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US Interests Section in Cuba Upgraded to Embassy

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US officials confirmed on Monday that diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba were reestablished and that the Interests Section was officially upgraded to an embassy. In a press release, the US diplomatic representation points out that the event was in tune with the announcement made on July 1 by President Barak Obama. The US Interests Section became “the Embassy of the United States in Havana and will continue its diplomatic functions from its venue on Malecon, under the leadership of Ad Interim Business Attaché Jeffrey DeLaurentis”.

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Raúl: “This has been a great Congress”

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The 10th Congress of the Cuban Young Communist League came to a close on July 19, with special recognitions for Fidel, Raúl and Machado Ventura.“I’m very satisfied,” Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, said on bidding farewell to the delegates and guests of the 10th Congress of the Young Communist League (UJC), who he congratulated.

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Speech presented by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz:”We will continue the process of transformations in Cuban society at our own pace”

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Speech presented by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closure of the National Assembly of People’s Power Eighth Legislature’s Fifth Period of Ordinary Sessions, in the Havana Convention Center, July 15, 2015, Year 57 of the Revolution

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Raúl attends National Assembly’s Fifth Period of Ordinary Sessions

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Scheduled is discussion of the 2014 state budget close-out report and progress made during the first half of 2015 in the implementation of this year’s economic plan. With President of the Councils of State and Ministers Raúl Castro Ruz in attendance, the National Assembly of People’s Power Eighth Legislature began its Fifth Period of Ordinary Sessions today, July 15.

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Central Committee Plenum of the Communist Party of Cuba convokes 7th Congress

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The Eleventh Plenum of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee agreed July 14 to hold the 7th PCC Congress on April 16, 2016, the 55th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution.

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US / Cuba Relations: What Would Constitute Normal?

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower broke diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961. Fifty-four years later, on Monday the 20th of July, the United States and Cuba will advance toward normalization of diplomatic relations. Presumably, the US will no longer treat Cuba as its enemy and treat the island simply as its next-door neighbor. Maybe … The raising of the flags at the embassies on the 20th of July is much anticipated. But what does this all really mean?

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Approaching Havana’s 500th anniversary

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Today, the Rutas y Andares (Walks and Wonderings) program enables us to travel through time as we tour the city’s streets, squares, statues and get to know the men and women who clean, care for and love it, discovering the various marvels amassed in its Historic Center.

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A little girl among giants

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Marcia Videaux knows that the entire Exhibition Place, Canada’s largest venue, is watching her. Thousands of people in the Coliseo Ricoh arena, set up to host the gymnastic competitions, have their eyes fix on her, and far away in her native Manzanillo, everyone linked in some way or another to her career breath with her; their hearts in their mouths.

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Solidarity arrives from Europe

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With the hope of learning about the Cuban reality, over 130 brigadistas from 19 countries, comprising the 45th “José Martí” European contingent, are currently undertaking an intense program of activities on the island

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Leinier Domínguez: “I am neither Carlsen nor Caruana”

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Latin America’s best chess player – a young man from a small town in Cuba and a new father – answers a few questions about his approach to the game and life in the competitive world of chess.