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A celebration of literature

Casa de las Américas premio

The 57th edition of the Casa de las Américas Prize, which since its very beginnings has been a celebration of literature, on January 28, revealed the winners chosen from the authors of more than 400 works submitted to the competition this year.

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Another busy day for Raúl in Paris

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On his second day in France, Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz completed a full work agenda, meeting with important government authorities, as well as the director general of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

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“Our countries are united by historic and cultural links and deep ties of friendship”

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Statement to the press by Army General Raúl Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, on the occasion of his state visit to the French Republic, February 1, 2016, Year 58 of the Revolution.

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Cuba & France begin new chapter

Raul y Hollande conversarciones Paris

Precisely at five o’clock yesterday afternoon, February 1, Cuban President Raúl Castro arrived at Élysée Palace, the French presidency, to hold official talks with his counterpart François Hollande. A battery of journalists followed him along the red carpet to the palace entry, where Hollande again embraced him and extended his hand, nine months after their meeting in Havana.

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Two decades dedicated to the memory of Cuba’s national hero

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The José Martí Memorial in Havana has not only just celebrated the 163rd anniversary of the birth of Cuba’s national hero, but it is also celebrating its first 20 years of existence, with a range of activities and events planned throughout 2016.

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A runaway with words

Martinez Furé

Just like the African and universal culture he has helped us discover, Rogelio Martínez Furé is multifaceted and singular. His versatility reflects his ability to transform himself, to be a poet or a reciter of entire books, of myths and legends, making good use of his wondrous memory – which, he says, is a result of his connection to oral culture since he was a child, when he listened to living libraries, who sweetened his ears with songs and tales from all ages.

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France and Cuba Reaffirm Willingness to Strengthen Bilateral Relation

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President Francois Hollande (France) and Raul Castro (Cuba) reaffirmed today the willingness to strengthen the bilateral relations. “Today we are opening a new page in the links between the two countries,” said Hollande during a joint statement from the Elysee Palace.

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U.S. fines company for violating blockade

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This past January 20, just before new regulations modifying some aspects of the blockade were announced by the Treasury and Commerce Departments, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) fined the design company WATG Holdings $140,000, for failing to comply with U.S. sanctions of Cuba.

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African Union Summit concludes

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The difficult political situation in Burundi was the focus of attention at the 26th Summit of the African Union (AU), which concluded yesterday January 31, in Addis Abeba. Attending the meeting which began January 30 were 50-some high ranking delegations from African nations, in addition to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, and European Union representatives, among others.

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Olga Marta Pérez wins 2016 Nation Prize for Editing

EDitora premio

The prize is well deserved given that Pérez is one of Cuba’s most celebrated editors. She began as a copy editor for Editorial Gente Nueva in 1980, where she worked for over nine years. According to Pérez, Gente Nueva is where she learned the fundamentals of her craft, publishing children’s books about science, history and literature, later assuming the role of director of Unión Publishing, which she maintains to date.