Fidel Castro, the Marxist revolutionary and former leader of Cuba, passed away at the age of 90.
Former Prime Minster Francois Fillon won the presidential candidacy for the French Republicans, beating former Prime Ministers Nicolas Sarkozy and Alain Juppé, taking 66.5 percent of the vote to Juppé’s 33.5 percent. Fillon will go on to face the as-yet unpicked Socialist candidate and the far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen.
An arrest was made in the torching of the birthplace of the father of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. The president, in the midst of a massive scandal involving extortion, cults and Viagra, also made her first public appearance in days in the face of an increasingly hostile public.
Iraqi forces have retaken 23 neighborhoods in the Islamic State-occupied city of Mosul after weeks of pitched fighting. Efforts to retake Mosul began in late October.