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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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Arrangements for Pope Francis” Visit to Cuba Begin

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A meeting among representatives of the Holy See, members of the Catholic Church and civil authorities from Cuba was held as part of the arrangements for the visit of Pope Francis to the Caribbean island in September. During the meeting, held yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participants expressed the full willingness of the Cuban State and government to offer all the necessary support for the success of the apostolic visit of His Holiness to the Caribbean nation.

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French President visits Fidel

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Yesterday afternoon, May 11, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, conversed with the honorable François Hollande, President of France, who is making an official visit to the country. During the meeting, Fidel and the distinguished guest dialogued, in an amicable, cordial manner, about the historic ties between Cuba and France, as well as a number of important issues on the international agenda, including the prevailing complexities and challenges.

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Cuba Concludes Int”l Workshop on Anti-Cancer Vaccine

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More than 100 Cuban and foreign researchers continues debating today in Havana on progresses and new actions of CIMAvax-EGF, first therapeutic vaccine registered for lung cancer. The event, to be concluded today, was opened yesterday at the Havana’s Conference Center, an excellent opportunity to assess new strategies of the medicine, such as its implementation in medical practice, indications and therapeutic combinations.

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President Raul Castro Returned to Havana

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President Raul Castro returned to this capital yesterday night after a tour of Algeria, Russia and Italy, nations that showed a great hospitality towards the Caribbean nation. Raul Castro was welcomed at the Jose Marti International Airport by Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, and Interior Minister, Army Corps General Abelardo Colome Ibarra. During the last stage of his tour, the president was welcomed in private audience by Pope Francis for 55 minutes.

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Pope Francis met Cuban President Raul Castro

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Pope Francis met today with Cuban President Raul Castro in a private audience of about 55 minutes held in the halls near the Paul VI room of the Vatican. The President travels accompanied by Vicepresident of the Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, among other representatives of his government. He was received by the Swiss guard of honor and the prefect of the Pontiff s House, Georg Gaenswein.

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The Paradoxical theme of US tourism in Cuba

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Christopher Columbus did not visit Cuba as a tourist but, withoutdoubt, he has been the leading propagandist of tourism to the Caribbean island in recorded history. According to some historians, Columbus wrote or said that it was “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen.” Of course, after sailing for several months across the Atlantic with only sea water in sight, the Genoese admiral may not have been completely objective in his assessment, which has served however to promote Cuba’s tourist
attractions around the world for centuries.

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Liberia Is Free of Ebola, World Health Organization Declares

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The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola today, making it the first of the three hardest hit West African countries to bring a formal end to the epidemic. More than 4,608 deaths from Ebola have been recorded in Liberia, more than in any other affected country. Neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to fight the outbreak that has claimed more than 10,000 lives across the region since last year.

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French President to Arrive in Cuba Tomorrow

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President of France, François Hollande, will arrive in Cuba tomorrow for an official visit. During his stay, Hollande will hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, and will carry out other activities, Granma newspaper reported. The President will arrive in Cuba from Guadalupe, as part of a Caribbean tour that also included the French overseas territories Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts, and that will continue afterwards to Haiti. Hollande, of the Socialist Party (PS), became President of France in May 2012, after winning his opponent Nicolas Sarkozy -candidate of Union for a Popular Movement- in the second round of the elections.

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Dutch Foreign Minister Describes Visit to Cuba as Positive

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The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, described as positive his visit to Cuba, a Caribbean nation with which his country wants today to strengthen bilateral relations. In that sense, he expressed the interest of the Netherlands -Cuba’s important trade partner within the European Union (EU)- to increase ties of cooperation in agriculture, tourism, energy, ecology, education, and culture. After describing his visit as fruitful and positive, the foreign minister stated that a Dutch trade mission, aimed at strengthening economic relations, is expected to visit the Caribbean island next year.