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Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Can I Travel Abroad If I Have a Criminal Record?

    Q: Can I Travel Abroad If I Have a Criminal Record?

    A: The ability to travel abroad depends on the nature of the offense and the country to which the person is travelling, according to USA Today. Countries individually create standards for entry. A person currently on probation who has travel restrictions is unable to go abroad.
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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 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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  • Why Is Ghana a Less Economically Developed Country?

    Q: Why Is Ghana a Less Economically Developed Country?

    A: InterNations claims that various factors impede Ghana's economic development, including insufficient infrastructure, a weak educational system, high levels of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and a disproportionate growth rate of jobs compared to population growth. Although Ghana has made significant economic improvement, even being classified as a lower-middle income country in 2010, there is still widespread poverty and unemployment. This economic stagnation stands in contrast with Ghana's vast natural resources.
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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 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 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 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 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 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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  • Who Are Israel's Allies?

    Q: Who Are Israel's Allies?

    A: As of 2014, Israel's closest diplomatic relations are with the United States. The country has diplomatic ties with 157 other countries including Egypt, Jordan and much of the European Union.
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  • What Year Did Fidel Castro Die?

    Q: What Year Did Fidel Castro Die?

    A: 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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