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Cuban economy meets expectations for first half of 2015

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The country’s Gross Domestic Product grew slightly more than 4% in the first half of 2015, according to a report presented at a June 19 Council of Ministers meeting, by Marino Murillo Jorge, minister of Economy and Planning. The report included an evaluation of the economy’s performance during the first months of the year, and projections for the rest of 2015.

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The new Irakere

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Chucho and Irakere were predestined to reach the peak of international success. The band was demonstrating the contributions of the new school of Cuban music that was beginning to bear fruit.

Then came that decisive year for Irakere, 1977, with the arrival of the Daphne cruise ship in Havana, bringing Dizzy Gillespie and a cohort of established jazz musicians: Stan Getz, Earl “Fatha” Hines, David Amram, Ray Mantilla, Anne Brackeen, Billy Hart, Rudy Rutherford, John Orr, Eddie Graham and the singers Marva Josie and Ry Cooder. The tour ended with a concert at the Mella theater.

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Raúl receives member of Vietnamese Communist Party’s Political Bureau

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On the evening of June 18, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, received Pham Quang Nghi a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Political Bureau and secretary of the Party Committee in Ha Noi City, and the delegation accompanying him.
During the cordial encounter, the two officials discussed the excellent state of political relations between both parties and governments, opportunities to expand trade and cooperation as well as issues of international interest.

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The Five head to Africa

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In a press conference held yesterday at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), it was announced that the five Cuban antiterrorists Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René Gon zález will embark on a tour of Africa from June 28 through July 8. The trip, which will begin in South Africa, then to Namibia and ending in Angola, comes in response to invitations sent by the African National Congress (ANC), and South West Africa People’s Organization(SWAPO), among others, explained Fernando González, vice president of ICAP and decorated Hero of the Republic of Cuba.

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Raúl receives Deputy Prime Minister of Laos

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, received compañero Thongloun Sisoulith, politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, who is currently on an official visit to the island, on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17. Within a fraternal atmosphere, Raúl and Sisoulith recalled key moments of the historic relationship that binds the two countries and their peoples’ struggle for sovereignty and independence.

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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

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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

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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.