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Liberia Is Free of Ebola, World Health Organization Declares

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The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola today, making it the first of the three hardest hit West African countries to bring a formal end to the epidemic. More than 4,608 deaths from Ebola have been recorded in Liberia, more than in any other affected country. Neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to fight the outbreak that has claimed more than 10,000 lives across the region since last year.

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Putin receives Raúl in the Kremlin

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin, received the Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz in the Kremlin with a strong embrace and thanked him for having traveled to the capital to participate in the celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of fascism’s defeat, which will take place on May 10, in the capital’s Red Square. Putin stated that he recalled “with affection” his last visit to Cuba, in 2014. In addition, he described diplomatic relations between Russia and the Island as long and historic, with the 55th anniversary of the reestablishment of said ties to be celebrated this Friday.

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French President to Arrive in Cuba Tomorrow

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President of France, François Hollande, will arrive in Cuba tomorrow for an official visit. During his stay, Hollande will hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, and will carry out other activities, Granma newspaper reported. The President will arrive in Cuba from Guadalupe, as part of a Caribbean tour that also included the French overseas territories Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts, and that will continue afterwards to Haiti. Hollande, of the Socialist Party (PS), became President of France in May 2012, after winning his opponent Nicolas Sarkozy -candidate of Union for a Popular Movement- in the second round of the elections.

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Nepal: UN Agency Stresses Urgent Funding Needs For Food to Victims

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Two weeks after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal¸ the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that “severe logistical challenges” are getting in the way of aid reaching hundreds of thousands of survivors in some of the country’s hardest-hit areas. “We in no way want a lack of resources to force us to limit the assistance were providing,” Richard Ragan, who is coordinating WFP relief operation, said from Kathmandu.

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Dutch Foreign Minister Describes Visit to Cuba as Positive

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The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, described as positive his visit to Cuba, a Caribbean nation with which his country wants today to strengthen bilateral relations. In that sense, he expressed the interest of the Netherlands -Cuba’s important trade partner within the European Union (EU)- to increase ties of cooperation in agriculture, tourism, energy, ecology, education, and culture. After describing his visit as fruitful and positive, the foreign minister stated that a Dutch trade mission, aimed at strengthening economic relations, is expected to visit the Caribbean island next year.

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Visit by The Five to Venezuelan States Ends

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The Cuban antiterrorists, internationally known as The Five, concluded today their visit to Venezuela, in the state of Falcon (west), where they visited places of historic interest and learned about the social programs developed by the Bolivarian Revolution. Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez have been in Venezuela since last Monday to show their gratitude to this nation for the constant support to their cause. They were arrested in 1998 in the United States and then sentenced to long terms in prison for preventing attacks against Cuba, planned in US territory.

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Results of Cuban Lung-Cancer Vaccine to Be Presented in Cuba

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The final results of the study confirming the effectiveness of CIMAvax-EGF in advanced lung cancer will be presented at an international workshop to be held in Havana on May 12-13. The implementation of the vaccine-conceived by experts of the Center for Molecular Immunology (CIM)- in primary health care, its overall safety profile and post-registration experiences in other countries, will also be discussed at the V International Workshop on the subject, to be held at Havana’s Conference Center.

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Cuban Medical Brigade Travels to Nepal to Help Earthquake Victims

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The 41st Brigade of the International Contingent Specializing in Facing Disasters and Major Epidemics Henry Reeve, leaves today for Nepal, where the group will assist the victims of the earthquake of last april 25. The group, composed of 49 professionals, including 25 doctors of various specialties, was ready in short time, according to a report released in the Granma newspaper. Marcia Cobas, deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Health, said that in 24 hours they were ready specialists and equipment.

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Noitre droit a etre marxistes – leninistes

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On fêtera après-demain, 9 mai, le soixante-dixième anniversaire de la victoire du peuple soviétique à l’issue de la Grande Guerre patriotique. Compte tenu de la différence d’horaires, je rédige ces lignes tandis que les soldats et officiers de l’armée de la Fédération de Russie doivent sûrement répéter la cérémonie, pleins d’orgueil, sur la Place rouge de Moscou, au pas rapide et martial qui les caractérise.

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Raúl to Medvedev: “I could not miss this celebration”

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on May 6, whom he thanked for the invitation to participate in the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism in WWII, to be held on Saturday in this capital. The Cuban President noted that he could not miss the celebration due to the great friendship that has always united the island and Russia, “a friendship that still exists because there is a mutual admiration between our peoples.”