Tens of thousands of Cubans paid tribute to former Cuban President Fidel Castro on Saturday in the final public memorial as his remains arrived in Santiago, Cuba. A four-day procession brought his ashes from Havana to the country’s second largest city, which played an important role in the Cuban Revolution. During the ceremony, Raul Castro, Cuba’s current president, vowed to continue his brother’s work of building socialism in Cuba and praised his perseverance despite economic hardship and diplomatic isolation. Raul also ruled out naming any streets or monuments after his late brother, saying Fidel “strongly opposed any manifestation of a cult of personality.” Fidel’s ashes will be interred on Sunday next to the remains of Jose Marti, Cuba’s 19th-century independence hero.
—President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, a surprising diplomatic move that will likely anger the Chinese government. More here
—At least 17 Chinese miners were killed in a coal mine explosion in Inner Mongolia. More here
—9 people are dead and dozens are unaccounted for after a fire consumed an Oakland warehouse party on Friday night. More here
—South Korean lawmakers filed an impeachment motion against beleaguered president Park Geun-hye amid a widening corruption scandal. More here
—We’re live-blogging the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).
Cuban Leaders Pay Final Tributes to Fidel Castro
10-Alarm Fire Consumes Part of Cambridge Neighborhood
A massive ten-alarm blaze tore through a residential neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday afternoon, engulfing at least 11 buildings. Among the structures destroyed were multi-family dwellings and a former church that had been converted into a residence. More than 60 residents were relocated because of the fire, which sent a large plume of smoke into the air over the Boston suburb. Cambridge Fire Chief Gerard Reardon said it was a “miraculous situation” nobody had died in the fire and compared the destruction to “a third-world country after a bombing.” The Boston Globe reported six people had been treated for injuries, including a local firefighter. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
South Korean Lawmakers File Impeachment Motion
South Korean legislators introduced a resolution to impeach beleaguered President Park Geun-Hye on Saturday as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled Seoul for the sixth consecutive weekend to demand her resignation. Park’s administration has been crippled by a widening corruption scandal surrounding her closest advisors. All three opposition parties backed the impeachment motion, which drew the support of 171 out of 300 lawmakers in the country’s legislature. Legislators will consider the motion on Friday. Protest organizers estimated that 1.7 million demonstrators attended Saturday’s rally in the South Korean capital, which would make it the largest mass protest in South Korea’s history; official sources reported about 500,000 people in attendance.
9 Dead in Oakland Warehouse Party Fire
At least 9 people have died after a fire engulfed a music party in Oakland on Friday night. Another 25 people are unaccounted for. Local authorities said at least 50 people were inside the Fruitvale district warehouse when the blaze erupted. Attendees had gathered to see the band Golden Donna perform. According to the East Bay Times, firefighters said the building did not have a sprinkler system and no smoke detectors had been activated. Oakland fire officials were still searching the two-story building for survivors on Saturday morning and said it was too early to establish what had caused the blaze.
17 Reportedly Killed in Chinese Mine Explosion
At least 17 miners were killed Saturday in a coal mine explosion in a Chinese city in Inner Mongolia. 31 men had been working underground in Chifeng during the collapse, but only 4 of them have been rescued. Another ten miners are still believed to be trapped beneath the surface. The explosion comes less than a week after the deaths of 22 miners at a private coal mine in Heilongjiang province on Tuesday. Notoriously lax safety standards make Chinese coal mines among the world’s most dangerous, with dozens of deaths each year from explosions and collapses.