Tuesday, February 19, 2008 Last Update: 4:52 AM ET

Fidel Castro Resigns as Cuba's President

Says He Will Not Seek a New Term

After a long illness, Fidel Castro stepped down on Tuesday, ending one of the longest tenures as an all-powerful, communist head of state in the world, according to Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party.

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Fidel Castro addressed a crowd in Barbados in 1998.

Pakistanis Deal Severe Defeat to Musharraf in Election

Early results showed equal gains for Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party, and the Pakistan Muslim League-N, the faction led by the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Comment Q&A
Pakistan's Election

Times correspondents in Pakistan are taking questions on the impact of Monday's vote.

Democrats Make Populist Appeals Before Contests

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are pushing their party further from the business-friendly posture once championed by Bill Clinton.

Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers

The suicide rate among 45-to-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004.

For Publisher in Los Angeles, Cuts and Worse

Many at The Los Angeles Times are skeptical of David D. Hiller, saying he doesn't understand journalism.


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A Year Abroad

What do you think of Princeton University's plan to send some of its newly admitted students to a year of social service work in a foreign country?

Milan Fashion Week

Coverage from The Moment blog and Cathy Horyn s On the Runway .


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The Camouflage Master

The Camouflage Master The cuttlefish has a unique ability to blend in with almost any environment. Video Video

Reducing Multiples

Reducing Multiples As in vitro fertilization becomes more successful, so too does the incidence of multiple births. Now, to reduce this trend.

Turning Minuses Into Pluses
Turning Minuses Into Pluses

After a breakup, a father turned his West Village duplex into a safe and fun space for his two children.

When Stock Meant Stock
When Stock Meant Stock

Cars like the Plymouth Superbird were once sold to the public to make them eligible for the racetrack.

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Determined to Find a New Beginning

Determined to Find a New Beginning The Center for Employment Opportunities provides former convicts with temporary jobs.

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