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Thousands line up early to pay homage to Castro in Cuba

HAVANA — Thousands of Cubans began lining up early near Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution Monday carrying portraits of Fidel Castro, flowers and Cuban flags for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.

One of the first in line was Tania Jimenez, 53, a mathematician who arrived at 4 a.m. carrying a rose.

Argentine attorney seeks relief for his pachyderm plaintiffs

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Attorney Andres Gil Dominguez may have had bigger cases, but he’s never had bigger clients.

A city prosecutor’s office has authorized Gil Dominguez to represent three elephants in captivity at a former zoo in Argentina’s capital. He’s demanding that Mara, Kuki and Pupi be transferred to a reserve abroad where they can have a better quality of life.

Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden with wax, wood nails

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese authorities have seized 619 kilograms (1,362 pounds) of ivory smuggled from Africa after finding 4 tons at the same port over the past two months, state media and an official said Friday.

The ivory seized Thursday had been hidden in two containers arriving at Cat Lai port in southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, the Customs newspaper said.

At least 40 killed in east China scaffolding collapse

BEIJING — At least 40 people were killed in a scaffolding collapse Thursday morning at a construction site in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi, state media reported.

A work platform at a power plant cooling tower being built in the city of Fengcheng came tumbling down at about 7:30 a.m., an official with the local Work Safety Administration said by telephone.

Thanksgiving in space: turkey, green beans & even football

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Turkey and football will be the main Thanksgiving headliners up on the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the station’s commander, is serving as Thanksgiving chef for the six-person crew. He showed off the specialties he’ll be preparing in a video this week.