China plans to make “every effort to rescue” a merchant ship and crew hijacked in the Indian Ocean, the country’s state news agency reported on Tuesday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu, speaking to reporters, said the government was monitoring developments and has developed an emergency response procedure, the news agency Xinhua reported
France has bestowed the Legion of Honor on 13 foreign nationals, including a journalist for CNN.
Juan Almeida, a Cuban revolutionary who fought alongside former Communist leader Fidel Castro, died of a heart attack Friday evening, according to state media. Almeida, 82, was among only a handful of surviving Cuban leaders who still bore the title “Commander of the Revolution.” A vice president and member of the Communist government Central Committee, Almeida was among only a few black leaders in top government posts