of fighting terrorist group Boko Haram and finally being able to survey the damage of their occupation, Nigerian authorities discovered “hundreds” of decaying bodies lining the streets, homes, and businesses of what is now a ghost town.

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‘Islamic State in West Africa': Boko Haram Rebrands

Months after accepting a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, the Islamic State has released propaganda through its social media outlets in which the Nigerian group refers to itself as “Islamic State West Africa Province” (ISWAP), suggesting their merger is finally complete.

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Saudi Prince Deletes Tweet Offering Bentleys to Pilots Fighting in Yemen

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has come under fire after a tweet appeared on his official account in which he promised to gift a Bentley vehicle to every Saudi pilot conducting airstrikes against Shiite Houthi targets in Yemen. The tweet was swiftly deleted, and Saudi media claimed it was the product of a “hack.”

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