Cuba has announced plans for a national five-day military exercise in order to prepare for “enemy action”.
Analysts believe these types of exercises are being held to send a message to the US, although the Cuban government has not made a link to the results of the US election.
In his campaign, newly-elected president Donald Trump said he would reverse the recently improved relations between America and Cuba.
It has been less than two years since President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro eased travel and trade restrictions between the countries and opened a Cuban embassy in Washington and an American embassy in Havana.
Mr Trump has not yet announced a clear strategy for his plans for Cuba. In a statement, Cuba said the exercise includes the shifting of troops and “war materials including fly-overs and explosions where required”.
London tram crash kills seven
At least seven people are dead and more than 50 are injured after a tram accident in Croydon, south London. Police spokesman said officers who arrived after the incident at 6am on Wednesday morning “were met with a complex and challenging situation”. 22 ambulance crews were sent to the scene.
A 42-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the incident, but authorities have not yet released his identity. An investigation into the cause of the tram’s derailment is underway.
Dutch submarine flees Mediterranean following Russian intimidation
Two Russian navy destroyers have compelled a NATO submarine monitoring a Russian aircraft carrier to leave its position. The submarine, operated by a Dutch crew, was 20km away from the Russian aircraft carrier and had been tracking it for several weeks.
The Russian flotilla was reportedly stationed 100km north west of a Syrian port, in preparation for a recommencement of airstrikes in Syria. NATO said the surveillance was conducted in a “measured and responsible way”, while Russia’s defence ministry labelled the monitoring as “clumsy and dangerous”.
US strike kills 20 in Syria
The Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, Syria has been hit by a US-led coalition air strike, killing 20 people and injuring 30 others. It has been reported that six women and one child were among those who died in the night raids by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The coalition said in a statement that seven air strikes were carried out near the town of Ain Issa in one day, destroying three fighting positions, a vehicle, and a car bomb facility. The Syrian Observatory said at least 680 people have been killed over the past two years due to coalition airstrikes in Syria.
‘Afghan Girl’ deported to Afghanistan
Sharbat Gula, whose portrait known as the ‘Afghan Girl’ was made famous by a 1985 National Geographic cover, has been deported from Pakistan. Ms Gula was arrested on October 23rd and pled guilty to holding false identification papers. She was fined 110,000 rupees ($1,100) and sent to 15 days in jail.
Her sentence was served in a hospital while being treated for hepatitis C. Ms Gula and her four children were then delivered to the Afghanistan border. Geopolitical conflict between Afghanistan and India has forced Pakistan to strictly enforce existing laws that target refugees, such as making IDs illegal for non-Pakistanis. – Compiled for web sources by Alicia Camilleri and Sinead Fogarty.