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As of March 27, 2014, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is still alive. He was born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz on Aug. 13, 1926 near Biran, Cuba to Angel Castro and Lina Ruz Gonzalez.

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  • Who is the president of Belize?

    Q: Who is the president of Belize?

    A: The presidential role in the country of Belize belongs to the Prime Minister, Dean O. Barrow. Mr. Barrow was sworn into office on February 8th, 2008 as a result of a landslide general election victory in Belize's sixth post-independence election
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  • Who is the current leader of Egypt?

    Q: Who is the current leader of Egypt?

    A: As of April 2014, the President of Egypt is Adly Mansour, who is acting as the interim leader until the government drafts a new constitution and organizes the next election. A new leader is likely to be elected in 2014.
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  • Why is Belarus called White Russia?

    Q: Why is Belarus called White Russia?

    A: Belarus was long referred to as White Russia because the name "Belarus" translates directly as "White Rus." "Rus" is an antiquated term for pre-modern Russia. In English, the term "White Russia" is considered archaic and is no longer in use. However, many other languages continue to use a direct translation of "White Russia" to reference Belarus.
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  • What are current United States protectorates?

    Q: What are current United States protectorates?

    A: Protectorates, officially called "insular areas of the United States," are jurisdictions administered by the United States that aren't part of a state or a federal district. Freely associated states administered by the United States include the Marshall Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, Palau and others.
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  • What are the negative effects of the caste system in modern India?

    Q: What are the negative effects of the caste system in modern India?

    A: Negative aspects of the caste system in modern India are political, educational and social discrimination as well as adverse effects on individual's self-esteem. Additionally, even in integrated caste systems, there is very little communication or interaction between castes. Although India's rising economy has created a depression in the caste system, it is still used to determine matters such as marriage and social status.
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  • What are the rights of the Filipino children?

    Q: What are the rights of the Filipino children?

    A: The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed and ratified by the Philippines, states that children have inherent human rights and violating them is internationally illegal. These include the rights to life and development, physical and mental protection, non-discrimination and health. Children are also entitled to the rights to have an identity, get an education, remain free of exploitation and to be raised by a loving family.
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  • What is Prince William's last name?

    Q: What is Prince William's last name?

    A: Prince William's last name is Mountbatten-Windsor. The royal family, typically, does not need to use a last name. However, this last name is used by direct descendants of Queen Elizabeth II, when they have an occasion to need one, such as upon marriage into the family.
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  • What kind of government does the Philippines have?

    Q: What kind of government does the Philippines have?

    A: The Philippines is a democratic republic with an executive, legislative and judicial branch. The elected president serves as both the head of state and the head of government. The legislative branch has two bodies; the upper chamber is the Senate and the lower chamber is the House of Representatives.
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  • Why does Bolivia have two capital cities?

    Q: Why does Bolivia have two capital cities?

    A: As of 2014, Bolivia has two capital cities, La Paz and Sucre, in order to split up administrative, legislative, and judicial headquarters and duties. The administrative capital is La Paz, and Sucre is the legislative and judicial, or constitutional, headquarters.
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  • What is Nelson Mandela doing now?

    Q: What is Nelson Mandela doing now?

    A: Nelson Mandela, the activist who spent many years in prison before becoming the first black South African president, died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95. He is credited with helping to end apartheid in South Africa.
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  • Who is the current chairman of ECOWAS?

    Q: Who is the current chairman of ECOWAS?

    A: As of September 2014, John Dramanl Mahama of Ghana is the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS. He was elected to the position in March 2014, succeeding Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast.
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  • What kind of government does Nepal have?

    Q: What kind of government does Nepal have?

    A: Nepal's government is a federal democratic republic. This newest form of government replaces the previous monarchy, which Parliament voted to remove in 2007.
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  • Why did Ethiopia and Liberia remain independent?

    Q: Why did Ethiopia and Liberia remain independent?

    A: Neither Ethiopia nor Liberia remained completely independent. In 1936, Italy invaded Ethiopia and held it for five years as a colony. From its founding in 1820 until 1847, Liberia was governed as a colony by the American Colonization Society.
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  • What is the current queen of England's surname?

    Q: What is the current queen of England's surname?

    A: According to The British Monarchy website, the surname of Queen Elizabeth II of England is Windsor. King George V, Queen Elizabeth's grandfather, officially took this name in 1917 as both his surname and the name of his royal house.
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  • What are the laws in the U.K. about siblings sharing a bedroom?

    Q: What are the laws in the U.K. about siblings sharing a bedroom?

    A: The "Housing Act 1985" states that a dwelling is considered as "overcrowded" if two persons of different sexes, who are not married, have to share a same room for sleeping purposes. However, children under the age of 10 can share a room regardless of their sex.
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  • Why does the Queen face one way on stamps and the other on coins?

    Q: Why does the Queen face one way on stamps and the other on coins?

    A: Queen Elizabeth II's likeness faces to the right on coins and to the left on stamps due to traditions within the Royal Mint and Royal Mail. Ever since the reign of Charles II, portraits of British monarchs on coinage alternate the direction they face based upon their immediate predecessors. The Royal Mail always shows monarchs facing to the left on standard postage stamps.
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  • What is Sheikh Mansour's net worth?

    Q: What is Sheikh Mansour's net worth?

    A: Sheikh Mansour, owner of the Manchester City Football Club, is reported to be one of the wealthiest men in football with a net worth of about 20 billion pounds. He topped the 2011 and 2010 lists of the FourFourTwo "Rich List" of wealthy football owners.
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  • What kind of government does Russia have?

    Q: What kind of government does Russia have?

    A: Russia is a federation with a prime minister and a president as head of state. The legislature is a bicameral body that includes the State Duma and the Federal Assembly. The judicial branch includes Supreme Arbitration, Supreme and Constitutional bodies.
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  • Who is the president of Australia?

    Q: Who is the president of Australia?

    A: Australia, a Commonwealth country, does not have a president. The nation does have a prime minister. The prime minister of Australia as of March 2014 is Tony Abbott, the head of the Labor Party of Australia.
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  • What kind of government does Cuba have?

    Q: What kind of government does Cuba have?

    A: Cuba has a totalitarian communist state government. It is headed by President Raul Castro. Raul succeeded his brother, Fidel Castro, as president in 2008. Castro is the president, chief of state and commander of the armed forces of Cuba.
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  • What is the difference between Mi5 and Mi6?

    Q: What is the difference between Mi5 and Mi6?

    A: The Mi5 seeks to protect the United Kingdom, its citizens and interests from internal and external threats while the Mi6 focuses exclusively on external threats. The Mi6 is officially known as the Secret Intelligence Service.
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