Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.


  • Written by By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ , Associated Press

Cosby talk of quaaludes aired in court ahead of drug expert


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers turned to their star witness in the comedian's sexual assault retrial, countering the harrowing accounts of a half-dozen accusers with a woman who says chief accuser Andrea Constand mused about framing a celebrity in hopes of a big payday.

  • Written by By MICHAEL R. SISAK , Associated Press

Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian rebels in a town northeast of Damascus handed in their weapons and boarded buses to leave under an evacuation deal, state media reported on Thursday.

  • Written by By PHILIP ISSA , Associated Press