Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Evo Morales travels to Dominican Republic for CLACS Summit La Paz, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales will travel today to the Dominican Republic, host of the 5th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC in Spanish). Soup Kitchens in Argentina due to Social Emergency Buenos Aires, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean organization ''Barrios de Pie'' (Neighborhoods on their Feet) will head today in several parts of the country a protest with the opening of soup kitchens to demand the urgent implementation of the law of Social Emergency. Cuba and IFAD Sign Agreement for Livestock Development 23 de enero de 2017, 17:22Rome, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) agreed a Project for the Development of Livestock Cooperatives in the Central-Eastern Region (Prodegan). Odebrecht Sued for Bribery 23 de enero de 2017, 16:06Panama, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Panama will formally charge Transnational Odebrecht for bribing Panamanian public officials between 2009 and 2014, President Juan Carlos Varela announced today. United States Leaves Trans-Pacific Economic Agreement Washington, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The President of the United States, Donald Trump, today signed an executive order to withdraw his country from the Trans-Pacific Agreement of Economic Partnership (TPP, acronym in English). President Trump Sued Over Foreign Payment to His Firm 23 de enero de 2017, 14:00Washington, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) United States President Donald Trump violates the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments through his business empire, stated today a court filing. Russian Company Rosneft Produces 265 Million Tonnes of Crude Oil Moscow, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Russian state oil company Rosneft has produced 265 million tonnes of crude oil in 2016 and plans investments for this year of 1 trillion rubles, its director Viktor Sechin said today. Violence in Myanmar Displaces Some 87 Thousand People 23 de enero de 2017, 12:57Naipyidó, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Statistics on displaced people due to internal conflicts in Myanmar have hit public opinion today, with 87000 people fleeing their homes since the beginning of military operations in Rakhine. Cuba Ratifies Commitment to the Objectives of the United Nations United Nations, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s permanent representative to the United Nations, Anayansi Rodríguez, affirmed today the island''s commitment to the organization''s objectives, including peace and sustainable development without exclusion. Seismic Resistance in Dwellings in Cuba After Hurricane Sandy 23 de enero de 2017, 12:53Santiago de Cuba, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The seismic resistance in dwellings built in this city after Hurricane Sandy´s barely four years ago was praised by local authorities, who appreciated that strength against sismic movements. At CELAC'S Meeting, Dominican Rep History Seen From Photography Bávaro, Dominican Republic, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The convention center where the coordinators of the CELAC are debating today on their third day of activities, also hosts a photographic interpretation of Dominican history seen through the lens of Wifredo García. President Santos Received His French Counterpart François Hollande Bogota, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed today his French counterpart, François Hollande, who will visit one of the transition zones for the FARC-EP insurgents in the process of demobilization. Dominica Seeks to Resume Banana Exports Roseau, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Dominica is seeking to resume banana exports to the United Kingdom, two years after its suspension due to the impact on local production of the black sigatoka pest, Agriculture minister Johnson Drigo said today. US Defence Budget is Skyrocketing Washington, Jan. 23 (Prensa Latina) US Sen. John McCain is leading today a plan to increase the Defense budget by $50 billion for the next fiscal year. Trump Suspends Argentine Lemons Imports 23 de enero de 2017, 11:16Buenos Aires, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Argentine media reflect today the order of the new US President, Donald Trump, to postpone for 60 days the final decision for the imports of lemons from this nation to that country. Bachelet Suspends Attendance at CELAC Summit Santiago de Chile, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has suspended her participation in the Fifth Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for the wild fires in Valparaíso and Los Lagos, official sources informed today. Asia on Alert before the New US Administration Tokyo, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Asian nations began the week with multi-level alerts, ahead of the new US trade policy, and expectations about the immediate financial future. Chinese Govt Is Confident in Maintaining Economic Growth in 2017 Beijing, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) After it was learned that China''s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) have reached 6.7 percent year-on-year in 2016, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is confident that the country will maintain its growth rate in 2017, the Cabinet said. China to Strengthen Cooperation with Cuba in Renewable Energy Havana, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and China signed new agreements this week to strengthen cooperation in renewable energies and industry, areas that are considered strategic for sustainable development. Cuban Entrepreneurial Delegation Starts Visit to U.S. Washington, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of Cuban entrepreneurs will start a visit to the United States on Saturday until February 3 to discuss business opportunities and foreign investment in the Caribbean island. Cuba to Put 59 Photovoltaic Parks in for Clean Energy 20 de enero de 2017, 17:14Havana, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will have 59 photovoltaic solar parks in to generate electricity, so as to increase the share of renewable sources in the national energy matrix, the local press said today. Cold Wave Hurting Migrant Children In Europe, UNICEF 20 de enero de 2017, 13:43United Nations, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The prevailing cold front in the central, eastern and southern region of Europe triggered the the health risks of migrant and refugee children, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. Mexico Sends Back to Cuba Group of 91 Irregular Migrants 20 de enero de 2017, 13:02México, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Mexican authorities informed today of the repatriation of 91 Cuban citezens who were in an irregular situation in Mexico. Cuba and the United States Sign Memorandum on Plant and Animal Health 20 de enero de 2017, 12:43Havana, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of Cuba and the United States signed today a memorandum of understanding for the bilateral cooperation in plant and animal health care sphere, media reports said today. South Korean Court Holds Hearing on Arrest Warrants for Black List 20 de enero de 2017, 12:39Seoul,Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) A South Korean court held a hearing today to decide whether to issue warrants to arrest the country''s culture minister and a former presidential chief of staff over their suspected involvement in the blacklisting of cultural figures deemed critical of the government. Protesters Block Several Trump Inauguration Checkpoints Washington, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Groups of protesters against Donald Trump blocked several security checkpoints today to prevent access to the inauguration of the billionaire as the new president of the United States. Flow of Russian Tourists to Cuba Grows 50 Percent 20 de enero de 2017, 11:23Moscow, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The flow of Russian tourists to Cuba in 2016 has grown 50 percent compared to the previous year, after surpassing 65,000 visitors, Tourism counselor of the island''s embassy in this country, Edilberto Riveron Leon, said. PAHO/FAO: Cuba With Lowest Regional Prevalence of Low Weight at Birth 20 de enero de 2017, 11:17Havana, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is the country in the region with the lowest prevalence of low birth weight, reporting a rate of 5.3 percent, Granma newspaper states. IMF Alerts on Economic Protectionism 20 de enero de 2017, 11:12Davos, Switzerland, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, alerted here on protectionist policies announced by the President elect of the United States, Donald Trump, assuming his post this Friday. Xi jinping: China Calls for Peaceful Development Beijing, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) China projects itself to the world with a call to peaceful development, judging by the perforrnance of President Xi Jinping in the recently concluded Davos Forum. FAO Urges To Brand-New Wastewater Use For Agriculture Rome, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations (FAO) urged to make use of a more useful and extended wastewater procedure for farming sector, due to water shortage and food emergency. Ireland Calculates Loss of Millions after Brexit 19 de enero de 2017, 16:36Dublin, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Ireland reported today that its exports could decrease in 30 percent during the next decade, with an economic cost of up to 20 million euros, due to the United Kingdom''s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), which has been called Brexit. Cepal Recommends Mexico a Strategy for Foreign Investment 19 de enero de 2017, 16:27Davos, Switzerland, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac), Alicia Barcenas, recommended here today that Mexico uses a strong strategy to keep foreign investment. Recent Data Highlight Cuban Tourism Industry Booming 19 de enero de 2017, 13:35Havana, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The most recent official data on tourism in Cuba today predicts that the travel industry has a growing spiral that can put this country at the forefront of the sector in the Caribbean. Social Movements Support CELAC Summit 19 de enero de 2017, 13:16Santo Domingo, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Dominican social movements announced today a meeting to support the 5th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC,which will take place from January 21 to 25 in Punta Cana. ECLAC Recommends Mexico a Strategy for Foreign Investment 19 de enero de 2017, 13:03Davos, Switzerland, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcenas, recommended here today that Mexico uses a strong strategy to keep foreign investment. UN Expert Urges Nigeria to Ensure Safety to Those Displaced United Nations, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) UN human rights expert, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary urged the Nigerian government on Monday to ensure the safety of internally displaced persons,following the bombing by mistake of a camp that sheltered displace people. Democratic Korea Condemns US Position 19 de enero de 2017, 12:37Pyongyang, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) condemned today the interference of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his speech at the Davos Forum. Salvadorean Government Thanks Deputies Vote for the 2017 Budget 19 de enero de 2017, 12:33San Salvador, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Salvadorian government thanked the 49 deputies of the Legislative Assembly who voted Wednesday in favor of the General Budget of the Nation 2017, stressed the Secretary of Communications of the presidency, Eugenio Chicas. Bolivia Doubles Social Projects Investment in 11 Years La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government doubled investment in social and productive projects in 11 years and raised it to more than one billion dollars, reported today the director of the National Fund for Social and Productive Investment, Vladimir Sánchez. Europe to Suffer More Terrorist Attacks, says Germany Berlin, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Germany and Europe in general will be targets of terrorist attacks in the short and medium term, said the president of the German secret services of the interior, Hans-Georg Maassen. Cienaga de Zapata and Everglades National Parks Agreement Highlighted Havana, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The national parks Cienaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp) (Cuba) and Everglades (United States) have signed a twinning agreement aimed at achieving better indicators in the environmental management of these protected areas, media reported today. South Korea Seeks Agreement with Central American Bank Seoul, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea reported today that it is seeking to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) to boost infrastructure''s construction. Trump Phenomenon Expresses Twilight of Neoliberal Globalization México, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Trump case is not exclusive of the U.S., but an expression of the twilight of neoliberal globalization, affirmed here the Group New Course of Development of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Bolivia to Augment Gas Supplies to Brazil and Argentina La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will increase this year the export of natural gas to Brazil and Argentina, the Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy Luis Alberto Sanchez said. Crisis in Developed Economies is Triggered by Inequality, Admits IMF Davos, Switzerland, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The IMF said at the World Economic Forum that the lack of confidence, work and hope, along with low growth and increased inequality, are today the ingredients for the crisis in developed economies. 5.8 Earthquake Causes Considerable Aftershocks Near Santiago de Cuba 18 de enero de 2017, 13:31Santiago de Cuba, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) About 183 aftershocks in the Pilón-Chivirico area, on the south-eastern coast of Cuba, caused an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude that shook the eastern part of Cuba, official sources noted today. British Court Announces Next Ruling That Can Stop Brexit 18 de enero de 2017, 13:16London, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The UK Supreme Court announced today that on January 24th it will decide if it requires a parliamentary permission to begin negotiations for the Brtisch separation of the European Union (EU) or Brexit, which can stop the process. Bolivian Government Guarantees Food Supply 18 de enero de 2017, 13:13La Paz, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Avelino Flores, General Manager of the Food Production Support Enterprise (Emapa), highlighted today investments by the Bolivian government to guarantee food stockpiling and supplies. Japan Wants to Limit Impact of Brexit in Global Economy 18 de enero de 2017, 11:58Tokyo, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Japan announced today that it will pressure the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) to limit the impact of Brexit on the global economy. Big Economic Groups Will Promote Hydrogen as Energy Source 18 de enero de 2017, 11:49Davos, Switzerland, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Big European and Asian groups will unite efforts to promote hydrogen as clean energy source, referred today in the World Economic Forum which sessions until January 20 in this city. Cuban Swine Fever Vaccine Will Shortly Be Marketed 18 de enero de 2017, 11:45Havana, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban scientists are completing the clinical trials to launch into market a new vaccine for the control of classical swine fever (CSF), a disease that has been severely affecting pig breeding in the island. French Intellectual Praises Cuban Revolution's Social Achievements 18 de enero de 2017, 11:34Paris, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Revolution, led by its leader Fidel Castro, has established a social protection system that has been unanimously considered an example to follow, French intellectual, Salim Lamrani, said in statements released today. Costa Rican President Concludes Working Visit to United Arab Emirates 18 de enero de 2017, 11:04San Jose, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican president, Luis Guillermo Solis will meet today with the Emir of Sharhaj, Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, on the final day of his three-day working visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Human Rights Respect at US -Mexico Border to Be Monitored 18 de enero de 2017, 11:01Mexico, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has announced it will strengthen its regional offices located at Mexico''s border with the United States, it was reported today. China Urges Joint Efforts to Build Stable Links With US 18 de enero de 2017, 10:57Beijing, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) China urged US for joint efforts to build a lasting,stable and cooperative relation that satisfy the two nations interests and the world,according to the government press. Turkey Bids One of the World's Longest Suspension Bridges Ankara, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Transport Minister, Ahmet Arslan, has announced today the bidding for the 1915 Canakkale Bridge, which will be located in the north-west of the country and will be one of the longest suspension bridges in the world when completed. Ecuador Revives Nine Months After Earthquake By Sinay Cespedes Moreno Quito, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Nine months after the devastating earthquake that severely damaged the Ecuadorian coast, today the country stands up with an impressive recovery capacity and an economic revival in course. China defends in Davos an Inclusive Economic Globalization 17 de enero de 2017, 16:28Beijing, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President, Xi Jinping, stressed today in Davos, Switzerland, the benefits of incljusive economic globalization to prevent negative results. German Businessmen are seeking to expand their business with Cuba 17 de enero de 2017, 15:48Havana, Jan 17 (PL) Businessmen from the German Federal State of Baden-Wuttemberg started off on negociations in Cuba, in order to identify new business and investment opportunities in this Caribbean Island. Nationalizations in Bolivia Save Millions of Dollars 17 de enero de 2017, 15:05La Paz, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Nationalization of stocks from 12 foreign firms costed to the Bolivian government 800 million dollars, 76 percent less than the total for the demands of the affected people, said General Prosecutor Hector Arce here Tuesday. US Groups Ask Trump to Continue Normalization With Cuba 17 de enero de 2017, 13:43Washington, 17 Jan (Prensa Latina) Several US organizations sent today a memorandum to President-elect Donald Trump to urge him to continue normalizeng relations with Cuba. CBO Report: Obamacare Repeal Would Lead to 32 Million More Uninsured 17 de enero de 2017, 13:24Washington, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The report estimates what would likely happen if the partial repeal bill Republicans passed in 2015, but which was vetoed by President Barack Obama, actually became law without any replacement. Case of Conflict of Interest in Future Trump Cabinet 17 de enero de 2017, 12:15Washington, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic minority of the US Senate resumed today its claim to investigate Donald Trump''s candidate for Secretary of Health, Tom Price, who promoted legislation that favored him financially. Bolivia: More Than 12,000 Companies Were Created in 2016 17 de enero de 2017, 11:59La Paz, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The state-run Foundation for Business Development (Fundempresa) has registered the creation of more than 12,000 companies in Bolivia during 2016, reported the local press. Continuation of US Investments in Mexico is Predicted 17 de enero de 2017, 11:54Mexico, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Investments of high-tech manufacturing companies in Mexico are ''long-term and quite robust'', so they should be maintained, according to statements by a business manager published today. German Court Does Not Ban Fascist Party NDP 17 de enero de 2017, 11:48Berlin, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The German neo-fascist National Democratic Party (NDP) will not be prohibited, decided today the Federal Constitutional Court. World Tourism Increased in 2016, Asia Led Growth 17 de enero de 2017, 11:10Madrid, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Arrival of international tourists in 2016 increased by 3.9 percent to one billion 235 million, informed today the World Tourism Organization (WTO). Ecuador Insists on Creating Tax Entity at U.N. 17 de enero de 2017, 10:42Quito, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador insists on creating a tax entity at the U.N. to put an end to tax evasion and havens, based on a report of the Oxfam international organization on the concentration of world wealth. Soya: the Most Important Contribution in Foreign Currency in Paraguay 17 de enero de 2017, 10:22Asuncion, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Soya is today the exportable product with the biggest contribution in foreign currency in Paraguay, ahead of electricity and beef. China Rejects Protectionism in Davos Davos, Switzerland, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping has rejected protectionism and supported the free trade agreement, during the opening in this city of the World Economic Forum running until January 20th. Davos Forum Focuses on Propping Up Capitalism 17 de enero de 2017, 09:27Davos, Switzerland, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Edition 47 of the Davos Economic Forum, which started today in this Swiss locality, has among its main topics how to revitalize economic growth and prop up capitalism. Venezuela and prices: May God Have Mercy on Us By Luis Beaton Caracas, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans do today balancing acts, calculations one after another to put the food necessary on their tables, despite the efforts of the Government to alleviate the crisis. German Economic Institute Looks to Dialogue with Trump Berlin, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the German Economic Institute (Ifo), Clemens Fuest, demanded Germans and Europeans to establish dialogue with president elect of the United States, Donald Trump. OPEC Secretary in Venezuela to Evaluate Petroleum Situation 16 de enero de 2017, 15:21Caracas, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammed Barkindo, arrived today to Venezuela to evaluate the market oil situation along with the energetic item in the country. Growing Gap between Rich and Poor, According to a Global Report 16 de enero de 2017, 10:40Davos, Switzerland, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The humanitarian organization Oxfam publishes today a report warning that the gap between rich and poor is the greatest of all time. China, the Largest Environmentally Friendly Car Stallholder 16 de enero de 2017, 08:37Beijing, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) China is pushing for more production of new energy vehicles to continue as the world''s largest eco-friendly car stallholder, a condition it has maintained since 2015. Bolivia's Large Energy Investment Plan to Be Prioritized La Paz, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Government is outlining a large program seeking to define investments in the hydrocarbons field, in an attempt to consolidate the industrialization process and turn the country into the energy heart of South America. China and Vietnam for Sustainable and Stable Development Beijing, Jan 15 (Xinhua) According to Yu Zhengsheng, top Chinese political advisor, the ties between China and Vietnam are currently in a new stage for a sustainable, healthy and stable development led by presidents of the two countries. China and Vietnam for Widening Political Trust 14 de enero de 2017, 12:10Beijing, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Chinese leaders agreed in a meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong, secretary general of the Vietnamese Communist Party visiting China, to expand political trust and collaboration between both nations. Mexican Teachers Return to Protest the Educational Reform México, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE in Spanish) summoned new mobilizations against the educational reform as of the month of February. 2nd Workshop on Analytic Soil Techniques 14 de enero de 2017, 04:00Havana, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The 2nd Workshop of Analytic Soil Techniques will be held on January 17-18 at the Convention Center wiuth an agenda that includes the homogenization of the methods used in the laboratories, informed today their organizers. Chinese Economy, Important Topic in the Davos Forum 14 de enero de 2017, 02:00By Damy Vales Finland to Host Humanitarian Conference on Syria United Nations, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The Finnish capital, Helsinki, will host a conference on the humanitarian situation in Syria on 23 and 24 January, a forum to launch a refugee aid plan for 2017 and 2018, confirmed today the UN. Cuba Participates in International Fair of Tourism in Vienna 13 de enero de 2017, 17:23Vienna, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuba participates in the International Fair of Tourism in Vienna with the presence of specialists from travel agencies, hotel chains and other workers of this field, said today the Cuban Embassy in Austria. Cuba Assesses Its Own Experiences on Cooperatives 13 de enero de 2017, 15:20Havana, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The increased amount of cooperatives in Cuba totals 397 centers for gastronomy, as well as personal and technical services, included in the updating of the country''s economic and social development model, said sources today. Chilean Customs Seized About 700,000 Fake Toys 13 de enero de 2017, 13:32Santiago, Chile, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Over 700,000 fake toys were seized in Pozo Almonte, Tamarugal province, near the port of Iquique, announced the local customs department today. Mexico Bets for Renegotiating NAFTA in Equality with U.S. 13 de enero de 2017, 13:07México, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, admitted today there is uncertainty in its links with the United States, but advanced they would have to dialogue with the Donald Trump administration. Japan Questions Trump's View on Trade Pacts 13 de enero de 2017, 13:04Tokyo, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday that his country should try to do more to transmit to the next US administration, led by Donald Trump, the reality of its investments and its commercial operations in the United States. Peddlers' Protest Again in Buenos Aires 13 de enero de 2017, 13:03Buenos Aires, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Despite the begining of an agreement with the local authorities, peddlers of Once also known as ''manteros''- who are located in Balvanera, were once again, the protagonists of a protest. Turkey Receives Largest Number of Refugees Worldwide Ankara, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, said today in this capital that Turkey is the first country in the world in terms of the number of refugees in its territory. Republican Leader Rules Out Massive Deportations with Trump 13 de enero de 2017, 12:40Washington, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Paul Ryan, the head of the US House of Representatives, ruled out that President-elect Donald Trump would keep his promise to deport 11 million immigrants. Bolivia: More Tanks to Distribute Water in La Paz 13 de enero de 2017, 12:34La Paz, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government has facilitated the installation of 192 tanks for the storage of large amounts of water in the 94 districts of the city, with supply disruptions. Canada Will Defend its Principles Despite Trump, Trudeau 13 de enero de 2017, 12:26Ottawa, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Canada''s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ratified the right to equal rights in his government, regardless of the projection of President-elect Donald Trump. Mexican Newspaper Stressed the Decision of Repealing Cuban Policy Law 13 de enero de 2017, 12:23Mexico, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The decision of the president of the United States, Barack Obama, of putting an end to the special Immigration policy for Cubans, known as ''wet foot, dry foot'', was stressed today by the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. El Salvador: Investigation Asked for Recipients of Taiwanese Funds San Salvador, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran social organizations today demanded that the Attorney General''s Office to investigate beneficiaries of funds donated by Taiwan for the victims of the 2001 earthquakes that never reached their recipients. Adventure Tourism Developed in Cuba through the Canopy 13 de enero de 2017, 12:18By Roberto F. Campos Roads are Closed to the Concertation in Venezuela 13 de enero de 2017, 12:16Caracas, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The roads to concertation between government and opposition in Venezuela are blocked, at least now, when a new round of talks should begin in this capital today. Fuel Hike Could Cause Social Crisis in Mexico Mexico, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Mexico could suffer a social crisis if the government insists on its economic policy and in fuel hike, the National Union of Workers (UNT), which today agglutinates several trade unions in the country, warned. Xi Jinping Defends China's Economic Perspectives in Davos Beijing, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Many looks are centered in China on president Xi Jinping who will attend the Davos Forum where he will defend the economic perspectives and the stand of this nation before the present world difficulties. Uruguayan Gov't Increases Minimum Salary in 10 Percent 12 de enero de 2017, 17:09Montevideo, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The government of Uruguay increased the national minimum wage by 10 percent to put it this January in 427 dollars at the current exchange, an official source said today. Oil Producing Countries Confirm Cuts to Stimulate Oil Prices 12 de enero de 2017, 15:14Abu Dabi, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Oil producing countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Russia confirmed their decision to cut their respective crude oil production in their countries, to fulfill the international pact to stimulate the prices of oil in the planet. Mexican Peso Loses Ground While Trump Struggle Grows México, Jan12 (Prensa Latina) The rift Donald Trump-México is framed in the wall that the next President of the United States wants to lift and charge on this country, whose national currency is until now the main victim of the wrong. Experts Predict Complex China's Foreign Trade in 2017 12 de enero de 2017, 10:01Beijing Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Chinese experts today predict that the country''s foreign trade situation will continue to be complicated in 2017 due to growing protectionism and weak external demand. FAO: Food Prices Fall for the Fifth Consecutive Year Rome, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Prices of the main staple foods fell 1.5 percent in 2016, compared to the previous year, bullish behavior for the fifth consecutive year, FAO said today. Republic of Congo Plans Special Economic Zone with Chinese Aid Beijing, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi assured his country will aid the Republic of Congo build a Special Economic Zone in the port city of Pointe Noire, announced the government. Increased Number of US Visitors to Cuba 11 de enero de 2017, 14:33Havana, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) U.S. arrivals to Cuba grew by 74 percent from 2015 to 2016, with an additional 284,937 visitors last year, according to a senior Foreign Ministry official. Cuba Expresses Condolences for the Death of Mário Soares 11 de enero de 2017, 13:34Havana, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, expressed today the sorrow of the Cuban people and government over the death of the former president of Portugal Mário Soares. Cuba Sends Condolences Due to Death of Former Iranian President 11 de enero de 2017, 12:22Havana, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas conveyed today the condolences of the Cuban government and people on the occasion of the death of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi, one of the main figures of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Mexico Ready to Receive Thousands of Deportees from US 11 de enero de 2017, 11:46Mexico, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican government has capacity today to take back up to 600,000 illegal migrants who can be deported from the United States, according to the Secretariat of the Interior (SEGOB). US Religious People Plead for End of Blockade on Cuba Havana, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) John McCoollogh, Church World Service CEO, has reiterated the need to put an end to the economic, financial and trade blockade imposed by the White House on Cuba more than 50 years ago. Trump Generates Negative Environment, says OCED Secretary General Mexico, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of Donald Trump to the White House generates today nervousness and a negative environment, asserted the Secretary General of the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OCED, Jose Angel Gurría. Recovery of British Industrial Production Announced 11 de enero de 2017, 09:30London, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Official data published today say that British industrial production recovered in November boosted by the oil and gas sectors. Increased Gap between Rich and Poor in Panama Panama, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The unequal distribution of wealth increased in Panama, indicates a recent report issued by the ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) in December 2016, quoted today by the local media. Davos Forum Plans to Examine Discontent Over Globalization 11 de enero de 2017, 00:16 Geneva, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, plans to examine THE growing discontent over globalization, one of the organizers of the event, German Klaus Schwab, confirmed today. Iraq Backs up OPEC Oil Deal to Boost Prices 10 de enero de 2017, 17:51Baghdad, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Iraq cut its crude oil production by 160,000 barrels a day since early January by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pact to boost fuel prices, it said today. Chilean Food Consortium Faces Losses Due to Avian Influenza 10 de enero de 2017, 17:49Santiago, Chile, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Chile''s food consortium Agrosuper estimated at $ 6.5 million USD the losses resulting from the slaughter of turkeys after the outbreak of avian influenza detected the previous week, official sources stated. First Syrian Export Trade Show Concludes 10 de enero de 2017, 12:49Damascus, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The first Syrian Export Fair closed today after three days of exhibition and signed contracts. Protests Over Gasoline Tax Continue in Several Mexican States 10 de enero de 2017, 12:22Mexico, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of members of social organizations, agricultural producers and citizens in general have taken to the streets in the cities of at least 13 Mexican states, to show their disapproval of the so-called ''gasoline tax'', according to today''s reports. Mexican Mayan Peasants to Exchange Experiences in Cuba 10 de enero de 2017, 12:13Mexico, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) A group of Mexican Mayan peasants have come to Cuba today to exchange agro-ecological practices, according to a statement by Aleira Lara, head of the Greenpeace Agriculture Campaign. China Highlights Importance for Uruguay and Latin America Beijing, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The President of the House of Representatives of Uruguay, Gerardo Amarilla, visiting here today, has highlighted the importance China has for his country, which is the main trade partner, and for Latin America in general. Nicaragua Can Always Count on Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Says Managua, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s First Vice-President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has ratified here today that Nicaragua can always count on the unconditional support, friendship, solidarity and cooperation of the Cuban people, government and revolution. Prime Minister Modi Presents Economic Advantages of India 10 de enero de 2017, 11:39New Delhi, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated today the eighth edition of the Global Vibrant Gujarat Summit, which opened its doors in that western state with the presence of numerous foreign personalities. Venezuela Starts the Road to Economic Recovery, Says Minister 10 de enero de 2017, 11:10Caracas, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Economy and Finance, Ramon Lobo, considered today that Venezuela starts in 2017 the path of economic recovery, driven by the protectionist and socialist character measures adopted by President Nicolás Maduro. Mexican Employers Disapprove Agreement Announced by Peña Nieto Mexico, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Confederation of Employers of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) today refused to join the Agreement for the Economic Strengthening and Protection of the Family Economy announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto. Macri Announces Gas Agreements to Boost Vaca Muerta Buenos Aires, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced today an agreement with oil companies and some unions to boost the production of unconventional gas at the Vaca Muerta field. Vietnam's Coffee Exports Increase Hanoi, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese coffee exports for 2016 were valued at 3,360 million dollars, 25.6 percent more than 2015, official figures released today indicate. Trump Considered a Threat to the Mexican Automotive Industry Mexico, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) The presidency of Donald Trump in the United States will be a threat to the Mexican auto industry, local sources say here today. Syria and Iraq Call for Expanding Trade Development 09 de enero de 2017, 10:05Damascus, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Representations of Syria and Iraq have called for all possible difficulties and for expanding and developing trade and economic relations. Argentineans Start the Week with Another Tariffs Increase Buenos Aires, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) The Argentines will enter this second week of 2017 with another tariff increase when the price of fuel rises between today and tomorrow. Angola Reduces Oil Production to Meet OPEC Cut Luanda, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) Angola will produce 1.673 million barrels of crude oil a day to meet the cut approved by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase prices. Lucapa States Angolan Diamonds were the Most Valuable in 2016 Luanda, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Australian diamond company Lucapa announced that Angolan diamonds were in 2016 the most valuable in the world with an average price of 2,983 dollars a carat, stressed the media today. New York Times-- The Most Attractive Caribbean Destinations in 2017 06 de enero de 2017, 12:44Washington, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The New York Times includes three Caribbean tourist destinations in Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Belize among the 52 best places to visit in 2017. China Reiterates Importance of Stable Links With US Beijing, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese Foreign Ministry today reiterated the importance that China and the United States maintain stable relations, an idea supported by the international community. Austrian Former President Calls for Closer Links with Cuba Vienna, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Austrian Former President Heinz Fischer has stated that he is in favor of improving relations between his country and Cuba, the Cuban embassy in Vienna reports today. Casa Dranguet House in Santiago de Cuba Launches Website 06 de enero de 2017, 12:12Santiago de Cuba, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Casa Dranguet, the Center for Interpretation and Dissemination of the Cultural Heritage of Coffee, will today publish an official blog as a way of promoting the knowledge of coffee, which recognized by UNESCO. More Than 500,000 Immigrants Arrived in Europe in 2016 06 de enero de 2017, 11:55Brussels, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) A total of 503,700 immigrants arrived in Europe in 2016, a 72 percent increase on the previous year, according to a report by the Frontex Regional Agency for Border and Coastal Protection. Colombia: FARC-EP Guerilla Moves to Temporary Camps 06 de enero de 2017, 11:54 Bogota, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Starting today, members of the FARC-EP will begin arriving in transit zones, where they will leave their weapons before moving to transition camps, Colombian media has reported today. Peña Nieto Invokes National Unity to Face 2017 Challenges Mexico, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) President Enrique Peña Nieto asked for national unity in order to face what he described as a year of important challenges for Mexico, the government and society. Russia Reacts to US Accusations Against Its Media Moscow, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Russia Today (RT) has criticized US intelligence chief James Clepper''s for his accusation that Russia has disrespected the US political system. Private Entrepreneurs Recognize Bolivia's Economic Strength 06 de enero de 2017, 09:59La Paz, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Confederation of Private Employers of Bolivia, Ronald Nostas, acknowledged the good condition of the national economy, with the highest growth in the region. Gap Between Rich and Poor Widens in Argentina Buenos Aires, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The gap between rich and poor people in Argentina widened considerably, rising 2.4 times between the second and third quarters of 2016. Cuban: Sugarcane Harvest Can Improve Havana, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The 2016/17 Cuban Sugarcane harvest, which has enough raw material, better equipment, preparation and achieves an industrial performance of eight percent higher than planned, can produce more sugar, according to an official source. US Airline Alaska Flights to Cuba Havana, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The American company Alaska Air Group began commercial flights to Cuba with the transfer of about 170 passengers from Los Angeles to this capital. Mexico: Political Parties Call to Protest against New Gasoline Price Mexico, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Mexican Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in Mexico, Alejandra Barrales, announced that a national mobilization will be held on January 15th against the increase in the price of gasoline currently causing dissatisfaction in the country. Mexico: Political Parties Call to Protest against New Gasoline Price 06 de enero de 2017, 08:16Mexico, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Mexican Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in Mexico, Alejandra Barrales, announced that a national mobilization will be held on January 15th against the increase in the price of gasoline currently causing dissatisfaction in the country. FitCuba 2017 to be held in Holguin Germany is Guest of Honor Havana, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The 37th International Tourism Fair (FitCuba 2017) will be held in the province of Holguin with Germany as the guest of honor, according to the Tourism Minister, Manuel Marrero. Cuba to Export Vegetal Carbon to the US Havana, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban enterprise CUBAEXPORT signed an international selling-buying contract with US company Coabana Trading Llc, for the export of handicraft vegetal carbon made from marabu plants, starting this month. Changes in Venezuelan Cabinet to Advance in Socialism Caracas, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The recent reestructuring of the executive cabinet of Venezuela points to strengthen the socialist model in the country in 2017 and 2018, affirmed today the permanent president of the PSUV, Eduardo Piñate. Turkey Denounces EU's Double Standards 05 de enero de 2017, 11:32Ankara, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said today that his country did not want tense relations with any country or institution but that he believed that the EU was applying double standards and was arrogant. Russia Could Stop Sending Gas to Europe Through Ukraine 05 de enero de 2017, 11:18Kiev, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Ukrainian company Naftagaz, Andrei Kobaliov, warned today of the possibility for his country to lose the transit status for Russian gas sent to Europe. Colombia: Former President Criticizes Trump's Threatening Policies Bogota, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper said today that the protectionism proclaimed by US President-elect Donald Trump represents a threat to Latin America. Frente Amplio Assures Uruguay Changes Despite Challenges Montevideo, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay''s Frente Amplio (FA) makes a polítical, economic and social balance of its work during 2016 and asserts that today as a political force it is deeply changing the country despite the challenges. Nicaragua Makes Million Dollar Investment in Energy Managua, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua plans to invest between 600 and 700 million dollars in the energy sector this year, to improve the service to the population and promote sustainable development, official sources reported on Wednesday. Oil Prices Increase Close to 2 Percent 04 de enero de 2017, 17:47London, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) International oil markets closed with an increase of close to 2 percent on Wednesday, due to an agreement between the largest oil producers to cut global crude oil supply. Financial War against Venezuela Leaves Significant Losses 04 de enero de 2017, 16:42Caracas, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) As a result of the economic war staged against the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela from the United States, the country lost more than $6 million USD last year, said the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) today. Minimum Wage to Reduce Poverty in El Salvador 04 de enero de 2017, 15:09San Salvador, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) An increase of the minimum salary in El Salvador will have positive effects such as: poverty reduction, an increase in consumption and economic growth, according to an analysis by the Central Bank released on Wednesday. European Commission Sorry for Resignation British Ambassador to EU 04 de enero de 2017, 12:46Brussels, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The European Commission (EC) lamented today the resignation of British ambassador to the European Union (EU), Ivan Rogers and highlighted his professionalism and knowledge of community affairs. Uruguay to Receive Free Military Assistance From China 04 de enero de 2017, 12:19Montevideo, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay will receive US $ 2.5 million in free military assistance from China this month, an official source announced today. Haitian Personalities Congratulate Newly Elected Presidente 04 de enero de 2017, 11:48Port-au-Prince, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Several Haitian personalities expressed publicly today their congratulations and recognition to President-elect Jovenel Moise of the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK). China Supports Philippines Rotatory Presidency of ASEAN Beijing, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) China backed today the Philippines'' rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017 and advocated that it drive relations within the group to a new level. Businesspeople Lose Confidence to Invest in Mexico, says Survey 04 de enero de 2017, 10:06Mexico, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Confidence of businesspeople to invest continued collapsing in December for the seventh consecutive month, due to greater pesimism regarding the present and future economic situation in Mexico, revealed today the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi). Indian Cabinet Approves Agreement with Uruguay on Customs Issues New Delhi, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The Indian Council of Ministers today approved an agreement between India and Uruguay on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs issues. Panamanian Banks will Face Glim Outlook in 2017 04 de enero de 2017, 01:35 Panama City, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian bank system will face a glim 2017, according to the most recent report by the risk assessment company Fitch Ratings (FR), entitled Perspectiva-2017 (Prospects-2017) and published in this capital. President Ratifies Prediction of Economic Recovery in Ecuador Quito, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa assessed the country''s economy in 2016, based on which he predicted a prosperous 2017 regarding finances. Venezuela Resumes Sale of Gasoline at Colombian Border 03 de enero de 2017, 12:23Caracas Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) The state-owned company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., today (PDVSA) confirmed that the sale of gasoline at the country''s border with Colombia has now re-started Oil Prices Reach 18-Month High London, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices have risen sharply today reaching an 18-month high fueled in part by expectations that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers will abide by an agreement to curb output in order to stabilize the market in 2017. Terrorists Cut Electricity in Syrian Province of Quneitra 02 de enero de 2017, 11:20Damascus, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) Elements of the terrorist group Front for the Conquest of the Levant, formerly Al Nusra, sabotaged today the electrical system in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra, about 70 kilometers southwest of Damascus. Central Peasant to Boost Campaign Against Fuel Prices in Mexico Mexico, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) The Central of Peasant and Popular Organizations (Cocyp) of Mexico will promote a campaign for the annulment of free trade agreements and against the increase of fuel prices, met here today. Indian President Congratulates Cuba on Anniversary of Revolution New Delhi, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) President of India Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Cuba on occasion of the 58th anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution. Catoca Assumes Challenge of Doubling Diamond Extraction in Angola Luanda, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) The Mining Company of Catoca (SMC), the fourth largest diamond company in the world, expects today a smart and rigorous management to double this year''s production in Angola. China Launches First Freight Train to London Beijing, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) China launched its first freight train to London, the China Railway Corporation said. China Urges BRICS Members to Strengthen Association 01 de enero de 2017, 11:42Beijing, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping urged members of the BRICS Group (Brazil, Russia, India,, China and South Africa) to work to reinforce their association for a better future for the group. Cuba 2016: Economic Austerity Without Shock Therapy By María Julia Mayoral Havana, Jan 1 (PL) Cuba concluded 2016 with a negative growth rate of 0,9 percent due to limitations in fuel supplies and financial tensions aggravated in the second half of the year, however austerity did not convey social expense cuts. Cuba's Hotel Nacional Turns 86 with Highest Revenues Ever Havana,(Prensa Latina) Emblematic Hotel Nacional of Cuba arrived the year that ended to its 86th birthday with the best economic results and the permanent objective of assuring a specialized attention to visitors. Oil Ends 2016 Up, Market Expects Start of Agreement London, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices ended 2016 higher amid rising market expectations due to the closeness of the date set for the entry into force of the agreement between producers in order to reduce supply. Bolivia: Vice President Predicts Greater Economic Growth in 2017 La Paz, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera predicted that 2017 will be a better year for the national economy, thanks to rising oil and gas prices and mining exports. Four Million Arrivals, New Record for Cuba Havana, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has welcome 4 million tourist arrivals before closing 2016, a whole new record for its pleasure industry that implies a necessary boost to its economy. Increase Public Transport Prices in Mexico City Mexico, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) The public transportation service rates in this capital will increase as of January in response to the federal executive''s decision to raise the automotive fuels, it was announced today. More than 300 Brazilian Agencies Suitable to Serve Chinese Tourists 30 de diciembre de 2016, 15:44Brasilia, Dec 30 (PL) The number of Brazilian travel agencies declared fit to cater Chinese tourists next year increased up to five percent from 2015 and reached 316, confirmed today the Ministry of Tourism. Syrian President Interview with Italian TV Channel Released Damascus, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) President Bashar al-Assad in an interview released today said, ''We cannot yet speak of the end of the war; it will end when all the terrorists are eliminated, and unfortunately they are still receive support from several countries.'' Angolan Population Increases Almost a Million Per Year Luanda, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) The Angolan population will reach 28.3 million in 2017 having grown by almost a million per year since 2014, the date of the most recent census. Chinese North and Center Welcome 2017 Covered by Smog Beijing, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) China''s northern cities: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Henan as well as cities in the center of the country are covered today by smog. Venezuela to Boost Social Welfare in 2017 Caracas, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government will expand the Barrio Adentro program which currently operates in eight states, to cover the whole country in the first half of next year. Bolivia Invests 632 Million Dollars in Clean Water La Paz, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) From 2011 to date, the Bolivian government has invested 632 million dollars in the implementation of the Mi Agua (My Water) and Mi Riego (My Irrigation) programs, according to a report released today. Adventure Tourism Promoted in Cuban Patrimonial Valley 29 de diciembre de 2016, 15:48Trinidad, Cuba, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) A place called Valle de los Ingenios, in Trinidad, central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, regarded as Mankind''s Cultural Heritage since 1988, was chosen as first canopy station to widen adventure tourism in the center of the island of Cuba. Poll Shows Most Europeans still Support the EU Brna, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) still counts with the support of most Europeans, in spite of the problems it now faces and the British decision to leave the organization, said a poll made here by the Gallup International Association and the World Independent Net for Marketing Studies (WIN). China's Unmanned Submersibles Descend 10,000 Metres Underwater 29 de diciembre de 2016, 10:52Beijing, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) Three Chinese unmanned deep-sea devices descended over 10,000 metres underwater and successfully completed sea tests in the Pacific Ocean marking a major step in the country''s deep-sea research, researchers said. China Challenges US Inclusion of Chinese Companies in Black List Beijing, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) China''s Ministry of Commerce said today that the USA blacklist that includes Chinese companies is irresponsible and non-objective. Brazilian Government Invests Millions in Building Prisons Brasilia, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian government is investing 1,200 billion reais (365 million dollars) in the construction of prisons and the modernization of the penal system, said presidential spokesman Alexandre Parola. Venezuela to Modernize Even More its Armed Forces in 2017 29 de diciembre de 2016, 08:16Caracas, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) In 2017, the Venezuelan government plans to continue modernizing its Armed Forces to be military adapted to today''s societies. Over 13 Million New Jobs Created in China This Year 29 de diciembre de 2016, 07:32Beijing, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) China created more than 13 million new jobs this year as part of the efforts to stabilize a slowing economy,according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. U.S. Economic Growth Boosts Value of the Dollar 28 de diciembre de 2016, 13:45London, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. dollar maintained today an upward trend stimulated by its economic growth perspectives, the rise in interest rates and inflation, factors that made the euro and the pound suffer a setback. Chilean Central Bank Keeps Same Interest Rate, but Without Unanimity 28 de diciembre de 2016, 13:19Santiago de Chile, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Central Bank of Chile decided today to leave its referent interest rate in December, but there was no unanimity behind that option. China Calls the US to Stop Meddling in Taiwan 28 de diciembre de 2016, 11:21Beijing, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) A spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of China, An Fengshan, reiterated to Washington today that the Taiwan issue is a internal matter of this nation. Oil Prices Rise for Fourth Consecutive Day 28 de diciembre de 2016, 11:19London, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices rose today, for the fourth consecutive session, as the market expects an agreement between producers to reduce offer. Argentinean Economy Failing 28 de diciembre de 2016, 11:07Buenos Aires, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean economy has continued its downfall, and in October last it dropped 4.7%, the National Statistics and Census Institute (Indec, in Spanish) has reported today. Evan McMullin Calls on Republicans to Fight Racism in the US 28 de diciembre de 2016, 10:44Washington, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin said here that the US Republican Party needs new leadership to resolve its struggles against racism. Literacy Campaign Makes Progress in El Salvador 28 de diciembre de 2016, 10:39San Salvador, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Education authorities in El Salvador declared 18 municipalities Free of Illiteracy in 2016, with which already amounted to 67 in that condition and more than 30,000 people benefited. India Arrests Smugglers With More Than 70 Poisonous Snakes 28 de diciembre de 2016, 09:43New Delhi, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Police in the western Indian state of Maharashtra arrested two smugglers hiding more than 70 poisonous snakes in boxes to extract their poison and sell it, NDTV reported. Longest East-West High-Speed Railroad Operating in China 28 de diciembre de 2016, 09:41Beijing, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) China inaugurated today one of the longest high-speed railways in the world, that will link the prosperous east coast with the least developed region in the southwest. China Launches High Resolution Remote Sensing Satellites 28 de diciembre de 2016, 09:40Beijing, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) China launched a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province today. Syria Takes Measures to Face Drinking Water Shortage 28 de diciembre de 2016, 09:24Damascus, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian government took today emergency measures in response to the shortage of drinking water due to the terrorist sabotage of the sources of supply in the Ein Fijeh area, 35 kilometers north of Damascus. Cuban Government Expects Economic Growth by 2017 28 de diciembre de 2016, 09:18Havana, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba must face financial tensions and challenges for the coming 2017, and even so, an upward path is expected for the national economy, predicted President Raul Castro. China is Interested in Increasing Military Ties with Bolivia Beijing, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina)Chinese National Defense Minister Chang Wanquan expressed China''s interest in increasing military links with Bolivia to a new level, the government reports today. Despite Economic Challenge, Cuba Ensures Human Development Plans Havana, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Despite ongoing economic challenges, Cuba is assigning 51% of the current outlays of its 2017 Budget to health, education and social welfare. Cuban Economy Will Grow 2% in 2017, Predicts the President Havana, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban economy is closing 2016 with a 0.9% decline of its Gross Domestic Product; however, despite ongoing challenges it will grow 2% in 2017, President Raul Castro predicted. Bolivia Expects to Close 2016 with a GDP Over 4.2 percent La Paz, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia plans to close this year with a growth of at least 4.2 percent and inflation below four, Economy Minister Luis Arce informed. Prices of Oil Ratify Increasing Trend New York, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The prices for the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent oil types kept their increasing trend in their respective prices in the last weeks, closing in New York and London with earnings of 88 and 90 cents respectively. Cuban President Warns over Challenges for National Economy Havana, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s President Raul Castro has warned today that the country will continue to face economic and financial challenges in 2017, though he predicted an ascending trend for the Cuban economy. Cuba Plans Greater Budget Incomes in 2017 Havana, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba plans an increase of 3 percent of the incomes to the Cuban state budget, up to 52.357 billion Cuban pesos (more than 52 billion dollars), as announced in a session of the Parliament headed by President Raul Castro. Cuba Foresees a GDP Raise of 2 percent for 2017 Havana, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is projecting a two percent increase in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2017, after ending 2016 with a decrease of 0.9 percent, informed today the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas. Cuba: More Budget Revenues in 2017 Havana, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba expects in 2017 an increase of three percent in its net income to the State Budget until 52 billion 357 million pesos, it was announced at the ordinary session of the parliament chaired by President Raul Castro. Cuban Beaches Benefitted with More Sand Ciego de Avila, Cuba Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) The rehabilitation of beaches with sand recovering makes it possible for tourist destination of Jardines del Rey (King''s Gardens) to offer today a higher quality product, according to market demand. China Defines Conditions of Environmental Crimes Beijing, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme People''s Court (TPS) and the Supreme People''s Procuratorate (FPS) have defined 18 types of ''serious environmental pollution'' , which will be considered crimes against the environment, according to the highest judicial Chinese bodies. Petition Signed by 200,000 Calls for IMF Director to be Punished Paris, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for a sentence to be imposed against Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Philippines Authorities Assess Typhoon Damage Manila, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Philippine authorities are assessing the damage caused by typhoon Nock-Ten, which has led to at least six deaths and 18 missing, as well as forcing the evacuation of 429,000 people. Vietnam and China Explore Ways to Promote Economic Cooperation Hanoi, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam and China are exploring ways to promote bilateral economic cooperation, including in trade and investments, during a two-day seminar which began in Vietnam today. Angola Closes 2016 Leading Oil Production in Africa Luanda, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Angola will close 2016 as the lead oil producer in Africa, having surpassed Nigeria by reaching a daily average of 1.7 million barrels. French Ministry Calls to Step Up Precautions Against Flu Epidemic Paris, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) The French Health Ministry has called on the population to step up precautions and preventive measures to counteract the spread of seasonal flu, which is a characteristic of the winter season. Persistent Signals of Weakness in Labor Sector Worldwide Geneva, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) The labor sector, one of the three most hit since the outburst of the 2008 economic crisis, keeps on showing signs of weakness at present. Argentinean Minister of Finance Prat-Gay Resigns his Post Buenos Aires, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean Minister of Treasury and Finance, Alfonso Prat-Gay, resigned his post today and that Ministry will be divided in two, confirmed the head of the Cabinet, Marco Peña. 300 Evacuated in Buenos Aires Due to Heavy Rains Buenos Aires, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Heavy rains in the last hours has lead to more than 300 people being evacuated in Pergamino, in the north of Buenos Aires, due to the overflow of a river. Egyptian Government to Solve Shortage of Medicines Cairo, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) The Egyptian government plans to end the current shortage of medicines that is affecting the country through a plan already agreed with international suppliers. Venezuelan Government Insists on Dialogue Caracas, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro''s attempts to initiate a dialogue with the opposition have been rejected, according to a government source quoted by the media today. China-Laos Railway Construction Begins Vientiane, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) The railroad construction project, China-Laos, was officially launched today in a ceremony held in the northern city of Luang Prabang in Laos, according to media reports. Argentina: Fuel Prices Increase in the First Month of 2017 Buenos Aires, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) The increase in the price of fuel in Argentina by up to eight percent will arrive in the first week of 2017, according to the Secretary of the Chamber of Fuel Merchants, Raul Castellanos. Cuba: Growing Air Links Favor Tourism Havana, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) With the increase in the Cuban tourist industry, this month comes with news of inaugural flights from different parts of the world to this island. India's Foreign Currency Reserves Continue Dropping 25 de diciembre de 2016, 00:10New Delhi, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) India''s foreign currency reserves totaled 360.606 billion U.S. dollars at the end of last week, accounting for a decrease of 2.38 billion dollars compared to the previous week, official sources reported. China and Vietnam Agree to Boost Mutually-Beneficial Cooperation Beijing, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) China and Vietnam agreed to further boost mutually-beneficial cooperation, the government said on Saturday. Cuba: French Club Opens in Jardines del Rey Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) The inauguration of the French club Framissia has opened a new way to increase tourist arrivals from France in the Cuban resort of Jardines del Rey, off the north coast of this central province. Minister of Eurasian Economic Union Meets Cuban Ambassador Moscow, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) Tatiana Valovaya, the minister for Integration and Macroeconomics of the Euro-Asian Economic Union, met on Friday with Cuban Ambassador to Russia Emilio Lozada at the headquarters of that body in this capital. Cuban Vice President Praises Preparations for Tobacco Campaign Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura has praised the preparations for the tobacco campaign in this western province, the country''s largest tobacco producer, where 18,000 hectares have been devoted to that crop. German Biggest Bank to Pay High Sanction from US Berlin, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The biggest German commercial bank (Deutsche Bank) reported Friday that it will pay a snaction for more than 7 billion dollars in the United States, because of frauds in the sale of values supported by mortgages. Venezuelan Oil Closes Fourth Week with Rise in Prices 23 de diciembre de 2016, 13:09Caracas, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan crude oil closed its fourth consecutive week in rise, being quoted in an average for 45,27 dollars a barrel, reported today the local Department of Oil and Mining. More Than 5,000 Migrants Killed in the Mediterranean this Year 23 de diciembre de 2016, 11:56Geneva, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The number of migrants killed in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year rose to five thousand, after two shipwrecks yesterday claimed one hundred victims, according to humanitarian organizations. Consequences of the War in Aleppo, Syria 23 de diciembre de 2016, 11:55Damascus, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The dramatic consequences of the four-year war imposed on Syria, particularly in Aleppo, are slowly being revealed, according to figures released by the authorities today. Ecuador: Less Tourism in Esmeraldas After Earthquake Quito, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Tourism in Esmeraldas, Ecuador''s coastal province, has been affected by a reduction in visits to recreation facilities and sites, following the earthquake that took place five days ago and the many aftershocks which have continued to affect the region. First French Tourists Arrive at Cuban Cayo Coco Resort 23 de diciembre de 2016, 10:16Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of the first flight of French tourists at the international airport in Cayo Coco, opens a new Cuban tourist destination - Jardines del Rey. Cuba for Greater Cooperation With Vietnam Hanoi, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban consul in Ho Chi Minh City, Bernabé García, today declared that Cuba would promote cooperation, in tourism, medicine, biotechnology and agro-forestry, with the Vietnamese region of Mekong Delta. Oil Prices Tumble As Dollar Goes Up London, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The strengthening of the dollar hurt today oil prices as the rise makes commodities traded in that currency more expensive. Venezuela: Toys Confiscated From Kreisel Company to Be Distributed Caracas, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP, in Spanish) will today distribute the second lot of toys confiscated by the National Superintendence for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights (Sundde) from the company Kreisel. USA: Anti-nuclear Groups Alarmed by Message from Donald Trump Washington, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) A message published on Twitter by US President-elect Donald Trump keeps alarmed the international community and groups defending control over nuclear weapons. Pakistan to Release 439 Indian Fishermen 23 de diciembre de 2016, 08:20Islamabad, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Despite the increse in bilateral tensions. Pakistan will release 439 Indian fishermen that were capture for fishing in territorial waters. 663 Villages in Beijing Replace Coal With Cleaner Energy in 2016 23 de diciembre de 2016, 07:34Beijing, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) 663 villages in Beijing had replaced coal with clean energy, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Rural Affairs said Thursday. Airbus to Sell Iranian Airline 100 Commercial Planes Paris, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) European airplane manufacturer Airbus will sell Iran a total of 100 commercial planes, as part of a request by Iranian company Iran Air, valued in 10 billion dollars. Nicaragua Keeps Inflation Low for Second Year 23 de diciembre de 2016, 00:16Managua, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua will end 2016 with inflation lower than 3.5 percent, which would keep that economic indicator low for the second consecutive year, said today official sources. U.S. Economy Grows in Third Quarter 2016 22 de diciembre de 2016, 15:13Washington, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) U.S. economy grew in the third quarter this year supported by consumers expenditure and an increase in soybean exports, informed today the Department of Commerce. U.S. Economy Grows in Third Quarter 2016 22 de diciembre de 2016, 14:38Washington, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) U.S. economy grew in the third quarter this year supported by consumers expenditure and an increase in soybean exports, informed today the Department of Commerce. Oil Prices Drop from Larger US Reserves and More Libyan Offer London, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The increase of crude oil reserves in the United States and plans to increase oil production in Libya, led to a fall in the price of oil on Thursday. Miguel Diaz Canel Presides Over Cuba's Teachers' Day Celebration Havana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Miguel Diaz Canel, First Vicepresident of the Cuban State and Ministers Councils, is presiding over a national celebration of Cuban teachers in the Cuban capital on Thursday. Cuban Educators Ratify Commitment to Fidel's Legacy Havana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s education minister, Ena Elsa Velázquez, today reaffirmed the commitment of teachers to the legacy of the eternal Commander-in-Chief, Fidel Castro. Serbia in Military Agreement with Russia Belgrade, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) An agreement for Russia to supply modern combat aircraft and other weapons to Serbia is being widely discussed by politicians, experts and the media. D. R. Congo: Government and Church Seek Solutions Kinshasa, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, remains silent after calls for him to step down. Cuban Scientific Delegation Concludes Visit to US Havana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) A delegation from the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) headed by the first deputy minister Fernando González, have concluded a two-day visit to the United States, where they reached important agreements. Cubans Celebrate Educator's Day and Victory Over Illiteracy Havana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Students, teachers and executives from around the country celebrate today the Educator''s Day, commemorating the 55th anniversary of Cuba being declared territory free of Illiteracy by the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro. Bolivia Forecasts Stable Economy for 2017 La Paz, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Government has forecasted a good 2017 for the country''s economy, on the likelihood of improved prices for oil, minerals and other raw materials. China Launches Satellite to Monitor Global Carbon Emissions 22 de diciembre de 2016, 07:37Beijing, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) China launched a carbon dioxide monitoring satellite via a Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China''s Gobi Desert at 3:22 a.m. Thursday. Greece: Increased Taxes Frozen Despite Criticism of Creditors 21 de diciembre de 2016, 17:18Athens, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The Greek Parliament unanimously decided to postpone the increase in value added tax (VAT) to the islands most affected by the refugee crisis, despite the criticism of international creditors. Greater Integration, Central America's Challenge Managua, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Consolidating unity and meeting the demands of the people are today two of the greatest challenges for the Central American Integration System (SICA, in Spanish), whose member States have agreed to push forward a sustainable development. Japan Cuts Budget for 2020 Olympic Games Tokyo, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The organizing committee of the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games has announced today that the total cost of the event will be between 13 and 15 billion dollars. Turkey to Increase Foreign Trade Using Its Currency Ankara, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Turkey wants to increase the use of its currency, the Turkish lira, in foreign trade, to at least 10 percent of the total amount, the Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci explained today. Oil Prices Rise 10 Percent This Month London, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices accumulate a 10 percent rise so far this month and are still progressing due to predictions of a drop in crude oil inventories in the United States. Cuba Defends International Cooperation Without Conditions Havana, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba defends the principle of international cooperation without economic, political and social conditions that will imply interference in internal affairs or undermines sovereignty of a country. Chief of Russian Duma Defense Committee Receives Cuban Ambassador 21 de diciembre de 2016, 10:10Moscow, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The chief of the State Duma Defense Committee (Russian lower house), Vladimir Shamanov, welcomed the Cuban ambassador to the country, Emilio Lozada Garcia, diplomatic sources reported today. Seismic and Geological Issues on the Agenda for Cuba-USA Cooperation Washington, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the United States signed in this capital a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the exchange of information on seismic records and related geological information. Warning in USA of High Costs Trump Plans against Immigrants 20 de diciembre de 2016, 13:26Washington, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Plans of President Elect Donald Trump destined to revert aid to undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. whe they were minors will cost billions of dollars, revealed a study published today. Cuban Oil Refinery Increases Production Havana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The Sergio Soto oil refinery in the south-central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus refined this year over 72.200 tons of national crude for the highest production ever, the plant''s director general, Lester A. Alemán, pointed out today. 2016 Consolidated Bases of New Venezuelan Economic Model Caracas, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The executive Vicepresident of Venezuela, Aristóbulo Istúriz, assured today that in 2016 were established the bases to construct and consolidate the economic socialist productive model in the country. Some 30,000 People Affected by Mysterious Disease in Pakistan 20 de diciembre de 2016, 11:38Islamabad, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Health authorities in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh are on alert for the spread of a mysterious disease that has infected about 30,000 people in a month, causing joint pain and fever. Erdogan: Assassination of Russian Ambassador is a Provocation Ankara, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, his condolences for the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. World Groundwater Depletion Linked to Climate Change La Habana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The volume of usable water in the world is declining due to intense droughts and other problems related to climate change, according to Ibrahim Plaza, a specialist at the Cuban Business Group for Hydraulic Use Syria and Cuba Increase Cooperation in Several Sectors 20 de diciembre de 2016, 10:00Damascus, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian minister of Industry, Ahmad al Hamu, has had talks with the Cuban ambassador in Damascus, Rogerio Santana, on ways to boost cooperation in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and food industries. Classes Suspended Until January 2017 in Ecuador Due to Quake Quito, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian authorities have decided to suspend classes until January 3rd 2017 in the province of Esmeraldas, which has been struck by an 5.7 earthquake, leaving three dead due to cardiac arrest and causing major damage. Guatemalan President to Attend SICA Summit Guatemala, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales will today attend the 48th Summit of the Head of States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) that will be held in Nicaragua. Venezuelan Metallurgic Industry Increases Productivity Caracas, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Minister for Basic, Strategic and Socialist Industries Juan Arias asserted today that the State companies that process iron, steel, aluminum increased their productive capacity this year. Russia May Suspend Gas Supply to EU Through Ukraine 19 de diciembre de 2016, 14:50Moscow, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Gazprom consortium has warned today of the possible suspension of the gas supply to the European Union (EU) - which is transported through a pipe line that crosses Ukraine - if they verify cases of misappropriation by Ukraine. IMF Director Guilty, but Court Exempts her from Jail Sentence París, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Court of Justice of the Republic of France declared guilty today of negligence the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, despite which it exempted her from a one-year jail sentence. Quakes Shake Ecuadorian Province of Esmeraldas 19 de diciembre de 2016, 11:04Quito, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) At least five earthquakes have shaken the province of Esmeraldas, located in the coastal region of Ecuador. China and Australia Agree to Cooperate on Oceanic Research 19 de diciembre de 2016, 10:43Beijing, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) China and Australia have agreed to collaborate on oceanic research in the southern hemisphere, official media reported on Monday. Iberostar Will Manage an Iconic Hotel in Havana Havana, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish chain Iberostar Hotels and Resorts has announced today it will manage, starting in Januray 2017, the Riviera Hotel, an iconic establishment in Havana from the 1950''s. Cuban First Deputy Minister of Science and Technology to Visit USA Havana, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s first deputy minister of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), Fernando González, will visit the United States on December 20th and 21st, the National foreign ministry confirmed today. Paraguay-Brazil Hydroelectric Station, Leader in Power Generation Asuncion, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) Binational company Itaipu, a hydroelectric plant, shared by Paraguay and Brazil has become world leader in power generation, beating the record figure of 98.8 million megawatts per hour (MW/h). Mexican PT alerts on Imminent Privatization of Social Security 17 de diciembre de 2016, 11:07Mexico, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The national leadership of the Work Party (PT) warned about the imminent privatization of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and the risk it implies today for the health of Mexicans. China for Better Product Quality, Core Competitiveness in 2017 17 de diciembre de 2016, 00:20Beijing, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina China will focus on improving product quality and core competitiveness to bolster the real economy in 2017, according to an official statement released today. Concern about Decline of Tourism Sector in Trinidad and Tobago 16 de diciembre de 2016, 17:50Port Spain, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) the President of the Association of hotels and tourism in Tobago, Christopher James, expressed fear today that the tourist industry disappears in the island, if actions are not implemented to boost the sector. Oil Prices At 17-Month High London, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices rose today to near 17-month high on expectations of a reduction in global supply if producing nations abide by the OPEC agreement. Venezuela Detains 82 Money Traffickers Caracas, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The governor of the state of Táchira, Jose Vielma, has reported that in this area of Venezuela, 82 money traffickers were detained during the three days allowed to demonetize the 100 bills of the national currency. FAO Discusses Rural Women's Role Rome, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The potential of rural women to tackle world hunger and poverty is the theme in Rome, today, of a high-level event sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Russia, Nicaragua Ambassadors Highlighted Stability in Bolivia 16 de diciembre de 2016, 09:19La Paz, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The ambassadors of Russia and Nicaragua in Bolivia, Alexei Sazonov and Elias Chevez, respectively, have highlighted the stability the country has today, thanks to the governing Movement towards Socialism (MAS) and the leadership of President Evo Morales. Robotic Industry Grows in China Beijing, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) - Chinese experts have stressed the rapid growth of the Chinese robotics industry, which sold 19,000 robots in the first half of the year. Inflation Rises in Eurozone Brussels, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The eurozone inflation rate rose to 0.6 percent in November due to higher prices in restaurants, cafeterias, rents and tobacco, according to Eurostat. Bolivia: The Maritime Demand is a Priority La Paz, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The issue of maritime demand to recover an exit to the Pacific Ocean is still a priority in Bolivia''s foreign policy, said the deputy foreign minister of the South American nation, Juan Carlos Alurralde. ECLAC Predicts Complex Panorama for LatAm Economies 15 de diciembre de 2016, 12:17Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena, predicted a complex panorama for the region''s economy in 2017, although she noted a slight growth. Venezuelan Foreign Minister to Meet with Uruguayan Organizations Montevideo, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez will cary out several activities in this capital, including meetings with social and political organizations, diplomatic sources informed. ECLAC Sees Complex Panorama for LATAM Economies Santiago de Chile, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has seen a complex view for the economies of the region in 2017, but was pleased to resume a slight growth. ALER Rejects Actions Against Venezuela in MERCOSUR San Salvador, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The Latin American Association of Radio Education (ALER) has said that the decision by MERCOSUR members to temporarily suspend Venezuela as a member, contradicts the spirit of integration of this mechanism. UN Coordinator to Visit Cuban Areas Affected by Hurricane Matthew Guantanamo, Cuba Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cuba, Myrta Kaulard, will visit some of the territories affected by Hurricane Matthew last October. Ambassadors Highlight ALBA Anniversary before the Dominican Press Santo Domingo, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The ambassadors of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) highlighted the achievements of the integration group in the Dominican press. New Venezuelan Bills Start Circulating Caracas, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Starting today, new bills and coins circulate in Venezuela, as part of the progressive policy of the government of Nicolás Maduro to expand the monetary cone. Tourist Facilities in Baracoa Recover their Splendor 15 de diciembre de 2016, 00:23 Baracoa, Cuba Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) A rejuvenated image is exhibited today by the tourist facilities of the first Cuban village after being devastated by hurricane Mathew last October and rehabilitated by forces of the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur). Created Machine to Benefit Exportable Vegetal Coal 14 de diciembre de 2016, 17:19Ciego de Avila, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) A machine to benefit and classify exportable charcoal was created by a group of workers from Empresa Citrícola Ceballos, the largest producer of the product in Cuba. Eurozone Lenders Pressure Greece on Christmas Payment Brussels, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Eurozone lenders have agreed to suspend the financial help they were giving to Greece to ease their short-term debt. Venezuela Summons Meeting to Solve Differences in Mercosur Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, summoned today a meeting for tomorrow in the context of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) about the Olivos Protocol, mechanisms to solve controversies in the regional bloc. Principle of Only One China, is Basic in Links with US 14 de diciembre de 2016, 11:26Beijing, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The principle of only one China emerged again as a spearhead in the relations with US, warned today An Fengshan, spokesperson of the Affairs Office of the State Council. During a press Conference the cabinet''s spokeswoman pointed out that to adhere the aforementioned principle is the political base for the development of links between China and United States and at the same time the main stone for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Chinese Ambassador in Bolivia Expresses Interest in Bioceanic Project La Paz, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) China''s ambassador to La Paz, Wu Yuanshan, expressed his country''s interest in participating in the bioceanic train project, which will unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans cross the territory of Bolivia. Nicolas Maduro in Cuba to Celebrate 12 Years of ALBA Havana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived today in Cuba on the occasion of the celebration of the twelfth anniversary of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), reported the national television. Lebanon, US Talk About Terrorism, Refugees and Aleppo Beirut, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) US Undersecretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, Anne Patterson analyzed today the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon at times of systematic terrorist activity and worsening of the situation in Aleppo. China Allocates Relief Fund for Victims in Disaster Areas Beijing, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) China''s finance and civil affairs ministries allocated 5,705 million yuan, or 826.3 million dollars, to support residents in disaster-stricken regions. Electricity for Mexican Subway to be Produced with Solid Waste Mexico City, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The solid urban waste generated in Mexico City will be used to generate electricity and meet the demands of the subway, it was known today. Russia's Wants to Avoid Imports in Military, Civilian Sectors Moscow, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The State Equipment Factory of Riazan (FEER) consolidates today Russia''s intentions to increase import substitution, both in the military and in the civilian sphere. China Offers Guarantees to Support the Economic Development of Angola Luanda, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) President José Eduardo dos Santos received guarantees from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Xinping, that he will maintain support for the Angolan economic development process, the Angolan Public Television stressed today. About 75 Percent of Americans Support Relations with Cuba Washington, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) About 75 percent of Americans have favored the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and 73 percent have supported an end to the economic blockade on the island, according to a Pew Research Center polling. Venezuela to Defend Integration at MERCOSUR Meeting Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela, Pro-tempore president of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), today defends the integration and unity of the peoples in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the block to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Financial Research Office Predicts Severe Fall in U.S. Stock Exchange 14 de diciembre de 2016, 00:55Washington, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The behavior of stock and bond exchanges in the U.S. is giving signs of the sharpest fall in the last century, alerted a specialized institution. Venezuelan Businesspeople Support Official Monetary Measures 14 de diciembre de 2016, 00:44Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The National Coucil of Productive Economy, composed by businesspeople of the public and private sectors of Venezuela, supported the recent measures adopted by President Nicolas Maduro. Creditors to Greece Seek Increasing Austerity Measures 13 de diciembre de 2016, 17:13Athens, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Greece resumed today the talks with its creditors about a review of tax reforms to increase the austerity measures in the country, in exchange for a financial rescue of millions. Good Production of Bee Honey in Cuban Province Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The production of honey from bees shows progress in this Cuban central province today, where more than 360 tons were extracted so far this year mainly destined for export. Venezuelan Businesspeople Support Government's Financial Measures Caracas, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The National Council of Productive Economy, made up of Venezuelan businesspeople from the public and private sector, expressed its support for the recent actions taken by President Nicolas Maduro. Uruguay Backs Venezuela in Implementing Protocol of Olivos Montevideo, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Uruguayan government today expressed its support for the Venezuelan initiative on the implementation of the Protocol of Olivos for the solution of disputes in the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), the Foreign Affairs Ministry reported today. Cuba and EU in a New Stage of Bilateral Relations Brussels, 13 Dec (Prensa Latina) After the signing of a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, Cuba and the European Union (EU) are opening a new stage in bilateral relations in which they will seek to boost ties on the basis of equality, reciprocity and respect. China Is Upset by Duty Evasion of WTO Members Beijing, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) China on Tuesday expressed discontent with the members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that are eluding their obligations of abandoning the substitute country consideration when calculating the antidumping measures against Chinese exports. Communist Leader Denounces India-US Military Agreement New Delhi, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The secretary general of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Sitaram Yechury, has denounced a military agreement between his country and the United States today, saying that it violates national sovereignty and strategic autonomy. Situation of Private Banks in Bolivia Is Positive La Paz, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Private Banks of Bolivia (ASOBAN) evaluated the situation of the banking sector until October as positive, local media reported today. Trump Nominates Exxon Mobil CEO as the Next US Secretary of State Washington, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) US President-elect Donald Trump announced today that he has chosen Exxon Mobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State for his Cabinet. Tillerson will take office on January 20th. Eiffel Tower to Remain Closed Today Due to Strike Paris, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Eiffel Tower, considered an emblematic monument in France, will remain closed to public today due to a strike by its workers, so about 6,000 visitors will be affected, according to estimates. OPEC daily basket price at its highest in a year and a half Vienna, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The daily basket price of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) opened firmed this morning at 53,24 usd, its highest in a year and a half following agreements of member and non memger States. Chile to Strengthen Links with Argentina in Buenos Aires 13 de diciembre de 2016, 00:37Santiago de Chile, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of the highest level will be Thursday and Friday in Buenos Aires to strengthen the links with Argentina, during the 8th Meeting of the Binational Cabinet. Further Fall in Exports from Latin American and Caribbean Forecast 13 de diciembre de 2016, 00:18Washington, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) indicated today that exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will fall six percent in 2016, representing a fourth consecutive year of fall. Venezuelan Bank Supports Actions by Government to Defend Currency 12 de diciembre de 2016, 17:33Caracas, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Banking Association (ABV) expressed today its support for the actions taken by the Government to prevent the return of illicit money to the national financial system. Agreement with Cuba is a Strong EU Statement, Mogherini Says Brussels, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) has issued a strong statement today after signing the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba and finally abolishing the ''common position'', the bloc''s diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said today. Evo Morales: Relations With the US Have to Be Based on Mutual Respect La Paz, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today expressed his country''s willingness to have diplomatic relations with the entire world, including the United States, provided they are based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs. Food Production Falls in Argentine 12 de diciembre de 2016, 11:35Buenos Aires, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Food production in Argentine fell by 2.6 percent in the first nine months of the year, according to a report on the Minuto Uno website. Evo Morales: The Capitalist System Has Failed La Paz, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s president Evo Morales today called the capitalist model a failure and criticized the policies of domination, intervention and looting in several countries around the world. Venezuela: Media Denounce Attack against National Currency Caracas, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s media today denounces the attack against the nation''s currency, the bolivar, that has been going on since 2013 by right wing circles along the border with Colombia. Cuba Considers Economic Ties with Europe a Priority Brussels, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Economic ties with Europe will continue being a priority for Cuba in the construction of an efficient and sustainable socialist economy, according to Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez. Oil Price at 18 Month High Following Production Agreement London, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices have reached their highest levels in 18 months today, as a result of recent agreements between producers to reduce supply. China to Increase Number of Foreign Currencies in Its Market 12 de diciembre de 2016, 00:30Beijing, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) China is getting ready to start direct transactions between its currency, the yuan, and seven currencies in its exchange market. Indonesian President Kicks Off Official Visit to India Jakarta, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Indonesian President Joko Widodo will kick off an official visit to India, starting on Monday, to reinforce relations in several sectors, it was reported here. Venezuelan Government Faces Speculative Crisis 11 de diciembre de 2016, 11:37Caracas, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) The business sector in Venezuela are acting on Sunday in the campaign against the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro to make products more expensive and to speculate with the needs of the population. Indian-Pakistani Tension Threatens Strategic Agreement on Rivers Islamabad, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) The Indian government is boosting today an ambitious plan to increase the use of the water of Indus River and its tributaries, a decision that could trigger a conflict with neighboring Pakistan, which shares this basin. CUPET and Chinese Company Sign Contract Havana, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban company Cuba-Petróleo (CUPET) and the Chinese BGP signed a contract as part of the development program of the oil industry in Cuba. OPEC and Non-OPEC Producers Meet in Vienna Vienna, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) OPEC and producer countries outside the organization meet today to agree on a cut of the supply of global crude oil in order to stabilize the price of oil and reduce global inventories. Mexico Closes 2016 with 35 Million Foreign Tourists 10 de diciembre de 2016, 01:25México, 10 dic (PL) México will close 2016 with 35 million foreign visitors and revenues for 19 billion dollars, advanced the figures given by Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid. China Shapes Up Vital Economic Tasks for 2017 Beijing, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) The Communist Party of China (CPCh) pointed that the main economic tasks of the Government for 2017, give priority to the work aimed at achieving new advances in the economic reform on the offer side. Coordinated Work of Authorities and Liquor Producers Goes to Cancun 09 de diciembre de 2016, 13:31 Mexico, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The paper ''Bats, Agaves and Tequila'' was chosen as part of the investigative works to be presented at the 13rd United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13) in Cancun, Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Suriname: Cuba Is a Bastion of Inspiration Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is a bastion of inspiration, according to the Surinamese Ambassador to Cuba, Ike Desmond Antonius. Fidel Castro's Role in Cuba-CARICOM Ties Highlighted Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The role of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in strengthening the relationship between his nation and the Caribbean has been highlighted here in the context of the celebration for the Cuba-CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Day. Cuban Special Development Zone to Contract Foreign Workers 09 de diciembre de 2016, 11:56Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) A resolution by the Cuban Labor and Social Security Ministry (MTSS) will allow foreign persons who are not resident in Cuba to work in the Special Development Zone of Mariel. France: Current Crisis of Capitalism Under Analysis Paris, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) A discussion of capitalism's systemic crisis opened a conference between the Communist Parties of France (PCF) and Cuba (PCC) held in the French capital. China Opposes Military Ties Between US and Taiwan Beijing, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang has reiterated that his Government''s position with regards to military relations between the United States and Taiwan, as well as the sales of US arms to China, is coherent, clear and well-known by the international community. Urgent Food Aid Needed in 39 Countries, says FAO Rome, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Urgent food aid is needed in 39 countries to face the lack of food caused by internal conflicts and meteorological phenomena, informed the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Air Industry to Earn Less than Expected 09 de diciembre de 2016, 01:58Geneva, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported here this sector will earn at the end of this year 35.6 billion dollars, less than expected. Habano Festival Summoned for Next February Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban tobacco authorities summoned the 19th Habano Festival from February 27 to March 3, 2017, event that generally attracts over one thousand persons of 70 countries. Food Prices Decline But Remain High, Says FAO Rome, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Food prices worldwide fell slightly in November, but remain high compared to the same period in 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report today. Russia Exhibits Cuban Pharmaceutical Products Moscow, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban medicine displayed its best progress and competitive qualities during a special exhibition in the framework of Health Week in Russia, an event held at the Expocenter exhibition center. IATA Predicts Lower Earnings for Region's Airlines in 2017 08 de diciembre de 2016, 12:11Bogota, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Latin American airline revenues will fall by 100 million dollars in 2017, according to the predictions of the regional division of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Oil Prices Rises as Market Awaits Next Producers Meeting London, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Crude oil prices are on the rise today, while US crude reservoirs decrease, according to the US Department of Energy. Stagnation of Social Indicators Warns Report in Uruguay 07 de diciembre de 2016, 12:02Montevideo, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) A report presented by the Cuesta-Duarte Institute of the Single Trade Union Central PIT-CNT of Uruguay, warns today of the stagnation or setback of some social indicators in the country due to the economic contraction of the last years. Cuban Parliament in Eleventh Ordinary Session on December 27th Havana, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s National Assembly of the People''s Power (Parliament) will hold the eleventh ordinary session on December 27th. Argentinean Deputies Approve Changes in Tax on Profits Buenos Aires, Dec 7(Prensa Latina) After hours of debate, agreements and disagreements over the tax on profits, changes were approved today by the Argentinean Chamber of Deputies by 140 in favor, 86 against and seven abstentions. Latin American and Caribbean Integration, Fidel's and Chavez's Legacy Por Waldo MendiluzaUnited Nations, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) December is a month of particular significance for Latin American and Caribbean integration, as the legacy of regional unity from Commanders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez will be highlighted, the Venezuelan ambassador here, Rafael Ramirez, said on Wednesday. China will Update International Land Transport System 07 de diciembre de 2016, 01:42Beijing, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) China plans to build a modern and efficient network of international roads for 2020, that facilitates the universal transport and strengthens connectivity between countries in the Belt and Route, published the Government. Venezuela Insists on Dialogue in MERCOSUR, But It Is Snubbed Por Juan Carlos Díaz GuerreroMontevideo, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s decision to start the reactivation of the Olivos Protocol to solve disputes within the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) shows the Bolivarian Government''s will to reestablish the legality of the integration bloc, threatened by stances that are alien to the rules and legal framework of that group. MERCOSUR: Bolivia Condemns Campaign Against Venezuela La Paz, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Political parties and social movements from Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela and denounced the campaign, initiated today by right-wing governments, to annul the country''s presidency of Mercosur. Floods in Southern Thailand Cause 14 Deaths 06 de diciembre de 2016, 11:41Bangkok, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Thailand''s Interior Ministry has reported that last week''s floods in the south of the country have killed 14 people and left several tourist islands in a state of disaster. More Than 200,000 Mexicans Deported from USA This Year Mexico, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) Mexican immigration authorities have repatriated more than 200,000 from the United States this year, it was reported today. Poverty in Mexico Threatens Environment, Says Expert Mexico, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Poverty is currently threatening natural respources and the environment in the country, biologist and former rector of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Jose Sarukhan, asserted. Venezuela Activates Process to Settle Disputes in MERCOSUR Montevideo, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) The permanent representative for Venezuela to the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) and ALADI, Jose Felix Rivas, began the proceedings established in the Olivos Protocol for the settlement of Disputes in the regional bloc. Maduro Reiterates Willingness to Talk with Uruguayan Counterpart Montevideo, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, has reiterated today his readiness to hold talks with his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, with regards to the latter''s support for the suspension of Venezuela as a full member of Mercosur. ''I am sure that when I talk to Vázquez face-to-face, he will recognize that we are right,'' he said and pointed out that the South Common Market (Mercosur) must seek the path of unity in diversity and not sectarianism and ideological persecution. International Transparency and the Eyes of the Beholder Por Osvaldo Rodriguez MartinezPanama, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) The banners against corruption are being waved today in comments from the recently-held conference on International Transparency (IT), which brought together 1,600 representatives from 130 countries in Panama. Sanders Welcomes Decision to Stop Works in U.S. Oil Pipeline Washington, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders described as positive the U.S. government''s decision to stop the construction works of the oil pipeline in North Dakota, a project that has caused mass protests by local Native American communities. Suspicions of Obscure Business by Former Chilean President Piñera Santiago, Chile, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Suspicions of obscure business are hovering again over former Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, who is accused of making dark investments in corporations in the British Virgin Islands and Luxembourg. OPEC Ratifies Meeting with Nations Outside the Cartel London, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) OPEC and non-cartel countries will meet on December 10 to agree a cut in world crude production, confirmed the group''s secretary general, Mohammed Barkindo. Donald Trump to Punish US Migrant Companies 04 de diciembre de 2016, 15:15Washington, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) US president-elect Donald Trump threatened companies that try to leave the US to sell their own merchandise with a severe tax, if they later try to reintroduce their products in the US national territories. Brazilian Prosecutors of Lava Lato Seek Support in Panama 04 de diciembre de 2016, 12:36Panama, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian prosecutors of the Lava Lato Case are seeking support against the Legislative Power of Brazil, which is trying to stop investigations on corruption. Efficiency in Cuban Tobacco Production Reported 04 de diciembre de 2016, 05:00Havana, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Tobacco authorities in Cuba reported high efficiency in plantations of the Virginia variety, in Pinar del Rio, the westernmost region of Cuba and the best variety of tobacco. Der Spiegel Accuses Cristiano Ronaldo of Tax Evasion 04 de diciembre de 2016, 01:31Berlin, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) According to the German publication, since 2009, the Real Madrid striker could have moved 150 million euros from rights image contracts into offshore accounts. Seven Dead, 10 Missing in China Mine Blast 03 de diciembre de 2016, 21:16Beijing, Dic 3 (Prensa Latina) There have been 17 fatalities and 10 people remain missing following an explosion at a coal mine in north China''s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region today. China Protest After Trump's Phone Call With Taiwan President 03 de diciembre de 2016, 21:04Washington, Dic 3 (Prensa Latina)China has lodged a protest against the US over a call between the president-elect, Donald Trump, and Taiwan''s leader, Tsai Ing-wen. Chinese President Xi Calls For Smaller But More Capable Army 03 de diciembre de 2016, 20:10Beijing,Dic 3 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a smaller army with better combat capability and optimized structure as the military reform deepens. Gabon Postpones Legislative Elections For Lack of Money 03 de diciembre de 2016, 19:12Libreville,Dic 3 (Prensa Latina) Gabon has postponed its legislative elections set for December 27 until next July, citing lack of funds. Trump Supports Philippines Anti Drug Drive Says President Duterte 03 de diciembre de 2016, 18:30Manila, DIC 3 (Prensa Latina) US President-elect Donald Trump expressed support for the Philippine''s anti-drug campaign in a phone conversation, saying he understands the way the administration is handling it, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned this as he described his late Friday phone conversation with Trump. Ecaudor to Adjust Daily Crude-Oil Quota after Accord with OPEC 02 de diciembre de 2016, 17:39Quito, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador ratified today its commitment to the recent agreement reached by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of adjusting its daily quota of crude oil production, together with the rest of the mmebers of the bloc. Japan to Reinforce Alliance with USA 02 de diciembre de 2016, 13:39Tokyo, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) Amid a national controversy over the military treaties with the United States, Japan wants to reinforce them, it was known today. Spain Forecasts Drastic Fall in Unemployment Until 2019 02 de diciembre de 2016, 13:29Madrid, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) The conservative government of Mariano Rajoy predicted today that the unemployment rate in Spain, second highest in Europe, will be at the end of 2019 at 12.8 percent of the economically active population. U.N. Doubles Humanitarian Appeal for Nigeria to One Billion Abuja,Dec 2 (Prensa Latina)The United Nations has doubled its humanitarian funding appeal for northeast Nigeria to $1 billion in 2017 in a bid to reach nearly 7 million people hit by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram insurgency who need life-saving help, it said today. Varadero Will Close 2016 With Growth in Tourist Visitors Matanzas, Cuba, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) Varadero will close 2016 with a rise in foreign tourist visitors, the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) said today. MERCOSUR: Resounding Support of Argentina for Venezuela 02 de diciembre de 2016, 11:03Buenos Aires, Dec 2 nd (Prensa Latina) Around 400 people, including representatives of social movements and other sectors, gathered together in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Buenos Aires to express their rejection of the attempt to expel that country from MERCOSUR. Iran Says in OPEC's Decision Prevailed Economic Sense 01 de diciembre de 2016, 12:20Tehran, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Iran praised today that the ''economic sense'' prevailed in the decision of the 171 ordinary ministerial meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) of reducing production as of 2017. Greece: Refugees and Migrants Relocated Due to Low Temperatures 01 de diciembre de 2016, 12:18Athens, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Greek authorities and humanitarian organizations reported today that they have moved thousands of migrants from a camp at the foot of Mount Olympus, in the center of the country, to hotels and apartments, due to the worsening of weather conditions. Bolivian Government to Invest in Projects to Guarantee Water 01 de diciembre de 2016, 12:01La Paz, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s President Evo Morales today announced an investment of 78 million dollars for four projects that will guarantee the supply of water to the areas affected by drought. UAE Grants Citizenship to 97 Children Born to Emirate Mothers 01 de diciembre de 2016, 11:43Abu Dahbi, Dec 1st (Prensa Latina) Government circles in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today presented as evidence of the country''s interest in its citizen''s welfare, security and stability, the granting of citizenship to 97 children of Emirate mothers married to foreigners. Singapore and Japan in Favor of Trade Treaty Tokyo, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Singapore and Japan today showed their willingness to ratify the Transpacific Association Agreement (TPP) as soon as possible. Chile Enters in the Anti-Immigrant Orbit 01 de diciembre de 2016, 10:55Santiago, Chile, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) In tune with the trends in Europe and the United States, with the imminent arrival at the White House of Donald Trump, Chile entered the anti-immigrant orbit fueled by right-wing politicians. Putin Calls for Strengthening National Problem-Solving 01 de diciembre de 2016, 09:01Moscow, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin made a call on Thursday to solve national problems, including achieving a technological leap in the economy and the fight against corruption, in his speech to the nation before the Federal Assembly and the Government. China Prepares Summit with Japan and Republic of Korea Beijing, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) China gives last touches to preps of the trilateral yearly Summit with Japan and the Republic of Korea assured Geng Shuang, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of this country. Putin Appoints new Minister of Economic Development Moscow, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Russian President, Vladimir Putin, named today Maxim Oreshkin as new minister of Economic Development to replace Alexei Uliukaev, who was accused of bribery and is now kept in house imprisonment. OPEC Accepts Reduction of Oil Production Vienna, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to cut daily crude production by 1.2 million barrels, as President Mohammed Al-Sada reported. USA: Trump Nominates Secretaries for Treasury and Commerce 30 de noviembre de 2016, 13:01Washington, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross confirmed today to financial network CNBC they had been nominated by U.S. President elect Donald Trump to asume the secretaries of the Treasury and Commerce, respectively and are pending of confirmation by the Senate. EU Demands Five Billion Euros to Strengthen Defense 30 de noviembre de 2016, 12:57Brussels, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) has demanded the contribution of five billion euros from its member states for the creation of a fund to finance joint defense projects. OPEC Examines Oil Production Quota Vienna, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The meeting being held in this capital by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to agree to a production quota has economists and market on alert. IMF Recognizes Nicaragua's Economic Progress 29 de noviembre de 2016, 17:16Managua, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recognized today the economic progress of Nicaragua in the recent ten years, starting here various meetings to assess the prospects of the country in the short and medium terms. Review of Greece's Rescue Plan is Praised by European Commissioner 29 de noviembre de 2016, 15:55Athens, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, praised the first two reviews of the third rescue plan for Greece, and said that the aim is to close the program in 2018. Kenya and Uganda Launch NEC Master Plan 28 de noviembre de 2016, 16:14Nairobi, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Kenya and Uganda launched today the Northern Economic Corridor Master Plan, which provides a model for the development of transport infrastructure linking East African countries. Fidel Castro and His Constant Concern for the Economy Havana, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Since the emblematic document History will Absolve Me, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, showed a constant worry over the economy and its development, recall specialists today. Eurozone Has Overcome Economic and Political Uncertainties 28 de noviembre de 2016, 11:25Berlin, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The eurozone has overcome global economic and political uncertainties, a trend that is set to continue due to the monetary stimulus offered by the European Central Bank (ECB), according to the bank''s chairman, Mario Draghi. Venezuela: Starts 21st Social Summit of MERCOSUR 28 de noviembre de 2016, 11:24Caracas, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Social movements in Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet today and tomorrow, in the context of the 21st Social Summit of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). Venezuela and Algeria Define Strategy for Oil Prices Caracas, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and Algeria have agreed in a joint strategy to defend the oil price at the meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, on November 30th, according to the Twitter account of Venezuelan Oil Minister, Eulogio Del Pino, who posted the news after a meeting with the African country''s energy minister, Noureddine Boutarfa. Debates with Fidel were a Great School, says Economist By Roberto Solomon Havana, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) The Meetings on Globalization and Development Problems, which came to light on the initiative of Fidel Castro and had his presence, constituted a great school of thought, said one Organizer of those events by ANEC. Hollande Pays Tribute to Fidel, Demands End of Blockade of Cuba Paris, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) French President François Hollande called on Saturday for an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba, after paying tribute to the late leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro. Next 2017 Very Difficult Year for Brazilian Foreign Trade Brasilia, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Foreign Trade Association of Brazil (AEB), José Augusto de Castro, anticipated that the year 2017 will be very difficult for that sector which will reach a superavit of 35 billion dollars. Bolivian Gov´t to Sign Energy Cooperation Agreement with Peru La Paz, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy Luis Alberto Sanchez said today that an agreement of energy will be reached with Peru in the next 10 days. Venezuelan Petroleum Slightly Recovers from Fall Caracas, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan crude oil closed this week going up, reaching a price of 39.83 dollars a barrel as a standard in the last 7 days. Mexican Unions Say Poverty Growing Among Farmers 25 de noviembre de 2016, 11:48Mexico, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Living conditions for Mexican farmers are worsening due to the ''politics of privilege'', the prevailing economic model and free trade agreements, according to the General Secretary of the General Workers Union, Farmers and Popular, Luis Gomez. Vietnamese President Concludes Tour in Madagascar Hanoi, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam''s President, Tran Dai Quang, will attend as of tomorrow the 16th Summit of French Speaking Countries in Madagascar, according to today''s press reports. Bolivian Government to Invest More in Solving Water Issue La Paz, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government has decided to add about $658 million USD to the 2017 general budget, for water, watershed management and basic sanitation programs, to face the country''s drought, state media reported today. Venezuelan Women Back President Nicolas Maduro 25 de noviembre de 2016, 11:07Caracas, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, thousands of Venezuelans will march to the Palace of Miraflores today in support of President Nicolás Maduro''s administration. Angola Dismantles Network of False National Bank Officials Luanda, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Bank of Angola (NBA) announced today that it has dismantled a network of criminals who posed as officials of the financial institution and were extorting citizens and companies. Pakistan Suspends Import of Indian Cotton Amid Tensions Islamabad, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan has suspended imports of Indian cotton, without warning, as a result of bilateral tensions over systematic clashes on their common border, according to official sources. Catalan Authorities Tighten Ties with Cuba 24 de noviembre de 2016, 15:59Havana, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) A business mission from the port of Barcelona and the Higher Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Catalonia participated today at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in a business meeting with its Cuban counterpart. Jamaica: Cruiser Tourism Growing 24 de noviembre de 2016, 14:58Kingston, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) More than 1.223 million cruiser tourists visited Jamaica from January to September this year, which means an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the similar period of 2015, reported today industry sources. Hurricane Otto Leaves Affectations in Panamamian Agriculture 24 de noviembre de 2016, 14:55Panama, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Potato and onions, two of the mostly eaten products by Panamanians, might be in danger, because of the effects of Hurricane Otto in the Panamanian western province of Chiriqui, one of the main agricultural provinces in Panama. A Thousand Firefighters Protest in Paris to Demand More Attention Paris, Nov. 24 (Prensa Latina) A thousand French firefighters marched through the streets of this capital today to protest the difficult conditions in which they carry out their work and demand more attention from the government. Business Confidence Reported Stable in Germany 24 de noviembre de 2016, 13:03Berlín, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Business confidence in Germany was stable during November, practically unchanged, indicated today the barometer of the Institute of Economic Research Ifo. Turkey Upset by European Parliament Vote 24 de noviembre de 2016, 12:57Ankara, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish government reacted unhappily after the vote in the European Parliament (EP) today, to freeze the country''s entry into the European Union (EU). Oil Market Keeps Stable Previous to OPEC Meeting London, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The price of oil kept today its trend to stability previous to the OPEC meeting on November 30, in which it is expected a cut in crude production to stabilize the market. Melia Cayo Coco Hotel, Awarded for its Quality 24 de noviembre de 2016, 12:09Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Melia Cayo Coco Hotel, located in the Cuban Jardines del Rey tourist destination, has received this years'' high-quality status. Hungary Approves Free Visas for Ukrainians Budapest, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Hungarian government today approved a resolution granting Ukrainian citizens free long-term visas that will be valid in Hungary but not in the rest of the European Union. Hurricane Otto Approaches Nicaragua Managua, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Otto, a category-one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, is approaching the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua with sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour. Progress in Discussions on Declaring Social Emergency in Argentina Buenos Aires, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) A social emergency is likely to be declared in Argentina after several demonstrations and protests. Decree will Summon Referendum on Tax Havens in Ecuqador Quito, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The government of Ecuador will issue an Executive Decree next December 7 to summon a referendum on tax havens as part of the reinforced combat against that scourge, according to a proposal of President Rafael Correa. Most people in India Support Monetary Change Applied by State 23 de noviembre de 2016, 19:48New Delhi, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Despite inconveniences created, over 90 percent of Indian citizens support the decision to withdraw from circulation notes of high denomination to combat corruption, revealed an opinion poll. Cuba to Soon Welcome Four Million Tourists 23 de noviembre de 2016, 16:02Havana, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Tourism in Cuba increases every year and there are plans already to welcome more than four million foreign visitors next year, sources from the sector reported today. Cuba-Vietnam Inter-Government Meeting Concludes and Boosts Links Havana, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The 24th Session of the Inter-Government Commission between Cuba and Vietnam concluded today in the capital, with the signing of important agreements to consolidate the bilateral relations in the economic and technological-scientific areas. CARICOM Observers Satisfied with Elections in Haiti Georgetown, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Observers sent by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to monitor Sunday''s general elections in Haiti today expressed their satisfaction for the smooth development of that political process. China Asks Japan, South Korea to Respect Regional Interests 23 de noviembre de 2016, 11:41Beijing, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) China asked Japan and the Republic of Korea to respect the security interests of the countries of the region with regard to their military cooperation agreements. China Plays its Cards with Latin America and the Caribbean By Fausto Triana Santiago de Chile, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) China played big its cards with Latin Ameruca and the Caribbean, in a tour of its president Xi Jinping who tried to close all spaces possible in order to consolidate his country's notable approach to the region. Africa-Arab Countries Summit in Session in Ecuatorial Guinea Malabo, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The VIIV Africa-Arab Countries Summit begins today at the Conference Hall of the city of Sipopo with a welcome address by Equatorial Guinea''s President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, to 66 leaders from the two regions. Qatar's Emir Reiterates Willingness to Expand Cooperation with Cuba Doha, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Qatari Emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, has reaffirmed today the willingness to strengthen and expand cooperation relations with Cuba, after welcoming here Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Free Trade Agreement with U.S. does not Favor Mexico, Lawmaker Says Mexico, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico, does not favor the latter at all, a Mexican lawmaker said. Venezuela Boosts Global Petroleum Consensus Caracas, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Petroleum of Venezuela, Eulogio del Pino, highlighted that the Bolivarian government developed an extraordinary work to recover prices of the hydrocarbon that since 2014 until now keep being low. Evo: Time is Now for Revolution and Integration to go In Depth (III) 22 de noviembre de 2016, 19:49By Pedro Rioseco Creditors Leave Greece without Reaching Agreement with Government 22 de noviembre de 2016, 17:05Athens, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of Greece''s international creditors left the country without reaching an agreement with the Government on the second assessment of the country''s third rescue plan, said the local media. Thousands of Displaced in Japan Following 7.4-degree Earthquake 22 de noviembre de 2016, 12:22Tokyo, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of people have moved to elevated areas in the Fukushima region, where a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck, as a result of fears of a tsunami like the one in 2011. German Minister Criticizes EC Recommendation Berlin, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble criticized today the European Commission (EC) for recommending that his country increase investment in the region. Mexico Responds to Trumps' Threat to Leave TTP Mexico, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Mexico has responded to US President-elect Donald Trump''s announcement that he will be leaving the Trans-Pacific Association Agreement (TTP). Cuban Vice-President Meets UAE Minister of Economy Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Council of Ministers'' Vice President, Ricardo Cabrisas, met with the Economy Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, who is visiting the country with a large business delegation. Negotiations at ECLAC on Environmental Agreement in the Region Santiago, Chile, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Delegates from 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries under the umbrella of ECLAC are negotiating a regional agreement this week to ensure access to information, participation and environmental justice. First Cuban Vice President Meets IAEA Director General Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has received the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, the national press reported today. Turkey Dismisses Almost 10,000 Soldiers and Policemen 22 de noviembre de 2016, 11:21Ankara, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) A total of 9,997 officials form several security forces have been expelled from their posts since the failed coup in July, according to data published today by an official Turkish newspaper. Mechanical Engineering at Havana Architecture Event Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The Ninth Cuban Congress on Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy has begun its sessions today, within the framework of the 18th Scientific Convention on Engineering and Architecture (CCIA 18). Evo: The New Generations Must Be the First Anti-Imperialists (IV) By Pedro Rioseco Riberalta-La Paz, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The great task of the Bolivian youth is to debate, to be knowledgeable about the struggles of neoliberal times, to know about military dictatorships, to evaluate the present and with these ideological arguments to unite in defense of the Revolution. United States is Politically and Socially Divided, Polls Say Washington, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) A poll by Gallup after the presidential elections in the United States has revealed that 77 percent of Americans think the country is politically and socially divided. Donald Trump Announces that the United States will Leave TPP Washington, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) US President-elect Donald Trump has reaffirmed his decision to withdraw the country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) immediately after taking office in January 2017. Visit of Chinese President to Chile is Highlighted 22 de noviembre de 2016, 01:48Santiago de Chile, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping here will have a special significance for Chile that takes pride in having a powerful Free Trade Treaty with the Asian giant. Panama Canal and Ports Decline in Economic Results 22 de noviembre de 2016, 00:05Panama, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) From January to September 2016, the income from ships that crossed thed Panama Canal and the movement of cargos in ports of the country dropped, according to the report of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) published here. Bolivia and Ecuador Agree to Trade Coca-Leave Derivatives 21 de noviembre de 2016, 17:30La Paz, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca and Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Guillaume Long signed today in this cpaital an agreement to trade derivative products from the coca leave. Chinese President Attends Signing of 18 Agreements with Peru 21 de noviembre de 2016, 17:05Lima, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The signing of 18 Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding between the governments of China and Peru marked today the most important moment of the official visit of the President of China, Xi Jinping. Haiti: Await for Preliminary Electoral Results and Opening Schools Port-au-Prince, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian electoral authorities are still counting the votes for the final results of the preliminary elections Sunday, while the Haitian population is awaiting. United Arab Emirates and Cuba Strengthen Trade Ties Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Cuba have strengthened today their economic relations with a business forum at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, to discuss opportunities and new ties. Seven Out of Ten Argentineans are Worried About the Economy 21 de noviembre de 2016, 12:41Buenos Aires, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Seven out of ten people in Argentina today are worried about the economy, and 56 percent of them believe that the current government is responsible, according to a recent survey. Erdogan Seeks in Asia Possible Replacement for European Union Ankara, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) may be an option for Turkey to replace the European Union (EU), said the country''s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after returning from his official trip to Uzbekistan. Policeman of San Antonio, Texas, Killed by Unknown Suspect 21 de noviembre de 2016, 08:31Washington, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Police officers in San Antonio, Texas, are continuing their search for a stranger who shot Officer Benjamin Marconi, killing him while on duty. UN Urges Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa United Nations, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Africa Industrialization Day economic growth that will enable all people on the continent to realize their potential. APEC Summit Concludes Today Lima, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) The 24th Summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will conclude today with a two-day closed session between the leaders of the 21 participating countries and the subsequent signing of a joint statement. The Markets and the Recently Elected Donald Trump 20 de noviembre de 2016, 13:00By Roberto F. Campos (OVER) Spain: Thousands of Dead People by Energy Poverty 20 de noviembre de 2016, 02:56Madrid, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Leftwing coalition Unidos Podemos demanded the Spanish electric energy companies to put an end to the energy poverty in Spain, a country in which more than 7,000 people die because of energy poverty. Xi Jinping Believes APEC Will Energize Global Economy 19 de noviembre de 2016, 15:26Lima, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized today at the Summit of APEC the need for strong actions of this region to energize global economy, creating new opportunities for growth. Japan and Russia Draw Plan of Economic Cooperation 19 de noviembre de 2016, 13:59Tokyo, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) Officials of Japan and Russia drew details of a plan of economic cooperation, reported the NHK network. Russian President Attends in Peru APEC Summit Lima, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrived today to the Peruvian capital to participate in the Summit of the Forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Ecuador and China Establish Integral Strategic Association By Sinay Cespedes Moreno Brazilian Foreign Minister to Visit Spain Next Week Brasilia, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Jose Serra, will visit Spain from November 21 to 23, to discuss bilateral issues and from the regional agenda, announced the Foreign Ministry. New Guinea's Prime Minister to Visit Cuba Havana, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina ) The Prime Minister of New Guinea, Peter O''Neill, will start a visit in Cuba starting next Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Inauguration of New Tourist Village in Eastern Cuba Maisi, Cuba, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) A new tourist installation by Grupo Empresarial Isla Azul was inaugurated Friday next to the emblematic lighthouse of Maisi, Paso de los Vientos, southeastern part of the island of Cuba. Cuba Widens National Seismologic Network 18 de noviembre de 2016, 16:00Santiago de Cuba, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The net of stations of the Cuban National Seismologic System (SSN in Spanish) is continuing its widening, to optimize monitoring of earthquakes, so the experts can be able to spread the data all along and aside the entire national territory. Supreme Court Says Scots and Welsh Have Say in Brexit Case London, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina)The Scottish and Welsh governments are to be allowed to have a say in the Supreme Court battle over how Brexit should be triggered. CARICOM Council Representatives Want to Expand Caribbean Trade 18 de noviembre de 2016, 15:28Georgetown, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Economic and Commercial Developent advocated Friday for the strengthening of the links between the member countries, to achieve a greater regional trade, in a forum in Guyana. Cuba and Vietnam Negotiate New Trade Agreement 18 de noviembre de 2016, 14:30Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Vietnam are negotiating a new trade agreement aimed at expanding and diversifying bilateral relations, representatives from both countries confirmed today. 1.2 Million Somalis Affected by Food Insecurity Due to Drought 18 de noviembre de 2016, 14:00Mogadishu, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Due to the drought, 1.2 million Somalis are now suffering food insecurity, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. NATO Called on European Countries to Invest More in Defense Brussels, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged several European countries to meet the alliance''s goal of spending two percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense. Turkish Company Starts Direct Flights to Cuba and Venezuela Istanbul, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Airlines (THY) has confirmed today that direct flights from Istanbul to Havana and Caracas will begin as of December 20th, with three departures per week. Pope Francis Rejects Criticism of his Ecumenical Stance Rome, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis today rejected criticism from those who believe that he is taking the Catholic Church towards Protestantism and warned that it is always important to distinguish the spirit in which those views are formulated. Meeting of Leaders in APEC Forum Enters Final Stretch Lima, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The APEC Summit in Peru has been focused on the culmination of the meeting of foreign ministers and foreign trade ministers, in addition to the arrival of US President Barack Obama and China, Xi Jinping, among other rulers. Cuba Reduces Water Losses with Support from Arab Countries Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has implemented nine projects to reduce water losses with the financial support of Arab nations, amounting to $221 million USD, a sector source said today. Xenophobic Attacks in the United Kingdom Increase 17 de noviembre de 2016, 16:39London, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) A new attack with acid against a man of Pakistani origin, few days after a similar action against two Polish citizens in this capital, shows a worrying increase of the use of those substances in xenophobic acts, local media outlets said today. Union Urges for Unity to Prevent Economic Collapse in Puerto Rico 17 de noviembre de 2016, 16:38San Juan, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Due to the possibility that the government runs out of money, the United Public Servants (SPU) urged today for political and social unity in order to prevent Puerto Rico''s economic collapse. Director of International Atomic Energy Agency to Visit Cuba 17 de noviembre de 2016, 16:38Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Yukiya Amano, general director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will make an official visit to Cuba from November 20 to 22, as confirmed by the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry Thursday. Prime Minister of Serbia Praises Chinese Cooperation 17 de noviembre de 2016, 15:53Belgrade, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, thanked China''s actions towards Serbia in economic and political terms. Saudi Arabia Urges OPEC to Reduce Oil Production 17 de noviembre de 2016, 15:11Riad, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia''s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih stated today that that OPEC should cut oil output to 32.5 million barrels per day (bpd), the lower end of a range agreed in Algeria to balance the market Fourth Venezuelan Ship Carrying Hurricane Aid Arrives in Cuba 17 de noviembre de 2016, 14:56Santiago de Cuba, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The T 62 ship, of the Bolivarian Navy, arrived today at Guillermon Moncada port in Santiago de Cuba. US Public Health in Crisis For Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol 17 de noviembre de 2016, 14:38Washington, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has stated that alcohol and drug abuse affect tens of millions of U.S. citizens and represent a serious public health crisis. Turkey Expects First of Two Batch of 24 New F-35s in 2018 17 de noviembre de 2016, 14:23Ankara,Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Turkey expects to take delivery of the first two of a batch of 24 more Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft in 2018, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said today. Vietnamese President Encourages Trade and Investments with Cuba Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese President Dai Tran Quang exhorted Vietnamese entrepreneurs to make busineses and investments with Cuba and increase the economic, commercial and financial links, and make joint investments in both nations. Venezuelan Sends Petrohouses for Victims of Hurricane in Cuba Maisi, Cuba, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The construction of a Petrohouse neighborhood, donated by Venezuela, for the victims of Hurricane Matthew has started today in Punta de Maisi, Cuba''s easternmost tip. Turkey Dismisses 20,000 Militaries Since Coup Attempt 17 de noviembre de 2016, 12:37Ankara, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish military''s purge after the July 15th failed coup has led to the dismissal of 20,000 people, the Defense Minister, Fikri Isik explained today. Marrakech Prepares COP22 Final Declaration Marrakech, Morocco, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Delegates at the United Nations Convention of the Parties on Global Warming (COP22) enjoyed the center of the historical Medina, in Marrakesh, a few meters from the emblematic Jamaa el-Fna Square. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang Ends Visit to Cuba Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese President, Tran Dai Quang, is concluding an official visit to Cuba today with the opening of a business forum for cooperation between the two nations. United Nations, the Uncomfortable Questions of John Ging By Waldo Mendiluza United Nations, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) In a world where so many persons die today of preventible causes and some waste enormous resources, including those destined to military expenditures, the questions posed by John Ging, UN humanitarian expert, are considered untimely and uncomfortable. Peru: Close to APEC Summit Amidst Fire Impact Lima, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The countdown to the meeting of heads of state of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum (APEC) seems to accelerate amidst the commotion caused by a fire near the hotel that will house most of the main participants. New Lines of La Paz Cable Railway to be inaugurated in 2017 La Paz, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will inaugurate in 2017 new lines of the Cable Railway that links the cities of La Paz and El Alto, according to statements of Cesar Docweiler, General Manager of the state enterprise of cable transport Mi Teleferico. One in 5 Children Displaced in Central African Republic, Says UNICEF United Nations,Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Nearly one in five children in the Central African Republic remain displaced or is a refugee following the violence that has killed thousands of people, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) said today. Smog From Wild Fires Affected 69 Million People in Indonesia 17 de noviembre de 2016, 00:02Jakarta, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) According to a study published today in the journal Scientific Reports, 69 million people have been affected by the so-called killer smog caused by forest fires. Scientists Turn Sewage into Crude Oil 16 de noviembre de 2016, 17:18Washington, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) US scientists have developed a technique that can turn sewage into biocrude oil in a matter of minutes, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) announced. Eurogroup Says Brexit Negotiation Will Take More Than Two Years 16 de noviembre de 2016, 17:17London, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Negotiations between European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom on the withdrawal of the UK from the regional bloc could take more than the two years, the president of the Eurogroup predicted today. UN Expressed Sadness for Poor Response in Aid to Haiti 16 de noviembre de 2016, 17:15United Nations, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The head of Operations of the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Office, John Ging, has expressed his sadness for the fact that only 40 percent of the 120 million dollars requested to help Haiti after the country was devastated by Hurricane Mathew, is available. IEA: COP21 Emissions Targets Insufficient to Curb Global Warming 16 de noviembre de 2016, 17:04London, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported today that the Greenhouse gas emission targets set by last year''s Paris Agreement on climate change are insufficient to meet the declared goal of keeping global temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius. Cuba and Austria Will Sign Accord for Economic Collaboration 16 de noviembre de 2016, 17:01Havana, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Austrian vice-minister of Science, Research and Economy, Bernadette Marianne Gierlinger, is beginning a visit to Cuba today, with the purpose of signing a memorandum of understanding on international economic collaboration. Kenya Requests Support for African Union Chaiperson 16 de noviembre de 2016, 16:44Nairobi, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has asked his Burundian counterpart, Pierre Nkurunziza, to support his country´s nominatee for Chaiperson of the African Union, according to regional media. Caribbean Trade Ministers to Discuss Regional Development 16 de noviembre de 2016, 15:36Georgetown, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community Ministers of Trade (CARICOM) will meet on Thursday and Friday in Georgetown to discuss issues related to regional development. Japan Surveys Foreigners on Racial Discrimination Tokyo, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) In a context of increasing measures to boost immigration and benefit the national economy, the Japanese government has launched a macro-survey today to ask foreigners residing in the country if they were discriminated against on racist grounds. Not Using Cell Phones Can Improve Productivity By 26 Percent, Study London,Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Smartphones might be helping employees keep in touch with colleagues and do urgent tasks on the move, but using these devices at workplace actually make people less productive, says a new study by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham-Trent. Debate on Devaluation Continues in Trinidad & Tobago Port Spain, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Trinidad & Tobago, is debating whether or not to accept the findings of a new study by the Inter American Development Bank (IADB), which says that devaluing the national currency would stimulate the weak economy, which has suffered a lot of ups and downs. Panama Calls for an Integrated Regional Response to Migration 16 de noviembre de 2016, 14:41Tegucigalpa, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The government of Panama has proposed that the region join forces to take care of the immigration problem on the continent. Experts Suggest the Use of Pokemon App to Conserve Biodiversity 16 de noviembre de 2016, 14:28London, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) An international consortium of researchers believes that the popular game for smartphones Pokemon Go can be useful for conservation of species and biodiversity, reports Conservation Letters magazine today. Far Right Sweden Democrats Close in as Second Largest Party, Poll 16 de noviembre de 2016, 14:22Stockolm, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The far right Sweden Democrats are vying for a place as the second largest party, a poll today showed. South Korean President Slow on Responding Questions of Prosecutors 16 de noviembre de 2016, 14:00Soul,Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Opposition parties and several sectors critized today president Park Geun-hye for refusing to respond inmediatly to the prosecutors questions in a political scandal involving information given to a close assistant. Russia Shows Firm Hand against Corruption Por Antonio Rondon GarciaMoscow, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) With the arrest of Economic Development Minister Alexei Uliukaev on charges of bribe, Russian authorities seem to close a cycle of firm-hand actions against the scourge of corruption. U.S. Nobel Prizewinner Stiglitz Publishes Report on Panama Papers 16 de noviembre de 2016, 11:18Panama, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Nobel Prizewinner Joseph Stiglitz and Swiss anticorruption expert Mark Pieth went ahead of their Panamanian colleagues and published their report on the Panama Papers, whose content is being analyzed here today. Eurozone Needs Expansive Fiscal Policy says European Commission 16 de noviembre de 2016, 10:59Brussels, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Eurozone needs to expand its fiscal policy in 2017 in order to boost economic recovery, says today the European Commission. Third World Internet Conference Opens in China 16 de noviembre de 2016, 10:54Beijing, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Heads of international organizations, renowned figures from the computer industry, experts and academics are participating today in the debates of the 3rd World Internet Conference in the city of Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, in eastern China. Cuba Expects a 12-Percent Rise in Current Sugar Cane Harvest 16 de noviembre de 2016, 09:28Havana, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has expected to reach a 12-percent rise in sugar production during the current harvest compared with the plan of the previous campaign, a source in the sector said. Two SDG Perspectives in Cooperative Summit in Uruguay 16 de noviembre de 2016, 09:22Montevideo, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) With the panel ''Two perspectives on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)'', will continue today in this capital the IV Cooperative Summit of the Americas, which will last until tomorrow. China Gives More Impetus to Latin American Links 16 de noviembre de 2016, 01:57Beijing, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The next visit of the president of China, Xi Jinping to three countries of Latin America, in what will be his third tourLa próxima visita del presidente de Chin to the region during his mandate, is considered today by analysts as a tightening of bilateral links. Mexico to Launch Tender for Exploitation of Hydrocarbons 16 de noviembre de 2016, 00:04Mexico, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary of Energy of Mexico, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, called on national and foreign businessmen to participate in the 3rd tender of the so-called Round Two soon, which covers 14 areas for exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, was announced today. Some 14 Million Displaced Nigerians Need Urgent Aid 16 de noviembre de 2016, 00:02Abuja, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Some 14 million out of the total number of people displaced by the terrorist actions of the extremist Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram are in urgent need of aid, said an official of the United Nations today. German Companies Explore Chances of Business with Cuba 15 de noviembre de 2016, 16:51Havana, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) German entrepreneurs explored today here business opportunities, a forum organized on the occasion of the visit Geramn Vice Minister of Economics, Iris Gleicke, is making to the island of Cuba. Russian President Removes Minister Accused of Bribery Moscow, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin removed Economic Development Minister Alexei Uliukaev, who is accused of demanding to be paid millions to approve the buy of the State package of shares of the company Beshneft. Labor Ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council Tackle Common Market 15 de noviembre de 2016, 16:09Riyadh, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Labor and Social Development ministers of the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf called here today to promote inclusive programs and materialize the common market of the area to achieve full equality among the population in the region. President of Vietnam Starts Official Visit to Cuba Havana, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam''s president, Tran Dai Quang, arrived in Cuba today in order to conduct an official visit, which will conclude next Thursday. 5.3 Earthquake Shook Northeastern Region of Afghanistan 15 de noviembre de 2016, 15:50Kabul, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Hindu Kush region in northeastern Afghanistan today, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC). USA: Gov't Fines Multinational Company for Trading with Cuba 15 de noviembre de 2016, 15:40Washington, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The United States Government fined the multinational company National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and its subsidiaries Dreco Energy Services and NOV Elmar, for previous business operations made with Cuba, said sources here today. VP Accuses Polar Company of Boycotting Venezuela's Economy 15 de noviembre de 2016, 15:37Caracas, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Aristobulo Isturiz, accused Empresas Polar today of yielding to national and international right-wing blackmail and of boycotting the development of the country''s economy. Varadero Registered Increase in Quality Standards Varadero, Cuba, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) More than 3,000 rooms at Varadero increased their quality standards with a view to the tourist season. Belgian Army Protests Due to Changes in Military Retirement Age 15 de noviembre de 2016, 14:44Brussels, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Some 10,000 members of the Belgian Army held a demonstration today against the Government''s attempt to increase the retirement age for the military. Climate Change Summit, a Questioned Reality Marrakech, Morocco, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP22) is a reality with participation of more than 60 heads of State and Government and the general will to boost the Paris Agreement, but with many questions. U.K. Desestimates Accusations of Inefficiency to Implement Brexit London, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The British government desestimated today the repeated accusations against it regarding its possible inefficiency to implement the process of withdrawal from the European Union (EU) called Brexit. UN Body Warns of Growing Food Shortage in Syria Rome, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) About 9.4 million Syrians need help in the face of a reduction in food production caused by war and unfavorable weather conditions, warned the United Nations agencies: FAO and WFP. UN: Accused US Authorities Of Use of Force Against Natives United Nations, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai has accused the US authorities of excessive use of force against natives people protesting against a pipeline project that would cross their lands in North Dakota. West Decline Has Begun Says Ignacio Ramonet Panama, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The decline of the West has began and is shown in the campaign slogan of President-elect Donald Trump, ''Making the United States Great Again'', the French political scientist Ignacio Ramonet, who is visiting Panama, said today. Mexico Fears Massive Deportation of its Migrants from the US Mexico, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Mexico has begun seriously contemplating the possibility that millions of its migrants may be deported back from the United States. Germany Opposes Interference in Turkey's Accession to the EU Ankara, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) European governments should not intervene in the debate on the advisability of ending the accession negotiations with Turkey, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declared today in Ankara. FAO Representative in Angola Donates Cash Prize to Cuba 15 de noviembre de 2016, 11:50Luanda, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) In the spirit of Cuban solidarity, Guinean engineer Mamoudou Diallo has donated the amount of a special prize he received from FAO to the Cuban government and people. Russian Minister Charged With Bribery Moscow, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Investigation Committee (SKR) has filed an official accusation against the Economic Development Minister Alexei Uliukaev, who allegedly demanded a million-dollar payment to allow a commercial transaction. US Entrepreneurs Seek Investment Opportunities in Ecuador Quito, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 12 companies from the United States are visiting Ecuador today to learn about the portfolio of opportunities offered by this South American country in trade and investment. Ecuador and Russia Strengthen Strategic Relations 15 de noviembre de 2016, 00:11Quito, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador and Russia emmited a Joint Declaration in which they expressed satisfaction for the strengthening of their strategic relations, reported the Foreign Ministry of the South American nation. Millions of Tons of Food are Wasted in Mexico 15 de noviembre de 2016, 00:02Mexico, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) In Mexico 37 percent of food production, the equivalant of 10,341,000 tonnes, is lost every year. Private Sector and Political Issues in Marrakech 14 de noviembre de 2016, 17:51Por Fausto TrianaMarrakech, Morocco, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The scenarios were different and the bid by negotiators was sometimes exasperating, but the essential issues about global warming are still intact. Indonesia Through New Wave of Inter-Religious Violence 14 de noviembre de 2016, 16:10Jakarta, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The death of a Indonesian two-year-old girl after an attack against a church in Kalimantan is the most recent expression of inter-religious violence in this country, which has a population with a Muslim majority. Malaysia Begins Pilot Project to Give Jobs to Refugees 14 de noviembre de 2016, 15:40Kuala Lumpur, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The Malaysian Government will allow around 300 Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar to look for jobs in this country, as part of a pilot project designed to cover the next three years. Jamaica to Improve Port Facilities for Receiving Cruise Ships 14 de noviembre de 2016, 14:01Kingston, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica is promoting a plan to improve the port facilities and the main cities that receive cruise ships with the objective of attracting more tourist activity of this type, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) reported today. Two Hundred Children Could Die in Nigeria From Hunger 14 de noviembre de 2016, 14:00Abuja, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) A new survey from Save the Children has found that up to half of all under-fives are acutely malnourished in some parts of north-east Nigeria where it is feared 200 children could die every day in a hidden hunger crisis. Japan to Share Costs of Troops Deployment with USA Tokyo, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Amid people''s discontent caused by attempts to change the peaceful Japanese Constitution, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asserted today his country would properly share the costs of their troops deployed here with the United States. Deputy Minister Meets with Cuban Students in Russia 14 de noviembre de 2016, 13:06Moscow, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Minister of Transportation, Eduardo Rodriguez, met with Cuban students in Russia, diplomatic sources said. Cigar Lovers Attend Event in Cuba 14 de noviembre de 2016, 12:28Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) An international meeting of Partagas cigar lovers begins in Havana today, confirming the strengthened position of Cuba''s Premium cigars in the world market. International Forum of Cultural Diversity Begins in Bolivia 14 de noviembre de 2016, 12:26La Paz, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The International Forum of Cultural Diversities Indigenous Peoples of South America begins today with a tribute to Túpac Katari, a leader of the indigenous rebellion against the Spanish in the 1780''s. Japan Admits Difficult Future for Transpacific Treaty 14 de noviembre de 2016, 12:25Tokyo, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted today that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) faces a difficult future after the recent presidential elections in the United States. Russia and Celac Address Bilateral Cooperation in Sochi Moscow, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov is holding talks today in Sochi with the enlarged quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Mexico Prepared for Economic Challenges, assures the Government 14 de noviembre de 2016, 10:26Mexico, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican government announced the country is prepared to face the high financial volatility affecting the peso and also the sequels of the victory of Donald Trump in U.S. presidential elections. European Central Bank Worried about US Protectionism Berlin, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The Vice-President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Vitor Constancio, has warned of the possible negative economic effects of the US protection measures announced by President-elect Donald Trump. Climate Change Summit Full of Symbolism Marrakesh, Morocco, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Climate Change Summit (COP22) will be held from Tuesday, November 15, after several days of deliberations at the expert and ministerial level. Iran Rules Out Compensation Claimed by Turkey Over Natural Gas Tehran, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Iran ruled out a payment to Turkey of 25 percent economic compensation for the cut in the export of natural gas to the Eurasian country, which triggered a legal dispute, asserted today an official source. UN Agency Warns of Danger of Famine in South Sudan Juba, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) An official of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) issued an alert on a possible famine caused by the military conflict in South Sudan. Relative Calm Returns to Somalia After Death of 45: UN 12 de noviembre de 2016, 11:23Mogadiscio,Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Relative calm has returned to central Somali town of Galkayo but tension remains high after sporadic fighting between two rival regional states claimed lives of 45 people after five weeks of fighting, the UN humanitarian agency said on Friday. EAU Calls for Shared Global Responsibility in Planning Future 12 de noviembre de 2016, 11:12Abu Dhabi, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) The Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, urged governments, international organizations and private institutions to assume the shared responsibility to plan the future of the world. Vietnam-China Relations Very Active 12 de noviembre de 2016, 10:24Hanoi, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Relations between Vietnam and China are very active today following the visit here this week of the parliamentary leader of the neighboring country, Zhang Dejiang, and the holding of the Third Binational Youth Festival, among other actions. Government-Opposition Dialogue Attracts Attention in Venezuela Caracas, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) The results of the second meeting of the government-opposition dialogue are have flooded the media and attracted public attention in Venezuela after a day without concrete agreements, but with progress in the negotiations. Russia Will Never Discuss Crimea Determination Moscow, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Russia does not intend to discuss the matter of the soveranity of the Crimean peninsula , and expects the understanding of this reality by the United States and Europe, said the Kremlin today. British Opposition Party States Against Brexit Implementation London, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) The British opposition party Democratic Liberals announced today that it would object the beginning of negotiations for the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union (EU), an action also called Brexit. Donald Trump, a Middle East Love Story? By Ulises Canales Prison Demanded for Accused of Corruption in Italy Rome, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Attorney General Office in Rome requested today two sentences of prison for 18 accused, among them a senator and a re-known businessman, in the case on corruption related to the so-called case P3. Government to Present Proposal to Guarantee Peace in Venezuela 11 de noviembre de 2016, 16:04Caracas, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that the Bolivarian Government would present today, at the negotiation tables with the opposition, the political proposals by the Executive to guarantee peace in the country. Cuban City of Cienfuegos Promotes Cruise Tourism 11 de noviembre de 2016, 15:57Cienfuegos, Cuba Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The cruise season for this port on the southern coast of Cuba, which traditionally ends in April, will last until the end of December. Angolan VP Calls to Face Crisis as an Opportunity for Development 11 de noviembre de 2016, 15:55Luanda, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Vice President Manuel Vicente called on today to face the economic crisis hitting Angola as an opportunity to rectify, do better projects and to face development. The South Centre and FAO Step Up Cooperation 11 de noviembre de 2016, 15:01Marrakech, Marruecos, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) FAO is joining forces with the South Centre, an intergovernmental organization of developing countries, to help the countries of the Global South eliminate hunger and malnutrition, reduce poverty, address climate change and achieve sustainable rural development under the umbrella of South-South cooperation. Bolivia to Denounce Almagro's Interventionist Stance Before OAS La Paz, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Diego Pary, said today that his government will denounce the organization''s secretary general, Diego Almagro, due to his intervention in internal affairs. Pope Francis Addresses Current Issues in an Interview Rome, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The situation of refugees and immigrants is today the main concern for Pope Francis, who expressed his interest in the immigration crisis in an interview with the newspaper La Repubblica, published today. Spanish Company Bodegas Torres Focuses on Cuban Tourism La Habana, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Spanish wine company Bodegas Torres S.A., Miguel Torres, is focused on the commerce of Cuba and its growing tourist industry. A Tough Brexit Expected for the United Kingdom London, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The credit qualifying agency Standard &Poor''s forecast today a severe Brexit (withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union) in which the UK could lose its free access to the group''s market. U.S. Elections Would Influence German Economy 11 de noviembre de 2016, 11:01Berlín, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The German Ministry of the Economy admitted today that the global panorama of this sector is marked by the uncertainty after U.S. elections, above all on this country.l Ecuador and European Union Sign Multi-Party Trade Agreement Brussels, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador and the European Union (EU) have signed a trade agreement today in Brussels allowing the South American country to export products to countries in the regional bloc with zero tariffs. Philippine President Promises to Continue What He Started Manila, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte today ruled out that a change of government in the United States would affect his decision to build stronger alliances with China, Russia and Southeast Asian countries. Paraguay Totals 56 Foreign Markets for Beef 11 de noviembre de 2016, 10:15Asuncion, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Paraguay has joined about 56 foreign markets for beef, with a new contract with South Korea, according to official data reported today. APEC: Chinese President to Promote Economic Regional Integration Beijing, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The participation of Chinese president Xi Jinping in the coming Forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) shows the interest this country has in regional economic integration, considered today Li Baodong, Viceminister of Foreign Relations. Chinese President to Promote Trade in Trip to Latin America 11 de noviembre de 2016, 00:09 Beijing, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Experts here agreed the next visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to three Latin American countries and APEC Forum, will promote trade and cooperation. Food Prices Rise, Says FAO Rome, Nov 11(Prensa Latina) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported a 0.7 percent increase in the overall food price index in October compared to September. Russia and CELAC to Analyze Cooperation and Trump's Victory Moscow, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and Russia will analyze on November 14-15, in Sochi, bilateral cooperation and the electoral victory achieved by multimillionaire businessman Donald Trump, the Foreign Ministry said today. Jamaican Gov't Reiterates Willingness to Fight Human Trafficking Kingston, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Despite advances in combating trafficking in persons in Jamaica, minister of Justice in this country Delroy Chuck reiterated the government''s willingness to strengthen the fight against this social scourge. Maduro Criticizes Boycott by Local Opposition to Gov't Caracas, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro criticized the local opposition Thursday, because they do not evaluate the value of the social programs, and try to boycott the work of the government to solve the economic difficulties of Venezuela. Waste to Wealth in Australia 10 de noviembre de 2016, 16:20Canberra, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina)Australian James Cook University researchers from the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology have successfully used algae to clean up wastewater in North Queensland and say the technique could be used to reduce water pollution on a larger scale. US Virgin Islands Enthusiastic About Chinese Tourism 10 de noviembre de 2016, 16:11Kingston, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The recent visit by US Virgin Islands'' Tourism Commissioner Nicholson Doty to Chengdu and Beijing to attract Chinese visitors has generated enthusiasm in this Caribbean destination, the news website Caribbean360 published today. US Airlines to Start Daily Flights to Cuba Havana, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The US company Delta Air Lines will begin to operate daily non-stop flights to this capital for the first time in almost 55 years, an executive of the company confirmed today. Caribbean Urged to Promote Creative Tourism in the Region 10 de noviembre de 2016, 14:56Bridgetown, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) urged today for boosting an industry that benefits education, employment, health and other important sectors in order to improve the quality of life. Cuban Ambassador Presents Credentials in Nepal 10 de noviembre de 2016, 13:39Katmandu, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ambassador in India concurring in Nepal, Oscar Martínez, presented presented his credentials to the president of the country, Bidya Devi Bhandari, with whom he addressed the strengthening of bilateral ties. Evo Asks Trump to End US Blockade Against Cuba La Paz, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales requested today United States President-elect Donald Trump to end the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed to Cuba for more than half a century. COP22 Urges to End Effects of Climate Change in Africa 10 de noviembre de 2016, 13:26Marrakech, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) As part of the parallel activities during the COP22 Conference, renowned personalities met today in order to share their views on the available means to address the risks related to climate change in Africa. Survey: Economists Consider the FED Will Raise Interest Rates 10 de noviembre de 2016, 13:00Washington, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Economists considered today in a poll that the U.S. Federal Reserve (FED) could increase next December the interest rates. Independence Movement Detracts from Force Puerto Rico Annexation 10 de noviembre de 2016, 12:48San Juan, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The leadership of the Hostosiano National Independence Movement (MINH) has now reduced force to annexation, despite the victory won on Tuesday in the general elections of Puerto Rico, where it controls the government and the National Assembly. Destabilization Moves Against El Salvadoran Government Rejected 10 de noviembre de 2016, 12:44San Salvador, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) El Salvadoran social and trade union organizations have today demand the cessation of the destabilization measures promoted by the right-wing party, Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena), the Constitutional Hall and economic power groups against the government. Germans Expect Worsening of Relations with USA 10 de noviembre de 2016, 12:43Berlin, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Following the election victory of presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in the United States, German citizens remain skeptical about the future of bilateral relations. Ecuador, United Arab Emirates Strengthen Trade Relations 10 de noviembre de 2016, 12:42Quito, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Ecuador and the United Arab Emirates take actions today to strengthen their trade and financial relations, with the signing of a mutual cooperation agreement. IEA urges OPEC to Agree on Oil Production Cut Paris, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) should decide on its promises of reducing oil production over the next months in order to stabilize the market in 2017, alerted today the International Energy Agency (IEA). Iran Reacts Positively to IAEA Report on Nuclear Pact Tehran, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Iran has welcomed a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear activities, and has reaffirmed its commitment to the agreement signed last year. India Begins Process of Bills Exchange New Delhi, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) India woke up today to be greeted by banks flooded with customers seeking to get rid of 500 and 1000 rupee bills (7.5 and 15 dollars, respectively), which the government, in an attempt to fight corruption, has declared are no longer legal tender. European Commission Downgrades British Growth Forecast for 2017 10 de noviembre de 2016, 00:08Brussels, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The European Commission has sharply lowers today its growth estimates for the United Kingdom´s economy, stating that it could grow barely 1 percent in 2017 due to the effects of its exit from the European Union (EU), the so-called Brexit. Protocol on Forced Labor Comes into Force 10 de noviembre de 2016, 00:02Geneva, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The Protocol of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on forced labor, which came into force today, will allow effective measures to be adopted to prevent and eliminate this problem and protect the victims, according to Guy Ryder, the director-general of the ILO. Second Shipment of UNPD Aid Arrives in Matthew Affected Cuban Areas 09 de noviembre de 2016, 17:14Havana, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) A second shipment from the United Nations Program for Development (UNPD) has arrived in Santiago de Cuba in support of the recovery effort in the territories affected by Hurricane Matthew. Caribbean to Discuss Sustainable Energy Development 09 de noviembre de 2016, 15:31Bridgetown, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Politicians, Caribbean Ministers of Energy and experts will meet in Bridgetown, Barbados, from tomorrow in order to discuss possible ways to promote sustainable energy development in the region. Australia Investigates Radio Interference in Aircraft Monitoring 09 de noviembre de 2016, 15:10Canberra, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The Australian Federal Police today reported an ongoing investigation into the alleged sabotage of their aircraft monitoring system. El Salvador: CELAC Countries Analyze Progress Made in Family Farming San Salvador, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) The 3rd CELAC Ministerial Meeting on Family Farming began today in the capital of El Salvador in order to analyze the progress made in the fight against hunger. Cuba and Russia Sign Contract for Railway Cars 09 de noviembre de 2016, 14:48Moscow, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Russian and Cuban companies, Tvervagonnostroitelny Zavod and Tradex, respectively have signed a contract for buying 68 passenger cars, as part of the railway development program on the island, diplomatic sources said today. Police Continue Protests in France 09 de noviembre de 2016, 14:15Paris, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Police officers from several cities in France are planning demonstrations for today and tomorrow to continue their protest against the lack of security guarantees in the exercise of their duties. Russian Senators Expect to Improve Relations With US Moscow, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Senate Vice President, Ilias Umiljanov expressed today his hope of an improvement of relations between his country and United States, after a clear deterioration in that sense with the outgoing administration. Doctors' Strike Enters Second Day After March in Peru Lima, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) A strike of physicians from the State''s health centers entered today second day in Peru after a march of protest against the appointment of people questioned as directors of the Central Bank. Chinese Prime Minister Visit to Russia Consolidates Ties, Trade Beijing, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) The official visit to Russia of the Chinese Prime Minister, Li Kegiang, which concludes today, is seeing by experts very positive, with tangible perspectives to consolidate ties and the already efficient bilateral cooperation. Trump's Victory Unsettles World Markets 09 de noviembre de 2016, 10:55London, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) The election of Republican Candidate Donald Trump as the president of the United States has unsettled the markets and has cast doubts on the economic future of many regions of the world. Donald Trump´s Election Victory Reaches Oil Market 09 de noviembre de 2016, 10:21London, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices stabilized today after a light decline due to the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections. Syria: The Drama of a Six-Year Imposed War By Pedro García Hernández Damascus, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Syria is about to enter the sixth year of a war imposed from abroad andwhich encourages terrorists to destroy a nation that resists the drama of seeing vanish what has been built for centuries. Trinidad and Tobago Records Worst Unemployment Rate in Four Years 09 de noviembre de 2016, 00:06Port-of-Spain, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Trinidad and Tobago has recorded the worst unemployment rate in four years, with women being the most affected because they often lose their jobs, the Cental Statistical Office reported. Climate Agreement Generates Investment Opportunities Washington, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) The global agreement on climate change, approved last year in Paris, has generated investments close to USD 23 billion until 2030 in emerging markets. Mexico: Ship Detained in Area of Endangered Species 08 de noviembre de 2016, 16:53Mexico, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) A ship was detained for illegal fishing in an area destined for the conservation of the vaquita (porpoise) and the totoaba fish, which are endangered species, the Naval Secretariat of Mexico (Semar) reported today. Egyptian Court Reverses Red Sea Islands' Return to Saudi Arabia 08 de noviembre de 2016, 16:50Cairo, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) An management court in Cairo dismissed today the Egyptian government''s decision to return two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, by rejecting an official appeal on this issue by the Executive. British Supreme Court to Examine Brexit in December London, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The British Supreme Court announced that it will examine the appeal by the Government against a judicial decision on the process of separation of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), known as Brexit between December 5 and 8 . Iran Foreign Minister Calls for Stopping Bloodshed in Syria and Yemen Beirut, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called here today for stopping the bloodshed in Syria and Yemen, while saying that these conflicts have only political solutions and reiterated his country''s support for Lebanon. Venezuela and China to Review Bilateral Cooperation in December 08 de noviembre de 2016, 16:23Caracas, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro announced today that the China-Venezuela Joint High Level Commission will meet on December in Caracas. Bolivia: Legal Process on Bolivian Opposition Leader La Paz, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, today introduced documents involving the opposition leader and businessman Samuel Doria Medina in a case of tax evasion with economic prejudice to the state. St Vincent and the Grenadines Bans Capture of Sea Turtles 08 de noviembre de 2016, 16:02Kingstown, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) St Vincent and the Grenadines has ban the capture of sea turtles ot their eggs. Cuba and Serbia Confirm Strength of Their Ties Belgrade, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Serbia confirmed the strength of the ties between both countries during a meeting between Ambassador Mayra Ruiz Garcia and the Parliamentary Group of Friendship Group with Cuba. Venezuela: Deputy Calls for Agreement to Ease Political Differences 08 de noviembre de 2016, 15:32Caracas, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Socialist deputy Héctor Rodríguez invited the Government and the opposition today, to work for an agreement to manage the political conflict and achieve peace in Venezuela. Guyana: Government Cannot Afford Oil Refinery 08 de noviembre de 2016, 15:31Georgetown, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) With a required 20 to 30 square kilometer of land somewhere along Guyana''s coastal belt to build a refinery, and a deep-water channel with a one kilometer width to access it from the Atlantic Ocean, leading minds in the oil exploration industry has told the Guyana Guardian that it will cost somewhere around G$900 billion dollars about US$4.4 billion to build an efficient oil refinery here. Thailand Allocates Funds for Victims of Earthquake in Ecuador 08 de noviembre de 2016, 15:25Quito, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Thailand increased the world aid to Ecuador to ease the serious damage caused to the coastal region by the earthquake in last April, the death toll of which was 671 people. Maduro Urges Opposition to Work for Achieving Unity in Venezuela 08 de noviembre de 2016, 15:23Caracas, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on opposition leaders today to work side by side with the government in order to establish policies to ensure a consensus that allows to consolidate national unity. Ecuador Urges to Start Process to Reform UN Charter 08 de noviembre de 2016, 15:14Quito, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government has requested the UN General Assembly to immediately start a process to reform the Charter of the United Nations and the Security Council. US election 2016: The Swing Sates to Watch 08 de noviembre de 2016, 14:14Washington, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The US elections are coming to an end and the is the question as to decide who will be the next president in the White House. Iran Signs Gas Deal with French Total Worth 4.8 Billion USD Tehran, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The Iranian National Oil Company (INOC) has signed an agreement with the French Transnational Totalto to develop the first phase of the Pars Sur natural gas deposit at a cost of 4.8 billion dollars, it was announced today. London Fair Promotes Tourism as an Economic Engine 08 de noviembre de 2016, 12:20London, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Executives and delegates attending the 37th International Tourism Fair in London today confirmed that the tourism industry is a driving force in the world economy. Oil Prices Rise Before US Elections 08 de noviembre de 2016, 10:41London, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices rose today in expectation of a victory by Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election, a result that would offer greater stability, according to market analysts. Uruguay Hosts World Meat Congress 08 de noviembre de 2016, 10:21Punta del Este, Uruguay, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The 21st World Meat Congress will be held today and tomorrow in the Uruguayan spa city of Punta del Este, attended by more than 700 participants from 36 countries of the world. Brazilian Experts Suggest Interrupting Temer's Tax Adjustment 08 de noviembre de 2016, 08:36Brasilia, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Experts from the Brazilian Federal Senate suggested interrupting the processing of the severe tax adjustment plan, which was proposed by President Michel Temer and is being debated by two senatorial committees at a public hearing. Mexican Authorities Visit Biopharmaceutical Companies in Cuba 08 de noviembre de 2016, 08:30Havana, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) A delegation comprised of Mexican authorities and businessmen, headed by the Federal Commissioner for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), Julio Sanchez, has visited the Cuban bio-pharmaceutical companies to identify and assess areas of cooperation and business. Germany Boosts Aid to U.N. in Africa to Deter Europe Bound Migration 08 de noviembre de 2016, 00:06Berlín, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Germany today pledged a 61-million-euro hike in funding for U.N. relief operations in Africa so that fewer of its people undertake perilous odysseys to Europe according to local authorities. Brexit will Cause the Contraction of the Irish GDP in the Long Term 08 de noviembre de 2016, 00:02London, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The gross domestic product of Ireland could have a long-term contraction of around four percent as a result of Brexit, reports today a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Africa Demands Permanent Seats on UN Security Council 07 de noviembre de 2016, 16:46United Nations, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The African Union (AU) claimed here today a reform of the United Nations Security Council to increase its permanent and rotating members, with at least two seats in each case for the continent. Southern Countries Demand Security Council Reform at UN United Nations, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Saint Lucia defended today on behalf of more than 40 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia for an immediate reform of the United nations (UN) Security Council, to adjust it to the current international situation. Dentsu Raided Over Suspected Overwork Cases in Japan 07 de noviembre de 2016, 16:21Tokyo,Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Labor authorities raided Dentsu Inc''s headquarters and other offices today, suspecting the Japanese advertising giant made a number of staff work overtime illegally following the revelation that a 24-year-old employee committed suicide due to overwork. Fraud in Brexit Campaign Denounced in the United Kingdom London, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The campaign carried out in favor of the British withdrawal from the European Union (EU) or Brexit, is investigated for supposed violation of the Electoral Law in the United Kingdom by deception, a spokesperson for the Attorney General''s Office revealed today. Cuba and Mexico Explore Business Potentialities 07 de noviembre de 2016, 15:58Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of Cuba and Mexico started today in this capital a series of meetings directed to impel the exchange in regulative matters and the pharmaceutical market, as well as to explore the business potentialities. Mediterranean Games Postponed for 2018 07 de noviembre de 2016, 15:32Madrid, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Spanish city of Tarragona announced Monday that the Mediterranean Games scheduled for the summer of 2017, will be held one year later. Copppal Congratulates Nicaragua for Electoral Process 07 de noviembre de 2016, 15:31Managua, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The Permanent Conference for Latin American and Caribbean Political Parties (COPPPAL) congratulated the Nicaraguan people Monday, because of the civic attitude showed during the presidential elections Sunday in this Central American country, in which no accident or incident was reported. Supreme Electoral Council Confirms Victory of Daniel Ortega Managua, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) of Nicaragua confirmed today the victory of President Daniel Ortega in the general elections of last Sunday, after posting the results of 99.8 percent of the polling stations. Australia Reports 50 Fires in New South Wales 07 de noviembre de 2016, 15:14Canberra, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The Australian authorities today reported the existence of fifty forest fires in the state of New South Wales, including an incident in Port Stephens which threatens the urban areas. Winner of First Round of Bulgarian Presidential Election Confirmed Sofia, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Rumen Radev, an independent candidate supported by the Socialist opposition, has won the first round of presidential elections in Bulgaria, the Central Electoral Commission reported. Reelected Guy Ryder at the International Labour Organization 07 de noviembre de 2016, 15:12Geneva, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) informed about the re-election of Guy Ryder as Director-General for a second term of five years, beginning in October 2017. Number of Extraditions From United States to Guatemala Increases 07 de noviembre de 2016, 14:53Guatemala, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The United States have extradited 28,464 Guatemalans from January to October, 2,367 more Guatemalans, compared to the 26,097 who were repatriated in the same period of 2015, the Directorate General of Immigration reported. The Philippines Cancels Purchase of 26,000 US Rifles 07 de noviembre de 2016, 14:21Manila, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, today announced that he canceled the purchase of 26,000 US assault rifles for the police, in another demonstration of distance in the bilateral relations. Free Transit Does Not Exist, Says President Evo Morales La Paz, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, today called once again to international organizations to verify the serious harm caused to the exports and imports of the country by obstacles in the territory of Chile. Mexico Increases Use of Solar Energy 07 de noviembre de 2016, 12:41Mexico, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is increasing its use of solar energy and expects that by the end the year small and medium scale contracts will increase by 71 percent. Russia Commemorates October Revolution's Anniversary Moscow, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) A reconstruction of a historic military parade, which took place in Red Square in 1941, and a march by Russian Communists will together celebrate the 99th anniversary of the October Revolution today. Russia-China: Rapprochement of Walls Por By Antonio García RondónMoscow, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The similarity of the Great Wall of China and the Kremlin walls appear as symbols of the unity of development plans in discussion by the prime ministers of both states today in St. Petersburg. World Tourism Fair Begins in London London, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The 37th edition of the World Tourism Fair in London (World Travel Market-WTM) began today with a strong impact of delegations from Latin America and Spain, its organizers said. Mexicans Should Get Used to Higher Fuel and Electricity Tariffs 07 de noviembre de 2016, 01:56Mexico, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Mexican citizens should get used to higher prices for fuel and electricity, according to statements by Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo. China Defends its Stability in Economic Development Beijing, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang, assured the country will overcome all adversities the economy may face and will maintain sturdy growth while it accelerates the transformation in that area. President of the EC concerned about Former Officials' New Posts Brussels, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his concern over the jobs of former commissioners due to the scandal that recently came to light. Banker Suggests Benefits for Ireland Due to Brexit Dublin, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) Richard Pym, president of Allied Irish Banks in Ireland, suggested that this country could benefit because of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), known as Brexit. Self-Employment Activities Prove Valid for the Cuban Economy By Cira Rodriguez César Havana, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) The creation of non-state forms of management (self-employment work) in Cuba is wise and challenging and more than necessary to achieve the sustainable development of the national economy. Petroecuador Case Advances, Arrest by Interpol Pending Quito, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) The case of corruption known as Petroecuador or Esmeraldas refinery, took new steps today with the involvement of the International Criminal Police (Interpol) at the request of the Ecuadorian authorities. USA: Economy, Hottest Issue in Hillary-Trump Campaigns Washington, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) The economy is one of the most outstanding topics in the dispute between candidates to the U.S. Presidency, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Brazil Remembers Major Socio-Environmental Tragedy of its History Brasilia, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) Without knowing yet when the victims will be compensated by the companies responsible for the disaster, Brazil remembers today the greatest socio-environmental tragedy of its history which occurred one year ago in Minas Gerais. Memorandum Signed with Cuba Highlighted in Syria Damascus, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian media highlights today the signing of a memorandum of understanding to strengthen economic and trade relations with Cuba. Sugar Prices Drop for Third Consecutive Week 05 de noviembre de 2016, 10:44Havana, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) Raw and refined sugar prices retreated this week in the New York and London markets, respectively- for the third consecutive week with negative results- under the pressure of technical sales, informed Cubazucar today. France Worried Over Dropping Trend of Tourism París, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of foreign visitors to France dropped 8.1 percent from January thru October this year, according to figures published today, a significant decline that authorities blame on the negative impact of terrorist actions. Cuba, Most Awarded Country in Trade Fair Fihav 2016 Havana, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba was the most awarded country at the 34th Havana International Fair which concluded the eve at the Convention Center of this capital, after five days of intense trading and erxhibition at the fair grounds of Expocuba. Cuba to Participate in 37th World Travel Market 2016 05 de noviembre de 2016, 00:18Havana, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will participate in the 37th International Tourism Fair World Travel Market 2016, which will take place from November 7th to 9th, said the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur). Investments in Brazil Go backwards for a Third Straight Month 04 de noviembre de 2016, 16:35Brasília, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Investments in Brazil fell by 10.6 percent in September compared to the same period of the previous year and thus accumulated three consecutive months of regression, the Institute of Applied Economic Research of Brazil (IPEA) said today. British Government Will Maintain Schedule for Brexit London, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, confirmed today that the timetable for the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), known as Brexit, will be maintained. Article in South African Press Condemns Effect of Blockade on Cuba 04 de noviembre de 2016, 11:40Pretoria, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) The fundamental characteristics of the sanctions regime continue to punish Cuba, according to an extensive article published in the South African press today. Paris Agreement on Climate Change Now in Force United Nations, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Almost a year after being being signed, the Paris Agreement on climate change comes into effect today, limiting the emission of greenhouse gases, which lead to global warming. Syrian-Jordanian Transport Company Restarts its Activities 04 de noviembre de 2016, 10:46Damascus, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) After several years of inactivity, the Syrian-Jordanian transport company has resumed operations distributing goods across the country, according to reports in Damascus today. FIHAV 2016 Exhibits Farmacuba Export Products Havana, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Farmacuba has been exhibiting export products in the context of the 34th Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2016, the largest commercial event in Cuba and the Caribbean, which ends today in Havana. Protests in Argentina Against Government Cuts Buenos Aires, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean workers'' unions CTA and CTA Autónoma will today join in a national demonstration protesting government cuts which have left thousands unemployed. New Evacuation of Migrant Camp in Paris Begins Paris, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) French authorities have begun dismantling a migrant camp in the vicinity of the metro station of Stalingrad, in Paris, where more than 2500 migrants are concentrated. Jamaica Envisages Economic Growth of Two Percent this Year 04 de noviembre de 2016, 00:20Kingston, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) The Planning Institute of Jamaica forecasts economic growth of about two percent for this year, based on a rebound in various fields. Why do U.S. Economists Reject Trump's Candidacy? New York, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Accused of a pronounced ignorance of the economy and inability to listen to experts, Donald Trump is rejected by a significant group of economists in his candidacy for the presidency of the United States. FIHAV 2016 Dedicated to the UK and Chile Today 03 de noviembre de 2016, 12:08Havana, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) The 34th Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2016, are dedicating today to Chile and the United Kingdom, as well as Cuba''s managerial meetings with Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. Air France Will Create New Company to Face Competition Paris, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Air France Airline will créate a new company as part of the strategy to face the present situation marked by ''supercompetition'', the group announced today in a communique. Cuba Ratifies Validity of Foreign Investment for its Economy 03 de noviembre de 2016, 11:45Havana, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) The 11 new projects approved by Cuba for the Special Development Zone of Mariel (ZEDM), confirm today the validity of foreign investment for the sustainable development of national economy. Cuba: U.S. Blockade is Still in Force 03 de noviembre de 2016, 11:37Havana, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Although President Barack Obama has repeatedly expressed his willingness to work in lifting the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade on Cuba, the hostile measure remains in force today, the island''s authorities say. More People Favor Dialogue in Venezuela Caracas, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) More people favor the dialogue between the government and the opposition in Venezuela, even among members of the country''s entrepreneurial sector, in light of fears of predictable social outbreaks. Russia, China to Sign Strategic Agreements in St Petersburg Moscow, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Russia and China will sign a package of strategic agreements for bilateral relations during the meeting of the Head of States and Governments next Monday in St. Petersburg, according to an official source. Blockade Prevents US Companies from Doing Business in Cuba 02 de noviembre de 2016, 16:54Havana, Nov. 2 (Prensa Latina) ''The US economic blockade imposed against Cuba prevents American businessmen from providing their services on the island,'' according to the International Business Development manager at Tradewinds Power Corp, Scott Johnston. Japan Offers Million-Dollar Economic Aid to Myanmar 02 de noviembre de 2016, 15:23Tokyo, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) Japan will provide approximately 800 billion yen (USD 7.740 million) over five years to Myanmar, in order to contribute to the economic growth and to end the ethnic conflict in the country. Greece to Transfer 2,000 Refugees to Crete Athens, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Greek Migration Minister, Yannis Muzalas, said today that at the beginning of 2017, Greece will transfer about two thousand refugees heading for the island of Crete, in order to avoid the overflow of other camps. Shoigu: NATO Forcing Russia to Take Reciprocal Defensive Measures Minsk, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The US and NATO are building up their offensive capabilities on the Western borders of Russia and its ally Belarus, prompting Moscow to take reciprocal measures, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. Cuba Is a Country and Nobody Will Change It, Businessman Says Havana, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is a country that defends its roots above any pressure and nobody will change it, Romeo Veronesi, an Italian businessman who participates in the Havana International Fair, FIHAV-2016, said today. Panamanian Government Defends Local Banks Panama, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) In a counterattack against what many consider a slandering campaign against the Panamanian financial system, government authorities informed that 20 investigations into money laundering were carried out in two years, and many inquiries are still underway today. Govt.-Opposition Dialogue in Venezuela Eases Tension in UNASUR Quito, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The negotiation table installed in Venezuela recently is a solution to ease tensions and iron out the differences between the government and the opposition, according to UNASUR Secretary General Ernesto Samper. Argentina: Rescues and Evacuations at the Aconcagua Will Be Charged 02 de noviembre de 2016, 11:31Buenos Aires, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) Climbers who must be rescued by helicopter due to accidents or health problems in the Argentinean mountain Aconcagua, the highest the continent, will pay for the service 40,000 pesos (more than 2,000 dollars) starting on November 15th. Cuban Adjustment Act Remains as an Aggressive US Policy Havana, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Adjustment Act, applied by the United States for 50 years, has continued today as one of the aggressive policies of the northern nation to the island at the migration level. Argentina Warns about High Indebtedness Level for 2017 02 de noviembre de 2016, 10:27Buenos Aires, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The former president of the Central Bank of Argentina Aldo Pignanelli alerted here of the very high indebtedness level in the 2017 budget that is examined today in the Chamber of Deputies. Mexico Returns to Wine International Organization 02 de noviembre de 2016, 09:58México, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) Mexico returned to the International Vineyard and Wine Organization (IVO) after seven years of absence and with the will to compete in this market, it was known here today. Foreign Businessmen Examine Potential Investments in Cuba 02 de noviembre de 2016, 09:36Havana, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) After intense exchanges, the first forum on direct foreign investment (DFI) in Cuba associated to the Havana International Fair (FIHAV), main trade fair of the Caribbean region, will conclude today. Cuban Special Zone Grows and Attracts Foreign Firms Havana, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) has maintained a strong appeal to foreign investors who want business with Cuba, after three years of being established, official sources said today. Iran Expects Five Percent Growth for March 2017 02 de noviembre de 2016, 01:57Tehran, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The government of Iran expects a growth rate of five percent for the first quarter of 2017, announced president Hassan Rouhani when defending before the parliament the confidence vote for three new ministers. Cuba Proposes Businesses for Over 9.5 Billion USD 01 de noviembre de 2016, 16:21Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba presented today its annual business portfolio to attract direct foreign investment (IED), with 395 projects for more than 9.5 billion USD. Brazilian Cigarette Factory Construction Starts in Cuba Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The laying of the first stone of a new Brazilian cigarettes factory in Cuba opens today the second stage of successful businesses between the two countries, it was officially recognized. Spanish Company Subpoened by Colombian Senate 01 de noviembre de 2016, 15:07Bogota, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The Senate of Colombia subpoened today for questioning the executives of Spanish company Electrocaribe, due to constant complaints by the Caribbean departments of the country for the bad service rendered. Argentina Teachers Union to Join National Struggle Protest 01 de noviembre de 2016, 15:02Buenos Aires, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Confederation of Education Workers of Argentina (Ctera) closed ranks today with the national struggle protest to be held next Friday in which several sectors will demand the government, among other measures, the urgent opening of salary negotiations. Cuba to Offer More Opportunities for Foreign Investment Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has been presenting today more opportunities for potential foreign investment at the Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2016, attended by more than 3,500 exhibitors from 73 countries. FMLN Expects Agreement on Fiscal Crisis of Salvadorian Government San Salvador, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The secretary general of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), Medardo González, assured today that the government is optimistic about a possible agreement on the tax issue which threatened the country. Newspaper Denounces Constant Rise of Price of Insulin in US Washington, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The history of insulin show one of the baffling complexities of the US pharmaceutical market, being a long-lasting drug that becomes more expensive over time, noted today the Washington Post. United States Abstention at UN Shows its Isolation, Expresses France Paris, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Abstention of United States at UN Vote on the US Blockade against Cuba shows its isolation in the international arena, considered today the French writer and university professor, Salim Lamrani. Chinese Authorities Try to Save 18 People Trapped in Mine Explosion Beijing, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Chinese authorities are redoubling their efforts today to find the 18 people trapped due to a gas explosion at a coal mine in southwest China that also left 15 deaths. Western Sanctions Aggravate Suffering of Syrians Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Western sanctions imposed to the Syrian society have aggravated the suffering of the people, amid a war worsened from abroad, Deputy Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Samer Al Khalil, said here today. The New York Times: Trump Evaded Taxes in the '90s Washington, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The Republican candidate for the US presidency, Donald Trump, avoided reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable income in the early 1990s, accodring to The New York Times. Cuba and Russia Progress in Strategic Cooperation Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Russia have strengthened their strategic cooperation with the signing here of two agreements on aviation and another linked to sugar industry at the Havana fair, during its second day of business and exhibition today. New Oil Giant in the US by Merger 31 de octubre de 2016, 17:56Washington, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The US group General Electric (GE) announced today it will merge its oil and gas business with service supplier or provider Baker Hughes. Exhibitors from 75 Countries in FIHAV 2016 31 de octubre de 2016, 17:00Havana, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The 34th edition of the Havana International Fair (FIHAV 2016) opens its doors today here with the presence of 4,500 exhibitors from 75 countries and representatives of fifty Chambers of Commerce. Sudan, Kenya Sign Deal on Oil and Mining Jartum, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) Sudan and Kenya on Sunday evening held bilateral talks and signed a number of agreements to strengthen the two country''s cooperation in oil and mining sector. Increase of Foreign Visitors to Japan Break 20 Million Mark Tokyo, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina)The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan this year has already surpassed last year''s record 19.74 million, topping 20 million in only 10 months, the Japan Tourism Agency said today. Colombian President Arrives in UK on a State Visit London, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) Invited by Queen Elizabeth II, the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, arrived here today to fulfill a state visit, the first by a president of this Andean nation to the UK with that category. Bolivian Hydroelectric Project to Create 60,000 New Jobs La Paz, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivia State Power Company (ENDE) has reported today that the construction of El Bala hydroelectric project will generate 60,000 direct and indirect jobs. Denmark: Found Frozen Bodies of Three Syrian Refugees 31 de octubre de 2016, 11:28Copenhagen, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The frozen bodies of three female refugees of Syrian origin were discovered inside a refrigerator located in south Denmark, the local police reported. Colombian Minister Optimistic on New Peace Agreement Bogota, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Interior Minister, Juan Fernando Cristo, expressed confidence today that to outline a new peace agreement with the FARC-EP, which summarize the views by most of citizens, will be possible. Rajoy Gets Presidency of the Spanish Government Madrid, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the right-wing Popular Party (PP), Mariano Rajoy, today sworn in as president of the Government of Spain before King Felipe VI, after being re-elected last Saturday by the Congress of Deputies. Exhibitors from 75 Countries Attend FIHAV 2016 in Cuba Havana, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The 34th Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2016, has begun today here in the presence of about 4,500 exhibitors from 75 countries and representatives of 50 Chambers of Commerce. Protests in Belgium against European Trade Agreement with Canada Brussels, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) Detractors of the comprehensive trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Canada, known as CETA, protested today outside the headquarters of the European Council in this capital. Costa Ricans Welcome UN Rejection of U.S. Blockade of Cuba San Jose, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican outstanding artists, academics and groups of solidarity with Cuba on Saturday welcomed the new condemnation at the United Nations General Assembly of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba. Cuban Vice President Meets Swiss Assistant Secretary of State Havana, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas, met with Eric Jacob, Swiss assistant secretary of State for Economic Promotion, Granma newspaper reported on Saturday. Petroleos Mexicanos Enterprise Sacked some 12 Thousand Workers 28 de octubre de 2016, 17:13Mexico, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) From seven to 12 thousand workers were dismissed by public sector company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) due to the crisis in the sector, confirmed today an official. Bribes paid to Foreign Minister Serra Weaken Accusations on Lula 28 de octubre de 2016, 17:06Brasilia, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The 23 million reals (some seven million dollars) presumably paid by the Odebrecht company to present Foreign Minister Jose Serra, weaken accusations against former president Lula, expressed digital daily Brazil 247. Bribes paid to Foreign Minister Serra Weaken Accusations on Lula 28 de octubre de 2016, 17:06Brasilia, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The 23 million reals (some seven million dollars) presumably paid by the Odebrecht company to present Foreign Minister Jose Serra, weaken accusations against former president Lula, expressed digital daily Brazil 247. Cuban Tourism Has Boosted Economy in Recent Decades Havana, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The Development Director of the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (Mintur), Alexander Sierra, said today that the Cuban tourism industry has boosted the island''s economy during the recent decades. CARICOM Highlights Importance of Investment for Caribbean Agriculture Georgetown, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Irwin LaRocque, highlighted today the importance of investment for boosting the development of agriculture in the region. Italy: Meeting to Show Solidarity with the Venezuelan Revolution 28 de octubre de 2016, 11:18Rome, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The Italian 5th Meeting of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela will begin in Rome today sponsored by Italian political, social and cultural organizations. Syria to Participate at Havana International Fair 28 de octubre de 2016, 09:48Damascus, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) A large delegation from Syria will participate in the Havana International Fair in Cuba, from October 31 to November 4, it was officially announced today in this capital. Cuba: Pan-American Congress on Tourism Training Concludes Havana, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The 26th edition of the Pan-American Congress of Schools of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism (Conpeht) concluded today after a successful few days exploring training in the sector. Panamanian Entrepreneurs to Seek Business at Cuba's Trade Fair Panama, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) A Panamanian business delegation from many sectors will attend, in late October, the Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2016, with the aim of expanding trade and attracting foreign investment, it was reported here today. Samsung Profits Drop 30 Percent Seoul, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) The South Korean technological Enterprise Samsung informed today its profits dropped by 30 percent in the third quarter of the year due to the scandal of mobile Galaxy Note 7. France: Dismantling of Migrant Camp in Calais Is Almost Over Paris, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) Some groups of migrants are wandering today on the grounds of the irregular camp in the French city of Calais, while the works to dismantle the improvised facility definitely using heavy machinery are almost over. Protests Against Militarization of Humanitarian Aid in Haiti Port au Prince, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) A group of organizations spoke out on Thursday against the militarization of the delivery of humanitarian aid to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. British Economy Slows Down London, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) British economy slowed down in the three months after the vote on the Brexit or exit from the European Union (EU), according to official statistics. Caribbean Development Bank joins Green Climate Fund Bridgetown, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) was accredited by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in order to develop as of today joint projects to resist environmental change. Saudi King Affirms his Country Lives a Historic Transformation Riyadh, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The assertion of Saudi King lman bin Abdulaziz that his country lives a ''historic transformation'' with the Vision 2030 reinforced today the perception that the country exhibits a strong position at financial and liquidity levels. USA to Abstain in UN Resolution Of Blockade on Cuba United Nations, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The United States will abstain today in its vote of the draft resolution presented by Cuba on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade on the island, American ambassador at UN, Samantha Power, announced today. The U.S. Seeks to Affect Venezuela with Oil Destabilization Moscow, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The United States looks today to destabilize Venezuela, Russia and Iran by flooding the world market with cheap oil and regardless of the damage done to their own companies, considered the Minister of Energy of the South American nation, Eulogio del Pino. China and DPRK Review Pact on Border Management 26 de octubre de 2016, 12:10Beijing, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) China and the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have concluded today in Pyongyang the review of the implementation of the agreement on the border management system they are sharing. Namibia Implements Measures to Face Water Crisis Windhoek, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Namibia began implementing the first phase of a three-phase project to address the water crisis currently affecting the center of the country. Argentinean Trains on Strike Affect Hundreds of Persons Buenos Aires, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Members of the so-called elite personnel of the Argtentinean trains lead today a strike with cancellation in most of the lines, affecting hundreds of persons. Portuguese President Begins Official Visit to Cuba Havana, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Portugal''s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, began an official two-day visit to Cuba, to deepen the Lisbon-Havana ties. Venezuela: Oil Stability with Political and Economic Objectives Moscow, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s objective to seek consensus among all petroleum producing countries has political and economic motivations, according to Energy Minister Eulogio del Pino. Mexico and Cuba Agree to Multi-Destination Tourism Havana, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The capitals of Mexico and Cuba agreed a letter of intent for touristic promotion with an eye on mufti-destination travels, authorities reported today. Mexico Refinances Debts Programmed for 2017 26 de octubre de 2016, 11:15Mexico, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Mexico concluded refnancing the total obligations of foreign debt programmed for 2017, says a communique of the Presidency today. Obama Might Use UN Vote to Press Congress Washington, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) President Barack Obama could use the vote at the United Nations to press the US Congress and get the blockade against Cuba lifted, an expert of the dispute between these countries. Cuban Financial System Tied Up by Continuity of U.S. Blockade 26 de octubre de 2016, 10:26Por Cira Rodriguez CesarHavana, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Today, when the international community votes once again, as expected, in favor of the lifting of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, the island nation is unable to use the U.S. dollars for its international financial transactions. UN to Vote for 25th Occasion vs. US Blockade on Cuba 26 de octubre de 2016, 09:45Havana, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The wide rejection arousing in the international community the persistence of the U.S. blockade on Cuba will be reflected today at UN, when the world expresses for the 25th occasion its support to the Caribbean island. Collaboration is Essential to Caribbean Agriculture, Says CTA George Town, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Michael Hailu, director of the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), recognized that collaboration was essential to the Caribbean agriculture these days to reach the international market. First Russian Tourists Arrive at Cuban Resort Jardines del Rey 25 de octubre de 2016, 12:32Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Today saw the arrival of the first flight to land at Cayo Coco International Airport bringing Russian tourists and increasing visitor numbers to the Cuban resort Jardines del Rey, on the northern coast. Spain: Prominent Figures Call on Obama to End Blockade on Cuba Madrid, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Prominent political, social and cultural figures in Spain and elsewhere have called on U.S. President, Barack Obama, to totally lift the U.S. blockade that has been imposed on Cuba for more than 50 years. Harsh Criticism Against Japan in International Whaling Commission Tokyo, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Japan has received heavy criticism during the summit of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Slovenia, for its program of capturing whales for alleged scientific purposes, which for many represents an excuse, according to sources. Cuba Supports Establishing Binding Obligations on Transnational Corps Geneva, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s ambassador to Geneva, Anayansi Rodriguez, has expressed support for establishing binding obligations on transnational corporations not only in national legislation but also International Law, diplomatic sources reported. Syria and Lebanon Assess Strengthening of Relations Damascus, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Prime Minister, Imad Khamis and the Lebanese Industry Minister, Hussein Hajj Hassan, have discussed ways to develop and promote economic and trade relations, according to reports from Damascus. Britain Financial Situation in Danger Due to Brexit London, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The exit of the United Kingdom of the European Union (EU), also known as Brexit, could lead the country to a financial danger, stated today the British Bankers'' Association (ABB). Angola, Most Important Supplier of Crude Oil to China in September Luanda, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Angola appears today as the most important supplier of crude oil to China in September, recording 46 percent, compared to the same period in the previous year, displacing Saudi Arabia and Russia, which were its traditional suppliers. More Than 307,000 People Affected by Rains in Guatemala 24 de octubre de 2016, 12:59Guatemala, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Rain in Guatemala has caused floods and collapse of houses from April to October this year and the number of people affected reached 307,882, the National Coordinating Office for Disaster Reduction reported today. German Economy May Have Lost Speed Berlín, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The montyhly report of the Bundesbank published today says the growth of this country''s economy could have slowed up during the summer. CO2 Levels in Atmosphere Increase Again in 2016 Washington, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere rose again this year and are expected to remain above the limit of 440 parts per million (ppm) throughout 2016. Hotel Industry Congress in Cuba Highlights Charms of Old Havana Havana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The 26th Pan-American Congress of Schools of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism (CONPEHT) attended by 500 people from 20 countries started today with an early morning tour of Havana''s old district. ARENA's Attitude Towards Fiscal Issues in El Salvador Under Scrutiny San Salvador, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, Lorena Peña, today described as ''having deep electoral intentions the solution proposed by the Nationalist Republican Alliance Party (ARENA) to the government fiscal problem generated by the same party. UN: Extraterritoriality of Blockade Against Cuba is Scandalous United Nations, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Alfred de Zayas, an independent UN expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, has described the extraterritoriality of the U.S. blockade on Cuba as ''scandalous''. France: Dismantling of Migrant Camp in Calais Begins Paris, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The dismantling of the migrant camp in the French city of Calais started today with a major operation, involving 1,250 policemen, according to information released by the prefecture of the department. Guatemala Businessmen Will Attend FIHAV 2016 in Cuba 24 de octubre de 2016, 06:00Guatemala, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) confirmed today that about 10 companies will participate in Guatemala''s thirty-fourth edition of the International Fair of Havana (FIHAV 2016) in Cuba. Trump Insists on Building Anti-Immigrant Wall in Mexican Border Washington, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rei8terated his decision, in case he wins the election to build a wall along the border with Mexico which the U.S. will pay for, but it will be reimbursed by the neighboring nation. Bolivian Parliament Approves Law to Reverse Mining Franchises La Paz, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Chamber of Senators approved the bill to reverse to the State the mining areas of coooperatives that signed contracts with private companies, sources of the legislative authority announced today. Preventive Prison for Those Involved in Corruption of Petroecuador Quito, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) Judicial authorities of Ecuador dictated preventive prison for those implied in bribery crime in the case of corruption of the government-owned enterprise Petroecuador, local press media said here today. Cuba: House Building Modules Given Free to Affected Baracoa People Baracoa, Cuba, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) More than 100 construction modules were delivered free to people in Baracoa, whose houses were totally destroyed by Hurricane Matthew which ravaged the eastern tip of the island. La Paz Forum will Promote Building of Intelligent Cities La Paz, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian authorities prepare a forum that looks to promote the concept of intelligent cities through the expansion and application of Technologies of Information and Communications (TICs). Mining Group Guarantees Zeolite for Fertilizers in Cuba 22 de octubre de 2016, 00:18Havana, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Geo-mining and Saltmine Business Group (GEOMINSAL) has produced 38,000 tons of zeolite in 2016 for key sectors, such as national fertilizer manufacturing, the entity reported today. Australia Takes Stand Against Whale Hunting Canberra,Oct 21 (Prensa Latina)Australia will call on the International Whaling ­Commission in Eslovenia to take greater responsibility for how it deals with so-called scientific whaling,including Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said. Dominican Republic and Cuba Negotiate Trade Agreement Santo Domingo, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Carlos de la Nuez, reported today that the two countries have begun negotiations for the signing of a partial scope trade agreement. Argentinean Unions Strike for Better Wage Deal 21 de octubre de 2016, 11:13Buenos Aires, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine unions known as CTA and CTA Autonoma have today mobilized in a protest against the Government''s intention to limit salary rises in upcoming wage negotiations. Cuban Parliamentary Delegation Visits Luxembourg Brussels, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) A Cuban delegation led by the vice-president of the National Assembly of the People''s Power, Ana Maria Mari Machado, has visited the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and met with senior parliamentary and government authorities, diplomatic sources report. US Blockade Hinders Cuba's Development United Nations, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade has been affecting Cuba''s development in all sectors, the island''s permanent representative to the UN, Rodolfo Reyes, claimed today. US Blockade Affects Cuban Mining Production 20 de octubre de 2016, 17:52 Havana, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) Imports of raw materials for the production of salt and gold in Cuba get more expensive every year, by increased freight rates up to 30 percent, due to the blockade of the United States, it was reported today. Trains Resume Circulation in Syria 20 de octubre de 2016, 11:31Damascus, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) After almost five years, the first freight train has resumed its circulation in Syria transporting equipment for the electrical grid from the city of Homs to the Mediterranean port of Tartus, it was reported today in Damascus. Turkey Blocks Funds Bound for Cuba Naming US Law Ankara, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The banking system in Turkey, using US laws as pretext, has prohibited the Cuban Embassy from carrying out a transfer to Cuba, according to a complaint filed today by the Cuban diplomatic mission. ECLAC and ILO Highlight Effects of Labor Market's Slowdown Santiago, Chile, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The economic slowdown in Latin America and the Caribbean caused a considerable increase in the unemployment rate and the general deterioration of its indicators, according to a joint study by ECLAC and ILO. Asian Bank Can Influence Global Economy 20 de octubre de 2016, 00:20Washington, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) influences the demand for infrastructure in the region as well as the global economy, a US top official has recognized. Correa: Ecuador Leads Poverty Reduction in Latin America Quito, Oct 19 (PL) The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, said today that his country is a global leader in reducing the gap between rich and poor people. Japanese Ambassador Predicts More Japanese Tourists in Cuba Santiago de Cuba, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The Japanese ambassador to Cuba, Masaru Watanabe, has predicted an increase in Japanese tourists visiting Cuba and highlighted that Japanese tourism to Cuba rose by 80 percent in 2015. Cuban Minister Highlights Importance of FIHAV in Havana Havana, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, in his Tuesday press conference, has stated that the 34th International Havana Fair (FIHAV) will show worldwide trust in the Cuban market. Bad News for Trump, Good for the Mexican Peso 19 de octubre de 2016, 12:44México, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The Peso and the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) keep being sensitive to foreign factors, above all the presidential campaign of the United States, where bad news for Donald Trump can instead be good for the southern currency. President Nicolás Maduro to Tour Oil Producing Countries Caracas,Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced today he will travel to the main oil-producing countries to boost consensus in order to stabilize crude prices in the world market. Malaysian Intellectual Denounces US Blockade on Cuba 19 de octubre de 2016, 12:37Kuala Lumpur, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Intellectual and academic Chandra Muzaffar rejected the U.S. economic blockade on Cuba in an article posted today by Counter Currents. Crimea Warns Of Serious Deterioration in Int'l Relations Por Antonio Rondon, Special EnvoySimferopol, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The crisis of international relations included this time a reduction in the limit to use nuclear weapons in the world, Georgui Muradov, vice president of the government of the Republic of Crimea, said today. Russian Parliament Rejects US Blockade on Cuba Moscow, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The State Duma (Russia''s lower house of parliament) approved today a resolution rejecting the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba. The US Blockade Provokes Damages to Cuban Construction Sector 18 de octubre de 2016, 15:32Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) In only one year the sector of the constructions in Cuba registered damages for almost 40 million dollars because of the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the United States, confirmed today an official source. Debt Recovery Would Solve Financial Crisis in El Salvador San Salvador, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) President Salvador Sánchez Cerén called on State financial institutions to recover debt from over 11 thousand tax contributors who owe more than 560 million dollars to public coffers. US Physician Praises Development of Cuban Biotechnology Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) U.S. physician, Kelvin Lee, has highlighted Cuba''s development in biotechnology, especially Cuban lung cancer vaccines, according to CubaDebate. International Experts Attend Global Forum on Quality in Cuba Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Some 600 specialists from 16 countries, including Cuba, are participating in the First International Convention on Quality, starting today at the Conference Center in Havana, Nancy Fernandez, president of the Organizing Committee, said. Cuba Celebrates Cuisine Day Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is celebrating Cuisine Day today, which was instituted in 1984 when a representation of the island received the Gold Medal for their efforts in the Culinary Olympics held at the time in Frankfurt, West Germany. Poverty in Bolivia Decreases 20 Percent in Last Decade 18 de octubre de 2016, 08:19 La Paz, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) About 20 percent of the Bolivian population got out of poverty in the last decade, coinciding with the government of President Evo Morales, data from National Institute of Statistics (INE) states today. Damage on Climate Change to Agriculture Grows, FAO Says Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) FAO representative in Cuba, Theodor Friedrich, said here that climate change has been increasingly affecting agricultural production more visibly and threatening to overcome the goal of eradicating hunger by 2030. China Makes Considerable Investment Increase in Germany Beijing, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Chinese investment in Germany amounted to 10.8 million dollars in the first half of the year, an increase of almost twice the volume recorded in the past decade, highlighted today the Ministry of Trade. Mexican States Affected by Oil Crisis 17 de octubre de 2016, 17:15México, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The collapse of oil prices and the cuts in the budget of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) affect today the states of Campeche, Tabasco, Veracruz and Tamaulipas. Bolivia: Trade Costs Cuadruple in Countries without Coasts 17 de octubre de 2016, 17:13La Paz, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Countries without Access to the sea pay four times more for their trade than the rest of the nations, says a study of the Latin American Integration Association (Aladi in Spanish) known here today. Limited Edition of Havana Club Añejo 15 Años Presented in Peru 17 de octubre de 2016, 16:00Lima, Oct. 17 (Prensa Latina) Renowned Peruvian personalities attended today the launch of Havana Club Añejo 15 años, premium brand limited edition, promoted by the French company Pernod Ricard, world leader in the industry of distilled beverages. Cuba to Install Fertilizer Plant with Indian Technology 17 de octubre de 2016, 14:59Cienfuegos, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) the chemical product factory of Cienfuegos, Cuba, is now ahead on the process prior to the ensembling and installation of a plant of NPK fertilizers with technology from India, able to process up to 300,000 tons a year. Paraguay has 22,24 percent of the population in poverty 17 de octubre de 2016, 14:29Asunción, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) More than 22 percent of the population of Paraguay is poor, when today is the international day in favor of eradicating that condition. Chinese Currency Drops to Minimum of Last Six Years to USD Beijing, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The central parity of the yuan, Chinese currency, dropped todat to a new mínimum low of the last six years to the U.S. dollar by 222 basic points. Cuban Delegation Visits Belgium and Luxembourg 17 de octubre de 2016, 12:42Brussels, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The Vice President of the National Assembly of People''s Power of Cuba, Ana Maria Mari Machado,today leads a delegation on a visit to Belgium and Luxembourg. Over 500 Schools Occupied by Students in Brazil 17 de octubre de 2016, 11:51Brasilia, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) More than 500 schools are being occupied in Brazil today by high school students protesting against the Provisional Measure (MP 746) issued by the government of Michel Temer to reform secondary education. Austrian Airlines to Start Direct Flights to Havana Havana, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Austrian Airlines will begin direct flights to Havana as of October 25th, the Cuban embassy in Vienna announced today. India and Brazil Agree to Cooperate in Several Sectors 17 de octubre de 2016, 11:15New Delhi, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and Brazilian President, Michel Temer, have today analyzed the state of bilateral relations after which the two countries signed 4 agreements in agriculture, pharmaceutic and investments. Brics Moves Ahead amid Challenges 17 de octubre de 2016, 10:48Por Roberto Castellanos FernandezNew Delhi, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The 8th Brics Summit, held in the southwestern Indian state of Goa, concluded with a strong boost to cooperation among the group''s five member states and calls to work for the world''s economic recuperation. Ban Ki-moon Calls for Commitment to Eradicate Poverty 17 de octubre de 2016, 10:31United Nations, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made calls, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, for a deeper commitment to fighting poverty, which plagues millions of human beings. Informal Employment Increase Nearly 6 Percent in Panama 17 de octubre de 2016, 00:10Panama, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Informal employment increased nearly 6 percent in Panama from March 2015 to the same month in 2016, and men and the construction sector are the most predisposed to this activity, according to the Comptroller General of the Republic. Second Venezuelan Ship with Aid Arrives in Santiago de Cuba 16 de octubre de 2016, 13:49Santiago de Cuba, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) The second Venezuelan ship laden with humanitarian aid to contribute to repair de damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba arrived on Sunday in the Guillermon Moncada Port, from where the cargo will be distributed immediately. Cuba Develops Strategies to Stimulate Hotel Construction 16 de octubre de 2016, 12:36Havana, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban authorities and from the construction sector are currently developing several strategies to achieve further growth of the national economy, especially in the fields of tourism and related services. South Africa's Participation in Brics Summit Highlighted 16 de octubre de 2016, 09:21Pretoria, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) The participation of South African President Jacob Zuma in the 8th Brics Summit that is being held on Sunday in Panaji, the capital of the Indian state of Goa, has made headlines on local television. Chinese President Warns about New Challenges for Brics 16 de octubre de 2016, 09:11Panaji, India, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that the member countries of Brics are facing new challenges in their development, due to internal and external factors, and noted the strength and need of that forum. Taino Tours: Excellence in Cuba Offer from Mexico 16 de octubre de 2016, 08:23Mexico, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) About 20 percent of Mexican tourists who visit Cuba every year have used the services of the travel agency Taino Tours, according to Lazaro O''Reilly, general director of the firm. Twenty-five Countries Expected for Investment Summi Ecuador 2016 Quito, Oct 15 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 25 countries confirmed their attendance to the 1st Investment Summit Ecuador 2016, to be held in this capital on October 25 and 26. Save the Children Denounced that Child Poverty Grows in Spain Madrid, Oct 15 (Prensa Latina) In just one year, the number of children living in severe poverty in Spain rose by 80,000, the non-governmental organization Save the Children denounced. Cuba to Present its Tourist Offers in Portugal and Spain Havana, 15 oct (PL) Under the heading of authentic Cuba, this Caribbean nation prepares next presentations of their tourist offers in European countries such as Portugal and Spain, reported today the Government. Cuba and Algeria Tighten Cooperation Ties with New Agreements 14 de octubre de 2016, 16:37Havana, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Algeria signed here today nine agreements for cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and higher education, as part of the official visit of Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal to Cuba. Bangladesh and China Deepen Relations with Cooperation Agreements 14 de octubre de 2016, 13:11Dacca, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) China and Bangladesh signed today 27 cooperation agreements in diverse sectors that go from fight against terrorism to the development of infrastructures and cooperation in energy, agriculture and financial areas. Technology Giant Samsung Estimates Billionaire Losses 14 de octubre de 2016, 12:54Seoul, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) South Korean technological giant Samsung estimated today operational losses of some 3.1 billion dollars over the following months due to the failure of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Head of Guantanamo's Government Praises Strength of the People Santiago de Cuba, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The head of Guantanamo''s provincial government, Nancy Acosta, praised the strenght of the inhabitants of the eastern territory that increases today after the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. India's Prime Minister Extolls Importance of Brics 14 de octubre de 2016, 12:25New Delhi, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, highlighted today the importance of Brics and advocated for greater cooperation among its members. French Show Willingness to Support Cuba After Hurricane 14 de octubre de 2016, 12:21Paris, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The organization, French Coordinator of Solidarity with Cuba has expressed its willingness to support the Caribbean nation in is recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew, according to a statement released today. Obama Issues Directive to Guarentee More Open Policy Towards Cuba 14 de octubre de 2016, 12:14Washington, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) US President, Barack Obama today issued a presidential policy directive to consolidate the changes adopted with respect to Cuba and ensure that the new policies are irreversible. Uruguayan President Urges Integrated Development in Summit China-LAC Beijing, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The president of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, urged today for integrated development at the inauguration of the 10th Business Summit China-Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), held at the city of Tangshan, northern province of Hebei in China. Asean and European Union Promote Wider Links 14 de octubre de 2016, 09:25Bangkok, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The Asean and the European Union (EU) began here today XXI ministerial meeting focused on strengthening cooperation and move towards a strategic partnership. French to Protest Against Trade Pacts with U.S. and Canada 14 de octubre de 2016, 01:42Paris, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of persons are summoned to protest next Saturday in 35 cities of Frandce against the negotiation of the trasatlantic free trade treaty between the European Union and the United States (TTIP), announced today organizing forces. Cuba: Coffee and Cocoa Cultivations Victims of Hurricane Matthew 13 de octubre de 2016, 17:12Maisi, Cuba, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The coffee and cocoa cultivations in Cuba are now two of the mostly damaged after the course of Hurricane Matthew on the eastern region of the island. Spain: Some 30 Percent of Population at Risk of Poverty 13 de octubre de 2016, 17:10Madrid, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) More than 13.3 million people, 28.6 percent of the Spanish population, is at risk of poverty and social exclusion, said a report issued today here. US Blockade Reduces Chances to Expand Cuban Economy 13 de octubre de 2016, 16:15Havana, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The blockade imposed by the United States to Cuba for more than 50 years continues today as the greatest obstacle to taking advantage of all of the commercial opportunities offered by the island. Eastern Caribbean Focuses on Economic Growth and Youth Empowerment 13 de octubre de 2016, 15:40Por Yolaidy Martínez*Havana (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is preparing a Growth and Development Strategy at the core of which is a Youth Development Strategy to help the region to deal with world and regional challenges. On the Table Possible Trade Agreement United Kingdom-EU 13 de octubre de 2016, 13:26London, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) British minister of the exterior, Boris Johnson, sustained today the European Union will have an enormous interest in signing a trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Samsung Crisis Affects South Korea 13 de octubre de 2016, 13:21Seoul, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The central bank of South Korea reported today a readjustment down of its prediction of economic growth for next year, due to the crisis of the Smartphone Galaxy Note 7, of Samsung corporation. Guantanamo Recovering from Hurricane Mathew Havana, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban province of Guantanamo, especially the municipality of Baracoa, is recovering gradually from the damage caused in recent days by hurricane Mathew, according to reports today in the capital. Brics Trade Ministers Discuss Further Cooperation in India 13 de octubre de 2016, 10:42New Delhi, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The trade ministers of Brics meet on Thursday in this capital to discuss the strategies to enhance cooperation in that sector among the member countries of that bloc, and to analyze the world''s economic situation. Advances in Cuban Medicine Available for Tourists 13 de octubre de 2016, 10:26By Raul Garcia Alvarez European Powers Might Sanction Russia over Syria 13 de octubre de 2016, 10:02Moscow, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) Several European powers might implement new sanctions against Russia due to its stance on the Syrian conflict, according to British media, quoted in this capital on Thursday. India Hosts First BRICS Commercial Fair 13 de octubre de 2016, 09:28New Delhi, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) Prior to the VIII summit of Brics, India today will host the first trade fair of the forum, attended by Russian, Brazilian, South African and Chinese companies. Bolivia Will Grow 4.7 Percent this Year, Says Minister La Paz, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia expects economic growth of 4.7 percent this year, which will remain as the South American country with better results, said the head of the sector Luis Arce. Unesco Will Present Wide Agenda to Conference Habitat-3 Paris, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) UNESCO will attend the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Hábitat III) with diverse topics, as the role of culture in the functioning of cities, announced the entity. British Parliament will be Key to Brexit: Theresa May 13 de octubre de 2016, 01:10London, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, predicted that the British Parliament will play an important role in the exit of the country from the European Union (EU), the so-called Brexit. Contraction and Rise in Latin America and Caribbean Forecast by ECLAC 13 de octubre de 2016, 00:16Santiago de Chile, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) Latin America and the Caribbean will have a 0.9 percent contraction this year, but will have better prospects for 2017 with a rise of 1.5 percent of their economies, said ECLAC today. Russia will Support Bolivia to Become Energy Power 12 de octubre de 2016, 17:03By Joel Michel Varona 'Cuba Introduces Itself' Arrives in Bologna 12 de octubre de 2016, 16:19Bologna, Italy, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) The promotional tour of Cuban tourism arrived in Bologna today from Florence, on the penultimate stop of a tour of five Italian cities. Qatar, Iran Analyze Syria Situation with Russian Authorities 12 de octubre de 2016, 13:02Doha, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Qatar and Iran, which countries support conflicting sides in Syria analyzed in Russia the situation of that country, noted the local media by commenting talks of diplomatic chiefs in this capital, Tehran and Moscow. Bolivian Minister Alerts on US Interventionism 12 de octubre de 2016, 12:41La Paz, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) The geopolitical and geo-economic importance of Bolivia are two essential factors when analyzing US attempts to overthrow the government of President Evo Morales, asserted the Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana. Presidents of South Korea, Costa Rica Talked about Future FTA 12 de octubre de 2016, 12:21Seoul, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) The presidents of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, and Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, talked today about the future signature of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Seoul and San Jose and other five Central American countries. According to the presidential communique of the South Korean Blue, the parts insiste don the need of accelerating multinational dialogues maintained by South Korea, Costa Rica, Guatemnala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua in order to seal however early possible this link. Economic Sanctions Affect Russian Access to New Technologies 12 de octubre de 2016, 11:59Moscow, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union afferct the Access of the country to new technologies, declared today president Vladimir Putin when speaking before the investment forum Russia Calls You. Galaxy Note 7 Cell Phone Case Puts Pressure on Samsung's Finance 12 de octubre de 2016, 11:51Seoul, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) The recall of the Galaxy Note 7 cell phone is putting pressure on the finance of the South Korean hi-tech company Samsung, which substantially reduced its predictions for the third trimester of this year. Venezuela Celebrates Indigenous Resistance Day Caracas, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela celebrates today the Day of the Indigenous Resistance in homage to the ancient communities who survived massacres, plundering and cultural impoverishment of the Spanish conquest. Uruguay President in China to Increase Commercial Ties 12 de octubre de 2016, 11:32Beijing,Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay president Tabare Vazquez began an official visit to China and is expected to open China-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) Business Forum and also increase diplomatic and commercial opportunities with China. German Authorities Study Resource Against Trade Treaty 12 de octubre de 2016, 11:26Berlin, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) The German Constitutional Tribunal (CT) studies several resources against the free trade treaty between the European Union (EU) and Canadá, it was informed officially today. Cuba Increases Use of Technology in Tobacco Campaign Havana, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Tabacuba Business Group reported today that the application of six types of technologies in the 2016-2017 campaign such as drip irrigation and low-pressure spraying have been increasing. Panama Hosts First Financial Summit 12 de octubre de 2016, 10:50Panama, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), among others, are listed among the experts attending the first Financial, Business and Investment Summit that started here today. OPEC Increases Oil Production Despite Commitment London, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced today it increased its production in September despite the agreement reached to reduce extraction. Climate Change Experts Meet in Argentina 12 de octubre de 2016, 09:53Buenos Aires, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Argentina hosts the Sixth Meeting of Heads of Climate Change Negotiations from Latin America and the Caribbean, in which senior officials will discuss the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Uruguayan FM Visits Indonesia to Expand Relations 12 de octubre de 2016, 09:14Jakarta, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay plans to open an embassy in Indonesia, according to Foreign Minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, who discussed the issue with his peer, Retno Marsudi, in this capital, where he will attend today the opening of a trade fair. Europe: More than 4 Million Young People without a Job 12 de octubre de 2016, 00:24Brussels, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) A total of 4.2 million young people are still without finding a job in the European Union (EU) in the present year, said the semestrial report of the European Commission published Tuesday. Oil Producers in TurkeyTry to Stabilize World Market 11 de octubre de 2016, 21:10Istanbul, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) Oil producing countries participating in the 23rd World Energy Congress being held here, will continue talks today to try reach an agreement that help stabilize prices in the world market. World Food Program Offers Humanitarian Aid to Cuba 11 de octubre de 2016, 12:11Havana, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program (WFP) in coordination with the Cuban government will offer assistance to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern region of the country, the international body reported today. Africa Recognizes and Thanks Cuba for Cooperation Pretoria, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) Africa has showed a lot of gratitude and recognition for the collaboration Cuba has provided to this continent, Vice President of the Cuban Council of State, Salvador Valdes Mesa, said before continuing his regional trip. China Promises Millions in Aid to Portuguese-Speaking Countries 11 de octubre de 2016, 10:40Beijing, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) China promised today aid and preferential loans worth four billion yuan (about 600 million dollars) to Portuguese speaking countries in Asia and Africa over the next three years. Constitutional Amendment Will Worsen Crisis in Brazil, Economists Say Brasilia, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The Draft Constitutional Amendment (PEC, in Portuguese) approved by the House of Deputies to limit government''s expenditures by 20 years will worsen the economic crisis and will weaken the domestic market, Brazilian economists said. OPEC Must Reduce Oil Production to Balance Market, Says IEA Paris, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The oil market might improve its balance if the member countries of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) respect the commitment to producing some 700,000 barrels a day, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. Chinese President to Attend BRICS Summit Beijing, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 8th BRICS summit to be held in India, and will visit Cambodia and Bangladesh, announced today Lu Kang, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bulgaria Arrests 60 Migrants in Border with Turkey 10 de octubre de 2016, 11:38Sofia, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) The Bulgarian border police arrested today 65 undocumented migrants and refugees trying to enter the country hidden in a train loaded with minerals. Angola Participates in Meeting on SADC Security in DR of Congo 10 de octubre de 2016, 11:17Luanda, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Angolan Foreign Minister George Chicoty is heading the delegation from his country that is participating today in the meeting of the Defense and Security authority of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Malaysia Calls for Common Development in Continental Summit 10 de octubre de 2016, 10:47Bangkok, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said today that Asia should promote common development and resist ''the interference of foreign powers'', speaking at the plenary session of a regional summit. Cuba to Keep on Fighting Until the End of the Blockade Pretoria, 10 Oct (Prensa Latina) ''Cuba will continue to present at the United Nations the resolution on ending the blockade for as long as the United States applies its aggressive policy against our country'', said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ana Teresita Gonzalez. Nigeria Arrested 7 Judges on Charges of Corruption 10 de octubre de 2016, 09:59Abuja,Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Seven judges were arrested during the weekend in different states across the country over alleged corrupt practices and hundred of thousand of dollars were sized by authorities according to local media. National Cybersecurity Strategy To Make Smart Nation Safe In Singapur Singapur,Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) For the first time, Singapore has put forth a holistic national cybersecurity strategy that will underpin its Smart Nation aspirations and act as an enabler for its economy and society, while enhancing its standing as a trusted digital hub. Chinese Premier Li Starts Visit to Macao 10 de octubre de 2016, 09:15Beijing,Oct 10 Prensa Latina) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) today for a three-day inspection visit. Czech Republic Offers Support and Aid to Syrian People 10 de octubre de 2016, 09:06Damascus, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Martin Tlapa, stressed the importance of finding a solution to the Syrian crisis and reiterated that his country seeks to help this nation within Europe. IMF Promises to Foster World Trade Washington, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) The Main Committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) promised to boost global trade and resist all forms of protectionism. Cuba Reaches Three Million Foreign Visitors Havana, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba reached three million foreign visitors so far this year, said today in a statement the Ministry of tourism (Mintur) in this country. UNHCR Concerned on Europe's Incapability to Handle Immigration Crisis 10 de octubre de 2016, 07:51Geneva, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned today about the incapability of European countries to handle a possible massive flow of immigrants. Iran and Malaysia Determined to Expand Cooperation 10 de octubre de 2016, 07:47Kuala Lumpur, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) President Hassan Rouhani said today that Iran and Malaysia are determined to expand cooperation and return to the cooperation levels that were maintained before the sanctions imposed on the Persian country. This statement was highlighted as one of the results of his visit to Kuala Lumpur. Cuba Re-elected to Vice Presidency of WFTU 10 de octubre de 2016, 07:44Durban, South Africa, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba was re-elected to one of the vice-presidencies of the Presidential Council of the WFTU during the 17th Congress of the organization, which concludes today in South Africa. Russia Strengthens Trade Ties with Latin America 10 de octubre de 2016, 07:42Moscow, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Despite the economic crisis due to the fall of the raw materials prices, including oil, Russia conducts a gradual strengthening of trade links with Latin America. Bolivia: President of Central Bank Highlights Economic Consolidation 07 de octubre de 2016, 17:43La Paz, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Marcelo Zabalaga, president of the Central Bank of Bolivia (BCB), said today that the policies developed by the Government during the last ten years led to the consolidation of economy, shielding it against foreign crisis. Central and Eastern Europe Key to Chinese Belt and Route 07 de octubre de 2016, 16:12Beijing, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Central and Eastern Europe is a key region to build initiative of the Belt and Route, priority area in foreign trade and cooperation of China, declared here the Government. The statement was made by Liu Yunshan, member of the Permanent Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the first of its kind was held in Budapest the eve during the inauguration of the Dialogue of Political Parties China-Central and Eastern Europe, first of its kind in the framework of 16+1 cooperation mechanism China-ECO. Iran President in Malaysia, Second Stop of Regional Tour 07 de octubre de 2016, 16:06Kuala Lumpur, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, started today an official visit to Malaysia, his first to this country, focused in the promotion of bilateral relations, including trade and investments, after a similar mission in Vietnam. Experts Highlight High Scientific Level of Mining Congress in Cuba 07 de octubre de 2016, 15:42Varadero, Cuba, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Maria Esperanza del Pozo, assistant director of Cuban group GEOMINSAL, said that the 3rd International Congress of Mining and Metalurgy, Minemetal-2016, has a high scientic rigour and quality. Philippines Defence Minister Says Military Can Cope Without US Aid Manila, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina)In the context of tensions in bilateral relations,Philiphines Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana,assured today that his country dosent need the economic aid given by the United States. Indonesia to Use Drones For Humanitarian Disaster Response Jakarta,Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) continues its efforts to improve the disaster and humanitarian response by integrating drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Bolivian Oil Company Prioritizes Investments in Santa Cruz La Paz, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Fiscals State Oilfield (YPFB) delivered, in September, in the department of Santa Cruz, projects related to the energy sector, worth $ 321 million, company data confirms today. Bolivia: Very Fruitful Visit of Chinese Foreign Minister La Paz, 7 Oct (Prensa Latina) The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ended today an official visit to Bolivia, which local authorities describe as very fruitful, as evidenced by the meeting with President Evo Morales, the signing of agreements and the tour of historic sites. Cuba Promotes Tourism in Italy 07 de octubre de 2016, 00:18Havana, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) ''Cuba Promotes'' is the title of the promotions this country will be making in Italy, as part of the high season, said a communique issued by the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) and circulated in this capital. Spanish Multinational Group Interested in Cuban Tourism 06 de octubre de 2016, 14:53Havana, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish multinational group J. García Carrión expressed interest in extending their trade in wine and other products to Cuba, taking into account the rise of tourism in the island. Imminent Hit by Matthew Finishes Gas, Food Supplies in Southern U.S. 06 de octubre de 2016, 14:09Washington, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Gas stations and food stores in the southeastern coast of the U.S. dawned today empty due to the threat of imminent hit by hurricane Matthew that unleashed a massive buy of supplies. Irán and Vietnam Boost Links During Visit of President Rouhani 06 de octubre de 2016, 13:29Hanoi, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Iran and Vietnam agreed today on measures to reinforce political and economic cooperation relations, inclujding the target of raising bilateral trade to two billion dollars. Aquaculture, Efficient Feed Conversion System, FAO Says Havana, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Aquaculture is today the most efficient system for obtaining animal protein, according to official FAO Subregional Headquarters for Mesoamerica, Carlos Eduardo Pulgarín. South Africa Premier Reaffirms Support for Cuba vs. Blockade Bloemfontein, South Africa, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The Premier of Free State province in South Africa, Ace Magashule, has reiterated his commitment to solidarity with Cuba until the U.S. blockade imposed on the island, for more than 50 years, has been eliminated. First Venezuelan Plane with Aid Arrives in Haiti 06 de octubre de 2016, 12:40Caracas, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The first aircraft with aid from Venezuela has arrived in Haiti to help the victims of Matthew Hurricane, the Venezuelan foreign minister, Delcy Rodríguez has reported. Government Invites Bolivian Workers Union to Resume Talks 06 de octubre de 2016, 12:24La Paz, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana, has invited the Bolivian Workers Union (COB) to resume dialogue in order to discuss their list of demands. House of Deputies Declares Pinochet a Violent and Criminal Ruler 06 de octubre de 2016, 11:51Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The House of Deputies approved a resolution declaring former Dictator Augusto Pinochet the most violent and criminal ruler in Chile''s history, after documents were declassified. Poll Shows Favorable Ratings for Philippine President 06 de octubre de 2016, 11:31Manila, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Rodrigo Duterte management of the country in his first 90 days as president of the Philippines is viewed favorably, according to results of a poll released here today. Broad Front Alliance Supports Cuba, Haiti and Dom Rep After Hurricane 06 de octubre de 2016, 11:24San Jose, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The Broad Front Party (FA) of Costa Rica today expressed its solidarity with Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, after the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew and expressed willingness to cooperate in assisting the victims. China-Georgia FTA Seal to Boost Economic Ties 06 de octubre de 2016, 11:23Beijing, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) China and Georgia have finalized substantial negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), which according to government estimates today, would boost economic ties between the two countries and within Eurasia. Brazilian Bank Workers Examine Proposal Before Ending Strike 06 de octubre de 2016, 11:18Brasilia, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The National Command of Bank Workers of Brazil indicated to tradeunions of the sector to examine today in assemblies the new proposal presented by the National Bank Federation (Fenaban) and thus end the 31-day strike. Forecast of Economic Growth Drops in Panama Panama, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reduced previous forecast of growth for the Panamanian economy this year after reviewing world and regional performance, it was reported today. Investment Summit Ecuador 2016 to be Held in Quito 06 de octubre de 2016, 01:11Quito, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Around 300 national and foreign businesspeople will gather in this capital on October 25 and 26 to attend the Summit of Investments Ecuador 2016 that looks to promoting commercial links. Cuba Thanks French Citizens' Support in Fighting US Blockade Paris, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is very grateful for the support provided by several organizations of solidarity in France to the struggle against the blockade imposed by the United States, Elio Gamez, vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), said today. Growth in Euro Zone Lost Strength London, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Economic growth of the Euro Zone lost momentum in face of uncertainties of some countries over the Brexit, reflected today financial firm IHS Markit. UNESCO Warns of Global Need for Teachers Paris, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Some 69 million new teachers will be needed to cover the primary and secondary education in the world until 2030, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today. Committee for Single Window Implementation Approved in Vietnam 05 de octubre de 2016, 09:53Hanoi, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) The government of Vietnam approved a National Directive Committee for the implementation of the National Single Window System and its connection to the common network of Asean, says a communique published today. Brazil Bank Workers Complete One Month on Strike 05 de octubre de 2016, 09:17Brasilia, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Bank workers of Brazil will complete today one month on strike without any solution in sight to the conflict, before the negative of the National Bank Federation (Fenaban) to present ''a decent proposal''. Panorama of Informal Settlements in Latin America 05 de octubre de 2016, 09:03Santiago de Chile, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) The dramatic panorama of informal settlements on the edge of many Latin American cities and the need for commitments were outlined today by the NGO TECHO. Vietnam and Euroasian Partners Expect More Trade with Treaty 05 de octubre de 2016, 01:11Hanoi, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) The Free Trade Treaty (FTT) between Vietnam and the Euroasian Economic Union will be effective tomorrow, with the prediction it will contribute to double bilateral trade, according to sources near the pact. Venezuelan Oil Minister Stresses Importance of OPEC Agreement 04 de octubre de 2016, 17:07Caracas, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino asserted today that the agreement for freezing the crude-oil production in the member States of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will contribute to recover the prices in more than $10 USD. Cuba and Louisiana Boost Economic Exchange 04 de octubre de 2016, 16:46Havana, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the US state of Louisiana signed today in this capital city memoranda of understanding on agriculture and port relations as part of a process of exchange and strengthening of economic ties. China Sets Record of Direct Investment in the U.S. in 2015 04 de octubre de 2016, 14:40Beijing, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) China set a record of eight billion dollars in direct investment in the United States in 2015, as national enterprises continued expanding abroad, indicates a government report published here today. Mexican Indigenous Alert on Risks of Transgenic soybean 04 de octubre de 2016, 14:00Mexico, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The Maya Indigenous Regional Council of Bacalar, Mexican state of Quintana Roo, and the collective of seeds Much''Kanan I''inaj warned that the planting of transgenic soybean puts apiculture at risk. Venezuela Supports Opec Oil Consensus Caracas, Oct 4 (Prernsa Latina) Minister of Oil and Mining, Eulogio del Pino, confirmed today that Venezuela supports the consensus reached by OPEC to freeze crude production and recover the value of that resource in the world market. Papua New Guinea Asks Australia For Help Resettling Refugees 04 de octubre de 2016, 13:02Port Moresby,Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Papua New Guinea has again asked Australia for help resettling 500 refugees who have said they are not safe in the country and do not want to live there. Indonesian Western Java Governor Inaugurates Humanitarian Center 04 de octubre de 2016, 12:40Jakarta,Oct 4 (Prensa Latina)Indoensia West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan has inaugurated a humanitarian center, in collaboration with the provincial administration and Asian Muslim Charity Foundation (AMCF). Pound Sterling Reports Lowest Exchange Rate in 31 Years 04 de octubre de 2016, 12:18London, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The pound sterling on Tuesday reported its lowest exchange rate against the U.S. dollar in 31 years, due to the Brexit. Matthew Will Make Landfall in Guantanamo, Eastern Cuba Havana, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The director of the National Forecasting Center of the Cuban Meteorology Institute (INSMET), Jose Rubiera, announced today that Hurricane Matthew in its slow progress is moving closer to Guantanamo, the easternmost province of Cuba. Caritas Aotearoa Warns of Spike in Hunger, Thirst Across Pacific 04 de octubre de 2016, 12:16Wellington, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The risk of reduced access to drinking water and food in the Pacific Islands poses a threat to indigenous and isolated rural communities, especially women and children, warned a Caritas Aotearoa report released today here. Lebanon Draws Attention to its High Number of Refugees Beirut, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Political and journalistic circles in Lebanon have reignited the debate over the incessant flow of Syrian refugees to the country, upon learning that it is among the top 10 countries that house half of the world''s displaced. Bank Workers' Strike in Brazil in 29th Day 04 de octubre de 2016, 10:21Brasilia, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) A strike by bank workers in Brazil has reached its 29th day without a solution to the conflict in sight. Brazilian Senate Debates Handing Over Pre-Salt Layer to Foreign Firms 04 de octubre de 2016, 09:59Brasilia, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The House of Deputies of Brazil will continue on Tuesday the debate to reduce the participation of the state-owned company Petrobras in the exploitation of the so-called pre-salt layer, whose reserves are estimated at 176 billion barrels of oil. Brazilian Senate Debates Handing Over Pre-Salt Layer to Foreign Firms Brasilia, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The House of Deputies of Brazil will continue on Tuesday the debate to reduce the participation of the state-owned company Petrobras in the exploitation of the so-called pre-salt layer, whose reserves are estimated at 176 billion barrels of oil. Cruisers Would Leave 75 Million Dollars Income to Panama 04 de octubre de 2016, 01:55By Osvaldo Rodriguez Martinez Fearab-America Congress for the Second Time in Cuba 04 de octubre de 2016, 01:43By Roberto Salomón UN Report Warns Again of Impact of Climate Change on Poor People 04 de octubre de 2016, 00:16United Nations, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The UN released a report today on the economic and social impact of climate change. The report reiterates the particular effects that the poorest suffer due to the phenomenon. Cuban Rum Successful in France Havana, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) The general director of the French company Pernod Ricard, Philippe Savinel, has recognized the success of sales of the Cuban rum, Havana Club in his country. Bank Workers Strike in Brazil About to Mark One Month Brasilia, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Meetings scheduled for today will debate actions to follow by bank workers on strike after almost one month of having started on September 6, demanding a salary readjustment. More Protests in Los Angeles Following Death of Armed Teenager 03 de octubre de 2016, 11:19Washington, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) The second night of protests in the city of Los Angeles, triggered by the death of an armed teenager at the hands of the police, was marked by vandalism and harassment against reporters. Saudi Kingdom Applies Gregorian Calendar for Public Sector Payment Riyadh, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia began to apply the Gregorian calendar to pay salaries and bonuses for government workers, a decision that leaves the Islamic calendar forced by the need for new austerity measures, local media reported today. Hunger and Food Waste Concern FAO Rome, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Saturday expressed concern about the heartbreaking contradiction that as millions of people suffer from extreme hunger in the world, 1.3 billion tons of food are discarded every year. Cuba Increases Taxes for Social Benefit, Government Says Havana, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban government noted in an international forum on Friday that 71 percent of the state budget''s revenues in 2016 will come from taxes and will be used to maintain fundamental services for the people. U.S. Government Could Do More to Limit Blockade on Cuba Havana, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) U.S. President Barack Obama could even take other measures to ease the financial, economic and commercial blockade imposed on Cuba, Josefina Vidal, director general of the United States Department at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), said on Friday. Bolivia: Over 600 Exhibitors to Attend La Paz International Fair La Paz, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) Some 600 exhibitors from 10 countries will participate in the 15th International Fair of La Paz (Fipaz) to be held from October 5th to 16th in this city, said today the organizing committee. Chile Prioritizes Education, Health and Investment in 2017 Budget 30 de septiembre de 2016, 14:41Santiago de Chile, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Education, health care and public investment will be the three priorities in Chile''s budget for 2017, according to President Michelle Bachelet''s announcement. Turkey Announces Important Cut in Natural Gas Prices 30 de septiembre de 2016, 14:12Ankara, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Natural Resources and Energy of Turkey, Berat Albayrak, announced here today a cut of 10 percent in the price of natural gas for citizens and no change in tariffs of power supply. Latin America Progresses at the International Beer Cup 30 de septiembre de 2016, 12:42By Fausto Triana Venezuela to Spend 70 percent of the Budget on Social Programs Caracas, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said that 70 percent of the budget of 2017 will go to social programs of the Bolivarian Revolution, in order to guarantee the fundamental rights of the people. Syria Allocates 65 Billion Dollars to Revitalize Economy Damascus, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) The Higher Council for Economic Planning and Social Syria proposed as priorities for 2017 a figure of 64 thousand 600 million pounds, about 65 million dollars to revitalize the industry and agriculture. Academicians in Argentina Link Poverty to Economic Policy by Macri 29 de septiembre de 2016, 16:44Buenos Aires, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Researchers from Argentina said there was a direct relation between the high rate of poverty in this country and the economic policy implemented by the Government of President Mauricio Macri. Botswana Prepares Celebration of 50 Years of Independence 29 de septiembre de 2016, 14:28Gaborone, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Heads of State and Government of several countries will attend celebration tomorrow for the 50th anniversary of Botswana''s Independence. International Experts Evaluate Tax Situation in Latin America Havana, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) The reduction of the gaps that facilitate tax evasion in Latin America and the Caribbean is being debated at an international forum on taxes being held in Havana. Bolivia and Germany Prepare Memorandum on Transoceanic Train La Paz, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia and Germany prepare a memorandum of understanding to be signed in early 2017, in order to promote the construction of the Bioceanic Central Rail Corridor. The document must be signed within the framework of the visit to the South American nation by the German Deputy Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Rainer Bomba, scheduled for early next year. Growth Picking Up in China Predicted in 2016 Beijing, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) China could reach a 6.6 percent economic growth given the performance showed in the first half of the year, more than expected, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Venezuelans Support Government's Food Policy 28 de septiembre de 2016, 13:44Caracas, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan people marches in this capital today to support food policies of the Nicolas Maduro government and against the economic war that generates smuggling and shortages, especially damaging to the most vulnerable communities. Bolivian Gold Exports Value Zooms 16 Percent La Paz, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) The value of Bolivian exports of gold rose by 16 percent between January and August compared to the same period of 2015, confirmed today the data from the National Statistics Institute (INE, in Spanish). Foreign Businessman Buys Jewelry Auctioned by Rafael Correa 28 de septiembre de 2016, 11:31Quito, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) A foreign businessman bought jewelry part of gifts received by Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, which remain today at auction to raise revenues for social projects. Deutsche Bank Sells British Insurance Business 28 de septiembre de 2016, 11:06Berlin, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Deutsche Bank AG sold its British insurance business Abbey Life to Phoenix Group Holdings, as part of its campaign to reduce non-essential assets. Colon Duty-Free Zone Faces Blind Market Forces Panama, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) The world''s second largest duty-free zone, located in the Caribbean city of Colon, in northern Panama, is saling in the troubled waters of demand and supply, and a shipwreck seems to be the only destination. Syria Exports Items to 80 Countries, Despite Crisis 28 de septiembre de 2016, 10:39Damascus, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Syria continues to export various textile items to markets in 80 countries around the world, despite the crisis, said here today minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Adib Mayaleh. Cuba Modernizes its Tax System, Minister Says Havana, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Tax administration in Cuba has been plunged into a modernization process in order to ensure sufficient levels of revenue to support greater social investment, Minister Lina Pedraza says. Fernanda Meybom, a Brazilian Expert in Beer 28 de septiembre de 2016, 01:00Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Young, elegant and an expert in beer in such a way that Fernanda Meybom, a Brazilian chemical engineer, is a juror in important international contests like the one being held in Chile. Bolivia and France to Host Colloquium on Tourism La Paz, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of Bolivia and France will organize the First International Colloquium on Tourism and Sustainable Development, which will take place from September 29 to 30, reported today daily Cambio. Social Movements in Argentina Protest Adjustment Policies 27 de septiembre de 2016, 13:43Buenos Aires, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) A network of social movements in Argentina has today requested that Mauricio Macri''s government provides decent jobs and the cessation of the adjustment policies that affect the poorest in the South American nation. Brazil Bank Strike Solution Sought After 21 Days Brasilia, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The National Command of Bank workers and the Bank Federation (Fenaban) of Brazil will hold a new round of talks aimed at ending 21 days of national strikes by sector workers. Lesotho's Prime Minister Praises Relations with Cuba Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, said his visit to Cuba which started on September 25th aims to bring about new levels of cooperation with Cuba. World Trade Projection Reduced Geneva, Sept 27 (Prensa Latina) The World Trade Organization (WTO) today lowered its projections for 2016 closing just 1.7 percent, which means for the first time in 15 years a slower expansion. Havana Club with a New Image and Ready for US Market Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The most famous Cuban rum Havana Club now has a new image for its line Siete Años and is ready to be sold in the United States, company executives revealed. Director-General of UNIDO Visits Cuba Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Economy and Planning, Ricardo Cabrisas, met the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Li Yong, official sources today reported. Chinese Strip and Road Initiative Shows First Accomplishments 27 de septiembre de 2016, 09:53Beijing, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The Strip and Road Initiative began to show its first achievements, according to some 300 experts during a seminar that concludes today in Xi''an, capital of China''s Shaanxi Province. Cuba Celebrates World Tourism Day Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is celebrating today the World Tourism Day with a renewed travel industry and the attention from the five continents to the peculiarities of this archipelago. Houston Mayor Highlights Cuba's Potential for Trade Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Biotechnology, health, transport, energy and agriculture are some of the sectors in which Cuba and the U.S. city of Houston, Texas, can jointly work at present.. France Calls on Switzerland for Information on 45,000 UBS Accounts 26 de septiembre de 2016, 11:54Paris, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) French authorities have asked Switzerland to hand over the identity of 45,000 French clients who have bank accounts in the country, local press revealed today. Italian Airlines and Cruise Ships to Diversify Operations in Cuba Rome, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Given the increase in tourism in Cuba, Italian airlines and cruise ships will diversify operations to the island for the upcoming winter and summer seasons. China and Cuba: 56 Years of Growing Diplomatic Relations 26 de septiembre de 2016, 10:30By Damy Vales Cuba, China Commercial Entities Sign Action Plan Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) The presidents of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba (CCC) and the Chinese Council for the Promotion of Foreign Trade, Orlando Hernandez and Jiang Zengwei, respectively, signed today a plan of action aimed at promoting trade between their countries. Large Lead and Zinc Deposit Found in NW China Beijing, Sept 25 (Prensa Latina) Geologists discovered what is considered to be the largest deposits of lead and zinc China''s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China, local authorities announced today. Bolivia's External Debt is Only 19 percent of GDP La Paz, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) At the end of last July the balance of the Bolivian public debt medium- and long-term reached six thousand 811 million dollars, which represents only 19 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP ). Mexico Expects Job Losses 25 de septiembre de 2016, 02:14Mexico, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The dark perspectives for the Mexican economy next year will cause losses of jobs in various sectors, warned the head of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (STPS), Alfonso Navarrete. China Works to Complete Golden Decade in Relations with Canada Beijing, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Calling to a new golden decade in the China-Canada relations, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang concludes today his official visit to this North American country. Venezuela Boosts Programs to Encourage Oil Production 24 de septiembre de 2016, 10:35Caracas, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s state oil S.A. (PDVSA) announced today new projects for the development of the Orinoco Belt which increase the production in that area. Visit of Li Keqiang to Havana, Milestone in China-Cuba Relations By Damy Vales Very Special Event in Chile: Cup Beers of America By Fausto Triana Kuwaiti Sectors Foster Cooperation with Peru and Costa Rica 23 de septiembre de 2016, 13:32Kuwait, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Government and business sectors in Kuwait called today for stronger ties with Latin America, specifically with Peru and Costa Rica. Cuban and Costa Rican Comptrollers Sign Memorandum Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The General Comptrollers of Cuba and Costa Rica signed a memorandum of understanding for reviewing each others'' work, Granma newspaper reported today. Cuba Sees French Tourist Market as Promising By Luisa Maria Gonzalez Paris, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is being widely represented at the 38th editionTop Resa Salon, the top tourism expo in France. Vietnam Has More Than 100 Million Mobile Phone Subscribers Hanoi, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Viettel Telecom Co, based in this capital, now has more than 100 million subscribers, in and outside of the country, local media reports today. China-Eurasia Expo Includes Caribbean and Africa Beijing, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Caribbean and African countries are participating for the first time at the 5th China-Eurasia Expo, which takes place, as every year, in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, northwest China. Peso Depreciation Increases Drug Prices in Mexico Mexico, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The prices of generic and patent drugs have increased in Mexico, mainly due to the depreciation of the peso against the dollar. China and Canada Explore Possible Free Trade Pact Beijing, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang, is on an official visit to Ottawa today for talks with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, about the possibility of a free trade agreement between the two countries, according to Chinese government reports. Cuban Blockade Affects Export Sector of Economy Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The restrictions of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba affect Cuban foreign trade and hinder the development of the foreign investment. Ecuador: Youths Support Progressive Changes in Latin America 23 de septiembre de 2016, 01:03Quito, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) About 800 youths of several countries will exhcange views on current regional and world affairs in a world forum as part of the Latin American Progressive Meeting (ELAP 2016), scheduled to be held here from September 28 to 30. Argentina: Fiscal Pressure on Budget to Increase in 2017 Buenos Aires, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Fiscal pressure on Argentina''s budget will increase from 25.33 to 25.97 percent in 2017, the Argentinean Political Economics Center (CEPA) warned on Thursday, and predicted that the collection of Personal Assets will drop 41 percent. UK Faces Growing Uncertainty after Brexit London, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The United Kingdom faces ''uncertainty and adjustment'' following the Brexit vote, the Bank''s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) said today. South Africa among the Top 20 Countries to visit, Say Experts Pretoria, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) South Africa now ranks in fourth place in the list of the trade publication Condé Nast on the top 20 countries in the world to visit. European Central Bank Worried Over China and Brexit Berlin, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The European Central Bank (ECB) showed today worries about world economic growth next year and the influence of big emergent economies like China and the Brexit. Chinese Investment Increases in Countries Along the Silk Road Beijing, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Chinese investment in the countries along the Economic Belt and the Silk Road remarkably increased by 38.6 percent, according to figures published today by the Ministry of Commerce. Controversy in Italy Around Decision to Host 2024 Olympics 22 de septiembre de 2016, 10:24Rome, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The storm unleashed on Thursday as a result of the refusal of the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, to hold the 2024 Olympics in this capital reflects the sensitivity around an issue with political implications. Bolivian Satellite Yields More than Two Million USD a Month 21 de septiembre de 2016, 15:26La Paz, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) reported today that a $2-million-USD monthly income is being generated from the services rendered by the telecommunication satellite Tupac Katari. EAU, UK Call to Join Efforts to Combat Financial Crimes 21 de septiembre de 2016, 12:49Abu Dhabi, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Government authorities and experts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK) said it is highly important to combat financial crimes and strengthen coordination to maintain economic security in the international community. French Minister Interested in Cuban presence at Tourism Salon By Luisa María González Mexico, Second World Importer of Gasoline 21 de septiembre de 2016, 11:35Mexico, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is now second world importer of gasoline, only preceded by the United States, it was informed here. Bolivian President Inaugurates Regasification Plant in Santa Cruz 21 de septiembre de 2016, 11:22La Paz, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian president Evo Morales said today the works in benefit of the people will continue, at the inauguration of a regasification plant in the municipality of San Julian, in the department of Santa Cruz.