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Cuba is the Caribbean’s second most popular tourist destination thus far in 2015

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization, in its most recent report, announced that Cuba continues to occupy the number two spot among destinations in the region, preceded only by the Dominican Republic, and the difference between the two has diminished. In 2014, Cuba received 3,001,958 visitors and the Dominican Republic 5,141,377. During the first three months of 2015, Cuba attracted 1,135,610 tourists, as compared to the Dominican Republic’s 1,499,402.

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Commerce and Credit Bank supports self-employed workers


Cuba’s Commerce and Credit Bank(Bandec) has provided the greatest amount of financing for self-employed workers since the adoption of Cuba’s new credit policy in 2011, with more than 30 million pesos granted in the form of loans. However, beneficiaries represent barley 5% of the close to half a million self employed workers registered in the country, reported Idayvis Pernas, representative of Bandec’sbusiness department to AIN.

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Statement from the Revolutionary Government of Cuba on situation in Ecuador

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Since this past June 8, the government of Ecuador, led by President Rafael Correa Delgado, has faced, in several cities, acts of violence and calls for the overthrowal of the Citizens’ Revolution government. Oligarchic groups, supported by the media, Internet social networks, and the transnational press are attempting to discredit the legitimately constituted government, generate a crisis, and unleash violence in a stable, peaceful country.

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Raúl receives Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission

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On June 15, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers received Colonel General Fan Changlong, a vice chairman China’s Central Military Commission and member of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China’s Political Bureau, in addition to the delegation accompanying him on an official visit to the country, at the invitation of Cuba’s Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR).

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Cuban President Receives Prime Minister of Curacao


Cuban President Raul Castro received the prime minister and minister of general affairs of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, who is visiting Havana, the official newspaper Granma reported on Saturday. A press release says that Raul Castro, president of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers, held a fraternal meeting with Asjes on Friday afternoon. At the meeting, the two leaders exchanged opinions about the development of political ties and the opportunities to further boost trade and cooperation between the two countries, as well as other matters of regional interest.

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U.S. agricultural coalition opposes trade and travel restrictions against Cuba

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U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), an association composed of more than 90 U.S. agricultural companies and state and national organizations committed to normalizing exports of food and agricultural products to Cuba, sent a letter to the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee expressing opposition to any attempt to restrict trade and travel to Cuba, and describing any such measures as detrimental to the nation’s agricultural industry and the future of Cuba-U.S. relations.

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President of Liberia thanks Cuba for its role in combating Ebola

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf thanked Cuban doctors for their role in the struggle against Ebola, yesterday June 14, during a meeting with Salvador Valdés Mesa, a Council of State vice president, who is leading Cuba’s delegation to the African Union Summit. She emphasized that the Cuban brigade worked in the most remote areas, where little infrastructure exists, likewise recognizing the prestige of Cuba’s public health system, education and sports.

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South Africa Vice President Reiterates Support to Cuba vs. Blockade


Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated the support of South Africa to the struggle for lifting the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed to Cuba by the United States for more than 50 years.
We want the blockade to be eliminated, Ramaphosa told exclusively Prensa Latina at the end of a meeting with the Cuban Council of State’ Vice President Salvador Valdes who is on an official visit until today in South Africa, where he is attending the 25th African Union (AU) Summit.

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Biennial of Havana to Exhibit Works Dedicated to Alicia Alonso


The Cuban plastic artist Jesus Lara exhibited on 17 June at the XII Biennial of Havana a piece dedicated to Alicia Alonso, today announced the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC).
The piece entitled “Odas en azul prusiano” will be located in the Hall of Mirrors at the Museum of the Revolution in the “Irla” show, which describes the 25 years of Lara’s artistic life. “Irla” was opened on May 28 as part of the activities of the XII Biennial of Havana.

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High Level Segment of AU Summit Starts


Attended by over fifty heads of State and Government, the high-level segment of the 25th Summit of the African Union began in this capital today. The meeting, held at the Sandton Convention Center was preceded by a set of other encounters that paved the way for the Assembly running today and tomorrow. Cuba is among countries invited to the event with a delegation led by Vice President of the State Council Salvador Valdes Mesa.