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Russian leader in CubaCuba President Raul Castro, right, and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Jose Marti monument in Havana on Thursday. Medvedev is on a two-day official visit to Cuba. In the background an image depicting Argentinian-born revolutionary hero Ernesto ’Che’ Guevara.

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JOHNSTOWN, Colo. Seven die in SUV crash

An SUV plunged off an overpass in northern Colorado and hit a concrete embankment in a fiery crash early Thursday morning, killing all seven people inside it, including two young children, authorities said.

Investigators haven’t determined the identities or ages of the victims, Colorado State Trooper Gilbert Mares said. The Chevrolet Suburban was registered in Alberta, Canada, he said.

Among the dead were an infant, a toddler, three other males and two females, Mares said. He said one of the males was driving.

Larimer County coroner’s investigator Maury Miller said a driver’s license was found in the wreckage, but it was impossible to match the photo to any of the victims.

KABUL, Afghanistan Suicide bomber kills 4

A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded about 200 yards outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least four Afghan bystanders as people entered the compound for a Thanksgiving Day race.

At least 18 others were wounded in the morning attack, said Abdullah Fahim, a health ministry spokesman. Police officer Abdul Manan said the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla.

No U.S. Embassy personnel were killed or injured in the blast, an embassy statement said.

JERUSALEM Olmert asked to resign now

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Thursday called on the country’s embattled prime minister to step down immediately in light of growing signs that he will soon be indicted on corruption charges.

The announcement came a day after Israel’s attorney general said he was considering filing charges against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for allegedly double billing Jewish groups for trips abroad. He wants Olmert to appear at a special hearing before making a final decision on whether to prosecute and put Olmert on trial.

Olmert has already said that he will step down after elections scheduled in February. But at a meeting of the ruling Kadima party Thursday, Livni said he should go before that. His departure would clear the way for Livni to become acting prime minister until the election.

SANTA ANA, Calif. Naked suspect stuns police

California authorities got a shock of their own when they discovered that a drunken driving suspect they had just stunned with a Taser was completely naked.

Santa Ana police say the naked man was pulled over by police Wednesday night after his van hit a car.

Police Commander Stephen Colon says a driver alerted officers to the van that had just hit his car. He says the driver was fumbling in the front seat and refused to put his hands up.

Policed used a stun gun on his head and neck and then saw he was completely naked.

Colon says the man, whose name was not released, was being tested for drugs or alcohol.

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