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"Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it." -- George Orwell, 1984

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China is ready to expand practical cooperation with Cuba and strengthen coordination on global and regional issues, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel.

"China is ready to cooperate with Cuba to deepen mutual political trust, expand practical cooperation, strengthen mutual support on issues of interest to both sides, and is ready to strengthen coordination on global and regional issues," China Central Television quoted the Chinese president as saying.

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Measures like GDP are commonly used to understand the overall wealth and size of the economy. However, as Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley details below, while looking at economic output on an annual basis is useful, there are other metrics to consider when evaluating the wealth of a nation.

Household wealth statistics reveal which country’s citizens are accruing the highest level of money and assets worldwide.

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The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted 185-2 to condemn the U.S. embargo of Cuba for the 30th year in a row.

Why it matters: Although UN resolutions are non-binding and aren't legally enforceable, they carry political weight by illustrating the isolation of the U.S. position and the heft of global opinion against it.

Human rights organisations have celebrated the release of the oldest illegally held prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay US detention site in Cuba. 

Saifullah Paracha, 75, was returned to Pakistan according to the foreign ministry in Islamabad and the US Defence Department.