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Cuban Parliament Commissions Discuss Social, Economic Issues

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The Cuban National Assembly begins today three days of work of its 12 permanent commissions to analyze social and economic issues prior to the 9th Ordinary Period of Sessions, scheduled for Monday, July 23. The Havana’s Conference Center is the venue of the second parliamentary day. The Central Bank of Cuba, the Ministry of Higher Education and the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources reported yesterday to the plenary session of legislators.

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Latin American News Agencies Meet in Bolivia

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The 2nd Executive Council of the Latin American Union of News Agencies (ULAN) is meeting today in this capital, with the attendance of directors, heads and delegates from nine regional public agencies. Bolivia’s Communication Minister, Amanda Davila, will open the ULAN Executive Council’s sessions at the Bolivian Executive headquarters, suggesting a possible meeting with Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia.

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Putin, Obama Still at Odds over Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin showed in a telephone conversation that he still has disagreements with his US counterpart Barack Obama over the situation in Syria, said presidential assistant Yuri Ushakov today. During the conversation, which lasted nearly 50 minutes, the two heads of State managed to reach a better understanding of one another’s stance in relation to the Syrian crisis, but they still remain at odds about the practical ways to reach a solution, said Ushakov.

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Cuba Reiterates Importance on Biological Weapons Convention

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Cuba has insisted here in the importance of the strengthening and implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), whose objective is to prevent the development and proliferation of those arsenals. Addressing a BTWC meeting, Cuba representative Juan Antonio Quintanilla explained some actions his country has implemented to comply with what was established by that accord and protect human being and environment.

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Cuban Parliament to Debate Measures of Popular Interest

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Cuban legislators will debate measures of popular interest from July 20 to 22, in many cases related to the implementation of the Economic and Social Policy Guideline of the Draft Party Program, approved by the 6th Congress of the PCC. The analysis, prior to the 9th Ordinary Period of Sessions to begin Monday, July 23, is the result of the work carried out by hundreds of legislators, and reflects many opinions collected in visits to work places, neighborhood people’s councils, and neighborhood meetings of delegates.

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South Africans to Celebrate Mandelaâ�Ös 94th Birthday

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The 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918) will be celebrated by South Africans nationwide tomorrow, according to media reports quoting government officials. President Jacob Zuma said in a communiqué to have informed Mandela in a recent meeting that “as always, all South Africans are waiting for July 18 to wish him a happy birthday in all possible ways.”

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Global Village, Learning and Sharing on HIV / AIDS

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The Global Village, a place where diverse communities involved in the response to HIV can learn and share knowledge and leadership, will meet in parallel to the 19th International AIDS Conference, from July 22 to 27 (AIDS 2012). The organizers are inviting participants to the event to see how science is translated into community action and intervention, with emphasis on the theme of the forum, “Together we can change the course.”

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Cuba Suggests in Geneva Collaboration on Biosecurity

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Cuba suggested at disposal of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention its assistance and cooperation on biosecurity matter and the implementation of the regulations of that treaty. Addressing an experts’ meeting in this city, Cuban representative Juan Antonio Quintanilla stated that the island organizes courses and workshops every year on different questions related to that subject.

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Cuban Legislators to Be Informed on Agencies” Management

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Cuban legislators will receive today the reports from three State main agencies, and learn the work carried out by two of 12 permanent working commissions. As part of activities prior to the 9th Period of Session of the Seventh Legislature of the Parliament, to be held on July 23, the Central Bank of Cuba, the Ministry of Higher Education, and the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, will inform the parliament about their management.

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Graduates from the LatAm Medicine School Meet in Cuba

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About 600 graduates from 25 countries of the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) begin today four days of discussions on the impact of their nursing care in communities and to strengthen ties with Cuba. The II International Meeting of Graduates 2012 will also promote scientific discussion, teaching and research in the project founded in 1999 by the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro.