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UN Urges Universal Ratification of Chemical Weapons Convention

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United Nations, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations confirmed today the importance of universal ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, issuing a message to mark the day for remembering the victims of those devices, weapons it described as morally repellent.

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Cuba Hosts Sao Paulo Forum Meeting

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Havana, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Forum’s working group meets today at this capital’s Confererce Center, with the representation of about 40 political and social organizations of the continent. One hundred delegates from 20 countries attend the event in Havana, which should approve the draft proposal of the 19th annual meeting of the

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Venzuelan President Nicolas Maduro Visits Cuba

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Havana, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Cuba his first official visit as President, informed the media today. According to Granma newspaper, he was received at the airport by Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, member of the Politburo and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Venezuelan President is attending the 13th Intergovernmental Committee Meeting Cuba-Venezuela, being held since yesterday here.

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Cuban Civil Society Gathers Online to Discuss Human Rights

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Havana, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Cuban civil society are carrying out an online debate today about human rights on the island, in which its organizers expect participation of various Internet users from different parts of the world. The forum will open with the introduction of four panelists from the Cuban Women’s Federation, the National Union of Lawyers, the National Union of Writers and Artists, and the National Council of Churches.

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Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five, in a Private Visit in Havana

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Havana, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) René Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unjustly convicted in the United States, is in this capital on a private and family visit, national media reported today. René is being held on U.S. soil for three years of supervised release, despite having served his sentence, and following the death of his father, Candido Gonzalez, he asked for permission to the Court for the Southern District of Florida to be with his family.

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In Geneva, Lifting of Blockade Against Cuba Demanded of Obama

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Geneva, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) The Belgian economist and writer Marc Vandepitte described the persistent blockade by the United States against Cuba as “scandalous” and called on President Barack Obama to lift it, as the United Nations has also demanded. The blockade has a high cost to the small Caribbean country, as it affects trade, investment and financial transactions, Vandepitte told Prensa Latina after speaking at a conference on the Cuban economy at the Palais de Nations.

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Cuban University Students Ask Barack Obama to Free the Five

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Havana, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Students of the University of Havana sent today a letter to the United States (U.S.) President, Barack Obama, asking him to free the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters condemned in that country. That is why we come to you, first black President in U.S., awarded Nobel Peace Prize, and we ask

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Cuba Presents Report to Human Rights Council

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Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Foreign Ministry officially presented today the Report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council, scheduled to take place on May 1 in Geneva, Switzerland. The document focuses on the recommendations accepted by Cuba in February 2009, when the first UPR cycle was presented, disclosed sources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, body responsible for drawing up the text.

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FARC-EP, Colombian Gov’t Resume Peace Talks

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Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and that country’s government will resume talks today aiming at achieving peace after more than 50 years of armed confrontation. After a month of an active break, as the parties defined in a joint communiqué, the representative of the guerrilla and of the government of Juan Manuel Santos return to Havana’s International Conference Center, usual venue of peace talks.

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Venezuelan Electoral Power Endorses Presidential Polls Results

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Caracas, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela said Monday that the elections were concluded on 14 April after issuing an irreversible result, in a context where an eventual challenge corresponds only to the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). The vice president of the entity, Sandra Oblitas, denied that the audit about to begin has the opportunity to lead to a change in the final balance of the elections.