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Fidel Castro was “healthy and alert” during a two-hour discussion about current affairs last week, a Spanish journalist told the Associated Press on Monday.

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President Nicolas Maduro seeks to rule Venezuela by decree

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The American TV presenter Larry King signs up for new show with Russia Today. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview programme Larry King Live on CNN.

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