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Pentagon Press Secretary: US Not Invading Egypt

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon was forced to issue an astounding denial after reports in the Egyptian media said that a U.S. task force in the Red Sea was about to "invade Egypt".

Earlier this week three U.S. ships led by the USS San Antonio - a transport platform - carrying the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved into the northern Red Sea. The 2,200-strong force with its own aircraft and logistics had been part of Operation Lion, training with Jordanian Forces last month. The USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship, and the USS Carter Hall, a landing ship, are also a part of the group.

On Saturday afternoon, Pentagon press secretary George Little took to Twitter to say "Some Egyptian press reports suggest US Navy ships are near Arabian Peninsula/Suez Canal to invade Egypt. Those reports are absolutely wrong."

At the same time, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo posted a similar statement, reading: “We deny false claims in Egyptian press that U.S. naval ships are in the vicinity of the Arabian Peninsula and the Suez Canal to militarily invade Egypt. The United States has forces regularly deployed in the vicinity of the Arabian Peninsula, and U.S. vessels regularly pass through the Suez Canal en route to the Indian Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.”

The three-ship amphibious readiness group has been in the region since May, patrolling the Red Sea, the Horn of Africa, the Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

Egypt has been in turmoil since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from office earlier this month. Some of Morsi’s backers have accused the U.S. of secretly backing the military push.

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Cuba Blasts Twitter over Fidel Castro Death Rumor

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(HAVANA) -- Cuban state media blasted Twitter on Wednesday for a rumor that spread on the social networking site earlier this week claiming that former President Fidel Castro had died.

According to the Cubadebate website, the rumor was initiated by an account holder using an Italian server.  Cubadebate alleged that even after the account was deactivated, Twitter permitted the hash tag "fidelcastro" to become a trending topic, ensuring that false news of Castro's death would spread.

Meanwhile, the Cuban government also blamed anti-Castro expatriates for helping to fuel the rumor, calling them "necrophiliac counterrevolutionaries."

While the 85-year-old Castro has not been in the best of health in recent years, these reports about his death hold no truth.

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