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International Budget for Sunday, March 4, 2018

Updated at 0100 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EST Saturday).

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^Raul Castro is expected to step down soon, and recent moves suggest he won't be alone<

^CUBA-RAULCASTRO:MI_< Accustomed to reading between the lines, Cubans have been speculating about the fate of three "historic" revolutionary leaders _ Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Ramiro Valdes Menendez and Guillermo Garcia Frias _ all of whom were honored in a recent ceremony.

Cuban leader Raul Castro awarded the three men medals as "Heroes of Labor" at a ceremony Feb. 24. The awards generally indicate that the honorees will soon retire from public life.

1400 (with trim) by Nora Gamez Torres in Miami. MOVED


^Not showing in Mexico: Its own movies <

MOVIE-MEXICO:LA _ "The Untamed" ("La Region Salvaje"), a Mexican thriller about sex, lies and a mysterious monster, won the Silver Lion directing award for filmmaker Amat Escalante when it premiered at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. Three years earlier, Escalante won the director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his graphic drug trafficking drama "Heli."

It's no wonder "The Untamed" was quickly picked up for distribution in the U.S. and across Europe.

But not in Mexico.

1350 (with trims) by Kate Linthicum in Mexico City. MOVED



^Dozens register as foreign lobbyists since start of Mueller inquiry, fearful of Manafort's fate<

USRUSSIA-HACKING-LOBBYISTS:LA _ No one knows how special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian political interference and potential White House obstruction will end, but Mueller is already changing how the nation's capital does business.

The number of people registering as "foreign agents" for new clients _ meaning they lobby for foreign interests _ jumped from 68 in 2016 to 102 in 2017.

1100 (with trim) by Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED


^Florida state Senate rejects assault-weapons ban<


The 20-17 vote against the ban included two Republicans who joined 15 Democrats to support it.

700 by Mary Ellen Klas, Steve Bousquet and Lawrence Mower in Tallahassee, Fla. MOVED


^California steel industry says Trump's proposed tariffs would hurt<


On Thursday, Trump announced plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent duties on aluminum. He said he will sign the order next week.

In California, industry leaders and analysts argue that the tariffs would provide no benefits to steel manufacturers on the West Coast.

800 by Jaclyn Cosgrove. MOVED







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