Cuba Marks First Anniversary of the Death of Fidel Castro
Cuba marks the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Saturday followed by municipal elections on Sunday that will usher in a new leader who for the first time in 60 years will not be a Castro brother.
The island will hold a series of remembrances from Saturday through December 4, the day Castro was laid to rest in a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, where he had launched the Cuban revolution.
Fidel Castro’s death last year on November 25 ushered in a nine days of national mourning. The Cold War icon, who defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died at the age of 90.
By the time he died, Castro had already been largely out of public view for nearly a decade because of ill health. He ceded the presidency to his younger brother, Raul Castro, in 2008 after intestinal troubles nearly killed him in 2006.
State-run media report that galas and vigils will be held around the country this week in honor of Fidel Castro. State television is running archived footage of Fidel Castro and cultural institutions are dedicating their performances to his memory.
During the weeklong events, citizens will also take part in municipal elections. The vote will end with the selection of a new president in late February, after Raul Castro said he would step down at the end of his two consecutive five-year terms.
The transition to new leadership, however, is expected to be gradual as Raul Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, the only legal party in Cuba.
No Casualties After Gunshots Reported at London Subway Station
London police found no casualties Friday after investigating reports of shots fired at a busy subway station.
Police initially responded as if the incident were terror-related, but later said they "have not located any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties."
“Given the nature of the information received, the Met responded in line with our existing operation as if the incident was terrorism, including the deployment of armed officers,” the police said in a statement.
Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and working along with colleagues from British Transport Police, which said a woman sustained a "minor injury" while leaving the area.
Videos posted on social media showed a rush of people leaving the area around the Oxford Circus tube station.
In a statement, the British Transport Police said officers were called to the station after reports of gunfire on a subway platform.
The area is a crowded shopping district in the center of the city. Social media reports said people were seen running from the area.