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The power of solidarity

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With 130 delegates from more than 60 organizations in attendance, the XIX General Assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) opened in Havana’s Convention Center, yesterday November 9, and celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding.

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Cruise ship tourism expanding in Cuba

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This year saw Cuba receive almost 20,000 cruise ship visitors, while prospects for the Caribbean – which has become one of the most popular destinations for this variety of tourism – remain strong, noted a sector expert. According to researcher and professor at the University of Havana’s faculty of Tourism, José Luis Perelló, interest from large cruise companies in the region has grown in 2015.

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Raúl received with open arms

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz arrived in the Mexican city of Mérida, in the state of Yucatan, on the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, to complete his first official visit to the country since he assumed the Presidency in 2008. He was received by his counterpart with a decorous ceremony, in the colonial-era government palace located in the city’s central historic district.

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Modern seismic station installed in Santiago de Cuba

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The first of five modern seismic stations, located in the municipality of Guamá, Santiago de Cuba province, is now ready to be connected to the national network, Enrique Arango, deputy director of the National Center for Seismological Research (CENAIS), reported. He explained that the modern installation, powered by renewable energy sources, will transmit information regarding tremors in real time, thus contributing to early warning of the occurrence of these unpredictable natural phenomena.

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Second meeting of Cuba-U.S. Bilateral Commission scheduled

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The Cuban and U.S. delegations to this meeting will be led by the Ministry of Foreign Relations’ general director for the U.S. Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, and by the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba Edward Alex Lee, respectively. To be reviewed are the agenda of topics established during the first meeting, held September 11, 2015, in Havana; results achieved over the intervening months; and the complex issues between the two countries which are pending solution, including the lifting of the blockade.

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Cuban agriculture: Toward greater efficiency and production

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The pursuit of greater efficiency in order to attain higher levels of development underpins the sprit of reforms currently underway to the country’s economic and social policy. It is a gradual process, but time is pressing and every step must be supported by initiatives which ensure that workers and production results are not negatively impacted.

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The most just, lengthy, large scale and successful internationalist military campaign undertaken by Cuba

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They are present across more than 3,785,000 Cuban households. It is almost impossible to find a Cuban family that does not count them among its members or friends. They wear no badge to identify them; they blend in with the rest of the people, be it at the grocery store, the ballpark or at a noisy domino table. Their children share the classroom with ours, with no other privilege than having been born in a land that provides them the right to education, to health, to their intellectual development, with equal opportunity.

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Ceremony to mark 40th anniversary of Operation Carlota

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As a symbol of Cuba’s internationalism, a cultural-political act and military parade to commemorate the solidarity and military support of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba to the People’s Republic of Angola was held today, marking the 40th anniversary of the start of Operation Carlota. At the former Triunvirato sugar plantation in Matanzas, now the RebelSlaveMuseum, the ceremony was presided over by theFirst Vice President ofthe Councils of Stateand Ministers, Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, EstebanLazo,president of the Cubanparliament,andother members of the Party’s Politburo.

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UNESCO praises Cuba’s achievements in education

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UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova received Cuba’s Minister of Higher Education, Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz, heading the island’s delegation to the 38th UNESCO General Conference, being held in the French capital. During the cordial and friendly meeting the Minister thanked the Director General for her active participation in promoting the UN Post-2015 educational agenda, the organization’s main aim, and commented on Cuba’s achievements in the sphere.

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Recognition for Cuban medical researchers

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With the aim of highlighting the achievements made in research, scientific production and the introduction and extension of technology in clinical and surgical care, Cuba awards the Annual Health Prize in recognition of sector professionals who have made significant contributions to the sciences. The research paper entitled “First epidemic of hemorrhagic dengue in the Americas, 1981: new insights into the causative agent”, by Dr. Rosmeri Rodríguez Roche, of the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, was awarded the Grand Prize, as the complete genome sequence of the dengue virus type 2 epidemic of the eighties was discovered.