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HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro has issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba's economic reform, saying "those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure."
US aircraft flown into South Sudan to help with evacuation efforts on Saturday came under fire, wounding four US servicemen, officials said, as fighting in the country escalated. Three US military Osprey aircraft were hit as they headed to Bor, a rebel-held city in Jonglei state, US officials said. "The damaged aircraft diverted to Entebbe, Uganda, where the wounded were transferred onboard a US Air Force C-17 and flown to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment," an updated Pentagon statement said. The US operation was part of a major regional effort to evacuate foreign nationals from South Sudan, officials said.
Russia's former richest man and ardent Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited Saturday with his family after his surprise early release from a Russian prison and lightning transfer to Germany. A day after he was whisked away from his prison camp in a remote corner of northern Russia, Khodorkovsky was ensconced in one of the most luxurious hotels in the German capital. The extraordinary operation was worked out behind the scenes with the German government and came about after negotiations between German former foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Russian President Vladimir Putin. After meeting the 50-year-old ex-oil tycoon for more than an hour, Germany's Greens MP Marieluise Beck said his return to Russia was "not on the agenda" but added that she had no mandate to talk about his plans.