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Cuba finishes fourth at the 2015 Pan American Games

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The Cuban delegation finished fourth in the medal count at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in Canada, with a total of 36 gold, 27 silver and 27 bronze medals. The boxing saw the biggest gains for the island with six titles, won by Andy Cruz, in the 56 kilogram division, Lázaro Álvarez (60kg), Arlen López (75kg), Julio César la Cruz (81kg), Erislandy Savon (91kg) and Lenier Peró (91+kg). Cuban boxers also added four silver medals to the total with Joahnys Argilagos (49kg), Yosbany Veitía (52kg), Yasnier Toledo (64kg) and Roniel Iglesias (69kg), who were affected in some cases by questionable decisions from the judges.

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The world pays tribute to Comandante Hugo Chávez

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This Tuesday, July 28, across several regions of the world the 61st anniversary of the birth of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was commemorated. In the Cuartel de la Montaña (Mountain Barracks), where the remains of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution lie, huge numbers of Venezuelans paid tribute to him, according to reports from Prensa Latina.The tribute was led by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, who spoke of the figure and the legacy of Chávez.

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Maduro writes Fidel

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From the heart of the people of Bolívar and Chávez, I would like to send you testimony of our respect, admiration and affection, 62 years since the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons. On this glorious anniversary, we celebrate your dear presence and the indispensable reference you represent. We celebrate the father and teacher of revolutionary men and women of Our America and the world – the father and teacher of our beloved son, our Eternal Comandante.

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U.S. withdraws Cuba from its unilateral list of traffickers in persons

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Monday July 27, the United States withdrew Cuba from its list which every year evaluates governmental actions taken to confront trafficking in persons, and other forms of exploitation, according to PL.
In a report on 188 countries, elaborated unilaterally by the State Department, Cuba’s efforts to combat such trafficking were recognized. Sarah Sewall, under secretary of state for human rights, explained that Washington believes Cuba is making progress in this area and recognizes the country’s commitment to abide by minimum standards.

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Santiago has shown that, without losing its hospitality, it remains rebellious and heroic

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As the July 26 commemoration in Santiago concluded, after the central remarks made by José Ramón Machado Ventura, President Raúl Castro Ruz shared a few words. Machado Ventura recalled that the July 26 commemoration is held not only to honor the past, but to reaffirm that the heroic 1953 actions were not in vain, that the seeds sown have borne fruit.

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Raúl recieves Governor of Buenos Aires

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Yesterday afternoon, July 22, President Raúl Castro Ruz received the Honorable Daniel Scioli, governor of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, who is making an official visit to the country. During the fraternal encounter, the two leaders expressed their satisfaction with the excellent state of bilateral relations between their countries, and discussed the existing potential for developing ties in the areas of cooperation and trade. They additionally addressed regional and international issues.

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Cuban and U.S. banks sign agreement

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Cuba’s International Commerce Bank and the U.S. Stonegate Bank reached the first important financial accord to be signed since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries July 20. Established was an understanding on correspondence, a standard practice between banks to facilitate transactions. Sources noted that, in this specific case, existing restrictions imposed by the U.S. blockade must be taken into consideration.

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Restoration of Relations with USA, a Cuba”s Victory

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The five Cubans who were held in U.S. prisons for fighting terrorism stated during a visit to Nicaragua that the restoration of diplomatic relations between their country and the United States is a victory of the island. During the last day of their visit to this Central American nation, one of those fighters, Fernando Gonzalez, stated this this is a great victory of the people, ” which has resisted more than 50 years of hostility and aggression by the U.S. government.”

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Cuban FM Meets US Counterpart in Washington

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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez met today with his US counterpart John Kerry at the State Department at the end of the official ceremony of reopening of the embassy of Cuba in this capital.
he Cuban flag was hoisted today at the cuban Embassy, a few hours after the official ceremony for the reestablishment of bilateral diplomatic links that was led by Rodriguez.

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Raúl: “This has been a great Congress”

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The 10th Congress of the Cuban Young Communist League came to a close on July 19, with special recognitions for Fidel, Raúl and Machado Ventura.“I’m very satisfied,” Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, said on bidding farewell to the delegates and guests of the 10th Congress of the Young Communist League (UJC), who he congratulated.