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Term to Avoid Cuba”s Removal from Blacklist Expires in USA

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The U.S. Congress has until today to decide on Cuba”s exclusion from the State Department”s list of alleged countries sponsoring international terrorism. The 45-day term will expire today. It was stipulated so the legislators -particularly those reluctant to the approach started in December 2014 between Washington and Havana- speak in favor of the decision notified on April 14 by President Barack Obama.

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The oldest Chinese cemetery in the Americas

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The oldest Chinese cemetery in the Americas – still intact – is found in the Mariel Special Development zone. The necropolis dates back to 1861 and is located on the western periphery of the bay next to Laza cove. The archeological discovery is relatively recent and was largely the result of specialists’ desire to learn the truth behind an old fisherman’s tale.

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Pelé Big Attraction at Friendly Match Cosmos-Cuba

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The former Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento ”Pelé” will be one of the big attractions of the friendly match between Cosmos of New York and the Cuban selection next Tuesday, reported today Juventud Rebelde daily. Pele will travel to Cuba for the first time with the U.S. team to attend the considered historic game at the stadium Pedro Marrero of this caqpital, revealed Antonio Garces, vicepresident of the Cuban Soccer Association told the newspaper.

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Cocoa and Chocolate Surprises in International Event in Cuba

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Experts of nine countries continue discovering surprises of cocoa and chocolate in the East of Cuba, as part of events that started here last Tuesday. A Gastronomic Seminar and the 1st Symposium of Cocoa and Chocolate have their sessions in the city of Baracoa, province of Guantanamo and first town foundeed in the island by the Spaniards, with a conference about the discovery and conquest of that fabulous mix and the arrival to these lands by historian Alejandro Hartman.

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Members of U.S. Congress in Havana favor ending blockade

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Two Senators and two member of the House of Representatives visiting Havana agree that bipartisan support is growing for an end to travel restrictions and expansion of relations with Cuba. Speaking with the press May 27, the four agreed on the need to end the blockade and continue moving forward in the process of normalization of relations between the two countries. “We need to end this prohibition (the blockade)” and find a “pragmatic way” to interact which would benefit both peoples, said Congressman Raúl Grijalva, from Arizona, a member of the delegation which arrived in Cuba May 21.

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Cuba Shows Significant Progress in Hunger Reduction

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Despite Washington”s economic blockade of Cuba, this country is currently among the 16 nations that have succeeded in reducing hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean a region with significant progress in fighting that scourge. Among those efforts, the island reached in advance the goal established in the First World Summit on Food, held in 1996, of reducing in half the number of malnourished people before 2015.

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U.S. fishing enthusiasts participate in Hemingway tournament

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More than 130 fishermen on 24 teams took to the sea this week to participate in the 65th Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament, being held May 25-30, from Baracoa’s beach in the eastern province of Guántanamo, to the west of Havana and Guanabo, east of the capital. The Capitan of the Hemingway Nautical Club, José Miguel Díaz Escrich, expressed his satisfaction given the presence of U.S. sports fishers – authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department to participate in the competition for the first time in 35 years – including John and Patrick Hemingway, grandsons of the famous U.S. author.

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Salvadorian President Considers Successful Official Visit to Cuba

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Salvadorian President Salvador Sanchez Ceren concluded today his official visit to Cuba, which was described as successful. Before returning to his country, the Central American statesman talked to the press at the Jose Marti International Airport of his fraternal meeting with Cuban head of State, Raul Castro, and stressed the main agreements and spheres for bilateral cooperation boosted in the context of his visit to the island.

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Cuba, Norway to Maintain Support to Colombian Peace Process

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Cuba and Norway reiterated their willingness to contribute to the construction of a stable and lasting peace in Colombia, through talks between the guerrilla and the government of the South American government taking place here. Both sides called the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the government to continue efforts in the discussion of pending issues, including the adoption of an agreement for a definitive bilateral ceasefire and hostilities.

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Int”l Meeting on Renewable Energy Concludes in Havana

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After three working days in workshops and commissions, the Eighth International Conference on Renewable Energy, CIER 2015, closes its doors today at this capital”s Conference Center. Science as an essential component in the professional training process, and the activities the International Renewable Energy Agency is carrying out at a global level are issues that will focus debates today.