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A New Era in French-Cuban Ties


Brief but intense, the historic visit by French President Francois Hollande to Cuba allowed strengthening bilateral ties and reaffirmed the Caribbean island”s position in the international scenario. Hollande arrived in Havana on Sunday night as part of a Caribbean tour that also included Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Bartholomew and Saint Martin, and left for Haiti on Tuesday morning.

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French President concludes successful visit to Cuba


Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz bid President François Hollande farewell at José Martí International Airport, yesterday May 12, thus concluding the French leader’s visit which began May 10. The trip marked an important milestone as the first by a French head of state to Cuba. After conversing briefly within the airport treminal, Raúl accompanied Hollande to his plane, which proceeded to Haiti, the President’s last stop on his Caribbean tour. Hollande thanked the Cuban leader for the “very useful” visit and predicted that many other Presidents would soon visit the island.

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Process to Restore Ties With US Is Going Well, Says Raul Castro


Cuban President Raul Castro said today that the process of re-establishing ties with the United States is going well, but we are setting ”our own pace”. Castro said that US President Barack Obama has the executive power to submit to the Congress – as he already did- the order to exclude Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List. The deadline to deal with that matter is met in a few days, said Castro referring to Obama’s decision to exclude Cuba from the list, and announced that then they will move on to appoint each country ambassadors.

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Putin Prioritizes Keeping the Pace in Modernization of Armed Forces


Staring today, Russia is working with prioritized indicators to modernize its armed forces types, as directed by President Vladimir Putin at a meeting yesterday with senior military and industry representatives. During the meeting held in Sochi, the president said that towards the end of this summer every military body must meet the planned parameters of modernization of its armament, and defined the corresponding figures, according to the TASS news agency.

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Presidents of Iran and Iraq Propose Multisectoral Alliance


The presidents of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, and Iraq, Fuad Masum, on Wednesday agreed on the consolidation of a strategic alliance between the two neighbors, especially in the economic and commercial fields, and the fight against terrorism. Rouhani met with Masum immediately after the official welcoming ceremony in this capital, where the Iraqi president arrived on Tuesday night heading a large delegation for a three-day visit to ratify the good bilateral ties.

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Another Devastating Earthquake in Nepal


Kathmandu, May 12 A new earthquake, between 7.1 and 7.4 degrees on the Richter scale rocked Nepal today, whose residents are still recovering from the psychological and material occurred on April 25 impact. A spokesman for the local police, Kamal Singh Bam, said four of those killed residing in the town of Chautara, Sindhupalchowk district, the same where the previous tremor left nearly a third of all victims it caused.

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Senator Robert Menendez Asks for Change of Venue of Inquiry


The legal proceeding against US democratic senator, Robert Menendez acquires today new nuances after the legislators requested to move the federal investigation of the government from New Jersey to this capital. Menendez, who faces 14 charges by the prosecution, based his request this Monday under the criterion that almost none of the accusations occurred in the Northeastern territory that he represents in the Upper House. The senator also noted that while the process is being developed in the capital this facilitate his work in the capitol and in that way he would not have to abandon his duties to attend the appointments impose by the judicial authorities

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Arrangements for Pope Francis” Visit to Cuba Begin


A meeting among representatives of the Holy See, members of the Catholic Church and civil authorities from Cuba was held as part of the arrangements for the visit of Pope Francis to the Caribbean island in September. During the meeting, held yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participants expressed the full willingness of the Cuban State and government to offer all the necessary support for the success of the apostolic visit of His Holiness to the Caribbean nation.

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French President visits Fidel

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Yesterday afternoon, May 11, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, conversed with the honorable François Hollande, President of France, who is making an official visit to the country. During the meeting, Fidel and the distinguished guest dialogued, in an amicable, cordial manner, about the historic ties between Cuba and France, as well as a number of important issues on the international agenda, including the prevailing complexities and challenges.

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Cuba Concludes Int”l Workshop on Anti-Cancer Vaccine


More than 100 Cuban and foreign researchers continues debating today in Havana on progresses and new actions of CIMAvax-EGF, first therapeutic vaccine registered for lung cancer. The event, to be concluded today, was opened yesterday at the Havana’s Conference Center, an excellent opportunity to assess new strategies of the medicine, such as its implementation in medical practice, indications and therapeutic combinations.