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Over Eight Thousand 300 Killed by the Two Earthquakes in Nepal

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The death toll from Tuesday”s quake in Nepal amounted to 96 today, bringing the total of deaths by two earthquakes in less than three weeks passed eight thousand 300. The latest report from the Ministry of Interior said that the huge tremor-the April 25 marked 7.9 degrees on the Richter scale; the day before yesterday, 7,3- caused about 19 thousand wounded and multibillion-dollar losses in buildings, roads and other infrastructure.

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Chinese President Meets India”s Prime Minister

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Chinese President Xi Jinping wished today a happy stay to India”s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his home province of Shaanxi, where he was welcomed with honors in an unusual gesture of the local protocol. The Chinese leader said this is the first time that he has received a foreign statesman in his birthplace, after welcoming Modi in the ancient city of Xi’an.

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Egypt Demands Restitution of Heritage Plundered by Colonialism

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Egypt proposed that the UNESCO Convention includes the total theft of the historic heritage of the Arab countries, it was released during the conference on Cultural Property that ended today here.
The text establishes the return of the relics stolen and smuggling shipped to museums and private collections since 1970, leaving out the pieces stolen during the European colonial phase as of the end of World War I in 1917.

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Russia Denies Presence of Troops in Southeastern Ukraine

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Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, denied today the alleged presence of Russian troops in the Ukrainian southeast, in response to repeated accusations by President Petro Poroshenko. I see no need to repeat such unfounded allegations without anything concrete or evidence, commented Peskov recent statements by Poroshenko during his visit to Germany that about 11 thousand Russian troops remained on Ukrainian territory, despite the Minsk agreements.

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A New Era in French-Cuban Ties

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.