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In Cuba, street vendors sing to sell, from salsa to reggaeton - Dotemirates
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In Cuba, street vendors sing to sell, from salsa to reggaeton

Havana: Cuba's street vendors are bringing back the pregon, the art of singing humorous, rhyming ditties with double entendres about the goods they are selling, with some modernizing the tradition by setting their tunes to reggaeton.The pregon is a centuries-old tradition that has inspired famous songs like El Manisero (the peanut vendor), composed in the late 1920s by Cuban musician Moises Simons on son music, the backbone of salsa.It faded out in Cuba after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution did away with most free enterprise. With the tentative liberalization of the centralized economy over the last few decades, however, it has...


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China has said it is postponing its easing of a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn, following a wave of protests from environmental groups.Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China had prohibited their trade in 1993.But in late October, it announced it would permit the animal parts to be used for scientific, medical and cultural purposes.Officials have now said the move was "postponed after study".Tiger and rhino parts are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. They are prescribed to treat a large variety of ailments including fever, gout, insomnia and meningitis, though...
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Amazon Picks These 2 US Cities For Its Split Headquarters: Report

Amazon.com Inc could announce as early as Tuesday that it has selected New York City and Northern Virginia to be the sites for its second and third headquarters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.Other cities may also receive major sites as part of Amazon's decision that would end a more-than-year-long contest that started with 238 candidates and ended with a surprise split of its so-called HQ2, WSJ said, citing people familiar with the matter.A building in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia that Amazon.com is reportedly considering as part of its new second headquartersAmazon did not immediately respond...
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Satellite images reveal hidden North Korean missile bases

Washington (CNN)New commercial satellite images released Monday have identified more than a dozen undeclared North Korean missile operating bases, another sign that Pyongyang is continuing to move forward with its ballistic missile program amid indications that talks with the US have stalled in recent months.While the network of undeclared sites has long been known to American intelligence agencies, it has not been publicly acknowledged by President Donald Trump, who asserted that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat" following his June summit with dictator Kim Jong Un. The CIA declined to comment on the images, but US officials have...

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Problem Faced By Doomed Lion Air Jet Not In Flight's Manual: Indonesia

JAKARTA/DALLAS: Indonesian investigators said on Monday more training was needed for Boeing 737 MAX pilots after discovering the situation believed to have faced the crew of a doomed Lion Air jet was not contained in the aircraft's flight manual.US pilots were also not aware of potential risks, two US pilot unions told Reuters.The comments shed further light on the areas under scrutiny as investigators prepare to publish their preliminary report on Nov. 28 or 29, one month after the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board.Until now, public attention has focused mainly...
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California wildfire kills 42 to rank as deadliest in state history

The death toll in the California wildfires has risen to 42, making it the deadliest in state history. Authorities located 13 more victims from the Camp Fire, which has levelled more than 7,000 homes and other buildings since it erupted in the town of Paradise on Thursday. An estimated 250,000 people have been forced out of their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.
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At least 42 killed in northern California wildfire, now deadliest in state history

At least 42 killed in northern California wildfire, now deadliest in state history >> Remains have been recovered from at least 42 people killed by a devastating wildfire that largely incinerated the town of Paradise in northern California, making it the deadliest in state history, the Butte County sheriff said on Monday. The latest death toll was announced after authorities located the remains of 13 additional victims from the Camp Fire, which also ranks as the most destructive on record in California, having levelled more than 7,100 homes and other buildings since it erupted on Thursday, officials said.The number of...