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Pedro de Oraá wins 2015 National Prize for Visual Arts

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Pedro de Oraá, winner of the 2015 National Prize for Visual Arts, at the Zona Franca exposition. Photo: CNAP
IN recognition of his lifetime achievements, painter, writer and critic Pedro de Oraá was awarded the 2015 National Prize for Visual Arts, granted annually by the Cuba’s National Visual Arts Council.

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Raúl sends condolences to President Putin


Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz sent heartfelt condolences to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for the loss of life caused by the crash of an Air Bus 321 aircraft flying from the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, October 31, in which 224 persons died. The Cuban President requested that his condolences be extended to families of those who perished in the tragic accident.

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Manrique Larduet secures a ticket to Río 2016

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The bronze medal for the high bar event was secured in fine style on November 1, by Cuba’s Manrique Larduet, who left the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, at which he was competing for the first time, with two medals.
The gymnast from Santiago de Cuba, 19, reawakened the dreams of those who follow this sport on the island, by taking the men’s all-around silver medal and securing his place at the Olympic Games in Río de Janeiro, 2016.

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ETECSA and U.S. firm Sprint sign first direct roaming agreement

Etecsa The Sprint

One of the key moments of the first day of the 33rd Havana International Trade Fair, Fihav 2015, was the signing of the first agreement between the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) and Sprint Communications Company LP., of the United States, to provide customers of this U.S. company with the possibility of making and receiving calls and text messages and transmitting data, when using their cell phones in Cuba.

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Fihav 2015 welcomes international participation

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The 33rd edition of Havana’s International Trade Fair, Fihav 2015, opens its doors today and will continue through November 7, at the city’s main fairgrounds and exposition center, Expocuba. More than 70 countries have representatives participating this year, utilizing more than 20,000 square meters of exposition space for their displays.

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Ethan Hawke and other Hollywood stars to attend Havana film festival

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U.S. actor and four-times Oscar nominee, Ethan Hawke, figures among the foreign personalities attending the 37th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which will present 444 films in the capital from December 3-13, 159 in the competitive selection. According to event organizers, following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, more requests than the event could accept have arrived from the U.S.

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Watch Out Tony Blair, The Legal Noose is Tightening. “Dead-End Road” towards a War Crimes Trial?


Just five days after it was revealed (1) that former British Prime Minster Tony Blair and then President George W. Bush had made a pact to attack Iraq and overthrow the country’s sovereign government a full year before the invasion took place – as Blair continued to mislead government and populace stating that diplomacy was being pursued and no decisions made – another snake has slithered from under the hay (as the Arab saying goes) in the form of Sir Jeremy Heywood.

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Cuba-Venezuela Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement

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The Agreement was signed in Caracas on October 30, 2000, by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro and the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, motivated by the desire to strengthen the traditional ties of friendship between the two countries.

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Princess Caroline of Monaco visits the National Ballet of Cuba

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Today, Alicia Alonso and the National Ballet of Cuba received Princess Caroline of Monaco and director of the Monte Carlo Ballet, Jean-Christophe Maillot, here for the 16th Havana International Theatre Festival. During a tour of the company’s headquarters, on Calzada 510 in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado, the visitors stopped in to watch rehearsals for the piece Tiempo de Danzón; inwhich Cuban choreographerEduardo Blanco offers a contemporary perspective on this traditional Cuban dance.

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Is Cuba ready to receive 10 million tourists?

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Now that that we are seeing an unprecedented rise in the rate of tourist arrivals to Cuba, motivated by the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the island and the U.S., one question is dominating the media agenda.