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First U.S. commercial flight in 5 decades lands in Cuba

First US commercial flight lands in CubaThe flight from Fort Lauderdale to this city in central Cuba on Wednesday morning took only 51 minutes, but it represented a major step in ending decades of isolation between communist Cuba and the United States.

JetBlue Flight 387 was the first regularly scheduled commercial flight between the Cold War foes in 55 years, the latest example of how the two countries are normalizing relations. Nine other U.S. airlines will soon follow with their own routes, which could balloon up to 110 flights per day from cities throughout the U.S. to Cuban cities.


Brazil's president has been impeached

Dilma Roussoff impeached(Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff attends the final session of debate and voting on Rousseff's impeachment trial in Brasilia, Brazil, August 29, 2016.Reuters)
Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, has been impeached for hiding the country's declining economic situation during an election year in order to win reelection in 2014.

Brazilian senators voted to impeach her 61 to 20. Her vice president, Michel Temer, will serve as interim president until an election in 2018.


North Korea executed top educational official, says Seoul

N Korea executes education ministerNorth Korea has executed one of its vice premiers, according to South Korean officials.

Pyongyang also banished two other senior officials, Seoul said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of punishments North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to have ordered

"Vice premier for education Kim Yong-Jin was executed," said Jeong Joon-hee, spokesman for South Korea's unification ministry.


Ireland: EU orders Apple to repay $14.5bn in taxes

Ireland orders Apple to payThe European Union has said that US tech company Apple must repay a record 13bn euros ($14.5bn) in taxes after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid.

"Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years," Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, said on Tuesday.


Deadly suicide bombing strikes Somalia's capital

Somalia capital hit by deadly bombAt least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bombing near the Somali president's palace in Mogadishu, which caused a huge blast and destroyed two hotels nearby, according to police.

Reuters news agency said al-Shabab fighters claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack.

Al Jazeera has learned that at least 10 people, including government soldiers, died in the attack and 20 others were wounded.


Australian aid worker freed 4 months after kidnapping in Afghanistan

Australian woman freed in AfghanistanAn Australian aid worker who was abducted in Afghanistan in April has been freed, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

The woman, whom Bishop identified as Kerry Jane Wilson in a Monday statement, was taken by armed kidnappers at dawn from her home in Jalalabad in late April.


Brazil's Dilma Rousseff defends record at impeachment trial

Dilma RousseffBrazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff has defended her record during her impeachment trial in the Senate.

She is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit.  Ms Rousseff said her conscience was "absolutely clean" and that she had not committed any crime.

Senators are cross-examining her. They are due to vote later this week on whether to remove her from office for good or whether to reinstate her.


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