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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Unveils Two-Volume Memoir

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(HAVANA) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance on Friday to talk about his new book, Guerrilla of Time, state media reported over the weekend.

The near 1,000-page two-volume memoir spans the Communist leader's life up until 1958, one year before a Castro-led revolution ousted then leader Fulgencio Batista.

Castro dictated his memoirs to journalist Katiuska Blanco, who quotes the author as saying, "I have to take advantage now, because memory fades."

At age 85, Castro made his first public appearance in more than 10 months on state telelvision to promote the book although there was no audio of him speaking.

Castro stepped down from power in 2006 for health reasons. His brother Raul Castro now runs the country.

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Strauss-Kahn: Accuser's 'Suggestive Look' Was 'Invitation for Sex'

Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images(PARIS) -- The episode in a New York City hotel that ended the career of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn began with what his biographer calls a “suggestive look.”  

In the first published account from Strauss-Kahn’s perspective, Affaires DSK: The Second Inquiry, author Michael Taubman says that when Strauss-Kahn emerged from the shower naked Nafissatou Diallo, a Sofitel maid, gave him a “suggestive look” which he took as an “invitation for sex.”  He also says she stole his IMF-issued Blackberry as she left the room.

Diallo’s lawyers, Kenneth Thompson and Douglas Wigdor, reject Strauss-Kahn’s version of the story.

“Strauss Kahn’s absurd claim that Ms. Diallo was told to steal his Blackberry and somehow looked at him seductively and consented to his violent and abusive sexual acts is complete fantasy,” they said in a statement, adding that they “look forward to questioning him at trial about the sick and deranged acts he committed against Ms. Diallo.”

Diallo is pursuing a civil lawsuit even though criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn were dropped by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

In the book, Strauss-Kahn describes the six-minute encounter that occurred on May 14 with Diallo as “consensual but stupid.”  He also alleges it was part of a smear campaign to ruin his chances of running for the French presidency.  He abandoned his bid, but his attorneys never used the political excuse as part of their defense.

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Pippa Middleton Signs Deal for Party Planning Book

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- She stole the show at the royal party of the century, and now Pippa Middleton has signed on to tell the masses how to throw a party of their own worth stealing.

Middleton, 28, became a household name last April when she famously walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in a form-fitting dress as maid of honor in older sister Kate’s lavish wedding to Prince William.

Now the royal-in-law is back to capitalize on her party prowess with a new book that promises to help even commoners throw a party worthy of a royal.

The Daily Mail reports Middleton has struck a £400,000 ($622,000) deal with U.K. publisher Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin, to write How to Be the Perfect Party Hostess.

Plans are for a Christmas 2012 release, in part to avoid any conflict with the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next summer.

The how-to guide will reportedly include recipes, and personal pointers anecdotes from Middleton herself.

Besides her royal connections, Middleton is well steeped in party planning. She has professional party-planning experience with London-based Table Talk, and she comes from a family of party-planning experts.

Her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, own the U.K. online party supply company Party Pieces, and Middleton contributes to the company’s Party Times online newsletter.

Middleton fans, eager for an early taste of her book, might want to look to her most recent Party Times article: 10 Tips for a Perfect Family Christmas.

In addition to her No. 1 tip that underlines the importance of “making a good first impression,” the royal-in-law’s suggestions range from the timeless -- baking holiday cookies and creating a Scandinavian gingerbread house -- to the modern, such as doing your Christmas shopping online.

“Have guests met by a beautiful red berry wreath and windows decorated with silver snowflake cutouts, reindeers and Christmas trees using snow spray,” she writes in the magazine’s November issue. "At this time of year, everything seems to gleam, so fill your house with lots of tiny lights, such as green Christmas fairy lights.”

Who the newly single Middleton will invite to her Christmas parties remains a mystery. The highly desired bachelorette split from Alex Loudon, her longtime beau and royal wedding escort, earlier this month.

She set British tabloids ablaze again when she was spotted with a mystery man last weekend watching the final of the ATP World Tour tennis tournament at the O2 in London.

They were joined by another male friend to watch a match between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, reported the Daily Mail.

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WikiLeaks Founder Signs $1.3 Million Book Deal

Photo Courtesy - LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has inked a $1.3 million book deal to cover legal costs relating to his arrest and any lawsuits aimed at his controversial whistle-blowing website.

The book is to be published in the U.S. by the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house, part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Random House, and British publisher Canongate.

In an interview with the UK's Sunday Times, Assange, 39, said he is writing the book in order to cover his mounting legal fees.

"I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he told the Sunday Times. "I have already spent £200,000 for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat."

Assange, an Australian national, is fighting extradition from the United Kingdom to Sweden, where two women have accused him of sexual misconduct. He is free on bail in England after being arrested on Dec. 7 in London.

WikiLeaks came under financial trouble when Paypal, MasterCard and Visa recently cut off all processing of donations to the site. According to Assange, the site has lost approximately $650,000 since this funding was cut off. At its peak, the site was receiving approximately $130,000 in daily donations, he says.

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