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Cuba: End The Blockade Immediately!

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A Resolution on “ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” will once again be presented to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 October 2015. There is a special significance about bringing the Resolution, overwhelmingly endorsed by the UNGA for 23 consecutive years, to the attention of the world body this time. It is happening after the US restored diplomatic relations with Cuba on 17 December 2014

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Peace process begins to heal wounds

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After almost three years, the Colombian peace process currently underway has made important advances on the issue of reparations for victims and the search for the truth, two topics vital to the post-conflict phase. According to ¡Basta ya! (Enough Already!) Colombia: Memories of War and Dignity, of the National Center for Historical Memory. (CNMH), the over 50 year war, one of the longest in the region, has resulted in the displacement of six million people, 220,000 dead, and almost 30,000 kidnapped.

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Díaz-Canel receives Mexican Foreign Minister

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Yesterday afternoon, October 19, First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez met Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary, the honorable Ms. Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas. During the fraternal meeting the two leaders discussed the historic ties between their peoples; the positive state of bilateral relations; the existent political commitment to strengthen and expand the relationship in spheres with untapped potential; in addition to issues of regional and international interest.

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Statement by Ministry of Foreign Relations General Director for Bilateral Affairs

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The General Director for Bilateral Affairs at Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, Gerardo Peñalver Portal, denies and categorically refutes irresponsible, unfounded reports released by certain media outlets alleging the presence of Cuban troops in the Arab Republic of Syria.

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Raúl receives Slovakian Prime Minister

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday afternoon October 8, received the honorable Prime Minister Robert Fico of the Slovak Republic. The two leaders confirmed the positive state of bilateral relations during a cordial meeting, and agreed on the existing potential to further develop ties. They additionally discussed issues of mutual interest on the international agenda.

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Cuba and Chad strengthen bilateral relations

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”I am sure that your visit will contribute to advancing bilateral relations,” stated Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Bruno Rodrí guez on receiving his counterpart from the Republic of Chad, Moussa Faki Ma hamat, at the Ministry headquarters, October 7. Bruno Rodríguez noted that relations with Chad and the African continent are a priority for the nation, and expressed thanks for the country’s enduring solidarity and willingness to continue developing ties with the island.

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Maduro demands justice for Barbados crime

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The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, demanded justice for the downing of a Cubana airlines flight over the island of Barbados, on October 6, 1976.
During his television program, In Contact with Maduro, the leader honored the 73 victims of the crime, among them 24 members of the Cuban youth fencing team, who were retuning to the country after winning gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Championships of the discipline.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce visits Port of Mariel

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in Havana yesterday and toured the Mariel container terminal and new facilities there, including warehouses and logistical support. Pritzker was interested in port conditions, the type of equipment used and services available, according to Ana Teresa Igarza, director of the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), who spoke with the press.

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The perpetual struggle against terrorism

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As on every October 6, Havana’s Colón Cemetery fills with relatives of the victims of the 1976 terrorist bombing of the Cubana airlines flight over Barbados. Once again, they demand an end to the impunity that those responsible have enjoyed for 39 years. The date is an opportunity not only to remember those passengers, athletes and workers, who died in the attack, but all victims of terrorist acts against the island.

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Díaz-Canel receives the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates

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The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, received His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, who is on an official visit to the island, on Monday afternoon. Both authorities ratified the good state of bilateral relations and the possibilities of cooperation in the economic, commercial and financial sectors. They also discussed other issues of interest on the international and regional agenda.