Prior to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Fidel Castro said on Thursday that the United States owes his government “millions of dollars” because of the decades-long embargo. The former Cuban president and prime minister turned 89 on Thursday. The comments came as Secretary of State John Kerry raised a flag in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba Friday in a reopening ceremony. Castro did not specify exactly how much money the U.S. owes Cuba. Lifting the embargo would bring open access the Cuban export market for United States agriculture.

In what’s anticipated to be one of the strongest El Nino weather events in the United States over the last 100 years, the weather phenomenon is taking its toll on South America. El Nino typically alters rainfall in South America and brings dry weather to eastern Australia and parts of Asia. This year it’s created a sudden turnaround following a five year drought caused by La Nina. More rains are projected to hit Argentina’s agricultural belt in the coming days. The heavy rains will not only damage wheat crops in Argentina, but will also generate fungal diseases.

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