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Cuban President Receives Prime Minister of Curacao


Cuban President Raul Castro received the prime minister and minister of general affairs of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, who is visiting Havana, the official newspaper Granma reported on Saturday. A press release says that Raul Castro, president of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers, held a fraternal meeting with Asjes on Friday afternoon. At the meeting, the two leaders exchanged opinions about the development of political ties and the opportunities to further boost trade and cooperation between the two countries, as well as other matters of regional interest.

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U.S. agricultural coalition opposes trade and travel restrictions against Cuba

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U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), an association composed of more than 90 U.S. agricultural companies and state and national organizations committed to normalizing exports of food and agricultural products to Cuba, sent a letter to the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee expressing opposition to any attempt to restrict trade and travel to Cuba, and describing any such measures as detrimental to the nation’s agricultural industry and the future of Cuba-U.S. relations.

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South Africa Vice President Reiterates Support to Cuba vs. Blockade


Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated the support of South Africa to the struggle for lifting the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed to Cuba by the United States for more than 50 years.
We want the blockade to be eliminated, Ramaphosa told exclusively Prensa Latina at the end of a meeting with the Cuban Council of State’ Vice President Salvador Valdes who is on an official visit until today in South Africa, where he is attending the 25th African Union (AU) Summit.

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Biennial of Havana to Exhibit Works Dedicated to Alicia Alonso


The Cuban plastic artist Jesus Lara exhibited on 17 June at the XII Biennial of Havana a piece dedicated to Alicia Alonso, today announced the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC).
The piece entitled “Odas en azul prusiano” will be located in the Hall of Mirrors at the Museum of the Revolution in the “Irla” show, which describes the 25 years of Lara’s artistic life. “Irla” was opened on May 28 as part of the activities of the XII Biennial of Havana.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Meets with US Senators


Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met in Havana on Saturday with US Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Pat Robert and Susan Collins. The meeting between the head of Cuban diplomacy and the US lawmakers was held at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry. The senators, who arrived in Cuba on Friday, visited the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB) and the Cuban Civil Aeronautics Institute.

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Visita a Fidel la reverenda Joan Campbell


En la noche de este jueves, el líder histórico de la Revolución Cu bana, Fidel Castro Ruz, recibió a la reverenda Joan Brown Cam p bell, quien realiza una visita a nuestro país invitada por el Semina rio Evangélico de Teología de Matanzas. En la conversación fraternal sostenida, Fidel y la distinguida visitante trataron diversos temas en el clima de una amistad forjada du rante muchos años, y en los que Joan Campbell ha dado innumerables muestras de solidaridad hacia nuestro pueblo.

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15th International Ernest Hemingway Colloquium


In the prologue to his novel Green hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway states, “The author has attempted to write an absolutely true book.” 80 years after its first publication, the International Colloquium bearing his name is once again attempting to generate a greater and more profound understanding of this important author of U.S. and global literature.

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A better world is not only possible, but necessary

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Miguel Díaz-Canel, First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, declared yesterday, June 11, during his remarks to the Peoples’ Summit, that not only is a better world possible, but in fact necessary for the survival of humanity. The event coincided with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)-European Union Summit, also held in Brussels.

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Salvador Valdés Mesa heads Cuban delegation to the 25th African Union Summit

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Salvador Valdés Mesa, vice president of the Council of State, is heading the Cuban delegation to the 25th African Union Summit, to be held on June 14-15 in South Africa. The Cuban delegation also includes Ana Teresita González Fraga, vice minister of Foreign Affairs; Juan Manuel Rodríguez Vázquez and Carlos Fernández de Cossío Domínguez, Cuban ambassadors to the African Union and South Africa, respectively; as well as other Foreign Ministry officials.

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New areas of study next year

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During the 2015-2016 academic year, beginning in September, high school students in professional-technical programs (ETP) will have three new options: social work, textiles and spinning. Although enrollment in these areas of study will be available only in the provinces of La Habana, Villa Clara and Holguín, the additions reflect efforts to broaden training available to the country’s future workforce.