Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Humans First Arrived in Australia 65,000 Years Ago, Study Suggests Canberra,Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The timing of the first arrival of humans in Australia has been studied and debated for decades. Ecuadorean Government Takes Actions Against Child Labor Quito, July 20 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorean Government is currently taking some actions to wipe out child labor before 2021, which affects around 200,000 children. New Book Reveals Pablo Escobar Links with CIA and DEA Panama, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The disappeared Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar had business with the US Intelligence and anti drug agencies, revealed today here his son Juan Pablo, who included an investigation in this regard in his recent book. Syrian President Meets Iranian FM 20 de julio de 2017, 12:25Damascus, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) President Bashar al-Assad has met today with Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, and the delegation he leads. Malaysia Assesses Development of Sewage Treatment Plants Kuala Lumpur, July 20 (Prensa Latina) The Malaysian government is currently envisaging building over 500,000 homes in sewage treatment plant areas for next five to 10 years. New Anti-Corruption Tool Activated in Mexico Mexico, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Mexican federal justice authorities have activated today the so-called anti-corruption button, which seeks to inform about the spread of actions of that scourge, encourage the culture of legality and civic values among the population. Violent Crimes Rising in UK London, July 20 (Prensa Latina) UK authorities have recorded about five million crimes between April 2016 and March 2017, 10 percent more than in the previous period, as reported by the Office for National Statistics. Venezuelan Electoral Power Asks For Support to Garantee Security Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, has asked the Defense Council activated in Venezuela to join the electoral process as a State action to guarantee the national security and defense of the Venezuelans. MERCOSUR Returns to its Origins, Assured Paraguayan FM Asuncion, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga assured that the South Common Market (MERCOSUR) has returned to its origins in economic and commercial progress, reported the Foreign Ministry here today. 13 Golden Degrees Granted in Cuban University Doctors Graduation Matanzas, Cuba, July 20 (Prensa Latina) 13 Summa Cum Laude and eight Scientific Merit Awards are the balance of the promotion granted today to medical diplomas after concluding here studies at the University of Medical Sciences Juan Guiteras Gener (UCMJGG). Humans Have Produced 8,3 Billion Metric Tonnes of Plastic Since 1950 Washington, July 20 (Prensa Latina) Humans has produced 8,3 billion metric tonnes of plastic by 2015, most of which now resides in landfills or in the sea, according to a research published today in the Science Advances magazine. Public Transportation on Strike in Rome and Naples Rome, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Italian public transportation workers in the cities of Rome and Naples are staging a strike today against plans to privatize the sector. Immigrants' Contribution Essential to Italian Economy and Welfare Rome, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The National Institute of Social Welfare President (INPS), Tito Boeri, has said today that regular immigration are providing Italy with weighty economic benefits. Argentina and Chile Sing to Violeta Parra By Maylín Vidal Venezuelan Opposition Challenges People to Take Power By Luis Beaton Overpowering Persecution against Lula, Unequaled in Brazilian History Brasilia, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The history of Brazil did not know until today a judicial, media and political persecution as overwhelming as that suffering ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, denounced the Workers'' Party (PT). Colombian Agroexpo Exposes Famous Wagyu Cattle Bogota, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The 21st edition of the International Agricultural Fair of Colombia, Agroexpo-2017, is presenting today for the first time the Japanese breed of beef cattle Wagyu -already adapted to the Andean climate-, which produces the famous Kobe meat, with high international value. Syrian Army Surrounds ISIS Terrorists in the Center of the Country Damascus, July 20 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army troops and allied militias have rapidly moved forward in the last 24 hours to surround ISIS terror groups in the center and east of the country, according to military sources today. Venezuela Is Absent from Illegal Mercosur Meeting Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is absent from the meeting of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), to open today in Buenos Aires, Argentina, because it considers it illegal, as it lacks legality and violates basic standards of international law. People's Summit to Begin in Mendoza Prior MERCOSUR Buenos Aires, July 20 (Prensa Latina) Moved by the desire for greater integration and focused on discussing the present regional context, social and political movements are meeting today in the city of Mendoza, prior to the MERCOSUR Summit. Russia Confirms Deal with Iraq to Sale T-90 Tanks Moscow, July (Prensa Latina)Russia has confirmed today a contract with Iraq on the sale of modernized T-90 tanks that proved to be highly effective in combat in Syria, as reported by the capital press. President Evo Morales Begins Working Visit in Cuba Havana, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, has begun a short visit to Cuba today to later travel to Argentina, where he will attend the 50th Meeting of the Common Market Council of MERCOSUR. China to Increase cooperation, assistance to Palestine Beijing, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Palestine on trade, infrastructure, human resources and capacity building to improve its economic development and people''s well-being, Premier Li Keqiang was quoted as saying. India to Meet its Next President Today New Delhi, July 20 (Prensa Latina) The Indians will know today their next president''s name, a post disputed by former governor Ram Nath Kovind and the ex-parliamentary Meira Kumar supported by the government and the opposition, respectively. Indian Economy Will Maintain Strong Growth 20 de julio de 2017, 07:53New Delhi, April 20 (Prensa Latina) Driven by strong consumption, the Indian economy will grow 7,4 percent this year and 7,6 percent next year, today forecast the Asian Development Bank. Pakistani Government, Opposition Expect Court Verdict on PM Sharif 20 de julio de 2017, 07:49Islamabad, July 20 (Prensa Latina) The Pakistani government and opposition are facing the Supreme Court today, which has opened a hearing on a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. India: More than 1,000 Dead in Railraod Accidents in Five Years New Delhi, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) India suffered 586 railroad accidents in the past five years, which caused 1,011 dead and more than 1,600 injured people, Railroad Minister Rajen Gohain revealed. Sudan to Relocate Refugees in Bordering Countries Khartoum, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Sudanese Government announced today that it would relocate the Sudanese refugees that live in this capital in bordering countries, because they are supposedly ''a threat to security.'' Vietnam Sells Shoes to 50 Percent of the World Hanoi, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Vietnamese big shoe production has made this Asian country be the seller of shoes or similar items to almost 100 countries of the planet, 72 of which purchased these Vietnamese items for more than 1 million dollars in 2017, so far. Scientists Find New Exoplanet Berlin, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) An international team of astronomers found a new exoplanet (planet out of the Solar System), just the size of the Earth, but with a very short orbiting time around its mother star. Qatari Government Offers Aid to Agricultural Producers amid Crisis Doha, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Qatari Government is boosting a plan to subsidize agricultural farms considered ''non-productive'' farms to help them contribute quality products to the local market, despite the boycott the country is currently going through. Blues Festival to Gather Musicians from across the World in Bolivia La Paz, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Musicians from the United States, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia confirmed their participation in the 8th International Blues Festival, to be held in this city from July 20th to 22nd. Canada: 46,000 People Evacuated in British Columbia Ottawa, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Wildfires affecting the central area of the Canadian province of British Columbia forced the evacuation up to today of roughly 46,000 persons, since the declaration of the state of emergency last July 7. Authorities Tighten Security in Flights from Canada to USA Ottawa, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Canadian authorities warned passengers of commercial flights to the United States about more restrictive security measures at all airports in the country, as part of the counter-terrorist battle. United Nations Welcomes Inter-Korean Negotiation Proposal United Nations, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed today the proposal by South Korea of resuming the military dialogue with neighboring Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Defense Council Supports Measures in Defense of Venezuela Sovereignty Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Deputy President Tareck El Aissami supported today the measures passed by the National Defense Council (CDN) given the threats posed by the United States to take economic sanctions against Venezuela. Colombian Congressmen Call for Completing Peace Process 19 de julio de 2017, 16:02Bogota, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Congressmen from the party Partido Alternativo Polo Democratico expressed today concern over the deadlines for the regulation and implementation of the peace agreement between FARC-EP and the Colombian Government. Usain Bolt to Compete in 100 and 4x100 at World Championship Monaco, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican track and field star Usain Bolt confirmed Wednesday that he will only compete in the 100 flat and the 4x100 meter relay at the next edition of the World Championship in London, an event that will mark the end of his prolific competing career. Lebanon: Syrian Embassy Rejects Mistreatment of Refugees Beirut, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Embassy rejected today the mistreatment of some Syrian refugees and displaced people in Lebanon, while praising President Michel Aoun''s stance against any ill-treatment of this vulnerable sector. Cooperation between Syria and the IRC Highlighted Damascus, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Hussein Makhlouf, Syrian Minister of Administration and Environment discussed, assessed and highlighted the programs of joint cooperation with the head of the International Red Cross (IRC) mission in Syria, Marianne Gasser, here Wednesday. Bahrein Investigates Illegal Network Involved with Terrorism Manama, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Prosecutor General against Terrorism in Bahrain made progress in investigating the alleged formation of an illegal organization suspected of wanting to attack personal liberties and damage national unity. Ecuador Maintains Support World Global Reduction of Oil Quito, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador kept its commitment to maintain its support for the extension of a world reduction in global crude production, adopted by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), official sources reported today. Rain and Mosquitoes Increase Dengue and Kill 15 People in Vietnam Hanoi, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Rain over the historic average volume in this season and negligence with mosquito breeding sites have caused an increase in the number of dengue cases, which exceed 50,000 in Vietnam, with 15 fatal victims. Bolivia and Chile Analyze Manual for Struggling Bordering Crimes La Paz, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The meeting of the Bordering and Integration Committee between Bolivia and Chile will analyze the operation manuals for the struggle against common crimes in the mutual borders between both South American nations. UN: Africa Presents Demands for Regional Peace United Nations, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The African Union (AU) presented its vision of the needs for the continent to play a more active role in preventing and finding the solution for its conflicts, in the United Nations Security Council Wednesday. Dog Domestication Happened Just Once,Says Study London,Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) New data from ancient dogs indicates that dogs became distinct from wolves between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, researchers report July 18 in Nature Communications. Tour de France: Primoz Roglic Wins Stage 17 as Froome Extends Lead Serre Chevalier,France,Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Another dominant display from Sky and Chris Froome, in which the race leader showed little or no sign of weakness as he was forced to repel a number of attacks. Afghanistan Army Kills 55 Rebels in the Last 24 Hours Kabul, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Afghan Army has killed nearly 55 insurgents in the last 24 hours in an offensive launched in 15 provinces of the country, reported the Defense Ministry in a statement. Kenny Rogers Announces Retirement Concert Los Ángeles,Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) A blow-out all-star concert will celebrate country icon and ''The Gambler''-famous crossover singer Kenny Rogers'' 60-year career. Syrian Army Recovers More Oil Fields in Southern Raqqa Damascus, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army and allied militias have recovered the town of Rmelian, 15 oil wells, a gas field and two processing plants in southern Raqqa province, according to military reports. Turkey, Thailand to Establish Free Trade Agreement Ankara, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Turkey and Thailand started talks in this capital Tuesday to establish a free trade agreement between the two countries, announced the Economy Ministry at the end of the meeting. Jamaica to Host Denbigh Show Kingston, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Agriculture and Health has officially opened today the Denbigh Show, considered the main commercial agricultural, industrial and food show in the English-speaking Caribbean, as confirmed by the President of Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS), Norman Grant. Immune System Response After Injury London,Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) When a persons suffers an injury within minutes the inmune system responds according to a study published in PLOS Medicine. Another Wildfire Suspect Arrested in Italy Rome, July 19 (Prensa Latina) A second suspect of the huge wildfire, ravaging a large forest close to the capital in the last three days, has been arrested today in the coastal city of Ostia. Drug Busts Increases in Central Pacific of Costa Rica San Jose, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Officials from the Central Pacific Public Force of Costa Rica have arrested 3,878 people during the first half of 2017, 2,002 of them were closely related to drug offenses, according to official data released today. Nicaragua Can Always Count on Cuba: Says Miguel Diaz Canel Managua, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban first vice-president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, said here today that Nicaragua can always count on the support, friendship and solidarity of the Caribbean nation. Stronger Winds Heat Up West Antarctic Ice Melt Camberra,Jul 19 (Prensa Latina)Stronger winds 6000kms away on the East Antarctic, have generated waves that circle the continent at almost 700kmh. When these waves meet the steep underwater topography of the West Antarctic Peninsula they push warm water under the ice shelves. This helps explain the increased ice melt in this region that can lead trillion tonne ice shelves, like Larsen C, to break away from the continent. Colombia detects Two new Outbreak of Foot-and-mouth Disease Bogota, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Two new outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease which tends to complicate the infection panorama in the country, were detected in Colombia, according to an information spread here today by the Agriculture Ministry. Regional Climate Center Established in Barbados Bridgetown, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Barbados is now home of the first Regional Climate Center (RCC) in the Western hemisphere, according to the CARICOM secretariat. Wildfires in California Affect Thousands of People Washington, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Over 5,000 Californians have so far left their homes in the center of this US western state due to a huge wildfire which began three days ago and uncontrollable for firefighters. Costa Rican Minister Defends UN Comprehensive Vision of Development United Nations, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica''s Environment and Energy Minister, Edgar Gutierrez, has called today at the United Nations, to move towards sustainable development with a comprehensive vision that interweaves its economic, social and environmental dimensions. Opposition Defeat Sets the Political Scene in Ecuador Quito, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The decision taken by the National Assembly (Parliament) to file the impeachment request against Ecuadorean Vice President, Jorge Glas, has set today the political setting in this South American nation. Heavy Rainfall Hits Istanbul Causing Million-Dollar Damage Istanbul, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The damage caused by heavy rains and floods in this city will cost around $60 million USD, according to preliminary estimates by insurance companies. Search for Missing People Due to Heavy Rains Continues in Japan Tokyo, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Japanese authorities are still searching for seven people missing due to heavy rains two weeks ago in the west of the country. Mexican Congress Ready to Face NAFTA Renegotiation Mexico, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Congress has stated today its rejection to the United States'' pretensions to face the controversial trade measures in relation to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). German Goalkeeper Neuer Confirmed as New Captain of Bayern Munich Munich, July 19 (Prensa Latina) German Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was named today as Bayern Munich´s new captain for the next German Football League season, as confirmed by Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigg Major Cabinet Reshuffle in Turkey Ankara, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, has submitted his cabinet reshuffle after a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Maduro Announces New Steps to Defend Venezuelan Sovereignty Caracas, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a set of measures to champion the nation''s sovereignty and to guarantee people´s security in the July 30 elections for the National Constituent Assembly. Bolivian Parliamentarians Welcome Meeting with Chile La Paz, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian lawmakers have welcomed the upcoming meeting of the Border Committee with Chile, to be held in Santa Cruz, and hope to achieve breakthroughs in resolving incidents along the line of demarcation. South Korea Consolidates Itself as Largest Investor in Vietnam Hanoi, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) South Korea heads the list of 120 countries and territories that bet more on Vietnam with a registered capital of 54.5 billion dollars, confirmed today in this capital the Foreign Investments Department. Cuba to Solve Energy Needs with Solar Panels Havana, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban authorities are working to solve the country''s energy needs by installing solar panels, above all in faraway communities nationwide. Five Colombian Insurgents Murdered after Peace Agreement Bogota, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Since the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP, at the Colon Theater in this capital, eight months ago, the murders of five ex-guerrilla fighters of that rebel movement have been denounced today. Chinese Scientists to Develop Intelligent Drilling Systems Beijing, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Chinese researchers, scientists and specialist are currently working on developing intelligent drilling systems with independent intellectual property rights, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announces today. South Asian Population Prone to Rare Genetic Diseases New Delhi, July 19 (Prensa Latina) A third of the South Asian population is more likely to suffer from rare genetic diseases than the rest of the world, as released by a study. Syrian Army Develops Offensive in Southern Raqqa Damascus, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) After fierce fighting, the Syrian army is carrying out some offensive operations in southern Raqqa, where U.S. forces are besieged by US-backed Islamic forces, military sources said today. Maduro Congrats 38th Anniversary of Sandinista Revolution Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has congratulated the Nicaraguan people and government on occasion of the 38th anniversary of the Revolution led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) on July 19, 1979. Venezuela: The Opposition's Threats Escalate Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) After an apparently calmed weekend, violence returned to the Venezuelan capital on Tuesday, perhaps as the prelude to the ''zero hour'' that the opposition leaders are proclaiming. US Federal Senate is Asked to Include Puerto Rico in Tax Reform San Juan, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila has said today that the current crisis in Puerto Rico requires a different economic relationship with the United States, and therefore it requested its inclusion in any US federal tax system reform. Legislative Limbo Before Guatemalan Presidential Step Guatemala, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales's step to decree a state of public calamity in view of the deplorable condition of the country's highways and roads is in a legislative limbo, as reported by local press. Nicaragua Celebrates 38th Anniv of Sandinista Popular Revolution By Alberto Corona Expert Alerts on Chikungunya Threat for Bangladeshi Capital Dhaka, July 19 (PL) At least 10 percent of the 18 million people in Dhaka are at risk of being infected by chikungunya despite Bangladeshi government health campaigns, an expert warned today. Separatist Gurkha Group to Intensify Protests in India New Delhi, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Separatist sectors in the eastern state of Bengal are preparing today to intensify their protests aiming to create a federal state within India. BRICS Countries to Expand Collaboration on Science and Technology Beijing, July 19 (Prensa Latina) BRICS-member nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) have set up an action plan to give a boost to science and technology cooperation among them, according to a statement released today. Iran Promises a Respond to US Sanctions by Missile Program Tehran, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Iran has condemned today the new US sanctions for its ballistic missile program and promised to carry out reciprocal actions against US natural and legal people who have taken action against this nation and other Muslim countries. Tourist Arrival to India Increases in 2017 New Delhi, July 19 (Prensa Latina) India received almost 6,9 million foreign tourists in the first six months of this year, up 17,2 percent from the same period in 2016, today reported the Tourism Ministry. Japan to Host Coast Guard Summit for the First Time Tokyo, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Japan will host for the first time in September the Asia Pacific Coast Guard Summit, which will be attended by 40 countries, announced today Admiral Satoshi Nakajima, commander of that national military institution. Positive Effects of Structural Reform in China Extolled Beijing, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The structural reform on the offer side applied in China is having positive effects on economic growth, emphasize here official sources. Philippine President Calls for Extension of Martial Law in Mindanao Manila, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Parliament to extend the Martial Law in the southern island of Mindanao until December 31st to eliminate terrorism in that region, said today the Manila Times. Debating Session on Agricultural Production in New Forum Matanzas, Cuba, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) A session of debates on agricultural production and its real potentialities, will be the antecedent of the 10th Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation, known in Cuba as CITAtenas-2017, from October 24 to 27, said here the organizers Tuesday. Cuban Judokas Train in Budapest for the World Championship Budapest, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) A team of 13 Cuban judokas is now on a traning base in this capital, to get the needed shape to take part in the World Championship in this city, from August 30 to September 3 this year. A New State Called Malorossia Suggested, Instead of Ukraine Kiev, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Alexander Zajarchenko, top leader of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk, suggested today the creation of a new State called Malorossia, instead of Ukraine, with a federal and more flexible status. USA: Three Republicans Refuse to Repeal Obamacare without Replacement Washington, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Three Republican senators announced today that they will vote against the process to repeal Obamacare, which represents the end for the Republican party''s efforts to abolish that health regulation. Italian President Condemns Actions by Arsonists Rome, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Italian President Sergio Mattarella described today the arson fires of more than 27,000 hectares of forest as criminal actions. Arrival in Spain of Undocumented Immigrants Increases Madrid, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of immigrants in Spain increased two times in the first half of 2017, compared to similar period in the previous year, reaching 10,751 people, the Government reported today. Food Situation in Syria Is Improving, Says United Nations Rome, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Food security in some areas in Syria improved slightly, compared to the year 2016, although the situation is worse than prior to the war, United nations agencies warned. UN: Mandela Represents the Best of Human Race United Nations, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) President of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson said today that the late South African leader Nelson Mandela represents the best of human race and an endless source of inspiration. Guatemalan President Admits Deplorable State of Highways and Roads Guatemala, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales recognized today that the state of highways and roads on mountains in this country. Tropical Storm Don Causes Flight Cancellations Saint John, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The airline Leeward Isles Air Transport (LIAT) announced today the cancellation of commercial flights in areas of possible affectations caused by Tropical Storm Don, published the website of the newspaper The Daily Observer. Canada Fights 160 Wildfires in British Columbia Ottawa, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Around 160 fires are currently active in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC), where according to preliminary reports, more than 1,880 square kilometers of woods have been devastated since April 1. Athletics: Kenya Has Conditions to Organize Diamond League Meeting Nairobi, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Kenya today has the capacity to host a meeting of the Athletics Diamond League, said national track and field coach David Letting. European Human Rights Commission Deplores Imprisonments in Turkey Ankara, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The European Council Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks criticized today the decision by Turkish Justice to send to prison four national and two foreign activists accused of terrorism. Indonesia Rejects Return of National Citizens Who Joined IS in Syria Jakarta, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Indonesian Government rejected today the return of its nationals that joined the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, trying to stop the spreading of extremist ideologies in the country, amid the increase of violence. Venezuela Rejects Threats From the USA Caracas, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry rejected Tuesday the threats for economic sanctions by the US government, and announced that it would deeply revise its relations with Washington. New Study Shows That Only About 25% Of Our DNA is Functional Washington,Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) University of Houston evolutionary biologist Dan Graur has published new calculations showing that a maximum of one-quarter of the human genome is functional. Intense Fire in Six Italian Regions Rome, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The number of requests for interventions received by the Unified Air Operational Center of the Department of Civil Protection for the extinction of forest fires in Italy rose to 16. New Model Projects an Increase in Dust Storms in the U.S.A Washington, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina)Could the storms that once engulfed the Great Plains in clouds of black dust in the 1930's once again wreak havoc in the U.S.? Tour de France 2017: Michael Matthews Wins Stage, But Chris Froome Retains Lead Romans-sur-Isere, France,Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Michael Matthews won his second stage of the Tour de France with victory on stage 16, as Britain''s Chris Froome retained the leader''s yellow jersey. Cuban and Mexican Universities Sign Agreement on the Caribbean Basin Mexico, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The Universities of Quintana Roo (UQROO) and Havana (UH) have signed an agreement to strengthen the curriculum of the Master´s of Applied Anthropology. Palestinians Call for a Day of Rage in Jerusalem Ramallah, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Al-Fatah Movement has called all Palestinians for a Day of Rage tomorrow to protest against the growing repression of Israeli occupying forces in East Jerusalem, particularly around the Al Aqsa mosque. Steps in France to Provide Security for Frightened Tourists 18 de julio de 2017, 12:14Paris, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The Paris police has announced today that it will increase the security of several tourist sites protected against terror acts. Argentine Government Assists Areas Affected by Polar Wave 18 de julio de 2017, 12:11Buenos Aires, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine government has launched an assistance mechanism for that areas hit by a polar wave, especially in Patagonia, where a record temperature of -25 degrees was recorded in Bariloche. Angola to Finance the Lauca Hydropower Plant Transportation System Luanda, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has authorized the Ministry of Finance to seek external funds to complete the energy transportation system associated with the Lauca hydropower plant, an official source said. Turkey to Fight Terror 'to the end' Ankara, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that his government will resolutely continue fighting terrorism in the country and beyond, till eliminating the last terrorist. New U.S. Strategy to Renegotiate NAFTA Studied in Canada Ottawa, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Canadian ambassador in Washington, David MacNaughton, presents today before provincial Prime Ministers the strategy of U.S. president, Donald Trump, to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Legislative Steps in California to Fight Global Warming Washington, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The US state of California is currently having strict steps to fight global warming till 2030 thanks to the stance taken by local lawmakers. 'I will Fight Until the End to Defend My Dignity', Says Lula Brasilia, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Tuesday repeated his conviction that he is a victim of true political persecution, and assured that he will fight to the end for his dignity. Evo Morales to Attend Forum of Sao Paulo Meeting in Nicaragua La Paz, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales will travel to Nicaragua to attend the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum which will be held in Managua on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista People´s Revolution. Syrian Army Makes Further Advance in Raqqa towards Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) After fierce fighting, Syrian Army units have reportedly crushed more ISIS positions in southwestern Raqqa, taking control of more terrain in the offensive towards the province of Deir Ezzor. Cuba Hosts 4th International Festival of Social Communication Havana, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The 4th International Festival of Social Communication, a space for the exchange of experiences among professionals of this science, is taking place as of today at the Conference Center in this capital. USA Says Iran Complies with Nuke Deal, but Vows New Sanctions Washington, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The US Government has acknowledged that Iran has been complying with the US-agreed nuclear program and with other five nations by 2015, but it is still threatening more sanctions on Persian territory. Venezuelan Non-Oil Exports Exceed 300 million USD in 2017 Caracas, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Over 300 million dollars in non-oil industrial exports of Venezuela were reported in the first half of the present year, 86 percent over the results of the same period of 2016. Putin Highlights Russia's Aerospace Development at MAKS Moscow, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin today highlighted the development of aerospace technology in his country, which has the potential to show the world, at the opening of the 12th International Aerospace Fair of Moscow (MAKS), being held at the Zhukovsky airport. Spanish Football Asociation President in Anti-Corruption Operation Madrid, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The President of Spain´s Football Association (SFA) , Angel Maria Villar, has been arrested on Tuesday morning in an anti-corruption operation, as reported by the Guardia Civil and the High Court. Iran Will Resist New US sanctions, Parliament Speaker Stressed 18 de julio de 2017, 10:24Tehran, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Parliament (Majlis) has approved Tuesday an urgent bill conceived to counteract ''US adventurous and terrorist actions'' in the region, the legislative house Speaker Ali Larijani stressed. South Africa Honors Nelson Mandela on His International Day 18 de julio de 2017, 10:08Pretoria, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) President Jacob Zuma called on South African youths to achieve the radical economic transformation of the country and to follow Nelson Mandela''s steps, at an event on the occasion of the emblematic anti-apartheid fighter''s International Day on Tuesday. Mandela Day for Fostering Wellbeing of Less Fortunate South Africans 18 de julio de 2017, 09:57Pretoria, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Mandela''s memory in another type of fight today in South Africa: foster wellbeing and raise the social standard of the poor. Sao Paulo Forum to Approve Our Americas Consensus in Nicaragua Managua, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Forum will officially approve the Our Americas Consensus here on Tuesday, a programmatic document to promote unity among progressive and left-wing forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chile Registers Multibillion Investments in the World 18 de julio de 2017, 09:53Santiago de Chile, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Chile registers investments in the world that reach 114 billion 230 million dollars, between 1990 to 2016, 92 percent of which concentrate in 10 countries, six of them in Latin America. Academicians Rejects Arbitrary US Intervention in Panama 18 de julio de 2017, 09:51Panama, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Academicians from the University of Panama (UP) have rejected the extraterritorial US sanctions against La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo (GESE) newspapers. Perception of Insecurity Increasing in Mexico 18 de julio de 2017, 09:41Mexico, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The perception of insecurity continues to rise in Mexico today, as 74.9 percent of the population over 18 stated that living in their city is unsafe. Million-Dollar Earnings in Colombia Out of Human Trafficking 18 de julio de 2017, 09:25Bogota, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Illegal human trafficking in Colombia is currently growing at a rate of $ three million USD a week, according to a National Police study released today by El Espectador newspaper. Cuba and Colombia Foster Political and Trade Ties Havana, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Colombia have today strong political and commercial ties, following the recently concluded official visit by the president of that South American nation, Juan Manuel Santos, to the Caribbean island. Four Ex Presidents Declared Persona Non Grata in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has declared former Presidents Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Andres Pastrana (Colombia) and Laura Chinchilla and Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Costa Rica) as persona non grata, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry posted on its Twitter account. MAKS Air Show Opens in Russia 18 de julio de 2017, 08:36Moscow, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The 12th Moscow International Aviation and Space Show (MAKS) opens its doors today at the Shukovsky International Airport, set to exceed 878 participating companies compared to its previous edition two years ago. Eight Extremists Killed in a Pakistani Military Offensive 18 de julio de 2017, 07:34Islamabad, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The Pakistani army killed eight alleged radicals in the first hours of a new operation in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, where there are many armed groups, today reported a military source. India Reiterates Claim to Pakistani Kashmir 18 de julio de 2017, 07:26New Delhi, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that the area controlled by Pakistan in the Kashmir disputed region is occupied territory that must be returned to her country. Foreign Direct Investment Increases in Pakistan 18 de julio de 2017, 07:23Islamabad, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan received 2,410 million dollars in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the recent fiscal year 2016-17, up 4,6 percent from the previous year, today announced the Central Bank. Latin American Development Bank Will Keep Supporting Bolivia 18 de julio de 2017, 04:19La Paz, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Latin America Development Bank (CAF) will keep financing projects and technical cooperation actions in the water sector in Bolivia during the next few years, confirmed the financial institution. Russia, China to Conduct Joint Naval Exercises in Baltic Sea 18 de julio de 2017, 00:29Moscow, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Russia and China will conduct this week the first stage of their Joint Sea 2017 naval exercise in the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed. Beijing has assigned its most advanced missile destroyers for the drills. Syrian Forces Captures 5 Oil Fields from ISIS in Raqqa 18 de julio de 2017, 00:19Damascus, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Army units captured five oil fields south of the northern city of Raqqa, following battles with the Islamic State (ISIS) or Daesh, in Arab, military sources confirmed. Aleppo's Industry Begins to Recover 18 de julio de 2017, 00:11Damascus, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Some 374 industrial plants and factories in Aleppo''s al-Sheikh Najjar industrial area have resumed production gradually reopening jobs for 1,200 workers in a city that was practically destroyed by the terrorist war imposed on Syria. Presidents of Cuba, Colombia Extol Good State of Relations 17 de julio de 2017, 21:47Extol Good State of Relations Canada Stops Processing Thousands of Asylum Petitions 17 de julio de 2017, 18:56Ottawa, Jul 17 (Prensda Latina) Thousands of immigrants in Canada have as of today their audiences for applications of political asylum in this country suspended indefinitely due to the incapacity of federal agencies to handle the cases in the established time limits. Dominican Singer Sergio Vargas Arrives in Cuba 17 de julio de 2017, 16:15Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Dominican singer Sergio Vargas arrived in this capital Monday together with his orchestra, and he will perform for his first time in Cuban soil, with Cuban trobadour singer Tony Avila. Almost 1,700 Civilians Died in Afghanistan in Last Six Months 17 de julio de 2017, 16:09Kabul, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Of the more than 1,700 dead civilians reported in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2017, the United Nations attributed 327 -almost a fifth of the total- to the pro-governemntal forces. Colombia's President Promotes Investments in Cuba 17 de julio de 2017, 15:25Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Colombia''s President Juan Manuel Santos asserted here today that his country ''is very interested in investing in Cuba'', and urged Colombian businesspeople that accompany him on his current visit to identify opportunities and expand business on the island. Ugandan Soldiers to Reinforce African Contingent in Somalia 17 de julio de 2017, 15:17Kampala, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) More than 2,000 soldiers and officials from the Uganda Popular Defense Forces (UPDF) departed for Somalia Monday, to reinforce the mission of the African Union (Amisom) deployed in Somalia since 2007. Colombian President Honors Cuba's National Hero Havana, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos paid tribute today to the Cuban National Hero Jose Marti in the Memorial of the Revolution Square, accompanied by the Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra. Is this Gulf of Mexico Tubeworm the Longest Living Animal in World Washington,Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Large tubeworms living in the cold depths of the Gulf of Mexico may be among the longest living animals in the world. Poll: Philippinos Trust President Duterte Manila,Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Majority of Filipinos expressed their approval for the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo and other top national officials, according to a Pulse Asia survey released today. IAAF Provisionally Suspends Frank Fredericks in Payment Probe Mónaco, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Four-time Olympic medalist Frank Fredericks has been suspended from duty by track and field''s governing body, the IAAF, while he is investigated for alleged corruption suspected of being linked to the 2016 Olympics hosting vote. Central Cuba Recovers Peregrination Site Dedicated to Che Guevara Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The monument that remembers the end of the invasion of Column 8, commanded by Ernesto Che Guevara during the final offensive in 1958 to the center of Cuba, renews today his image after a rehabilitation. Canadian Gov't and Opposition Join Forces to Help Displaced Ottawa, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Canadian Public Security and Preparation for Emergencies Ralph Goodale, is joining their efforts to the ones by opposition leader Todd Doherty, with the aim to take care of the evacuated people by fires in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Dominica Alerts of Low Pressure System Roseau, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The authorities of the Commonwealth of Dominica have alerted people to the presence in the vicinity of the archipelago of a low pressure system moving southward. Climate Change Threatens Asia-Pacific Hanoi, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) With a typhoon on the doorstep, a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was published here today that climate change could undermine the Asia-Pacific development. Congress of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians Begins in Cuba La Habana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The Fifth Congress of the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Foresty Technicians (ACTAF), has begun today with the participation of about 300 delegates, who will previously pay tribute to the country''s phytosanitary workers. MPs to Focus on Chevron-Affected Areas in Ecuador Quito, July 17 (Prensa Latina) A mission of the European Parliament is continuing a visit to Ecuador so as to verify the damage caused by the US Multinational Energy Corporation Chevron (formerly Texaco), which is the reason for the trial carried out by the indigenous communities. China Welcomes Talks Proposal Between Pyongyang and Seoul Beijing, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) China applauded today a proposal by the Republic of Korea to hold military talks and between Red Cross organizations with the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK), urging both sides to reach a consensus. 67-Percent US Citizens Rejects Trump's Twitter Habits Washington, July 17 (Prensa Latina) 67 percent of US citizens disapproved of President Donald Trump''s unconventional Twitter habits to comunicate with the people, according to ABC News and The Washington Post. Legislative Rightwing Boycott Damages Salvadorian Tourist Industry San Salvador, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The legislative rightwing boycott by Salvadorian Republican Nationalist Alliance (ARENA) provoked the loss of 14,000 jobs in the local tourist industry, denounced the government Monday by a communique. Cuban Women Live Longer But Are Less Healthy, Study Says Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Senior women in Cuba feel less healthy compared to men, a situation similar to that of other countries ranging from biological to cultural features, according to a recent study published here. Civilian Casualties Rise in Syria and Iraq During Trump's Government Washington, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The number of civilian casualties in the Coalition air raid against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq has significantly increased since US President Donald Trump´s Inauguration, according to a report released today. China's GDP Grows 6.9 Percent in First Half of 2017 Beijing, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) China''s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown about 6.9 percent year-on-year in the first half of this year, about 38.15 trillion yuan ($5.62 trillion USD), the National Bureau of Statistics reported today. Argentina: Infant Mortality Increased in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Infant mortality in Buenos Aires increased from 6.0 in 2015 to 7.2 percent in 2016, in a great part, because of the loss of adquisitive power by the most vulnerable sectors, said a report by local entity Fundación Soberanía Sanitaria. WTO to Develop Agricultural Sector of Developing Countries Brussels, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) and Brazil proposed the World Trade Organization to start an initiative to favour the agricultural industry of developing countries, starting from an exention of any state subvention. Drug Cartels Battles Spark Off Violence and Insecurity in Cancun Mexico, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Cancun, one of Mexico´s main tourist resorts, is currently experiencing unprecedented high-levels of violence and insecurity caused by battles between drug cartels. Caracas Declares Former President Vicente Fox Persona Non Grata Caracas, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has declared former Mexican President Vicente Fox an ungrateful person in this South American nation, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada live-twittered. Several Women Aspire to the ANC Presidency in South Africa Pretoria, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Several South African women have begun promoting political campaigns as presidential candidates for the African National Congress (ANC), ahead of the conference that the organization will hold in December to elect its new leaders, it was reported today. Bolivia Makes Progress in Preparations for Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia expects to send to Chile this week a draft protocol to resolve border incidents, to be discussed during the meeting in Santa Cruz on July 25, Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said. Argentina Holds Technical Meetings Prior MERCOSUR Summit Buenos Aires, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The technical meetings of the MERCOSUR''s Summit of Heads of State will begin today prior to the event, in which the heads of States of that bloc and other guests will bring together in the Argentine city of Mendoza. Temer's Fortune Wasted to Buy Lawmakers will Be Useless Brasilia, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The fortune that Michel Temer wasted to buy lawmakers to try to bury the charges of corruption against him will be useless, the president of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism, José Roberto de Toledo, said today. Tropical Storm Talas Bears Down on Central Vietnam Hanoi, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The disappearance of a dozen sailors and material damages, in principle classified as large amount, is the fatal trail left by Tropical Storm Talas as it battered along the central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh. Russia: U.S. Conditions to Return Properties Are Unacceptable Moscow, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia said today that the imposition of conditions to unblock its diplomatic properties in New York and Washington are unacceptable, and called for dialogue in that regard between the two countries'' foreign ministries. Colombia's President Begins Official Agenda in Cuba Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, will meet today here with his Cuban peer, Raul Castro, at the Revolution Palace, in the context of his current official visit to the island. Vivid Sculptures Attract Tourists in Havana Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) A number of mysterious sculptures in Havana are among the most significant attractions for foreign tourists visiting the Cuban capital. Syrian Army Faces Attacks in Southern Part of Country Damascus, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Terrorist elements have attacked Syrian army units in the southern region of the country, according to some images and information released by military sources in Damascus. As reported by several media, including the Al Masdar News website, these terror troops belong to the Jaysh Osoud al Sharquiyah group, linked to the so-called US-backed Syrian Free Army (ELS). Venezuela Denounces Media Manipulation of Electoral Drill Caracas, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has denounced today El Pais newspaper, for distorting the Venezuelan reality, by making improper use of images and manipulating the truth, to confuse international public opinion. Number of Indians Affected by Rains Continues to Rise New Delhi, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Monsoon rains have so far caused nearly 90 deaths and affected two million people in India, today reported official sources. Russia Strengthens Truce and Humanitarian Aid in Syria Moscow, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) has reported today on the strengthening of the detente areas and humanitarian aid in Syria, while continuing to fight terrorist groups. Indian, Pakistani Troops Clash at Border New Delhi, July 17 (Prensa Latina) As usual in recent weeks, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire on the Control Line, the de facto border in the Kashmir disputed region. Precious Metals Discovered in Indian Waters New Delhi, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) A team of Indian scientists discovered millions of tons of precious metals and other minerals deep under the waters surrounding the peninsular area of this country, today announced the Geological Survey of India (GSI). Somalia is in Its Third Week of an Internet Blackout Mogadiscio,Jul 16 (Prensa Latina)The internet has been down in Somalia since June 24, when an anchor from a Swiss-owned ship, MSC Alice, cut the single fibre cable that links Somalia to the rest of the world. Lewis Hamilton Slashes Sebastian Vettel's Lead To Just One Point London,Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Lewis Hamilton slashed the deficit to Sebastian Vettel at the summit of the Formula One championship after a crushing performance at Silverstone to win the British Grand Prix for a record-equalling fifth time. China -Blue Alert For Typhoon Talas Beijing, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) China''s national observatory today renewed a blue alert for typhoon Talas, which is expected to hit Hainan Province and the Beibu Gulf. South Sudan Admits Launching Offensives in Rebel Stronghold Abuja,Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) South Sudan government admitted that its forces launched offensives to take control of Pagak, a stronghold of rebels loyal to former First Vice-President Riek Machar. British Government Considers Life Sentences For Acid Attacks London,Jul 16 (Prensa Latina)The British government is set to launch a review on tougher sentencing for perpetrators of acid attacks after Home Secretary Amber Rudd said those found guilty should ''feel the full force of the law.'' Cuba Graduates New Group of International Chefs La Habana, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina)The Culinary Association of Cuba,FACRC, has graduated 24 Chefs of international ranking in its course corresponding to 2016-2017. Tourists Love Diving in Cuba La Habana,Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Hundread of tourists love the adventures of diving in Cuba according to reports from tour operators. Senegal: Eight Dead,Many Injured in Senegal Football Stadium Stampede Dakar, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Eight people have been killed during a Senegal football league final in Dakar in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match,local media reported. Former FBI Director James Comey is Writing a Book Washington,Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who was fired in May by President Trump, is writing a book about his experience in public service, including his tumultuous and brief tenure in the Trump administration. Fire in Eastern China Kills 22, Injures 3 Beijing,Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) At least 22 people were killed and three others wounded after a house caught fire in China''s eastern Jiangsu Province today, according to reports. 90% of Drinking Water in Karachi is Unfit For Human Consumption Islamabad, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Up to 90 percent of water supplied in Karachi, a city of 20 million,is unfit for human consumption due to the presence of bacterial contamination, revealed a report on Saturday. Bolivia to Discuss Protocol for Border Issues in Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will present a draft protocol to settle the border incidents at a meeting with Chile, scheduled for June 25th in the department of Santa Cruz, said Bolivian foreign minister Fernando Huanacuni. India Aiming at $300bn Investment Target for Energy Program New Delhi, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) India wants to invest 300 billion USD over next decade to meet its surging oil and gas demand, as it needs to increase production of hydrocarbons, and then refine and transport them to households. Values and Legacy of Nelson Mandela Highlighted in Cuba Havana, July 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban sports delegates, executives and participants in the race for the International Day of South African leader Nelson Mandela highlighted today the importance of their legacy for the new generations in the world. More than 100,000 migrants arrived in Europe in 2017 Geneva, July 15 (Prensa Latina) A total of 103 thousand 175 migrants arrived in the Mediterranean Sea to Europe so far this year, Jamaica Urges the Caribbean to Research into Health Security Gaps Kingston, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica''s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett urged the Caribbean today to analyze the gaps in health security as a key area for the development of tourism in the region, said today The Observer newspaper. China for Greater Cooperation with Central-Eastern European countries Beijing, July 15 (Prensa Latina) China urged Central and Eastern European countries (ECW) to further expand cooperation within the framework of the Strip and Route Initiative, here today. Cubans Trained in Uruguay on Dairy Production and Industry Montevideo, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) A total of nine young Cubans who completed the second diploma of specialization in dairy production and industry in Uruguay returned today to Cuba after four months of training at a specialized center. Vietnam and Singapore unite against terrorism Singapore, July 15 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam and Singapore shared concerns about the dangers of terrorism and reaffirmed their willingness to work together in confronting extremist violence. Panama: Large-scale Fire Destroys Free Zone Warehouses Panama, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The largest fire in recent years in Panama, occurred in the northern Free Zone of Colon (ZLC), was brought under control early today with no fatalities reported, although various warehouses were destroyed. We are Integrating Bolivia by Road Building, affirms Evo La Paz, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales extolled the integration of Bolivia from East to West and from North to South through the construction of roads, when inaugurating today the two-way road San Roque-Huarinas in the La Paz Department. ANC President Calls on Alliance Members to Achieve Unity Pretoria, July 15 (Prensa Latina) African National Congress (ANC) President, Baleka Mbete, called on members of the South African government''s tripartite alliance to resolve their differences and join forces to successfully face the 2019 general elections, here. Italy: More than 6,500 Immigrants Arrive in 24 hours Rome, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) More than 1,500 immigrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea arrived today at southern Italian ports, as part of a wave of more than 6,500 arrivals in the recent 24 hours. Islamist Organization and Leaders Condemn Israeli Action in Al-Aqsa Riyadh, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and various Arab and Muslim institutions and countries condemned today Israel''s decision to close the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and ban Palestinians from praying. Treaty Provokes Agricultural Disaster in Mexico, Editorial Alert Mexico, July 15 (Prensa Latina) The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) caused an agricultural disaster in Mexico, an editorial in the daily La Jornada warns. Cuban President Extols Validity of non-State Sector of the Economy La Habana, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban president Raul Castro extolled the eve the validity of the non-state forms in the economy as method to generate jobs and diversify the offer of goods and services. Patagonia Sea and Land, New Chilean Environmental Perspective By Fausto Triana Mexico to Host Summit on Cancer Mexico, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will host the World Leaders Summit on Cancer 2017, Cities Leading the Change, a venue to contribute reaching the target of reducing by 25 percent the deaths due to that illness in 2025, it was known today. Security Programs Hit Crime in El Salvador San Salvador, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran authorities confirmed Friday a reduction of the homicides, robberies and extortions in the last year, especially after the application of extraordinary security measures. Cuban Disco Thrower Silinda O. Morales Wins Gold in Nairobi Nairobi, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban female discus thrower Silinda O. Morales won the world title at the World Junior Athletics Championship in the capital of Kenya, in competitions that are disputed until Sunday. Syria Describes Seventh Round of Dialogue in Geneva as Useful United Nations, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Syrian governmental delegation at the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Bashar al-Jaafari, described today as useful the seventh round of talks, in which the fight against terrorism was discussed by the parts. Man Stabs Six Tourists in Egypt in Deadly Spree; Two Died Cairo, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) An unidentified man attacked six foreign tourists, two of whom died in the luxurious spa town of Hurghada, south of the Sinai peninsula facing the Red Sea, reported the Interior Ministry. Pastors for Peace Highlights Legacy of Reverend Lucius Walker Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Members of the 28th Caravan of the United States-Cuba Friendship of Pastors for Peace highlighted today the legacy of Rev. Lucius Walker, initiator of this solidarity initiative 25 years ago. Trade Turnover Surges 26% between Russia, China Moscow, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Trade turnover between Russia and China surged 26% in the first half of 2017, reaching 39.78 billion USD before June, reported Russian Today (RT). Climate Change May Make it Too Hot to Fly, Study Says Washington, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The rise of the temperatures caused by global warming will bring up problems for the taking off of planes in the next decades, predicted a study made by the University of Columbia, published today. State Budget 2016 Guaranteed Social Services in Cuba Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban state budget managed to guarantee the financial demands for social services while supporting the funding required in the productive sphere, noted the Minister of Finance and Prices, Lina Pedraza. Fishermen Angry as Fukushima Releases Radioactive Water into Ocean Tokyo, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Fishermen and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. Mexico Conducts a Census of Homeless Persons in the Capital Mexico, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) About 1,600 brigade members from the Social Development Secretariat have conducted a census of homeless population 2017, in 16 delegations of Mexico City, was announced here today. Harold Mayne-Nicholls Gets Ban Reduction by CAS Laussane,Switzerland, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Former Chilean Football Federation president Harold Mayne-Nicholls is free to return to the game after his ban from football-related activities was cut by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to two years. Drugs and Weapons Occupied in South African Airport Pretoria, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The strengthening or reinforcment of security measures at Johannesburg''s or Tambo International Airport began to show results with the capture of about 200 kilograms of cocaine and a shipment of automatic rifles, it was reported today. Ravens, Like Humans and Apes, Can Plan For The Future Washington,Jul 14 (Prensa Latina)All of us know how tough it can be to delay gratification. But human civilization was built around our supposedly unique ability to planâ€''to anticipate future needs and sacrifice now to reap the rewards later. Bolivian Gov't to Fund More Than 300 Social Projects in La Paz La Paz, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has announced today the disbursement of more than $36 million USD to finance some 375 social projects on occasion of the 208th anniversary of the first libertarian scream in the department of La Paz. British Police Frustrates Five Terror Attacks in the Last Weeks London, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The London Metropolitan Police (MET) frustrated 5 terrorist attacks in the last weeks in the United Kingdom, some of them just about to be perpetrated, as confirmed by MET chief Cressida Dick Friday. Former Peruvian President and His Wife Spend the Night in Prison Lima, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia, spent their first night in a detention center after a controversial arrest warrant issued against them by a judge in an money laundering investigation. Venezuelan FM Denounces US Attack Caracas, July 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Samuel Moncada, has denounced today the US intentions to increase its attacks against the sovereignty of the South American nation through pressure to other countries. US Activist Calls to Increase Pressure Against Blockade of Cuba New York, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Ike Nahem, coordinator of solidarity with Cuba in New York, has called today to increase pressure in the United States and the world against the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade to the island. Russia Denounces Smear Anti-Syrian Campaign by White Helmet Moscow, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia''s Foreign Ministry has denounced Friday the so-called White Helmets NGO is involved in a defamation campaign targeting the Syrian government. Armed Groups in Southern Syria Reject US-Russia Ceasefire Deal Damascus, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The largest coalition of armed militant groups in Southern Syria refused to participate in a US-Russia brokered ceasefire stretching across Quneitra, Dara''a and Western Sweida. Germany Welcomes Bilateral Commission on Colonia Dignidad Berlin, July 14 (Prensa Latina) Human rights activists have termed as positive the end of a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Chilean-German Joint Commission to deal with the historical memory of the former Colonia Dignidad and the insertion of victims in the society. Buenos Aires Professors Ratify Struggle After Rejecting Proposal Buenos Aires, July 14 (Prensa Latina) Buenos Aires professors, member of the Union of Education Workers (UTE), have ratified today a fight plan after rebuffing the local Executive´s proposal to increase the salary by 21.5 percent, which they term it as insufficient. A Venezuelan Majority Not Trusting the Opposition to Solve the Crisis Caracas, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) A 71 percent of the Venezuelans believe that the national opposition lacks a concrete plan to overcome the current economic situation in the country, according to investigation carried out by Hinterlaces pollster. Pakistan- Government and Opposition Fight Over Future Prime Minister New Delhi, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Although he refuses to leave his post, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is against the ropes today due to a corruption scandal that involves him and that it is used by the opposition to demand that he be replaced at the helm of the country. Terrorist Oscar Perez Appears at Opposition Stronghold Caracas, July 14 (Prensa Latina) The fugitive police pilot who allegedly stole a helicopter and used it to attack Venezuela''s Supreme Court has appeared at an opposition strike in the capital, stronghold of the Venezuelan right-wingers. Elections in Brazil without Lula Would Be a Fraud, FMLN Says San Salvador, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) has described today as an attack to the Brazilian democracy a recent ruling to remove former President Luiz Inacio ''Lula'' da Silva from the electoral battle. South African Doctors Trained in Cuba Graduate in KwaZulu-Natal Pretoria, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) About 70 South African doctors who studied in Cuba were graduated today at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, at a ceremony presided over by Deputy Health Minister of this country, Joe Phaahla, and Cuba''s Ileana Morales. Angola, SA, DRC Reaffirmed Commitment to Regional Peace Pretoria, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa have reaffirmed their commitment to the Tripartite Mechanism, which is a crucial vehicle to regional peace efforts SA News highlights here Friday. FAO Warns of Worsening Food Crisis in East Africa Rome, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) alerted here today that for three consecutive years of drought in East Africa worsened the food crisis in that region. Paraguayan Farmers to Extend their Protests Asuncion, July 13 (Prensa Latina) The length of country demonstration in this capital has become volatile, after they ratified today their decision to take part in this protest for an indefinite period till their demands are met. Seventh Round of the Intra-Syrian Dialogue Ends in Geneva United Nations, July 14 (Prensa Latina) The seventh round of the UN-sponsored dialogue between Syrian government and opposition representatives ends today in Geneva, and the mediator of the process, Staffan de Mistura, will report to the Security Council. Iran Urges US to Reconsider Negative Approach towards Nuclear Deal New York, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the US to reconsider its negative approach towards the nuclear deal as it is an international agreement. Over 100 Reporters Killed or Injured in Mosul Baghdad, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Forty-seven Iraqi journalists were killed and 55 were injured while they covered the government''s offensive in Mosul, an Arab institution said, while local media continued reporting on the operations in Ninive today. Pastors for Peace Members to Pay Tribute to Lucius Walker in Cuba Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The 28th United States-Cuba Friendship Caravan, led by Pastors for Peace, will pay tribute here today to the founder of that interreligious platform, Rev. Lucius Walker, who passed away in 2010. No Poor in Vietnamese Province Devastated by War Hanoi, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The southern province of Binh Duong shed the ashes of a devastating war in the 60s and 70s and now it is the first and only Vietnamese territory without poor families. Cuban MPs Analyze Progress of the Country in Plenary Session Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Parliament is analyzing today the full progress of the country by reviewing the summary of the main issues discussed during the Ninth period of session of its Eighth Legislature. Nearly 2 Million People Affected by Rains in North Eastern India New Delhi, July 14 (Prensa Latina) At least 85 people were killed and nearly 2 million are affected by monsoon rains in North Eastern India, today reported the authorities. Cuba Goes for New Medals in Disabled Athletics Competition London, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Two time Paralympic Champion in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Leinier Savón, will open the Cuban participation on Friday in the Disabled World Athletics Cup of London, Great Britain, which will spread until July 23. Turkey Judged 169,000 People since Coup Ankara, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The turkish authorities adopted legal measures against 169,000 persons accused of taking part or having links with the organizers of the failed coup perpetrated on July 15, 2016, official sources said here. Snow is Very Likely in Santiago de Chile by Faustro Triana Costa Rican Peninsula of Nicoya Moves 11 Milimeters a Year San Jose, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The peninsula of Nicoya moves 11 milimeters a year, going northwest, according to a test made by the National Seismologic Net of Costa Rica (RSN) and the Universities of Costa Rica and Indiana, Pennsylvania, US. Bolivia 360 Music Festival to Defend LatAm Folklore La Paz, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) In its first edition, the Bolivia 360 Music Festival will gather representatives of Latin American folklore in August 5 and 6, announced the organizers of the event here Thursday. Seven Thousand Stolen Mobile Phones Seized in Mexico Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Finance Ministry in Mexico City occupied seven stolen thousand cell phones during an operation in several commercial places of the historical center, said today the press. Brazil to Continue Bleeding while Temer Rules, Says Parliamentarian Brasilia, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) As long as President Michel Temer remains in power, Brazil will continue to bleed, parliamentarian from the Workers'' Party (PT) Patrus Ananias told the Constitutional and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the Lower House. Most Venezuelans Demand Economic Laws for Private Companies Caracas, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) At least 80 percent of the Venezuelan population believe that the Government should establish clear economic regulations for private companies, said today Oscar Shemel, head of the Hinterlaces polling firm. Cuban Parliamentarians Discuss Computerization Policy Havana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban parliamentarians were informed today on the new policy of computerization of the society, from its implementation to the first results of this project, which has a high economic and social impact for the country. Caravan of Pastors for Peace Begins Visit to Cuba Havana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The 28th Caravan of the United States-Cuba Friendship, led by Pastors for Peace, arrived today to Cuba, seeking to support the calls for the end of the economic, financial and commercial blockade set up by the United States. Railroad Lines between Three Syrian Cities Reactivated Damascus, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The railroad lines for loads between the Syrian cities of Homs, Tartus and Latakia, were reactivated and are working, said an announcement by Najub Fares, General Director of the Syrian Railroad Enterprise Thursday. Seven Thousand Stolen Mobile Phones Seized in Mexico 13 de julio de 2017, 15:16Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Finance Ministry in Mexico City occupied seven thousand cell phones stolen during an operation in several commercial places of the historical center, said today the press. Iraqi Children in Mosul Pay the Price of War; Unicef 13 de julio de 2017, 14:47United Nations, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) has warned that about 650,000 children in the Iraqi city of Mosul are paying with their suffering the terrible price of the last three years of terrorist war. Angolan Police Arrest People Charged with Damaging Polling Stations 13 de julio de 2017, 14:45Luanda, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Angolan police reportedly arrested two men accused of withdrawing several indications of polling stations in this capital for August 23 elections. Syria Holds 3rd Meeting with UN Special Envoy De Mistura 13 de julio de 2017, 14:43Damascus, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) As Syria''s delegation held a third round of talks with UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva as part of the ongoing intra-Syrian dialogue, Army elite units began operations to capture ISIS last stronghold in Homs province. Congo Deputy Prime Minister in Angola to Talk of Refugees Situation Luanda, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, She Leonare Oshintudu, arrived in Angola today for a tripartite meeting on the situation of refugees in this country. Bolivia 360 Music Festival to Defend Latin Folklore La Paz, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) In its first edition, the Bolivia 360 Music Festival will gather representatives of Latin American folklore in August 5 and 6, announced the organizers of the event here Thursday. French President Welcomes German Chancellor Paris, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a meeting today, in the context of a minister council between both countries, held in this city. Cuban Foreign Minister Welcomes UN Human Rights Expert Havana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla welcomed the United Nations independent expert on human rights and international solidarity, Virginia Dandan Thursday, at the Cuban Foreign Ministry headquarters. Chile to Request Extradition of Dictatorship Assassin in USA Santiago de Chile, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Supreme Court gave green light to the petition to the United States to extradite Armando Fernandez Larios, ex-Army officer accused of participation in several assassinations. Sebastian Corchia Signs 4 Years Sevilla Deal Sevilla,Spain, Jul 13(Prensa Latina) France Sebastien Corchia has signed a four-year contract with Sevilla after signing from French outfit Lille. USA Preventing Inspection of Chemicals Weapons in Syria, Says Russia Moscow, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The United States by all means tries to prevent the sending of experts to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria, denounced today Mikhail Ulianov, director of the arms control department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Cameroon: Death Toll From Terror Attack Rises to 19 Yaunde, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The death toll from the double bombing in northern Cameroon rose to 19 today, after accounts from authorized sources. Colombia Proposes Global Deal to Fix Coffee Harvest Price Bogota, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The first World Forum on Coffee, held the last two days in the Colombian city of Medellin, closed its sessions with a Bogota proposal to fix a global price on coffee harvests. Paraguayan Guasu Front Against Lula da Silva Sentence Asuncion, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The condemnation of former Brazilian president Lula Da Silva is a new blow to democracy in Brazil, the Paraguayan left-wing Front Guasu party (FG) believes today. Bolivian FM Highlights Importance of Borders Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni has stated that the meeting of the Border Committee with Chile stands out today as an important mechanism to resolve consular and border issues between the two countries. More Than 1.5 Million Italian Families in Absolute Poverty Rome, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The number of Italian families living in absolute poverty in 2016 has reached 1,619,000, equivalent to 6.3 percent of the whole country, the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) reported today. PEMEX Workers Accused of Stealing Fuel in Mexico Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) More than 600 workers, union members and reliable to the company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), were accused of participating during one year in stealing fuel from the company, according top reports today. Chuck Blazer, Key Figure in FIFA Corruption Scandal, Dies at 72 New York,Jul 13 (Prensa Latina)Chuck Blazer,72, the disgraced North American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA president Sepp Blatter, has died. South Africa, United States Announce Joint Military Exercises 13 de julio de 2017, 10:47Pretoria, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The South African National Defense Forces (SADF) will carry out military maneuvers with the United States from July 17 to August 4, announced the government''s Communication Department today. Experts Predict Increase in World Oil Demand in 2017 Paris, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The International Energy Agency predicted that the world demand for oil will increase in 2017, while low prices have prevailed in the market for several months. Regional Railway Integration Ends Unasur Meeting in Uruguay Montevideo, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) With the presentation of a study to elaborate a strategy facilitating regional railway integration, ends today the meeting of the South American Council of Infrastructure and Planning (Cosiplan) of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). Oman Wants to Expand Economic Ties with Iran, Despite Gulf Crisis Muscat, Jul 13 (prensa Latina) Oman reaffirmed today its willingness to expand relations with Iran, particularly economic and trade cooperation, regardless of political ups and downs, such as that affecting the Persian Gulf region due to the crisis with Qatar. China Becomes World's Second Largest Medicine Consumer Beijing, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) China has become the second largest consumer of medicine in the world, and the world''s biggest exporter of bulk pharmaceuticals, it was reported here today. Maduro Calls for Justice for Victims of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has approved a budget of 40 billion bolivares (about $15 million USD) for the Venezuelan National Victim Assistance Fund. Transpacific Trade Pact Members Agree to Continue without U.S. Tokyo, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The 11 participant countries in the Transpacific Trade Association (TPP) agreed today to go forward with the multinational agreement of free trade without the U.S. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Strengthen Ties Dhaka, July 13 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today began a three-day visit to Bangladesh focused on strengthening economic and trade ties between the two South Asian countries. U.S. Artist Distances Himself from Trump, Exhibits Works in Cuba Por Martha SanchezHavana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. artist Ben Jones has criticized the stance taken by President Donald Trump against strengthening relations between his country and Cuba, where he is holding a personal exhibition. Panamanian Gov't Takes Distance from U.S. Sanctions on Local Media 13 de julio de 2017, 09:23Panama, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian government confirmed today it distances from the extraterritorial sanction of the United States against dailies La Estrella and El Siglo (Gese), reiterating it is an issue between its owners and U.S. authorities. One Million Adolescents without Educational Coverage in Guatemala Guatemala, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) One million adolescents are without educational coverage at different levels of education in Guatemala, according to local educational research organizations. A 6% Growth, a Huge Challenge for South Africa Johannesburg, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) For South Africa to achieve a 6% growth the government will have to make ''extraordinary bold decisions'' to be able to change the economy, believes Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. Cuban Delegation Visits Syrian Military Hospital Damascus, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) A representative of the Cuban embassy in Syria, led by business manager, Pablo Ginarte, has visited the Yussef Azmeh military hospital in the Mezzeh neighborhood of this capital. Cuban Ministers Report before Parliament's Committees Havana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the agencies of the Cuban State central administration are reporting today on their management to the legislators, prior to the Ninth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the Parliament. South Africa Will Conduct Peacekeeping Drill with US Forces Pretoria, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The South African National Defense Force and United States troops are set for the bilateral peace support operation exercise for the third time since 2011, SA News reported Thursday. Pakistan's Trade Deficit Continues to Increase 13 de julio de 2017, 07:59Islamabad, July 13 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan had a record trade deficit of 32,2 billion dollars in the fiscal year 2016-2017 as a result of declining exports and a historic increase in imports of 53 billion dollars, today reported official sources. Monsoon Hits Northeastern India New Delhi, July 13 (Prensa Latina) Monsoon rains are today hitting northeastern India, where nearly 60 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were affected by the weather. Nicaragua Readies to Host 23rd Sao Paulo Forum Meeting Managua, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua readies to host the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum Meeting, with the participation of at least 300 representatives of social movements and leftwing parties of Latin America and the Caribbean. Malaysia Warns ISIS Is Expanding in South East Asia Kuala Lumpur, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has warned on the expansion of the Islamic State (ISIS) in South East Asia, where the terrorist organization wants to set bases after losing territory in the Middle East. FAO: 17 Million People are Food Insecure in Yemen Geneva, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Some 17 million people in Yemen, two thirds of the population, are today severely food insecure, said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva here. Camaguey Wants to Rescue its Beaches Camaguey, Cuba, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) In the east of the island of Cuba, the province of Camaguey presents 120 kilometers of beaches in the north and south keys, which are now threatened by natural disasters or events on the sand and the coast vegetation, especially in tourist zones. Peruvian Ex-President Humala Faces 18-Month Prison Sentence 13 de julio de 2017, 00:22Lima, July 13 (Prensa Latina) Prosecutor German Juarez has pleaded his pre-trial detention for Peruvian ex-President Ollanta Humala and his wife and accused them of receiving electoral proceeds of allegedly illicit origin and covering them up. Cuba Encourages Young Students in Beekeeping Havana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) A national exhibition on beekeeping, made by activity groups, was opened here seeking to foster primary and high school students to approach that profession. Panama on Alert for Increased Rate of Sexually Transmitted Infections 13 de julio de 2017, 00:18Panama, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Statistical data issued by the Ministry of Health indicated that 1,586 new cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) were reported in 2016 in Panama, out of that total 974 people tested positive for HIV and 613 people for AIDS. Fight for Mosul Concluded, But Not Hunger, Says UN 13 de julio de 2017, 00:16United Nations, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations said today that the end of the fight that led to the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi city of Mosul does not mean the end of the problems of its inhabitants to find food. Laws against Serious Crimes Strengthened in Jamaica 12 de julio de 2017, 17:48Kingston, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The House of Representatives of Jamaica passed the amendments made by the Senate to the Law of Legal Reforms, seeking to strengthen the regulations against serious crimes, said today news reports. Marco Enriquez-Ominami Hopes to Win Elections in Chile 12 de julio de 2017, 17:47Santiago, Chile, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The two-time presidential candidate in Chile, Marco Enriquez-Ominami, has said today that he hopes to pass to the run-off and dispute the presidential chair with right-winger Sebastian Piñera. Cuban Jews Call for Closer Ties with the US Community Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Jewish leaders have today called on their US counterparts to hold and strengthen ties between both communities that is also beneficial for others. Chile: Alarm because of Giant Iceberg Detachment 12 de julio de 2017, 17:42Santiago de Chile, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The detachment of a giant iceberg weighing a billion tons caused alarm in the environmemntal organization Greenpeace Chile Wednesday. Cuban Deputies Tackle Down on Tourism Performance Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban deputies gathered in the Commission for Attention to Services have dealt with the current performance of tourism as a strategic sector for social economic development of the nation. UK Supreme Court Approves Reforms for Same-Sex Marriage 12 de julio de 2017, 16:32London, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The same-sex marriages will have the same rights established for the spousal pension as heterosexual couples, the UK Supreme Court ruled today. Prensa Latina Presents Exhibition in Honor of Che Guevara Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) Prensa Latina News Agency has opened today an exclusive photo exhibition in honor of Che Guevara at the Revolution Museum in this capital. CNE Guarantees Security and Transparency in Venezuelan Elections 12 de julio de 2017, 15:41Caracas, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela, Tibisay Lucena, has guaranteed security and transparency for the July 30´s elections. Brazil´s Ex-President Lula Sentenced to 9.5 Years in Prison 12 de julio de 2017, 15:12Brasilia, July 12 (Prensa Latina) Federal judge Sergio Moro has sentenced today ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to 9.5 years for the alleged commission of crimes of passive corruption and money laundering. Peasant Movement Blocks Up Roads in Guatemala Guatemala, July 12 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Farmers Development Committee (CODECA) have blocked up crucial roads in the nation, by calling for the resignation of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales from the nationalization of entities and prison for dirty officials. 46 People die of Famine in Two Months in South Sudan Juba, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) About 46 people died of hunger in May and June in the South Sudan state of Mopollo, notified the coordinator of the government''s Humanitarian Affairs Commission in that area, Wilson Moga. Zambian Parliament Approve Emergency State Pretoria, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Zambian parliament approved the establishment of the State of Emergency for three months in a debate that lasted for hours due to the confrontation of opposition deputies, considering the measure an abuse of power by President Edgar Lungu. Cuban Food-Processing Industry Targeted by National Deputies Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban food-processing industry is undergoing a phased recovery, which prioritizes the dairy and meat industries, given the financial, material and human impossibility of making progress in all sectors. Four Young US Men to Kayak from Cuba to the United States. Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The US citizens, Andy Cochrane, Wyatt Roscoe, Wesley Preston and Christopher Rodel began to kayak from this capital to Key West, Florida, and sent a message of friendship to the world. Syrian Army Recaptures Important Oil Field in Homs Damascus, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army was able to recaptured control over the oil field of Al Heil, in the province of Homs, about 200 kilometers from the capital, reported military sources today. Search for Missing People Due to Heavy Rains Continues in Japan Tokyo, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Japanese authorities are still searching for 20 people missing due to heavy rains last week in the west of the country. Demand to Investigate Salvadoran Banks San Salvador, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The financial enties involved in the privatization of the Salvadoran banks at the end of the 20th Century were summoned to reveal all the documents hidden in the traumatic process. Tour de France 2017, Stage 11: Marcel Kittel Wins Pau, France,Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Germany Marcel Kittel underlined his dominance of this year''s Tour de France sprints as he won stage 11 here for his fifth victory of the race, while Chris Froome came home safely to retain the yellow jersey. Four Suicide Bombers Kill 19 in Nigeria Abuja, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Four suicide bombers from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram killed 19 people in attacks on the civil defense personnel, reported the police today. New Coin Celebrates 150 Years of Ceylon Tea in Sri Lanka Colombo, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has issued today a commemorative coin with a face value of Rs 10 to celebrate the 150 years of Ceylon tea, recognizing its contribution to the national economy. 2 Soldiers Killed, 11 Injured in Friendly Airstrike in S. Philippines Manila,Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) An airstrike on terrorists militants holed up in the southern Philippine city of Marawi mistakenly killed two soldiers and wounded 11 others today, a military spokesman said. Turkey Will Keep Standing With Qatar,Says Economy Minister Ankara, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Turkey will continue to meet Qatar''s daily and long-term needs through exporting necessary supplies, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said today. PSG Outbids Manchester City, Signs Dani Alves on 2 Year Deal París,Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) In a surprise move,Brazilian Dani Alves is heading to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. South Africa-Cuba Academic Committee Meets in Durban Pretoria, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The South African-Cuba Academic Committee is meeting today and tomorrow in Durban, a South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, prior the graduation on Friday of a group of young people from that country who studied medicine in that Caribbean nation. Former BSI Banker Yeo Jiawei Sentenced to Additional Jail Time Singapur, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) A Singapore court jailed a former wealth manager of Swiss bank BSI for four and a half years today for money laundering and cheating in a case linked to an investigation involving the Malaysian fund 1MDB. New Marine Review Shows Impact of Cliimate Change in Oceans London,Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Alredy 60 percent of Oceans show signs of climate change impact like acidification and heat of the waters, according to a study of Oxford University. Lebanese Hizbulah Accuses USA of Creating ISIS, Praises Mosul Victory Beirut, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The resistance movement Hizbulah accused the United States of creating the Islamic State (ISIS) and gave the green light to countries in the area to finance and support the terrorist group, Lebanese media stressed today. Syrian Gov't Ready to Reconstruct Aleppo, Raqqa Damascus, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Cabinet has reportedly entrusted a government committee with preparing a plan to reconstruct infrastructure and services in Aleppo city and Raqqa province. Iran Assures Willingness to Help Iraq's Reconstruction Tehran, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Iran has reportedly expressed its willingness to help Iraq in reconstructing the country in the wake of Iraqi victories over ISIS. Evo Morales Highlights Image Won by Bolivia With Return of Chileans La Paz, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has highlighted the international image won by the country after the return of two Chilean police officers that were arrested inside Bolivian territory on July 7. Black List of Journalists Covering G20 in Germany Denounced Berlin, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Politicians and press associations criticized the withdrawal of accreditations for dozens of journalists during the recent G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg, news media report today. Russia and China to Veto US Resolution Against North Korea at UN Moscow, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Russia and China will veto a US draft resolution in the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK), released the media here today. Mexico Discovers Important Oil Reserve in Gulf Mexico, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The oil company Sierra Oil and Gas announced the discovery of an oil field in the coast of southeastern Mexico, whose reserves are estimated between 1.4 billion and 2 billion barrels, was released today. Chileans Express Indignation over Sentence to Man Who Beat His Wife Santiago, Chile, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Several personages in Chile expressed indignation over the reduction of the sentence to the author of a brutal beating during which he pulled his wife''s eyes, due to a legal technicality. UN-Supported Intra-Syrian Dialogue Continues in Geneva Damascus, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The 7th round of the so-called Intra-Syrian Dialogue continues at UN''s headquarters in Geneva where a government''s delegation headed by top diplomat Bashar al-Jaafari is talking with oppositions representatives. US Consortium Involved in Aggression vs. Venezuelan Ambassador Caracas, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Gabriel Manzano and Tatiana Low, the attackers of Venezuelan diplomat Rafael Ramirez, hold executive positions in the U.S. consortium Citibank, stated as one of the main actors in the financial war against Venezuela, media announced today. Ramirez, current Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, recently denounced that two people attacked several members of his family in New York City, La Tabla website posted. La Estrella de Panama Challenges Clinton List Panama, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Without giving in to the extraterritorial sanctions imposed by the United States, the newspapers La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo (GESE) will continue operating in an open challenge to the Clinton List. Barrios de Pie Community Organization Mobilizes for Food Emergency Buenos Aires, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine movement, Barrios de Pie (Neighborhoods Stan Up) has been carrying out a peaceful demonstration since the early hours, without street or traffic cuts, to demand once again the urgent declarations of food emergency. UNASUR Analyzes Action Plan Montevideo, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The analysis and diagnosis of the 2012-2022 Strategic Action Plan (PAE, in Spanish) is the focus of debates on the second day of the regional meeting on the infrastructure of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), which will close on Thursday. First Woman Appointed Manager of Iran Air Hits Headlines Tehrán, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Government, social and news circles of Iran highlighted today as a sign of progress of the Islamic Revolution the appointment of Farzaneh Sharafbafi as the first woman to manage the national airline Iran Air. Spain Dismantles International Network of Child Pornography Madrid, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) With the arrest of 50 people in 15 countries, Spain has dismantled an international network of distribution of child pornography through the WhatsApp mobile instant messaging service, reported the National Police here Friday. Mexican Oil Production Touches Bottom México, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Oil extraction in Mexico will fall by the end of this year below the two million barrels per day, its lowest level since 1980, it was known today. Syria Hosts Information Technology Fair Damascus, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) A fair specialized in information technology was opened today in Damascus in the presence of 30 national companies and more than 100 new and innovative brands. Union Cuba-Petroleo Attends World Congress in Turkey Havana, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Union Cuba-Petroleo (CUPET) company is participating in the World Petroleum Congress, which continues today in the Turkish city of Istanbul. China's Military Base in Djibouti Aimed at Securing Regional Peace Beijing, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The establishment of China''s naval base in Djibouti, which is in fact Beijing''s first overseas, will enhance stability and security in the region and will allow the Asian state to more efficiently contribute to peace processes in the African region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday. Iran, Pakistan Optimistic over Trade Turnover Tehran, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Iran and Pakistan are optimistic they would achieve the target of $5 billion USD bilateral trade in coming years despite some hurdles. Economic and Social Issues Focus Debates on Cuban Parliament Havana, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban parliamentarians are analyzing today the implementation of the capacity recovery program in the food industry during the third and final working day of the Permanent Committees of that legislative body. Indian Army Kills Three Militiamen in Kashmir New Delhi, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The Indian Army today killed three insurgents during a clash in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, a territory marked by separatist violence. India Launches Family Planning Campaign New Delhi, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The Indian Ministry of Health today launched a family planning campaign aimed at slowing the growth of the country''s population, inhabited by more than 1,3 billion people. Nepal Tourism Revenues Increase in Current Fiscal Year Kathmandu, July 12 (Prensa Latina) Nepal''s tourism revenues increased by 41,9 percent in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, reaching 534,8 million dollars, today revealed the Central Bank. Indian Opposition Completes Presidential Formula 12 de julio de 2017, 07:32New Delhi, July 12 (Prensa Latina) After several weeks of debates, the Indian opposition has today its candidates ready to dispute with the government Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the presidency and vice-presidency of the country in the next elections. Industrial Summit Proposed for 2019 in Russian Innoprom Expo Ekaterimburgh, Russia, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Russian Minister of Trade and Industry, Denis Manturov, supported the initiative of Sverdlov province, Evgueni Kuibashev, to host an industrial sunmit as part of the Innoprom-2019 expo in this city. Cuba Officially Announces Mandela Day Marathon in Havana Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The 4th edition of the International Mandela Day Mini-Marathon was officially announced by Lulamah Rulumani, charge d'affaires of the South African Embassy in Havana and Carlos Gattorno, Marabana President. Cuba to Host Caribbean Table Tennis Championship Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The Havana´s Ciudad Deportiva Sports Center will host the 59th edition of the Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championship, as reported by the national table tennis commission. Nigeria and Cameroon Hold Talks on Battle against Boko Haram Abuja, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian and Cameroonian armies are holding talks about how to eliminate the remaining members of the terrorist sect Boko Haram from the border regions. Bolivian Central Bank Reports International Reserves Increase La Paz, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Central Bank (BCB) reported today that the country''s international net reserves (RIN) increased from $10.081 billion USD to $10.306 billion USD in the first half opf this year. UN Specialist Meets with INDER Vice President Havana, July 11 (Prensa Latina) United Nations independent expert on human rights and international solidarity, Virginia B. Dandan, has met today with the Vice President of the Cuban Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), Roberto Leon Richard. Mo Farah Prepares for Double Gold at London World Cup London, July 11 (Prensa Latina) The British distance runner Mo Farah has reiterated today that he wants to finish his sports career with another double gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at next month''s World Championships in London, scheduled for August 4 through 13. Cuba Encourages Local Food Production, says Minister Havana, July 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba encourages local food output to substitute imports and ensure a better supply of fresh products to families, according to the Cuban Agriculture Minister (MINAG), Gustavo Rodriguez. Moldova's Canoeist Receives a Four-Year Ban Lausanne, Switzerland, July 11 (Prensa latina) The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has rejected today the Moldovan Canoist Serghei Tarnovschi's appeal and confirmed the four-year ban imposed by the ICF Dping Control Panel. Trump UK Visit Postponed till 2018 London, July 11 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom (UK) will take place next year, as reported by Sky News. Prosecutor Issues Arrest Warrant for Peruvian Ex President and Wife Lima, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) A prosecutor issued today a police custody warrant for former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife, whom are investigated for more than two years and accused of money laundering and association to commit a crime, said judicial sources. Brazilian Attorney Generals Office Asks to File Investigation on Lula Brasilia, July 11 (Prensa Latina) The Attorney General´s Office (MPF) has requested today the Brazilian Justice to shelve an internal investigation to determine whether there was an alleged attempt by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to hinder Lava Jato anti-corruption operation. Parliament Supports Cuban Stance against New US Guidelines Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Parliament expressed its support to the Government Statement about the guidelines by US President Donald Trump regarding the island nation that represent a step backwards in the process for rapprochement between both countries. Qatar and USA Sign Agreement against Financing Terrorism Doha, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Qatar and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding today to fight the financing of terrorism, just as the two countries and Kuwait assessed the possible consequences of the current political crisis in the Persian Gulf. UN Condemns Israel's Plans to Colonize East Jerusalem United Nations, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations condemned today the plans of Israel to increase the colonization of East Jerusalem by building new settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. Cuban Parliamentarians Discuss Issue Related to Population Aging 11 de julio de 2017, 15:18Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban parliamentarians discuss the policy that the Cuban Government is pursuing today regarding one of the cornerstones of population aging. Senators Occupy Steering Committee and Prevent Reform Vote in Brazil 11 de julio de 2017, 15:17Brasilia, July 11 (Prensa Latina) Senators from four political parties held the House''s Executive Committee today, obstructing the vote for labor reform promoted by President Michel Temer and termed as a ruthless attack against Brazilian workers´ rights. Wave of Violence Affects Mexican City of Reynosa 11 de julio de 2017, 15:08Mexico, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The confrontations between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel caused the death of 90 people in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the Attorney General''s Office in that state reported today. Cuban Parliament Discusses Epidemiological Situation in the Country 11 de julio de 2017, 15:07Havana Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The epidemiological situation in Cuba is favorable, but there are vulnerabilities in some territories to confront the arbovirosis, confirm Cuban Public Health Minister, Roberto Morales. Greece Holds Turkey Responsible for Failed Talks on Cyprus 11 de julio de 2017, 15:04Athens, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held Turkey responsible for the failed talks to reunite Cyprus, during a session of the Parliament to assess the political situation in that country. European parliament Fosters Greater EU Cooperation with Latin America 11 de julio de 2017, 15:03Brussels, July 11 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament has called on the European Union (EU) to extend cooperation and political dialogue with Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a legislative spokesperson. Heat Wave in Japan Kills Six People and Sends Thousands to Hospitals 11 de julio de 2017, 15:00Tokyo, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) At least six people died and more than 4,000 were hospitalized in Japan, due to the heat wave recorded last week, the Fire Department reported today. Drug Use Affects 60% Homeless Puerto Ricans 11 de julio de 2017, 14:40San Juan, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The dramatic social reality of Puerto Rico today brought another of its great ballasts afloat after 119 years of US colonial domination: 60% of homeless Puerto Ricans use drugs. US-led War Games in Black Sea Directed against Russia, Warns Analyst 11 de julio de 2017, 14:36Moscow, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) A massive military manoeuvre led by US with over 25,000 troops from 16 countries off the coast of Ukraine in the Black Sea is a show of force directed against Russia, particularly Crimea, warned political analyst Alexander Khrolenko. Canadian Commissioner Marilyn Poitras Resigns 11 de julio de 2017, 13:36Ottawa,Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) One of the five commissioners appointed by the federal Liberal government to preside over the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has resigned, saying she could not accept the way the process has been organized. Ten Mali Soldiers Missing After Ambush by Suspected Terrorists 11 de julio de 2017, 13:20Bamako, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) About 10 Malian soldiers were missing following an ambush by suspected Islamist militants in the West African nation''s desert north, the army said today. Malaysia May Reevaluate Trade With France Over Palm Biofuels Stand 11 de julio de 2017, 13:12Kuala Lumpur,Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Malaysia will be compelled to reevaluate options on trade with France if the country keeps its stand on palm biofuels, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong. Canada Wildfires: 14,000 People Evacuated in British Colombia 11 de julio de 2017, 13:00Ottawa, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) More than 14,000 people are under evacuation orders as firefighters battle more than 231 wildfires covering 320 square kilometres in the B.C. Interior. Boko Haram's Links With Mali Terrorists, Threat to Nigeria 11 de julio de 2017, 12:46Abuja,Jul 11 (Prensa Latina)The Chief of Army Staff of Nigeriaa, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, today said Boko Haram terrorists had strong links with terror groups in northern Mali. China Sets Up Military Base in Djibouti 11 de julio de 2017, 12:43Beijing, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) China confirmed Tuesday it has set up a military base in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa, following a bilateral agreement in the interest of both countries after friendly negotiations, the People''s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reported. UN Expert Talks to Cuban Civil Society Representatives 11 de julio de 2017, 12:34Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The independent expert on human rights and international solidarity of the United Nations Virginia Dandan spoke here today with representatives of the Cuban civil society. Philippines Arrests Four People Involved in Minadanao Rebellion 11 de julio de 2017, 12:32Manila, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Four of the seven individuals with the surname Maute arrested the day before at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines fleeing to Malaysia are linked to the conflict in Mindanao, a military spokesman reported today. ISIS Confirms Death of Top Leader al-Baghdadi 11 de julio de 2017, 12:26Baghdad, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group has reportedly confirmed Tuesday the death of its top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Wimbledon 2017:Djokovic Beats Adrian Mannarino to Reach Quarterfianls 11 de julio de 2017, 12:18London, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a straight-set victory over France''s Adrian Mannarino. Solar Energy Makes Progress in Eastern Cuba 11 de julio de 2017, 12:11Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The use of solar energy is today one of the main bets of the island''s authorities in order to benefit the economy of the island, official sources said today. As Diplomats Talk, Syrian Army Keeps Crushing ISIS and Al-Nusra 11 de julio de 2017, 12:02Damascus, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Syrian leading diplomat Bashar al-Jaafari held talks Tuesday with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura in Geneva where he called for serious discussions about counter-terrorism. Paraguayan Farmers Join Mobilization Protest 11 de julio de 2017, 11:54Asuncion, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The center of this capital is today full of mobilized Paraguayan farmers as happened in April 2016, this time to demand compliance with the then agreements with the government. Colombia Welcomes UN Verification Commission 11 de julio de 2017, 11:53Bogota, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Different sectors of the Colombian society, led by the government, are now grateful for the establishment of a second UN verification commission, approved by the UN Security Council. Venceremos Brigade Receives Recognition of Cuban City 11 de julio de 2017, 11:29New York, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Young members of the Venceremos Brigade received here the seal of the eastern Cuban city of Guantánamo for their solidarity with the island and its causes. Great International Attendance to Colombia Coffee Forum 11 de julio de 2017, 11:19Bogota, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian National Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) will celebrate its 90th anniversary in the city of Medellín in the middle of the first World Grain Forum, which began today with the participation of 800 delegates from 45 countries. Significant Fall in World Energy Investment in 2016 11 de julio de 2017, 11:13París, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) World investment in the energy sector fell by 12 percent in 2016, due to the stoppage of new projects due to the low prices of crude oil. Bolivia Insists on Talks to Resolve Differences with Chile 11 de julio de 2017, 10:30La Paz, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s decision to return policemen who violated its territory shows it willingness to solve the differences with Chile through dialogue and not through confrontation, confirmed the government minister, Carlos Romero. Russian Industry: In and Out of the Battlefield 11 de julio de 2017, 10:25By Antonio Rondón García, Special Envoy Trump Was Isolated at G-20 Summit, Bolivian President Says La Paz, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has said today that his United States peer, Donald Trump, was isolated at the decision of the G-20 Summit participants to support the Paris Agreement. Turkey Beef Up Military Muscle near Syria's Northwestern Border 11 de julio de 2017, 10:10Ankara, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Turkey has reportedly deployed six military transport convoys in Musabeyli area, in Kilis province that borders Syria''s self-governing Kurdish regions. New York Activists Agree On New Solidarity Actions for Cuba New York, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Activists of solidarity with Cuba from organizations based in this city, have agreed new actions for the coming months, during a meeting that ended on Monday night. US-led War Games Build Up Tensions in Black Sea 11 de julio de 2017, 09:46Moscow, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) US-led military manoeuvres with the participation of 16 countries off the coast of Ukraine are building up tensions in the Black Sea, as Washington is deploying missile warships, Navy Seals squads. Cuban MPs Discuss Socioeconomic and Political Issues Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban legislators are discussing today the socioeconomic and political issues, in preparation for the Ninth Ordinary Period of Session of the Eighth Legislature of the National People''s Power Assembly, convened for July 14. Venezuelan Opposition Recognizes Possible Plebiscite Failure Caracas, July 11 (Prensa Latina) The former secretary general of the opposition Democratic Presidential Table (MUD), Jesús ''Chúo'' Torrealba, acknowledged a possible failure of the plebiscite called for July 16 due to the lack of organizational capacity of the right. World Major Economies Grow Steadily, OECD Says Paris, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) noted that the growth of the main world economies is tending to stable expansion. Pope Francis Approves New Criterion of Beatification and Canonization Rome, July 11 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis approved on his own initiative today to include the ''offering of life'' among the criteria for the process of beatification and canonization in the Catholic Church. Independent UN Expert Begins Working Agenda in Cuba 11 de julio de 2017, 08:42Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Virginia Dandan, Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity at the United Nations, has begun today her working agenda in Cuba with a meeting with representatives of the country''s civil society. Turkey Tests Cuban Vaccine to Fight Cancer Ankara, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Turkey started testing with 39 patients from five hospitals the Cuban vaccine to fight lung cancer, Racotumomab, whose commercial name is Vaxira, T24 news website posted. Bangladesh Capital on Alert for Chikungunya Outbreak 11 de julio de 2017, 07:42Dacca, July 11 (Prensa Latina) With staff training and the opening of health care facilities, Bangladeshi medical authorities began a campaign to fight Chikungunya virus that is threatening to expand in the capital. Over 1,2 Million People Affected by Monsoon in Indian State 11 de julio de 2017, 07:41New Delhi, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Heavy rains that hit much of the northeastern Indian state of Assam have so far left 33 dead and more than 1,2 million people affected, today reported official sources. Traffic Congestion Causes Severe Damage to Indian Capital 11 de julio de 2017, 07:34New Delhi, July 11 (Prensa Latina) The serious traffic congestion in New Delhi causes severe economic and environmental damages in the city, one of the most polluted in the world, today warned a study. 35-kg Tumor Removed from Woman's Uterus in Nepal 11 de julio de 2017, 07:14Kathmandu, July 11 (Prensa Latina) A Nepali medical team successfully removed a tumor weighing 35 kilograms from a woman''s uterus, which is considered the first such surgery performed in the country, today reported The Himalayan Times. Colombia Hosts World Forum of Coffee Producers 11 de julio de 2017, 00:30Bogota, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The city of Medellin will host from today and until tomorrow, the First World Forum of Coffee Producers which will gather renowned personalities of this sector worldwide. US Senatorial Republicans to Present New Bill on Health Care 11 de julio de 2017, 00:26Washington, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) US Senator John Cornyn asserted that the republicans in the Senate wanted to present a new bill on health care in the coming days, with the purpose of putting it to the vote next week. Model Based on Meteorology to Prevent Dengue Fever Developed 11 de julio de 2017, 00:24Madrid, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Spanish scientists developed a model based on weather reports or predictions to early detect the cases of dengue fever, said a study by the Barcelona Global Health Institute (ISGlobal). High-Level Political Forum to Hold a Sitting in UN 11 de julio de 2017, 00:22United Nations, 11 July (Prensa Latina) The high-level political forum was held today at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) headquarters in order to oversee the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. South Korea to Donate Plants for Research on Bolivian Quinoa 11 de julio de 2017, 00:20La Paz, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The South Korean Government will donate to Bolivia two modern plants for scientific research on quinoa, as part of the project Agricultural Productivity Improvement in the Altiplano Ruben Blades to Close the Vitoria Jazz Festival in Spain Madrid, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian salsa singer song-writer Ruben Blades will close the Vitoria Jazz Festival in Spain on July 15th, a concert included in his tour for his last performances, said today local media. Jose Marti European Brigade to Visit Sancti Spiritus 11 de julio de 2017, 00:16Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, July 11(Prensa Latina) The 44th Jose Marti European Voluntary Labor Brigade will visit this central province from July 16 through 20, according to the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP). Cuba to Increase Water Investments in 2017 10 de julio de 2017, 18:34Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will increase water investments seeking to mitigate the effects of the drought in 2017, which will represent additional expenses of more than $37 million USD, said today a senior official of that sector. Hydroelectric Project Opposed by Berta Caceres Suspended 10 de julio de 2017, 18:18Tegucigalpa, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The company in charge of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, which was opposed by Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres, officially suspended the construction on the Gualcarque river. Spain´s Iberia Airline Fined for Demanding Pregnancy Tests 10 de julio de 2017, 18:05Madrid, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Spain´s Iberia Airline has announced today scrap a pregnancy test for new employees after it was fined 25,000 euros ($29,000) by a regional government for discrimination. More Marijuana Eliminated in Paraguayan Area Bordering Brazil 10 de julio de 2017, 17:51Asuncion, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) More than 9.8 tons of marijuana were eliminated by Paraguayan authorities in a zone bordering Brazil, reported the National Antidrug Secretary Office (SENAD) Monday. Peru Recalls Ambassador from Ecuador over Border Wall 10 de julio de 2017, 17:50Lima, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Peru has recalled its ambassador to Ecuador because of its neighbor''s construction of a wall along a busy part of their common border. Saharawi President Describes Sentences to Students as Vindictive 10 de julio de 2017, 17:49Algiers, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Brahim Gali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), condemned today the recent sentences issued by a court in Morocco to several prisoners of the student movement of SADR, occupied by Morocco. Venezuelan Armed Forces to Protect Elections to Constituent Assembly 10 de julio de 2017, 17:36Caracas, July 10 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEO-FANB), General Remigio Ceballos, has stated today that they will protect the Venezuelans´ democratic right to participate in the forthcoming July 30´s elections. Cuban Scientists Alert on Risks of Pregnancy for Adolescents 10 de julio de 2017, 17:34Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The pregnancy rate in the Cuban adolescents comes up to 52 20-year-old minors for every thousand persons, in spite of the measures taken to reduce it, reported today the director of the Mother -Child Program (PAMI), Roberto Álvarez. Colloquium in Cuba Recalls Writers Conference amid Spanish Civil War 10 de julio de 2017, 17:20Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Preserving the historic memory is the objective of the colloquium opened today in this capital, devoted to the 80th anniversary of the 2nd Writers'' Conference in Defense of Culture, a meeting held amid the Spanish Civil War. EU Parliamentarians Reject British Proposal on Brexit 10 de julio de 2017, 17:15Brussels, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament group in charge of the negotiations for the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), criticized today the proposals made so far by Theresa May''s management on this subject. Muller Eliminates Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon 10 de julio de 2017, 17:12London, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Gilles Muller (Louxembourg) beat Spanish star Rafael Nadal in a 5-hour epic match for the classification to the quarterfinals of the Open tournament of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the current season. India: Another three Rebels Gunned down in Kashnir 10 de julio de 2017, 17:00New Delhi, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Three rebels were gunned down Monday by the Indian security forces in a clash in the northern states of Janmu and Kashmir, where different Islamic groups are operating, for the separation from the Indian national territory. Parliamentarians Assess Cuban Customs Performance 10 de julio de 2017, 16:27Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Members of Parliament and the Republic''s General Customs (AGR) top officials analyzed today the progress and main challenges to that border control authority, faced with the increase of foreign visits to Cuba. Panama Cuts all Government Agreements with Taiwan 10 de julio de 2017, 16:21Panama, July 10 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIRE) has reported today that Panama cut ties with Taiwan on Tuesday, switching allegiance to the People''s Republic of China and further isolating the small island nation in favor of the ''One China'' policy. Report Denounces Spying on International Experts in Mexico 10 de julio de 2017, 16:20Mexico, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Inter-disciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), which is investigating the disappearance of the 43 teacher school students from Ayotzinapa, was the target of attempted telephone tapping, according to a report published in this capital today. Rex Tillerson Arrives in Kuwait for Talks on Qatar Crisis 10 de julio de 2017, 15:57Kuwait, July 10 (Prensa Latina) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has debated today possible scenarios with Kuwaiti authorities to resolve the political crisis triggered by the cutoff of diplomatic relations with Qatar by Saudi Arabia and Arab allies. Parliament Highlights Role of Schools in Community Transformation 10 de julio de 2017, 15:46Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Education Minister, Ena Elsa Velázquez, stressed today at the Parliament''s ninth regular session the importance of turning schools into centers for transforming the community. Femicide Crimes Shock Argentina 10 de julio de 2017, 15:39Buenos Aires, July 10 (Prensa Latina) The continued femicide crimes seem to be unstoppable today in Argentina, where 10 deaths were recorded in July because of these incidents, despite laws and people´s condemnation. Cuba to Expand Tobacco Plantations 10 de julio de 2017, 15:14Pinar del Rio, Cuba, July 10 (Prensa Latina) This western Cuban province, termed as the largest tobacco-producing region nationwide, is focused on boosting 700-hectare tobacco plantations for coming campaign, whose initial sowing is set for October. South Africa Joins Multi-National Free Trade Area Pretoria, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) South Africa has become the 19th country to sign an agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) designed to foster regional development and integration. Canadian Armed Forces Supporting Emergency Response to Wildfires B.C Ottawa,Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have sent air assets, liaison and personnel to support the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires in British Columbia. Philippines-Death Toll in Marawi Conflict Breaches 500 Mark Manila, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Armed Forces of the Philippines today reported that the number of fatalities in Marawi since the pro-ISIS Maute group attacked government troops on May 23 has breached the 500 mark,according to Army General Restituto Padilla. Romanian Halep Goes to Quaterfinals in Wimbledon London, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Romanian female tennis player Simona Halep went to the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam tennis tournament of Wimbledon, winning her match against Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka 7-6 (7/3) and 6-2. Tigres' Guido Pizarro Set To Join Sevilla Sevilla,Spain,Jul 10 (Prensa Latina)Sevilla are set to sign Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel and Tigres midfielder Guido Pizarro, the club have announced. Report Puts Pakistani Prime Minister on the Ropes Islamabad, Jul 10 (prensa Latina) A team investigating Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and two of his sons for a suspected corruption case today recommended the opening of a case on the issue, what triggered intense national debate. About 58.7 Percent of Children Under 17 Are Poor in Argentina Buenos Aires, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) About 58.7 percent of children under 17 years old are living in structural poverty, according to a report from the Childhood Social Debt, dependent on the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA). USA Agents in Charge of Coup Plan in Venezuela Caracas, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Journalist Jose Vicente Rangel has affirmed today that the coup d''Etat in progress in Venezuela has been worked in U.S. war laboratories by specialists in destabilizing activities. France Plans to Close About 17 Nuclear Reactors Paris, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The French government announced today the closure of up to 17 nuclear reactors in order to comply with an energy transition law, announced today the French Minister for Ecological Transition, Nicolas Hulot. Fast-Spinning Star Has A Planet That Shouldn't Exist Berlín, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) An international team of researchers has discovered an extremely peculiar planetary system, where a warm, massive gas giant planet is orbiting an incredibly fast-spinning star. According to physics, this planet shouldn''t exist. But the planet itself doesn''t care what we think. Egypt Imposes Curfew in Sinai Towns Cairo, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail decreed a curfew in the cities of El Arish and Rafah, north of the Sinai peninsula near the Gaza Strip. Spain Develops Model Based on Meteorology to Prevent Dengue Madrid, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Spanish scientists have developed a model based on the weather forecast to detect early cases of dengue fever, confirmed a research of the Barcelona Global Health Institute (IS Global). Cuba to Screen Films on a British Icon, James Bond Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Cinematheque will screen for the first time in this country the filmography of one of the icons of British cinema, James Bond, Agent 007, the institution confirmed today. Evils Are Eroding the Mexican Society Mexico, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Among the evils that erode the Mexican society are involved the increase of homicides, extortion, kidnapping and business robbery, assured analysts of the Mexican Crime Gauche (SD). China, Asean Strengthen Trade and Economic Links Beijing, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) China and the Association of Southe Eastern Asia Nations (Asean) advanced in strengthening trade and economic relations due mainly to political confidence and the annual between both parts, it was highlighted here today. Guatemala is Close to Government Paralysis, Expert Says Guatemala, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala is in a scenario of government paralysis due to budgetary inactions, an expert from the Guatemalan Studies Center, Oswaldo Samayoa, said today. Cuban MPs to Discuss Nearly 80 Issues Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban legislators started today the debate of 79-issue agenda of the country''s socio-economic life, prior to the Ninth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the National People''s Power Assembly convened for July 14. Iran Assures It Is Ready to Address US inappropriate measures Tehran, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Iran is well prepared to deal with any inappropriate measure taken by Washington, specially directed to hinder the nuclear deal with the world major powers, Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed. China Concludes Extraction of Ice Fuel Test Beijing, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Chinese experts concluded a extraction test of gas hydrate, known as fuel ice, another major breakthrough today in this nation''s quest for alternative energy sources. Russian Missile-Launcher Frigate Steaming towards Syria Tehran, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Russian''s Admiral Essen frigate, a sophisticated missile launching vessel, is on her way to Syria''s waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, a military source affiliated to the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by FARS news agency. Turkey Hosts 22nd World Petroleum Congress Istanbul, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Under the theme ''Bridges to Our Energy Future'', the 22nd World Petroleum Congress began today its working sessions, in which about 50 Energy ministers and high representatives of companies in the sector will be involved. Syrian Aviation Bombs Front of Al-Nusra Bases in Lebanon Beirut, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Syrian fighter planes bombed positions of the Fateh Al-Sham Front (formerly Al-Nusra) on the outskirts of the town of Arsal, northeast of Lebanon, military sources said on Monday. Business of Seven Countries with Vietnam Is Close $10 Billion USD Hanoi, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Trade exchanges between Vietnam and seven countries, separately, will exceed or reach $10 billion USD by late this year, the General Department of Customs predicts today. Opportunities and Challenges in Chinese Auto, Spare Parts Market Beijing, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The fast development of the auto and spare parts market in China shows the world that despite challenges, opportunities in that sector are greater with the manufacturing of electrtic, intelligent and conventional vehicles. Tobacco Areas to Increase in Cuba Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Considered the greatest tobacco producing region in the country, this western Cuban province will increase 700 hectares for the crop of the solanaceous leaf in the coming campaign, and the initial plantings are scheduled for October. Anti-polio Vaccination Campaign Begins in Pakistan Islamabad, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan''s health authorities today began a massive campaign to vaccinate more than 10,4 million children against poliomyelitis in order to eradicate the country''s disease. Gurkhas Still on the Streets to Claim their Own State in India New Delhi, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The secessionist protests in the Indian state of Bengal today entered its 26th day, while the territorial authorities and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP) continue their war of words on the issue. Continued Rejection for Spanish Decoration to Paraguayan FM Asuncion, July 10 (Prensa Latina) The rejection continues today to the Spanish decoration to the Paraguayan Foreign Minister, Eladio Loizaga, when adding another organization that links him to Alfredo Stroessner´s dictatorial regime (1954-1989). Canada Evacuates Thousands People due to Forest Fire Ottawa, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The nearly 200 forest fires in the Canadian province of British Columbia have damaged up to 12,000 hectares and caused the evacuation of about 7,000 people. UNESCO Adds Two New Italian Sites to World Heritage List Rome, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, has welcomed today the appointment of two new World Heritage sites by UNESCO, in which Italy has reaffirmed its leadership worldwide with 53. Mexico: Reservoir of Edible Moshroom of Healing Properties Mexico, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is the second largest reservoir of edible wild mushrooms in the world, confirmed researchers at the Postgraduate College (Colpos) in Texcoco. India reaches Foreign Exchange Record New Delhi, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) India''s foreign exchange reserves reached a historic record at the end of last week, surpassing 386.540 million dollars, four billion more than the previous period, official sources reported today. Wave of Murders Continue in Mexico Mexico, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The wave of homicides does not stop in Mexico, this week left more than 300 deaths in several states, according to press reports. Brazilian Senator Lindbergh Farias Demands Direct Elections Brasilia, July 9 (Prensa Latina) The Workers'' Party (PT) Leader in the Federal Senate, Lindbergh Farias, has urged today people´s and social movements and citizens to ''not lose focus'' and demand direct elections . Trumps:This is the Moment to Move Forward in US-Russia Ties Washington, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump said today this is the moment to move forward in a constructive relation with Russia, after the recent meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, venue of G-20 summit. France Wins World Volleyball League Brasilia, July 9 (Prensa Latina) Brazil was dropped by France 3-2 victory in the final, being the European squad champion of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League. Syrian Army Keeps Offensive in East Damascus Damascus, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army is today maintaining offensive against the positions of the terrorist group of the Levant Legion in Jobar and Ayn Tarma, regions close to east Damascus, according to last minute military dispatch. Election Campaign to Begin for National Constituent Assembly Caracas, July 9 (Prensa Latina) Over 6,000 candidates will begin their election campaign on July 30 for electing the 545 members for the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Kenya Investigate Massive Beheading in Two Kenyan Villages Nairobi, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Kenyan police investigates today the identity of armed men who hours ago beheaded nine Christians in two villages in the coastal district of Lamu. Syria Rebuffs Israeli Local Election in Golan Heights Damascus, July 9 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministry and Expatriates has affirmed that Syria categorically rejects the Israeli announcement for holding elections on October 2018 in the villages of the occupied Syrian Golan, according to a release today. Xi Jinping Urges Trump to Maintain Steady Links for World Peace Beijing, July 9 (Prensa Latina) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged his US counterpart, Donald Trump, to strengthen relations in the interests of stability and prosperity of both nations and the international community, the official press reported today. Cuba Is among Fastest-Growing Tourist Destinations in Costa Rica San Jose, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is currently among Costa Ricans'' favorite tourist destinations, with a growth of 72 percent in 2016, according to statistics from the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, La Nacion newspaper reported. Cuba, Gabon Express Interest in Doing Business Havana, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) In the framework of the State visit to Cuba by the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, meetings were held between businesspeople from the two countries. Cuba Celebrates Anniversary of Canada Havana, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Minor Basilica of the Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi in Havana will host a concert today to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Canada and the 85th birthday of pianist Glenn Gould. Gabonese President Pays Tribute to Fidel, Marti in Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Republic of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, has paid tribute on Saturday to Fidel Castro and Jose Marti at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, as part of his official visit to Cuba. Extremists Are Trying to Destroy Egypt, President Says Cairo, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The extremists are trying to destroy Egypt''s stability, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said here after a violent Friday, when the Army reported 26 casualties. Hamburg Raged over G20 Summit 08 de julio de 2017, 12:44Hamburg, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Violent protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg continued for the third day in a row. Last night rioters confronted the police, erected barricades and trashed shops and vehicles. G20 Agrees on Free Trade and Condemns Protectionism Hamburg, Germany, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Group of Twenty (G20) today supported free trade and condemned protectionism, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of the summit of the world''s most industrialized and emerging economies. Convention on Environment in Cuba Ratifies Actions Havana, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The 11th International Convention on Environment and Development has reaffirmed Cuba''s actions in favor of the environment to deal with climate change and other pressing problems, Granma newspaper reported today. Venezuelan Justice Takes Humanitarian Measure in Favor of Opponent Caracas, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) granted home arrest to Venezuelan opponent Leopoldo Lopez, who was serving time in a prison in the state of Miranda and was having health problems. Cuban Parliament to Debate Land Water Bill Havana, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban parliamentarians will submit the Land Water Bill for approval, after analyzing it at the working committees of the People''s Power National Assembly, it was reported today. Alleged Chechen Terrorist Arrested in Italy 08 de julio de 2017, 10:47Rome, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) An alleged 38-year-old Chechen jihadist was arrested in the southern Italian city of Bari and charged with association to commit international terrorism and instigation to commit crimes, police sources confirmed today. Venezuela Lauds Merits of Mission Miracle after 13 Years Caracas, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) As an initiative by the historic leaders of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and Cuba, Fidel Castro, Mission Miracle, a social program created 13 years ago, has returned visual health to millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Evo Urges G20 to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons and Walls against Migrants La Paz, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today called on the member countries of the Group of 20 (G20) to eliminate the walls against migrants and nuclear weapons. Erdogan Presents Relations with Russia as Example Hamburg, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The presidents of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Russia, Vladimir Putin, met today in the framework of the Summit of the G20 being held here, where they lauded their countries'' good relations and analyzed the situation in Syria. Syrian Army Repels Terrorist Attacks in Northern Homs 08 de julio de 2017, 09:31Damascus, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and the allied militias have counterattacked some members of the Islamic State (Daesh by its acronym in Arabic) in eastern Homs, and reoccupied the town of Yebab Hamad, military sources reported today. Rains Affect Over 450,000 People in Northeastern India New Delhi, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) At least 22 people have been killed and over 450,000 have been affected by heavy rains in the Indian northeastern state of Assam, where half of the country is hit by the monsoon, official sources reported today. India: More Criticisms of Modi's Visit to Israel New Delhi, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Congress Party today criticized again the recent visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel, saying it compromises Indian foreign policy. Renewable Energy, A way to the Future Teyuné Díaz Díaz * SADR Rebuffs the Inclusion of Western Territorial Waters by Morocco Algiers, July 8 (Prensa Latina) The government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) has strongly condemned in a statement the decision of the Moroccan government to decide to include Saharawi territorial waters in its territory, as reported by the Sahara Press Service. To Stop Famine Demands Investments: FAO-WFP 08 de julio de 2017, 00:20Rome, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) coincided here that to stop famine in countries like Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, urgently requires more humanitarian support, and a greater investment. Russia, USA and Jordan to Work on Demilitarization Zone in Syria Moscow, July 8 (Prensa Latina) Russian police, in cooperation with the United States and Jordan, will patrol a demilitarized zone in southern Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today at the G20 Summit. British FM Discusses Crisis with Qatar in Saudi Arabia 08 de julio de 2017, 00:16Riyadh, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson started in Saudi Arabia a tour throughout the Persian Gulf to discuss possible political solutions with the countries involved in the crisis with Qatar. DPRK Rejects US Accusation on Ballistic Missile Nature 07 de julio de 2017, 18:04Pyongyang, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) rejected accusations by the United States of being a threat to the world, due to the ballistic missile tests, with self-defensive nature against frequent military provocations. Former Beatle Ringo Starr Announces New Album 'Give more Love' 07 de julio de 2017, 18:02Los Angeles, July 7 (Prensa Latina) British musician and composer Ringo Starr has announced today his 19th solo album ''Give more Love'', scheduled for release on September 15th. Argentina: Workers Dismissed from Nuclear Plant Protest 07 de julio de 2017, 17:59Buenos Aires, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) A group of workers from the Argentinian nuclear plant in Atucha started today a protest in the locality of Zarate, Buenos Aires, to demand the reinstatement of more than 1,000 employees who were fired. Haiti Shapes parliamentary Front against Hunger 07 de julio de 2017, 17:45Port au Prince, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Haiti took a fundamental step to implement measures that would effectively guarantee the right to proper food, after creating the Parliamentary Front against Hunger, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in a press release. Venezuela: Plebiscite Called by Opposition Lacks Legitimacy 07 de julio de 2017, 17:43Caracas, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Mayor of the Libertador municipality Jorge Rodriguez said today that the plebiscite called by the Venezuelan opposition for July 16th lacks constitutional legitimacy. Next Caricom Summit to Tackle Delinquency 07 de julio de 2017, 17:36Kingston, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Leaders of the Community of Caribbean States (Caricom) suggested including delinquency and violence in the agenda of the next summit in 2018, said today the newspaper The Observer. Protests against G20 Summit Heat up 07 de julio de 2017, 17:24Hamburg, Germany, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Numerous clashes between protesters against the G20 summit and security forces were reported today by the police in this German northern city. USA, France, UK Reject Ban on Nuclear Weapons 07 de julio de 2017, 17:21United Nations, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Permanent missions to the United Nations from the United States, France and the United Kingdom rejected today the agreement taken here to ban nuclear weapons. Gabonese Government Interested in Investing in Cuba 07 de julio de 2017, 17:20Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Gabonese Government officials expressed today in an economic forum the interest of investing in Cuba in the fishing industry, health and tobacco marketing. Trump Repeats Intention to Make Mexico Pay for Border Wall 07 de julio de 2017, 16:51Hamburg, Germany, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The president of the United States, Donald Trump, reiterated today the intention of his government to make Mexico pay for the construction of a Wall in the common boreder, after meeting his peer Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump Repeats Intention to Make Mexico Pay for Border Wall 07 de julio de 2017, 16:47Hamburg, Germany, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The president of the United States, Donald Trump, reiterated today the intention of his government to make Mexico pay for the construction of a Wall in the common boreder, after meeting his peer Enrique Peña Nieto. Vladimir Putin Denies a Russian State Role in US Elections 07 de julio de 2017, 16:30Hamburg, Germany, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied once again that his nation had meddled in 2016 US elections after his US counterpart, Donald Trump, referred to the issue. Cuba and Gabon to Identify Potential Businesses 07 de julio de 2017, 16:28Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The Gabonese Republic President Ali Bongo Ondimba expressed today in this capital his willingness to extend the economic exchange and trade between both States, after presiding o NY Mayor Bill de Blasio Joins Protests at G20 Summit 07 de julio de 2017, 16:09Hamburg, Germany, July 7 (Prensa Latina) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is jetting off to Germany on Thursday to protest protest US President Donald Trump and other world leaders attending the G20 Summit meeting. Cuba with Top National Team to WSB Finals Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Headed by world and Olympic champions, Cuban boxing team Domadores (Tamers) will travel to Astana with their top national team, to match the Wolves of Kazahztan in the finals of the 2017 edtion of the World Series of Boxing (WSB). Bolivian President Calls G20 to Define Policies to end Poverty 07 de julio de 2017, 15:52La Paz, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales called the participants in the Group-of-20 (G20) summit today to define policies to eradicate poverty in the world and reflect on the good of mankind. Turkey Blame Greek Cyprus for not Seeking Reunification 07 de julio de 2017, 15:51Ankara, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Turkey accused today Cyprus government for the failure of talks sponsored by United Nations for the reunification of the Mediterranean island by making no concession in favor of the agreement. Strangers Kill Egyptian Security Officer In Violent Day 07 de julio de 2017, 15:49Cairo, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) An Egyptian Senior officer was killed today by strangers traveling in a motorcycle in Qaliubiya, Known as Gran Cairo, announced the official dispatch. Ex-Guantanamo Omar Khadr to Get Apology and Pay 07 de julio de 2017, 15:36Ottawa, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Canada has apologized today to Canadian-born Omar Khadr who was imprisoned for a decade at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, southeastern Cuba, and also reached a financial agreement with him. Santiago de Cuba Launches New Edition of Excellencies Magazine Santiago de Cuba, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Excellencies magazine number 150 was presented here at the City Conservative Office (OCC), in the 20 years of this institution and its first number, in a Fire Festival. P.R. Danny Rivera to Give Two Concerts and Record Two CDs in Cuba Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican singer and composer Danny Rivera will offer two concerts in Cuba and will record two CDs next August, revealed today the National Center of Art Schools of this Caribbean country. Soccer Player Leo Messi Prison Sentence Lifted in Exchange for Fine Madrid, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) A Spanish court said today it has exchanged a 21 month prison sentence handed to Soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud last July for a quarter-of-a-million-euro fine. Mongolia First Satellite Starts Operations in Space Ulan Bator, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Mazaalai, the first satellite of Mongolia, will begin its operations in space today, offering high resolution images of the Earth at an altitude of 400 kilometers and will broadcast national anthems and Mongolian signals. Mongolia on Presidential Election Second Round Ulan Bator, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Mongolia is on the second presidential electoral round after no candidate has reached enough votes to win in the first round. UN Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons United Nations, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Around 130 countries adopted a treaty today banning nuclear weapons, a multilateral instrument negotiated without the participation of States possessing such devices, by consensus at the United Nations. Shingles Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke Washington,Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Contracting shingles, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, increases a person''s risk of stroke and heart attack, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Putin, Trump Holds First Meeting; They Agree It Was Good Hamburg, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Presidents Vladimir Putin, of Russia, and Donald Trump, of the United States, held today in Hamburg, Germany, a much-anticipated first meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, and said it was good and they would continue to meet. European Union Warns US on Custom Duties Hamburg, Germany, July 7 (Prensa Latina) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned the United States on the possibility of taking countermeasures if President Donald Trump imposes custom duties on steel from the Old Continent. Habanos, an Excellent Welcome at the Chinese Tobacco Monopoly By Damy Vales Arab Countries Announce New Sanctions Against Qatar Cairo, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Qatar will be subject to further sanctions for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, a joint statement says here today, some few hours after a meeting of foreign ministers from those states. Pope Francis Warns about Complexity of Current Problems Rome, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has stated today that the complexity and interconnection between world problems are such that there are no immediate and entirely satisfactory solutions. Saudi Arabia and Allies Criticize Qatar's Rejection of Demands Riyadh, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt said today that Qatar''s rejection of their demands ''shows its intention to continue with its policy aimed at destabilizing security in the region''. Biggest Solidarity Economy Fair of Latin America Starts Today Brasilia, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The biggest gathering on solidarity economy of Latin America, the International Cooperativism Fair (Feicoop) starts today in the gaucho city of Santa Maria, in the central region of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. G20 Summit in Hamburg Starts Amid Protests By Harald Neuber WHO Warns on Increased Resistance to Antibiotics Geneva, July 7 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned of an increase in antibiotic resistance to the contagious gonorrhea disease, which affects 78 million people worldwide. Putin Calls in Hamburg to Form a Common Front against Terrorism Moscow, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin today reiterated his call to form a common front, under the leadership of the United Nations, against international terrorism, speaking at the summit of the G-20 Group in Hamburg, Germany. China Ends Structure of World's Longest Cross-Sea Bridge Beijing, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The main structure of world''s longest cross-sea bridge linking the southern Zhuhai prefecture with the special administrative regions of China, Hong Kong and Macao, finished today, bridge builders said. Syria Denounces Turkey's Support for Terrorists Hama, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the latest aggression in northern Aleppo has been part of the destructive role the Turkish government is playing in this country, according to a statement issued today. Paraguayan Farmers' Congress Concludes Asuncion, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The National Farmers Federation (FNC) of Paraguay is concluding a congress today in this capital, after analyzing the situation of peasants in the country after 26 years of work of the organization. United Nations on the Brink of Banning Nuclear Weapons United Nations, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The conference to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons is concluding today at the United Nations, where the adoption of that instrument is expected. Security Increased in Indian Kashmir due to Separatist Protests New Delhi, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Indian security forces are on high alert today in the state of Jammu and Kashmir preceding the first anniversary of the death of a radical group''s leader that sparked violence in the territory. India, Japan, USA Begin Naval Maneuver in Bay of Bengal 07 de julio de 2017, 08:08New Delhi, July 7 (Prensa Latina) India today began a 10-day naval maneuver alongside the United States and Japan, involving several ships, planes and submarines. Security Increased in Indian Kashmir due to Separatist Protests 07 de julio de 2017, 08:08New Delhi, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Indian security forces are on high alert today in the state of Jammu and Kashmir preceding the first anniversary of the death of a radical group''s leader that sparked violence in the territory. Communist Party Wins Local Elections in Nepal Kathmandu, July 7 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Communist Party of Nepal-Marxist Unified Leninist (CPN-UML) became the first local-level force in this country by winning 268 of the 617 disputed councils in the recent elections, according to data released today. Gabon's President Begins Official Talks in Cuba Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Gabon''s President, Ali Bongo, is complying here today with an official agenda whose objective is to meet with his peer and host, Raul Castro. India Declared Bird Flu-Free New Delhi, July 7 (Prensa Latina) India has declared itself free of bird flu, a move that will help it resume exporting poultry products to several countries that banned the purchase earlier this year, today announced the Agriculture Ministry. Four Extremist Group Members Arrested in Bangladesh Dacca, July 7 (Prensa Latina) As part of its offensive against Jama''atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the national police today arrested four members of that extremist group, which in the past claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks in this South Asian country. Cuban System of Environmental Information Almost Ready Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Experts of the Institute of Tropical Geography (IGT in Spanish) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (Citma), lead a project to create the system of environmental information of Cuba 2017-2021. Nuclear-Weapon-Ban Treaty is Set to be Adopted in UN United Nations, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Elayne Whyte, president of the United Nations conference to negotiate a treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons, has said today that this multilateral instrument is set to be adopted today. Microsoft To Dismiss Thousands of Workers in the World Washington, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Microsoft announced a global reshuffle of the company to boost its growth on the cloud, something that represents up to 3,000 workers dismissed in various places in the world. Canadian Scientists Create Sensor to Detect Cancer Cells Ottawa, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Canadian scientists have announced the development of a portable sensor that will allow surgeons to accurately detect all cancer cells in real time during brain, colon, skin and lung operations, according to the press. Caribbean with Highest Rate of Mortality in America St George, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean has the highest rate of mortality in America regarding non-communicable diseases (NCD), with more than 40 percent in people younger than 70 years old, said today local media. UN Expert on Human Rights and Solidarity to Visit Cuba Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations (UN) independent expert on human rights and international solidarity, Virginia Dandan, will visit Cuba in response to an invitation by the Cuban Government, the foreign ministry in this country reported today. Germany to Call for Fair Trade Regulations at G20 Summit Hamburg, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) German chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany will defend free trade with fair regulations at the G20 Summit, starting here tomoday amid differences and social protests. A Woman is Killed Every 6 Days in Paraguay 06 de julio de 2017, 17:35Asuncion, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) A woman is killed every 6 days in Paraguay, as average, due to domestic violence, said today Ana Maria Baiardi, head of the Ministry of Women. German Agents Dismiss Child Pornography Net in the Web 06 de julio de 2017, 17:00Berlin, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) According to a bulletin, the General Prosecutor Office of the city of Francfort and the National Crime Investigation Federal Office announced Thursday the dismissal of a child pornographic network in the Internet, with 87,000 members on it. European Parliament Calls for Turkey Accession talks to be Suspended 06 de julio de 2017, 16:39Brussels, July 6 (PL) The European Parliament called on Thursday for Turkey´s European Union accession talks to be suspended whether Ankara fully implements plans to expand President Tayyip Erdogan''s powers, in a vote which Turkey dismissed as flawed and wrong. Spanish Minister Accused of Criminalizing Migrant Rescue 06 de julio de 2017, 16:23Madrid, July 6 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish Development NGO Coordinator has strongly lashed out at Juan Ignacio Zoido, minister of Interior, who hinted that those organizations having rescue boats are fostering irregular immigration. Merkel and Trump on Dialogue before G20 Summit 06 de julio de 2017, 16:22Hamburg, Germany, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel met US President Donald Trump Thursday, who arrived in Hamburg from Poland to take part in the Summit of the Group of the 20 (G-20) starting Friday. Famous Professor Assumes Cuban Toruism, Gastronomic Chair Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The professor, chef and researcher Jorge Méndez assumed the presidency of the of Gastronomy and Tourism Chair of Cuba, replacing the journalist and writer Ciro Bianchi, noted a report of that sector today. Cuba to Enhance Ties with EU Havana, July 6 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament´s ratification for the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between Cuba and the European Union (EU) provides new openings for the ties between both parties, Cuban Foreign Ministry official said. More than 2.5 Million Angolans Vaccinated against Yellow Fever Luanda, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) More than 2.5 million Angolan citizens have been vaccinated against the yellow fever, as a result of the seventh stage of the vaccination campaign against that disease, official sources reported today. UN Expert Admits Pressure Regarding Investigations on Syria United Nations, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Edmond Mulet, head of the Joint Investigation Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, admitted here Thursday that he is receiving pressure to work on the results of the investigations and adapt them to political interests. Two Dead People and 500,000 Evacuated because of Strong Rains Tokyo, Japan, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) At least two people died and 11 are reported as disappeared in Japan, because of the strong rains affecting the southwest of the archipelago, said Japanese state television and radio chain Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Thursday. Katherine Harrington Barred from Performing her Duties Caracas, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Deputy Attorney General Katherine Harrington was barred from performing her duties today, since she was denied entry to the main department of the Attorney General´s Office in the capital. Haiti Wants to Improve Emergent Situation by 2030 Port au Prince, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations in Haiti and the Government signed a 2017-2021 Outline Agreement that will be the guideline to meet the sustainable development goals and reach 2030 in better conditions, the station Radio Metropole reported today. Ecuador's Parliament Will Look into Impeachment Claim against V. Pres Quito, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The President ofthe Ecuadorian National Assembly Jose Serrano announced that the legislative Administration Council would analyze on Monday the petition of impeachment against Vice President Jorge Glas. Japanese Naval Training Squadron Visits Havana Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Two training ships of Japan''s Maritime Forces of Self-Defense arrived Thursday in Cuba for an official visit, the second of its kind. Cuban French Origin City Attracts Foreign Tourists Cienfuegos, Cuba, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban French-origin city of Cienfuegos is now attracting more foreign tourists, because of its historical center, which has been recognized as a United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization''s (UNESCO) Cultural Patrimony since 2005, and its strong French influence. European Investigators Warn of Link Between Cancer and Alcohol Austria, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) To drink more than 4 drinks of alcohol every day may cause or provoke liver, pancreas and gastric cancer, said a study of the Committee of Public Affairs of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG). New Tropical Depression Taking Shape in Central Atlantic Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Meteorology Institute (ISMET) Prediction Center highlighted today in its website the formation of a new tropical depression in the central Atlantic, the fourth this season. South Africa Increases Divorce, Decreases Civil Marriages Pretoria, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Official statistics on marriages and divorces in South Africa in 2015 were unveiled today in this capital, with ups and downs compared to the previous year and the increase in women calling for separation. Europe Carries Out Final BepiColombo Tests for 2018 Mission Amsterdam, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The European spacecraft BepiColombo is currently undergoing final testing in launch configuration, prior to being shipped to the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana next March for a scheduled October 2018 launch. Calm Lakes on Titan Could Mean Smooth Landing for Future Space Probes Washington,Jul 6 (Prensa Latina ) The lakes of liquid methane on Saturn''s moon, Titan, are perfect for paddling but not for surfing. Cuban Cultural Fair Arte en la Rampa Begins Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The 18th edition of the cultural fair Arte en la Rampa (Arts at La Rampa) begins today at the cultural center Pabellon Cuba, in this capital, with the participation of more than 100 exhibitors. Parents of Undocumented Children Risk Going to Jail in U.S. Washington, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Parents of undocumented children arriving at the U.S. without being accompanied by a relative, face today the risk of being arrested after the enactment of a memorandum of the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly. Cuba to Create Environmental Information System Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Experts from the Institute of Tropical Geography (IGT) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), lead a project to create the environmental information system of Cuba 2017-2021, reported today Granma newspaper. Terror Threat Level At 3 in Brussels Brussels,Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Belgium security forces have increase the operation that started on Monday as to capture several islamic terorists linked to pplots in this country,according to a high ranking official. Vietnam Strongly Condemns Beheading of 2 Citizens in Philippines Manila,Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Embassy of Vietnam in Manila today called on the Philippine government to ''properly punish'' those behind the beheading of two Vietnamese nationals in Mindanao. Shocking Case of Indigestion in Supermassive Black Hole 06 de julio de 2017, 12:08London,Jul 6 (Prensa Latina)A multi-wavelength study of a pair of colliding galaxies has revealed the cause of a supermassive black hole's case of ''indigestion''. Beef and Wheat Rocketed in June FAO Price Index Rome, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The FAO price index rose by 1.4 percent in June compared to the previous month boosted by rises in wheat and beef, according to a report published here today. Cuba Strongly Rejects Resolution Adopted by European Parliament Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s National Assembly considers ''unacceptable'' the resolution on the Caribbean island adopted by the European Parliament on July 5, in a statement issued by its Committee on International Relations. Strong Quake Hits Central Philippines 06 de julio de 2017, 11:57Manila, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) A 6.5-magnitude earthquake killed at least 2 person and injured 100 in the central Philippines today, with at least five more people trapped inside a collapsed commercial building, officials said. Syria Condemns Turkey's New Attack on Its Territory 06 de julio de 2017, 11:54Damascus, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Government has sent letters to the UN Secretary General and the President of the Security Council, condemning Turkey''s new attacks on several towns, mainly Azaz, Jibrin and Ekhtrin in northern Aleppo. Cubanacan Hotel Group Turns 30 Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Cubanacan hotel group is celebrating three decades of experiences, when it receives about 40 percent of foreign visitors arriving on the island, it was officially reported today. Diosdado Cabello Denounces New Coup Plans in Venezuela 06 de julio de 2017, 11:37Caracas, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, denounced new plans to stage a coup d''état by the opposition to overthrow the government through chaos, destabilization and violence. Dairy of 'Che' Guevara Translated to Azeri Language Baku, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The dairy of guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara is today among the books translated into Azeri language by the Translation Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic. Kasparov Returns to Chess for a Tournament in USA Moscow, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Russian chess player Garry Kasparov announced today that he abandon his retirement to participate in an invitation tournament scheduled for August 14-19 in St. Louis, United States. China and Germany Agree to Strengthen Bilateral Ties Beijing, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on an official visit to Germany today, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to upgrade bilateral relations and design a new project for the future development of the integral strategic association. Hamburg Opens Doors to Activists Against G-20 Summit By Harald Neuber Zambia in State of Emergency due to Fire in Lusaka Pretoria, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Zambia woke up today in a State of Emergency after a fire that partially destroyed the largest market in Lusaka and amid growing political tensions in that country, South African media reported. Sports Experts Highlights in USA Fidel Castro's Love for Baseball Washington, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, was a great promoter of baseball in Cuba and one of his most faithful followers, scholars Ismael Sene and Yasel Porto highlighted in Washington. President Kabila, Religious Leader Talk About Congolese Elections 06 de julio de 2017, 10:35Kinshasa, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Congolese President Joseph Kabila and the president of the National Episcopal Conference (Cenco), Monsignor Marcel Utembi, discussed about the general elections in the country, reported the media today. Gabriela Mistral Wrote about Jose Marti and Cuba Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Two great Latin American poets who never met coincided on their thinking about sovereignty and social justice, as it happened between Gabriela Mistral, from Chile, and Jose Marti, from Cuba. Turkey only Considers Entry into the European Union 06 de julio de 2017, 09:48Ankara, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Minister for Relations with the European Union (EU), Omer Celik, insisted today on the need to continue the process of his country''s joining to the group and rejected a lesser ''close cooperation'' agreement. China Open to Restoring Ties with South Korea 06 de julio de 2017, 09:39Beijing, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping, who''s visiting Germany, said in Hamburg China would like to join South Korea in bringing bilateral ties back to the track of healthy development, and mending fences with North Korea. Cuban Literacy Method Helps 70,000 Panamanians 06 de julio de 2017, 09:34By Nubia Piqueras Grosso Russia Denounces Preparation of New Provocations against Syria 06 de julio de 2017, 08:32Moscow, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Russia has denounced today the preparation of new provocations to accuse the Syrian government of an action with toxic substances in eastern Gutta province, in order to justify an external aggression. Pakistan Works to Achieve Energy Self-sufficiency 06 de julio de 2017, 07:54Islamabad, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Over the past four years, Pakistan recorded a 79-percent increase in oil and gas exploration activities as part of an official strategy to achieve energy self-sufficiency, government sources revealed today. Pakistan Works to Achieve Energy Self-sufficiency 06 de julio de 2017, 07:53Islamabad, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Over the past four years, Pakistan recorded a 79-percent increase in oil and gas exploration activities as part of an official strategy to achieve energy self-sufficiency, government sources revealed today. New Indian Law Increases Sanctions for Aircraft Hijacking 06 de julio de 2017, 07:30New Delhi, July 6 (Prensa Latina) India today has a new law that increases sanctions for aircraft hijacking, including capital punishment for those who kill people. Almost 100 Radicals Killed in Indian Kashmir This Year 06 de julio de 2017, 07:29New Delhi, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Indian security forces have killed 92 Islamist insurgents in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir this year, 13 more than in the same period of 2016, today revealed official sources. Over 400,000 Affected by Rains in Eastern Indian State 06 de julio de 2017, 07:28New Delhi, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Heavy monsoon rains have caused over 400,000 victims in the Indian northeastern state of Assam, where about 20,000 hectares of arable land and 900 villages are flooded, today reported official sources. India, Vietnam for Greater Political, Economic Ties New Delhi, July 6 (Prensa Latina) India and Vietnam agreed to increase political and economic cooperation in fields such as health, energy and agriculture, while advocating for peace in Asia, today said the New Delhi Foreign Ministry. Nicaragua and Costa Rica in Border Dispute before ICJ Managua, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua will submit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) its stance on maritime boundaries in the Pacific Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea, according to official sources today. Broad International Cooperation of the Cuban Forestry Association Havana, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Over 11 international cooperation projects for an amount of about $11 million USD have been developed in recent years by the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forest Technicians (ACTAF). Cuban Congress of Forestry Technicians Promotes Agroecology Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Agro-ecology as a method of obtaining healthy products will be promoted by the 5th Congress of the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians (Actaf), which will be held this month, its organizers reported Wednesday. Spain: Raising Concern about International Terrorism Madrid, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) International terrorism is one of the 10 problems that worry Spanish population the most, said a survey carried out by the state-owned Center for Sociological Researches (CIS). Fourteen Countries to Bolivian Fair in La Paz La Paz, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Exhibitors from 14 countries confirmed their participation in the 3rd edition of the fair called ''La Paz Expone (La Paz Exhibits) from July 14 to 23, as revealed by the Bolivian Economy Ministry''s Unit for Program and Project Coordination. Peru: Investigation into Former President Opened Lima, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Five ministers of former President of Peru Alan Garcia´s cabinet will be questioned by the attorney´s office, as part of an investigation for corruption into Garcia, while difficulties prevail to extradite former President Alejandro Toledo. El Salvador Prepares Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba San Salvador, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The 2nd Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will be held from July 27th to 29th in El Salvador to discuss regional actions to support Cuba and the Revolution. Bolivia to Present Law for International Trade of Quinua La Paz, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia prepares a bill of law for the international trade of the known as ''grain of gold'', which will be presented by the middle of this month in Geneva, informed the director of the Quinua International Center (CIQ), Edgar Soliz. Japanese Navy Training Squadron to Arrive in Havana Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) A Training Squadron of the Japanese Self-defense Navy is to arrive today in Havana on an official visit, informed daily Granma. Equatorial Guinea Seeks More efficient Diversification and Productio Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Seeking economic diversification and more efficient production are among the main actions in Equatorial Guinea, faced with the low oil prices, said today the minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang. EU and Japan Ready to Sign Free Trade Bilateral Agreement Brussels, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) and Japan reached a political agreement on key issues of the free trade agreement that the two parties have negotiated for four years, said today a spokesperson for EU. Comic Art Day Begins in Camaguey, Cuba Camaguey, Cuba, July 5 (Prensa Latina) In order to show animation as a binding platform, some outstanding Cuban cartoonists gathered today at the opening ceremony of the 7th edition of Comic Art Days in Camaguey. Venezuelan President Orders Probe into Violent Events in Parliament Caracas, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Peresident Nicolas Maduro ordered an investigation into the violent actions at the National Assembly (Parliament) headquarters'' garden, after the rally to commemorate the national Independence Day. President of Senate Sets Forth Problems of Paraguayan Natives Asuncion, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Access to land continues to be one of the great problems of Paraguayan indigenous communities, historically postponed, according to Senate President Fernando Lugo. Eritrea demands Qatari Mediation in Border Dispute with Djibouti Addis Ababa, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Eritrea reaffirmed that, to its effects, Qatar is the valid mediator in its border dispute with Djibouti, complicated after the withdrawal of the separatist forces of the Arab country, was released here today. Historical Routes, Attractive Summer Options in Western Cuba Matanzas, Cuba, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) With travels to places of cultural, historical and archaeological interest, the authorities of this western city started today, for the fifth consecutive year, the attractive summer route Rutas Históricas por mi ciudad (Historical Routes Around my City). Russia Successfully Launches New Missile against Daesh in Syria Moscow, Russia, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Russian Tu-95MS long-range bombers struck three large terrorist arms and ammunition depots in Syria with brand new Kh-101 (X-101) cruise missiles. Details on Antiterrorist Raid in Brussels Brussels, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The belgian federal police and attorney general office revealed new details on the antiterrorist raid carried out in this capital Wednesday, which resulted in the arrest of four individuals, under the suspect of having planned a terrorist attack. Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Stresses EU-Cuba Accord Ratification Havana, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Ratification of the Agreement for Political Dialogue and Cooperation between Cuba and the European (EU), by the European Parliament, allows its temporary application, Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra. Cuba and Belarus Strengthen Ties of Friendship and Cooperation Havana, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Belarus have strengthened today their ties of friendship and cooperation in the meeting between Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, and Belorussian Deputy Foreign Minister, Evgueni Shestakov. Over 40 US States Refuse to Give Voter Data to Trump Commission Washington, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has today joined leaders of over 40 US States refusing to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration´s election integrity commission. Countries in the Gulf of Mexico Should Work Together, Says Experts Havana, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The Gulf of Mexico is just an single ecosystem, although it is part of three countries and scientists from those nations should work together for its preservation, Argentinian expert Victoria Ramenzoni asserted today. Here We Are, More Rebels and Sovereign than Ever, Says Maduro Caracas, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Independence or nothing, said the liberators, and here we are standing up, independent, more rebels and sovereign than ever, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated today, at the commemorative act for the anniversary of Venezuela''s independence. Cuban Arlenis Sierra to the 9th Place in Giro di Italia Rome, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra went to the 9th place of the Giro di Italia (Tour of Italy) that closed its 9th stage Wednesday, with the victory of Finnish Lotta Lepisto, with a record of 2:50.36 hours in a stage of 116.16 kilometres in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy Two Civilians Die in Afghanistan Due to Missile Attack Kabul, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) At least two civilians were killed and one was wounded Wednesday in the west of this capital, after the impact of a missile in a housing area, informed the Ministry of the Interior of Afghanistan. FAO Supports Rural Development in Colombia Rome, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Jose Graziano da Silva, general director of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) outlined here the significance of rural development for the peace process in Colombia. Giant Crocodrile Had Teeth Like a T. Rex Washington,Jul 5 Prensa Latina) Researchers have described new fossils belonging to an extinct crocodile-like creature that had a set of serrated teeth like those of a T. rex. Wayne Rooney in Everton Return This Week Liverpool, UK,Jul 5(Prensa Latina) Wayne Rooney will make a stunning return to Everton by the end of this week,according to The Sun. Lawsuit Reveals Gauguin Painting Was Not World's Most Expensive London, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina)A legal dispute has revealed that a painting thought to be the world''s most expensive artwork is not the most expensive one after all. EU and Japan Sign Political Agreement on Free Trade Brussels, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The European Union and Japan signed a political agreement on the free trade treaty they are negotiating since 2013, said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom here Wednesday. Venezuela Independence is a Matter of Today; Says Defense Minister Caracas, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Independence is not a matter of yesterday, today and tomorrow, assured the Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino today during the ceremony of flag raising for Venezuela''s Independence Day . Menstruation Does Not Affect Cognitive Function, Study Finds Barn Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Abdominal cramps, mood swings, and sore breasts are just some of the bothersome symptoms that can accompany menstruation. However, contrary to popular belief, brain fog is one symptom that is unlikely to arise at that time of the month. Russian Military Police Will Patrol De-escalation Zones in Syria Moscow, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Russia has reportedly decided to send special units of its Armed Forces military police, equipped with light arms, to Syria to patrol the four de-escalation zones with the mission to provide safety and security. Mosaic Dating Back to 4th Century Uncovered in Barhilia,Syria Damasco,Jul 5(Prensa Latina) The national archeology expedition operating in Barada valley in al-Zabadani area in Damascus Countryside uncovered a floor mural dating back to the 4th century AD. Japan's Population Falls For Eighth Straight Year Tokyo,Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Japan''s population, excluding foreign residents, fell last year at the fastest pace since the current survey started in 1968 as the number of births fell below 1 million, government data showed Wednesday. Austria Plays Down Spat With Italy Over Border Controls Rome, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Austria today played down a dispute with Italy over possible controls at their shared border, saying Rome had misunderstood its intentions when it spelled out military preparations for any future influx of migrants. Volvo Becomes First Major Car Manufacturer to Go All Electric Stockolm,Jul 5 (Prensa Latina)Volvo Cars will become the first major car manufacturer to go all electric, with the Swedish company saying that every new car in its range will have an electric power train available from 2019. European Union Wants Fair Trade Brussels, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) has expressed today its desire to achieve a fair trade, ahead of the G-20 summit (more industrialized countries) scheduled for the following weekend. Plane With Five People On Board Crashes In Eastern Indonesia Jakarta,Jul 5(Prensa Latina) A small plane carrying five people went down in Papua province of eastern Indonesia today, and rescue operation has been undertaken, a national search and rescue spokeperson said. Merkel, Xi Agreed to Enhance Germany, China Relations Berlin, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) After striking multibillion dollar agreements with Russia and raising the strategic relations with Moscow, China''s President Xi Jinping has agreed Wednesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to lift China-Germany ties to new and higher levels. Huge Ice Block About to Break Away From Antarctica London,Jul 5(Prensa Latina)A very huge sheet of ice is expected to break away from Antarctica''s mainland in the coming weeks due to rapidly warming sea water, UK scientists have warned. Syria Opens Exhibition on Red Cross Works 05 de julio de 2017, 10:57Damascus, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) An exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the start of humanitarian work in Syria by the International Red Cross in cooperation with the Arab Red Crescent was inaugurated today in this capital. African Union, One more Call for Continental Cooperation Pretoria, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Continental Cooperation as a way to tackle regional and global issues was the main call of the recently concluded 29th African Union (AU) that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, SA News highlights today. Uruguay, Vietnam to Increase Bilateral Ties Montevideo, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The relationships of friendship, cooperation and mutual respect between Uruguay and Vietnam were highlighted here during the 2nd Meeting of the Bilateral Consultations Mechanism, an official source reported today. WTO Warns of Brexit Challenges for EU Geneva, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) will be one of the main challenges facing the EU bloc, including its future trade exchanges, announced the WTO in a report today. European Parliament Ratifies Cooperation Agreement with Cuba Brussels, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament today ratified the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cuba, signed at the end of 2016, which promotes diplomatic and economic relations between the EU and the Caribbean nation. Caricom Shuns Interference and Defends Constitutionality of Venezuela Saint George''s, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) After the approval of a favorable pronouncement of defending non-foreign interference, the support to the State of Law and constitutionality in Venezuela, ends today the 38th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Cuba Implements Actions to Strengthen Protected Area System Havana, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is implementing an action plan until 2020 to strengthen the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP), according to Granma daily. Russian Strategic Bombers Hit ISIS in Syria Moscow, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Russian strategic bombers struck today ISIS targets in Syria, using modern X-101 strategic cruise missiles. Several weapon stockpiles and a terrorist command center were destroyed in the strike, the Ministry of Defense reported in a statement. Arab Countries that Severed Ties with Qatar Promise Timely Response Riyadh, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia confirmed having received Qatar''s response to the demands submitted by Riyadh and three other Arab countries that, although they refused to reveal its content, promised to debate the ''timely'' response to Doha in Cairo today. Lavrov Expects Concrete Achievements in Talks on Syria in Astana Moscow, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday expressed his hopes about the possibility of making concrete achievements at the fifth round of talks between armed groups and the Syrian government in Astana. Vote Buying, a New Charge against Temer Brasilia, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) A new charge against President Michel Temer for buying votes will be submitted today to the Attorney General''s Office by federal lawmakers from the Workers'' Party (PT) of Brazil. US Military Trains Peruvian President's Escort Lima, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has closed today a security course at the government palace with about 20 U.S. soldiers to his escort and other personnel from the headquarters. China, Cuba Review Progress in Biotechnology Beijing, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) China and Cuba have reviewed progress in biotechnology cooperation in the framework of the 10th China Bioindustry Convention and the first Guangzhou International Biological Forum. El Niño Causes Social Disintegration in Swaziland, Study Reveals Pretoria, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The severe drought that hit Swaziland in 2016 has caused an increase in prostitution and rape within families, and the abandonment of children by parents who had to move in search of jobs, it was reported here today. Chinese President Pleads for United, Stable, Prosperous and Open EU Beijing, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping, on an official visit to Germany, said Beijing that supports a united, stable, prosperous and open European Union (EU) during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Most Russians Support Putin as President after 2018 Moscow, July 5 (Prensa Latina) At least two-thirds of Russians want to see Vladimir Putin as the country''s president, after the 2018 elections, says a poll by the Levada Center, quoted today by the capital press. Venezuela 206th Independence Day Celebrated in India New Delhi, July 5 (Prensa Latina) With a floral offering to the Liberator Simon Bolivar, Latin Americans and Indians celebrated today in this capital the 206th anniversary of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence. Indian Opposition Questions Modi's Visit to Israel New Delhi, July 5 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Congress Party today questioned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s intentions of visiting Israel while recalling the historic relations between this South Asian country and the Palestinians. Human Trafficking Increases in Nepal Kathmandu, July 5 (Prensa Latina) More than 6,100 Nepalese, most of them women, were victims of human trafficking in the fiscal year 2015-16 and another 3,900 disappeared, today revealed a report by the National Human Rights Commission. Bolivia Will Air Satellite Educational TV Channel La Paz, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) will put into operation a television channel to promote educational programs in the field of satellite technologies. Spain Searches 50 Missing Immigrants Madrid, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Spanish authorities search today the Mediterranean Sea to find 50 immigrants, missing when their precarious raft sunk, said Maritime Rescue sources. Literary Festival Opens Summertime in Cuba Havana, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) More than 50 books will be launched on Friday in the main cities of Cuba, as part of the Festival of Arts, said today Edel Morales, vice president of the Cuban Institute of the Book (ICL). Cuban Comic Writers To Hold Festival in Camaguey Camaguey, Cuba, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The central city of Camaguey, in the province with the same name, is ready to open the 7th Festival of Comic Art from July 5th to 8th with the presence of outstanding Cuban comic writers. Cape Town Continues under Intense Drought Pretoria, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The South African city of Cape Town is undergoing a severe drought that has forced its authorities to impose strict restrictions in water use, SA News reported. Katherine Harrington Assumes Post as Venezuelan Vice Attorney Genera Caracas, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) put Katherine Harrington on oath as the Venezuelan Republic''s Deputy Attorney General, who assumed this responsibility after cancellation of the appointment of Rafael Gonzalez for that post. Turkey Finalizes Details to Purchase Anti-Missile System Ankara, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Turkey announced today the imminent purchase of the antimissile system S-400, made in Russia, and the willingness to develop its own defense system, while the payment method is still pending. China and Russia Prioritize Cooperation to Solve Korean Crisis Moscow, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Russia and China are giving priority in international cooperation to the solution to the dispute in the Korean peninsula and signed agreements today to extend their economic, financial and technological collaboration. Increased Cases of Child Abuse in Guatemala Guatemala, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) A total of 708 cases of child abuse were reported so far in Guatemala by the Judicial Organization, said the newspaper La Hora on its website. Protected Areas, A Solution to Environmental Challenges, Says Expert Havana, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Protected areas are natural solutions to the global challenges related to climate change, the director of National Natural Parks in Colombia, Julia Miranda, said today. Canada to Pay Omar Khadr 10.5M For Suffering at Guantanamo US Prision Ottawa,Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian government is going to apologize and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, with Canada''s Supreme Court later ruling that officials had interrogated him under ''oppressive circumstances''according to The National Post. Italy-Austria Tension Over Border Troops at Brenner Pass Rome, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina)Italy has summoned Austria''s ambassador after the government in Vienna announced it was ready to deploy border troops to block any migrant influx. Dengue Outbreak in Sri Lanka Kills 225 People This Year Colombo, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) More than 225 people have died in Sri Lanka this year due to what is considered the deadliest dengue outbreak in that island, health officials reported today. Syria Held Consultations with Russia, Iran in Astana Damascus, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian delegation to the 5th Astana Meeting on resolving the conflict imposed on this Arab country held consultations with its counterparts from Russia and Iran prior to the talks aimed at reaching an agreement with the armed opposition on the de-escalation zones. Cuba Undertakes Actions to Protect Sea Turtle Ciego de Avila. Cuba, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The sea turtle festival in the town of Júcaro, south of this city, involved an important practice to preserve the species in the Jardines de la Reina National Park in the Cuban central region. Foreign Ministry Creates Resentment, Skepticism in Uruguay Montevideo, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa''s announcement that Uruguay wants to be an associated State of the Pacific Alliance arouses here today resentment and skepticism among sectors of the Frente Amplio, which suspiciously received the news. Bolivia Allocated 554 Million For Social Security Bond for Children La Paz, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) More than 554 million dollars allocated the Bolivian government to pay the Juancito Pinto bonus to students of primary and secondary school to avoid them leaving schools,according to data from the ministries of education and finance published here today. IAAF Says Athletes With High Testosterone Have Advantages Montecarlo, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) has said today that women with high level of testosterone have a competitive advantage in certain athletics disciplines. China to Keep Prudent and Neutral Monetary Policy, According to Bank Beijing, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The People''s Bank of China (PBOC) has said today that the government will continue to implement prudent and neutral monetary policy. Supreme Court Backs Martial Law in Philippines Manila, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Philippines'' Supreme Court today endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte''s enforcement of martial law across the southern third of the country, which he said was necessary to defeat Islamic State group-backed militants. Confronting Cuba in Baseball is Thermometer for USA: Paul Seiler Cary, North Carolina, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Despite winning the last four games against Cuba, the executive director of USA Baseball, Paul Seiler, says that to confront Cubans in this popular sport is a thermometer for the United States. Study Sheds New Light on Extinction Risk in Mammals Washington,Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Researchers have long assumed that habitat fragmentation contributes to extinction risk for animals, but until now, they have not been able to measure it for a major group of animals on a global scale. Nigerian Army Announces the Surrender of 700 Armed Terrorists Juba, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina)Commanders and other leaders are among the more than 700 members of the Boko Haram armed group who handed in their weapons a few hours ago, announced the Nigerian army in a communique circulated here today. Qatar Shows Calm While Gulf Neighbors Repeat Threats Doha, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) A public appearance by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani today strengthened Qatar''s calm in light of the crisis with three neighbors in the Persian Gulf, which threatened to take more retaliations if Doha ignores their demands. ELN Guerilla Presents Conditions for Cease Fire in Colombia Bogota, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN) has issued a statement here in which it has exposed the five conditions necessary to enact a bilateral cease-fire, national morning reports say. FAO Conference Examines Food and Agriculture Rome, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The current state of food and agriculture in the context of the debate on climate change and food security is today the agenda of the fortieth FAO conference. Government of Mexico City Supports Deportees from the United States Mexico City, July 4 (Prensa Latina) The government of Mexico City has supported more than 20 thousand migrants deported from the United States so far this year. Caricom Summit Kicks Off Focused on Development Plan Saint George''s, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The 38th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) started today focused on Development Plan in its agenda, headed by president of the event and Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell. Protected Areas and Natural History Museums at Cubambiente 2017 La Habana, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The management and protection of natural areas in Latin America focus here today the 11th International Convention on Environment and Development, which will discuss on environment until Friday. Russia and China Discuss Economic and Security Cooperation Moscow, July 4 (Prensa Latina) President Vladimir Putin today highlighted Russia-China cooperation in security and confrontation with the world''s challenges, meeting today with his counterpart from Asian giant Xi Jimping. Presidents of China and Russia Synchronize Actions Beijing, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) President Xi Jinping and his Russian peer, Vladimir Putin, have agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties and coordination on the Korean peninsula and other relevant issues at global scale. India Congratulates Venezuela on Independence Day 04 de julio de 2017, 09:42New Delhi, July 4 (Prensa Latina) President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, congratulated Venezuela on the eve of its 206th Independence Day Anniversary, while he called for increased ties between the two countries. Floods Forced Evacuation of Almost 1 Million Residents in C. China Beijing, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Torrential rains have unleashed widespread floods in Hunan, Central China, forcing the evacuation of 964,000 residents in Changsha, the provincial capital, and surrounding areas, local authorities reported. First Investment Forum Opened in Syria Damascus, July 4 (Prensa Latina) More than 140 development projects in almost all economic areas in Syria were presented to the First Investment Forum opened in Damascus, highlight today media reports in this capital. Chile's Deputy Chamber President Praises Monument to Marti By Fausto Triana Santiago, Chile, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Fidel Espinoza, president of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, has praised the monument built to Cuba's National Hero, Jose Marti, 'an unequivocal evidence of the feelings of friendship between the two countries. ' Indian Army Kills Armed Extremist in Kashmir New Delhi, July 4 (Prensa Latina) The Indian Army today killed another insurgent, the third in 24 hours, as part of an offensive in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is experiencing a wave of violence by separatist groups. Pakistan to Launch New Anti-polio Vaccination Campaign Islamabad, July 4 (Prensa Latina) More than 10 million children will be vaccinated against polio as part of a targeted campaign launched today by the Pakistani government in vulnerable areas to eradicate the disease. Indian Astronomers Discover 25 Giant Radio Galaxies New Delhi, July 4 (Prensa Latina) A group of Indian astronomers discovered 25 extremely rare radio galaxies, the largest ones known in the universe, specialized sources reported here today. Painters from Santiago de Cuba to Attend US International Fair Santiago de Cuba, July 4 (Prensa Latina) Naive painters from Bayate group, based in the Julio Antonio Mella municipality, Santiago de Cuba province, will have the opportunity to attend the International Folk Art Fair, which will be held in the next few days, in Santa Fe, USA. Nicaraguan Poverty Rate Rolls Back Managua, July 4 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua´s poverty and inequality rates have significantly rolled back during last year, as a result of continued economic growth and progress in several social indicators, the Central Bank (BCN) reported today. Bolivia to Honor Moviemaker Jorge Sanjines' Career La Paz, July 4 (Prensa Latina) The State-run Bolivian Mining Corporation (COMIBOL) will honor on Wednesday the moviemaker Jorge Sanjines, regarded nowadays as one the most outstanding Latin American filmmakers in the 20th century. Japan, USA and South Korea Agree to Put More Pressure on DPRK Tokyo, July 4 (Prensa Latina) New strategies to destabilize the present situation in the Korean peninsula are currently cropping up, following the announcement of a Trilateral Summit between South Korea, Japan and the United States to put more pressure on North Korea. Cuban Theater Group to Attend Festival of Puppets in USA 04 de julio de 2017, 00:22Matanzas, Cuba, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban group Teatro Las Estaciones will participate in the National Festival of Puppeteers of the United States, to be held in Minnesota from July 17th to 24th, said sources today here. Production of Yerba Mate Declines in Argentina Buenos Aires, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The production of yerba mate fell by 20 percent between January and May in Argentina, something that would represent an increase in its prices, said today the media. Panama Leads CentAm Athletics and Softball Panama, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Panama became the new Central American champion in athletics and female softball Monday, as confirmed by press media here. Chile to Lodge in The Hague an Appeal against Bolivia 03 de julio de 2017, 18:06Santiago, Chile, July 3 (Prensa Latina) Chile has lodged today before the International Court in The Hague an appeal against Bolivia regarding the use of Silala River, according to official sources. President of Gabon to visit Cuba Havana, July 4 (Prensa Latina) The President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba will pay an official visit to Cuba from Thursday, July 6, according to the Cuban Foreign Ministry´s website. Commission to Investigate Two Ministers of Temer 03 de julio de 2017, 17:13Brasilia, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The Commission of Public Ethics of the Presidency of Brazil announced Monday that it would investigate two ministers of the government of Michel Temer, who were denounced by executives of local company JBS, who revealed many cases of corruption and bribe. French President Macron Promises Deep Changes 03 de julio de 2017, 16:59Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron, announced Monday abeforte the French Congress his intention to make deep changes in the nation, including to reinforce the electoral system and reduce the nember of deputies and senators. Jose Marti Monument Unveiled in Santiago de Chile 03 de julio de 2017, 16:35Santiago, Chile, July 3 (Prensa Latina) Jose Marti monument, bronze sculpture with impressive details, is nowadays an exceptional spot in this capital, where about 1,000 people attended the official opening. 29th AU Summit Holds a Sitting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 03 de julio de 2017, 15:57Addis Ababa, July 3 (Prensa Latina) The Twenty-Ninth Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit is being held today in this capital under the slogan: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth. I would Love to Practice Medicine as They Do in Cuba, Says US Studen 03 de julio de 2017, 15:41Washington, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) I would love to practice medicine as they do in Cuba, deeply rooted in the community, said a young US citizen that is studying in the island nation, in an interview published today bya newspaper in this country. Cuban-Americans in USA Prepare new Actions Against US Blockade 03 de julio de 2017, 15:35Washington, July 3 (Prensa Latina) The ''Alianza Martiana'' coalition, which is made up of several Cuban emigre organizations in Miami, Florida, is planning new actions in favor of ending the US blockade against Cuba. Bolivia Denounces Death Threats against President Morales 03 de julio de 2017, 15:32La Paz, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Communication Minister Gisela Lopez denounced today the death threats against President Evo Morales that were received on Twitter posts. Syria Denounces Threats by the United States Damascus, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Feisal al-Miqdad has denounced that governments in the Persian Gulf and the West are currently rearming terrorist organizations in Syria to follow orders by Israel and the United States. Cuban Chamber of Commerce Wants to Keep on Working with US Firms Havana, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba expressed its ''permanent rediness to keep on working with US entities and firms'' in its Monday declaration in this capital. Greek Coast Guard Fired at Turkish Cargo Ship, Captain Says Istambul,Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The captain of a Turkish cargo ship said it received warning shots from the Greek coast guard today in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Rhodes island. Qatar to Maintain Military Relations With Turkey Ankara, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Qatari Ambassador to Turkey Salem bin Mubarak announced today that his country had ruled out to break off its military relations with Turkey, even if this decision caused an embargo by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Tour de France 2017: Peter Sagan Wins Stage Three Longwy, France, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Peter Sagan has sprinted to his eighth career Tour de France stage victory, and Geraint Thomas preserved the overall race lead. Amazing Elevator Has No Cables and Moves Sideways Berlin,Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) German Engineering firm ThyssenKrup has created an elevator that operates horizontally as well as vertically and without cables,according to Stern. India Successfully Test Fires Short Range Surface to Air Missile New Delhi,Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) India today successfully test-fired its locally developed quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile from a test range along the Odisha coast. Syria Declares 5-day Ceasefire in Southern Provinces Damascus, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) On the eve of the start of the fifth peace talks in Astana, the General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces announced the cessation of all hostilities in the southern provinces of Daraa, Sweida and Quneitra for five days. Iran Able to Present Successful Plans for Environmental Issues Teherán,Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The Head of the Iranian Department of Environment (DoE) Masoumeh Ebtekar said today that Iran is able to introduce successful plans, such as reforestation and lake revival, whose example is the Lake Urmia, to counter particles pollution. Caribbean Festival Begins in Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The 37th International Festival of the Caribbean began today in this city, with an extensive cultural and academic program to strengthen the relations between the regional countries, based on respect to their roots and spirituality. Havana: The Spearhead of Cuban Tourism Havana, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) In the growing spiral of Cuban tourism, the capital, Havana, is occupying a fundamental position, not only by official statements but also by the opinions, repeated by travellers coming from different parts of the world. One Thousand Hectares Burned In Forest Fire in Turkey Istambul, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina)Amid a heat wave that has affected the whole country, a forest fire that broke out near Turkey''s third largest city Izmir has entered its third day, threatening the water flow of the city and its surrounding districts due to the damage it caused in power lines leading to a dam that serves as the city''s main water supply. Bahrein Summons Qatar to Accept Conditions Manama, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Bahrein summoned the government of Qatar to accept the list of demands Bahrein presented Qatar, together with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, while a meeting is being prepared in Cairo, Egypt, to define possible sanctions against Doha. The Extreme Right Wing Spreads False Messages in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The media labs of the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) in Venezuela published an alleged instructive message aimed at the People''s Assemblies and containing a false list of reasons for the call to a National Constituent Assembly (ANC, in Spanish), the government denounced. United Kingdom to Abandon Common Fishing Policy after Brexit London, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The United Kingdom confirmed today it will abandon the Common Fishing Policy of the European Union after its withdrawal from the bloc, a sector valued in 893 million euros in 2015. Illiteracy, a Ballast to Jamaican Agriculture, Experts Say Kingston, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Illiteracy among Jamaican farmers is the main impediment for agricultural development, local community expert Paul Bernard said. Somalia After the Black Hawk Was Downed Mogadishu, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The war in Somalia has today the same sign of destruction and death as before the 1993 defeat of the troops from the United States, a country that is still responsible for that situation, although without a considerable presence after leaving that country resoundingly at the time. Xi, Putin to Strike 10 Billion Dollar Worth of Deals Moscow, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) China''s President Xi Jinping arrived today in Moscow for the third time this year and will strike with his Russian peer Vladimir Putin 10 billion dollar worth of deals, highlights Russian Today. Oil Prices Rise Before Fall in U.S. Production London, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The price of crude dawned today on the rise before the ralentization of fuel extraction in the United States, whose continuous increase torpedoed efforts of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to stabilize the market. German Police Storms Demostrators Camp at Entenwerder Berlin, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) German police stormed a demostrators camp of critics of the G-20 summit, to be held this weekend in the northern city of Hamburg. Qatari FM Visits Kuwait and Responds to Demands From Four Countries Kuwait, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Qatar''s foreign minister, Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, arrived in Kuwait today to deliver a response to the demands presented by four Arab countries as a condition to reestablish diplomatic relations, which were severed on June 5. Development Priority for Caricom Summit Starting Today Saint George''s, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Contemporary regional topics, with emphasis on issues linked to development will be disujssed in Grenada during the 38th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) confirmed the Secretary General of the organization, Irwin LaRocque. Death Toll Rises to 20 in Damascus Damascus, July 3 (Prensa Latina) The death toll for last Saturday''s terrorist attacks in Damascus rose to 20, leaving 22 injured, according to a report today from the Interior Ministry. Africa Working to Set Up a Single Air Transport Market for 2018 Pretoria, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The African Union is currently working to launch in January 2018 an continental single air transport market with over 40 countries expected to sign the agreement. New Multinational Anti-Terrorist Force Emerges in Africa Bamako, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The new African multinational force designed to fight terrorist groups in the Sahel will have 5,000 troops and the support of France and the UN, it was reported here today. Chinese President Warns of US Missile Shield Threat Beijing, July 3 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping warned today that the deployment of the advanced US anti-missile shield, THAAD, in South Korea seriously damages the strategic security interests of this country, Russia and other nations in the region. India will Invest 11 Billion Dollars in Iranian Gas Field New Delhi, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) An Indian consortium is ready to invest up to 11 billion dollars to develop a gigantic natural gas field in Iran and build the necessary infrastructure to export the fuel, announced today sources of the sector. Pemex with Millionaire Losses after Refinery Shutdown Mexico, July 3 (Prensa Latina) Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) reported economic losses of 359 million pesos a day (about 20 million dollars), due to the shutdown of the Salina Santa Cruz refinery in Oaxaca, it was known here today. Chinese President Tours Russia, Germany, Attends G-20 Meeting Beijing, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) President Xi Jinping is on an official visit to Russia today, to be continued in Germany, where he will also attend the G-20 summit in Hamburg, on a journey aimed at strengthening ties and expanding cooperation. Piñera, Sanchez Dominate Primary Elections in Chile Santiago, Chile, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Former President, Sebastian Piñera, and journalist, Beatriz Sanchez, in their respective right and left coalitions, have dominated the primary elections in Chile, counted more than 70 percent of the polling stations. Negotiation to Ban Nuclear Weapons Enters Final Week United Nations, July 3 (Prensa Latina) The second United Nations conference to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons enters today its final week, with the expectation that the international instrument could be agreed on Friday. Cuban Doctors Assist Thousands of Patients at Bolivian Fair By Carmen Esquivel Sarria Argentinian Workers´ Unions to Demonstrate for their Rights Buenos Aires, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Argentinian workers´ unions CTA and CTA Autonoma will hold a demonstration next Wednesday at the Hotel Bauen along with 50 organizations to protest against what they described as an offensive of the Government against their rights. Pope Francis' Message for Peace in Venezuela Highlighted Caracas, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Jesuit priest Numa Molina highlighted today Pope Francis´ message to end violence in Venezuela and find a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis. Sahel Member Countries Hold Summit in Mali Bamako, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) A French-African summit is held today in this capital city to tackle the integration of a joint force against terrorism made up of 5,000 soldiers, an initiative supported by France. Cuba and United States Start Friendly Fight in Baseball Por By Alfredo Boada MolaRaleigh, North Carolina, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the United States are starting today in several North Carolina locations the sixth baseball cap, considered a national sport and cultural heritage in both countries. Maduro Urges Armed Forces to Defend Venezuela's Future Caracas, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) During a ceremony to promote army officers, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro urged the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) and the Venezuelan population to fight together for a future in peace, free and sovereign. Qatar Ready to Handle Consequences of Rejecting Ultimatum Doha, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Qatar said today that is ready to handle the negative consequences of rejecting the 13 demands of the ultimatum tabled by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, while saying that they were ''made to be rejected''. Evo Morales Criticizes US-Chilean Military Maneuvers La Paz, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the joint US-Chilean naval maneuvers Teamwork South 2017 carried out on the South American coast of Chile. Protests against G-20 Summit in Germany Berlin, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Tens of thousands of people took to the streets today in Hamburg to protest against the upcoming G-20 summit, which will take place in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July. Students from Several Countries Seek to Graduate from Cinema in Cuba Havana, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Students of the International School of Cinema and Television in Cuba began discussing their theses today to graduate in specialties such as Direction, Screenplay, Editing, Documentary, Production, Sound, Photography, Television and new media. More than 70,000 Homicides in Mexico since 2014 Mexico, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Mexican authorities have registered 70,122 malicious murders between 2014 and the first five months of this year, met today. Largest Indian Mangrove Forest Jeopardized by Climate Change New Delhi, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Climate change and increased sea level represent a serious threat to the Sunderbans in India, the largest mangrove forest cover in the world, said a research issued today in this city. US: Activists Prepare to Defend Undocumented Youth Washington, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Immigrant rights activists are preparing today to fight against several US states calling for the elimination of the DACA program for Deferred Action for Children Arrivals. Cuba Finalist at World Volleyball Sub-21 Awaits Now for Rival Brno, Czech Republic, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban men''s volleyball team won ticket to the final World Sub-21 after surprisingly defeating the Russian selection and awaits for rival after game between Poland and Brazil. Polling Stations Open Sunday in Chile for Primary Elections Santiago, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Over 14 million 120 thousand Chileans are eligible to vote Sunday to choose in primary elections who will be the official candidates for the presidential elections of November 19 for two political alliances: Let''s Go Chile and Broad Front. Deadline for Angolan Political Forces to Prepare Lists of Observers Luanda, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) The political forces involved in the Angolan general elections on August 23 will met on Monday the deadline to present their lists of international observers. Presidents of Serbia and Kosovo to Hold 'Informal Meeting' Belgrade, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will be on Monday in Brussels for an ''informal meeting'' with Kosovo''s President Hashim Thaci, sponsored by the head of the European Union (EU) diplomacy, Federica Mogherini. Cuba Reached Final of U21 Volleyball World Championship Brno, Czech Republic, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba delivered Saturday a major upset by defeating title-contenders Russia in the first semifinal of the Volleyball Men''s U21 World Championship and reaching the final of the tournament for the first time. Trudeau Celebrates Canadian Confederation and Calls for Better Future Ottawa, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated all the Canadian citizens for the 150th anniversary of the Confederation and called to celebrate the achievements of the past and look boldly for a better future. GTS, the Most Important Tax Reform in India Comes into Force New Delhi, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Regarded as the most important tax reform in India after its independence the Good and Services Tax (GTS) came into force today in this Asian country, as part of the Government efforts to vitalize the national economy. Qatar Defines Blockade Fostered by Riyadh as War Doha, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The Qatari State Minister for Defense Affairs, Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, defined today as ''declaration of bloodless war'' the blockade fostered by Saudi Arabia and two other countries in the Persian Gulf. Angola has One Billion Karats in Diamond Reserves Luanda, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Angola has diamond reserves for one billion karats , according to the advances of a geological research carried out over the last five years with Russian support. Chucho Valdes and Concha Buika in Concert in Spain Madrid, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuban piano player, composer and arranger Jesus ''Chucho'' Valdes and Spanish-Guinean origin female singer Concha Buika will offer a joint concert as part of the performances for Noches del Botanico (Nights of the Botanic Garden) Festival in Spain. Political Shift to Pave Way to Panama Parliament Elections Panama, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) In a shift previously predicted by many analysts, the officialist Partido Panameñista decided to support ''dissident'' deputy of Cambio Democratico (CD) Yanibel Abrego in her nomination for president of the National Assembly. Tour de France Starts with 22 Teams Dusseldorf, Germany, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The 104th edition of the famous Tour de France, one of the principal cycling tours in the entire world, is beginning in this German city, with a counterclock stage of 14 kilometers and the participation of 22 teams in competition. Iraqi Gov't Plans to Free Towns West of Mosul Baghdad, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The Counter Terrorist Service (CTS) of Iraq whose soldiers have been a key in the struggle against the Islamic State (ISIS) plans to free the towns of Hawijah and Tal Afar, which are located next to the border with Syria. General Attorney Responsible for Wave of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela Executive Vicepresident, Tareck El Aissami, held the General Attorney, Luisa Ortega, responsible for the spiraling violence generated in the country, nurtured by ultraright sectors that want to overthrow the government. El Aissami accused Ortega of having a biased attitude with those who try to destabilize Venezuela and accused her of making the Prosecution or Public Ministry an appendix of the opposition with its silence. Cuban and U.S. People Come Together in Rumba Night By Diony Sanabia With Little Expectations, Primaries in Chile this Sunday Santiago de Chile, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) About 13.5 million Chileans should vote this Sunday in the primaries of two political groups, althougjh expectations are moderate and soccer gets most of the attention. World Trade Organization Alerts Rise in Restrictions Geneva, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The World Trade Organization (WTO) registered today 42 new restrictive measures to exchange of goods and services applied by G20 economies from the middle of October to May. A report of that organization indicates that figure supposes a slight rise compared to 2016. Annual Wine Festival in Chile to Open on Monday Santiago, Chile, July 1 (Prensa Latina) Catad''Or Wine Awards, the great annual wine festival in Chile, will be held on Monday in this capital with 635-sample record exhibition and a new section dedicated to Latin America. Grenada Ready to Host CARICOM Summit Georgetown, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Heads of State and Government from the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will analyze, next week in this country, the main topical issues to the region, especially those regarding development. Pope Francis Underlines Dialogue in Latin America Rome, June 30 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has stated that fostering a culture of dialogue is one of the most important aspects for Latin America today. EU Ratifies Confidence in Possible Cypriot Reunification Brussels, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) European Commission (EC) President Jean-Calude Juncker ratified today his confidence in the success opf the current round of negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus, between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, respectively. Barbados: ODECABE with a New President Bridgetown, Barbados, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Barbadian Steve Stoute took the presidency of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (ODECABE) to replace recently deceased Hector Cardona, press media reported here Friday. ELN-Colombia Second Cycle of Talks Closes with Valuable Achievements Quito, June 30 (Prensa Latina) The second cycle of peace talks between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government has ended today in this capital, with significant achievements by both sides. UN Peacekeeping Budget to Be Cut by $600 Million United Nations, June 30 (Prensa Latina) The UN General Assembly has passed today a $600 million cut from peacekeeping budget. Cuba and Australia Promote Regular Diplomatic Meetings Havana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministers of Cuba and Australia, Bruno Rodríguez and Julie Bishop, respectively, signed here a Memorandum on Understanding on Regular Diplomatic Meetings, with the objective to promote and strenghten bilateral cooperation. Colombia Pledges in UN to Foster Peace and Overcome Challenges United Nations, June 30 (Prensa Latina) Colombia''s Ambassador to the UN, Maria Emma Mejia, has expressed today in the Security Council the commitment of the South American country to the peace strengthening and the readiness to overcome all challenges. South Sudan Gov't Blocks Humanitarian Aid to Rebel-controlled Areas Juba, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The South Sudanese government has reportedly blocked the entry of humanitarian aid to rebel-controlled zones. Evo Morales Wants Reciprocity in Elimination of Visas For US Citizens La Paz, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales stated Friday that he is ready to eliminate the visas for US citizens, but always if the US are reciprocal with Bolivian citizens at the same time. Bob Dylan This Weekend in Jazz Festival in Montreal Ottawa, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Today''s concert of legendary American singer Bob Dylan will open an intense weekend of activities at the prestigious Montreal International Jazz Festival in Montreal, 2017. Scientists Find Evidence of a Mysterious Skull Cult in Turkish Temple Berlín, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Archaeologists have discovered what seem to be the remains of a ''skull cult'' in an ancient ritual site in southeast Turkey. Manila Drug Enforcement Claims Success in Duterte Drug War Manila,Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) considers the government''s war against illegal drugs a ''success'' during President Rodrigo Duterte''s first year in office. Cuban Journalists Prepare X Congress Havana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC) are preparing the 10th Congress of that organization, in the VIII Plenary Session of its National Committee, which takes place today in Havana. World Taekwondo Championships Conclude in South Korea Muju,South Korea,Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) South Korea finish in the first place with 5 golds,one silver and 4 bronze medals in the World Taekwondo Championship that ended today here. Syrian Army Completely Frees Road Between Raqqa and Hama Damascus, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units supported by the Hezbollah Allied forces and Iraqi brigades managed to control the entire road between Raqqa and Hama, military sources reported today. Finland-Cuban Former Volleyball Players Get Their Sentences Reduced London, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) A penal court in Finland reduced the penal sentences to four of the players and absolved a fifth, said a report by British BBC Friday. German Police Increases Pressure on Activists Due to G-20 Summit Berlin, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) In the run-up to the G20 summit in Germany, police is increasing pressure on critics of the alliance, which in addition, announced massive protests in the city of Hamburg. Floridita Restaurant an Emblematic Destiny of Visitors to Havana Varadero, Cuba, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Havana''s bar-restaurant Floridita, is standing out in the space of Cuban gastronomy dedicated to this place in the 9th Varadero Gourmet Festival, finishing Friday in this tourist resort. Bolivia to Open Ditches on Border with Chile to Prevent Smuggling La Paz, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will begin on July 14 the opening of seven ditches on the border with Chile to prevent smuggling, according to statements by Defense Minister, Reymi Ferreira, published here today. Colombian President Rejects Peace Process Criticism Bogota, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected some criticisms to the FARC-EP''s disarmament process, which has just been concluded this week, by former Defense Minister and former U.S. ambassador, Juan Carlos Pinzon. Santiago de Cuba Remembers its Revolutionary Martyrs Santiago de Cuba, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The people of Santiago de Cuba evoked the memory of the young revolutionaries killed 60 years ago in the intersection of Marti Avenue and Crombet Street in this city, where three young men were shot to death, because they were opposed to the distatorship of the then president Fulgencio Batista. Cuba Gets Even More Support Since US Policy Change Havana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The members of the World Council Project of International Solidarity Jose Marti, supported today the message of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), in favor of good relations between United States and this country. Oil Workers' Strike Opens New Day of Protests in Brazil Brasilia, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The beginning of a strike for an indefinite period in ten Petrobras refineries has initiated a new day of protests in Brazil against the unpopular reforms promoted by President Michel Temer. Cuba Highlights Value of Communication for Development Havana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Gladys Bejerano, General Comptroller of the Republic of Cuba, has stressed the need to ensure timely, adequate and fluid communication in all scenarios, to ensure the success of the national development model. Cargo Transportation Is Fundamental in Cuba's Economy Havana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) An article published in Granma newspaper today says that cargo transportation is fundamental for the development of Cuba''s economy. Trump Migratory Executive Order Questioned in Canada Ottawa, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Civil rights organizations and the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are trying to determine today if the implementation on Canadian soil of the controversial executive order of US President Donald Trump on immigration is legal. Cow Protectors in the Middle of a Storm in India New Delhi, June 30 (Prensa Latina) The murders committed by radical sectors against people accused of sacrificing or eating cows returned to the forefront today in India, where the issue provokes a constant confrontation between government and opposition, as well as protests in different cities. Julio Verne, His Fiction Became a Reality in Havana Havana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) After two days of debates, keynote speeches and exhibitions, the 2nd International Vernian Congress, which brought together researchers and scholars from eight countries, will conclude today in Havana. China Urges India to Correct Border Area Mistake Beijing, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) China''s Ministry of National Defense has urged India to immediately correct its mistake and withdraw border troops that illegally entered the territory, the government said Thursday. Council of Ministers Examines Course of Cuban Economy Havana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) During the first half of this year, the performance of the Cuban economy was as predicted for 2017, informed today official daily Granma. Varadero Gourmet Concludes, Attracts Sybarites to Cuba Varadero, Cuba, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The 9th edition of Varadero Gourmet is concluding today with greater commitments for many experts who promote this destination, not only sun and beach, but also an ambitious cuisine. Venezuela Strongly Rejects IACHR Communique Caracas, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has rejected a communique issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which it accused of issuing biased judgments, lacking objectivity and ignoring the efforts of the Venezuelan State to guarantee peace. Pacific Alliance Summit closes in Colombia at Presidential Level Cali, Colombia, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The 12th Summit Conference of the Pacific Alliance closes today attended by its four heads of State of Chile, Mexico, Peru and the hosting nation, who arrived on Thursday to this Colombian city. China Urges US to Stop Selling Weapons to Taiwan Beijing, Jun 30 (PL) US arms sales to Taiwan and the new sanctions against Chinese companies, agencies and individuals hurt mutual confidence, stresses a statement of Beijing''s government. Fire in Gauteng's Premier's Office contained Pretoria, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Firefighters managed to contain the fire that engulfed the Premier''s office of the important South African province of Gauteng, and there''s no human casualty. Temer Will not Attend G20 Summit in Germany Berlín, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian De Facto President, Michel Temer, cancelled his trip to attend the G20 Summit in Hamburg next week, reported today German media. British Singer Sting to Open Universal Music Festival Madrid, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) British singer Sting will open the 3rd Universal Music Festival, which will be hosted by the Royal Theater from July 5th to 30th, said the website of the event today. Trees in Senegal Increased for Great Green Wall Dakar, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Senegal is currently the most developed African country in the Great Wall of Africa, a project that seeks to halt desertification in the continent. Trump and Putin to Hold Meeting at G-20 Summit Washington, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump will hold a meeting next week with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, said the White House. UN Concerned with Thousands of Children Trapped in Mosul United Nations, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) expressed its concern for the luck of thousands of children trapped in the old part of the Iraqi city of Mosul, a place where the offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS) is being intensified. G-20 Must Increase Investments to Halt Climate Change Berlin, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Most G20 economies lack sufficient financial resources to halt global warming because renewable energy investments must be twofold through 2035, said a research today. FAO to Assess Global Food and Agriculture Challenges Rome, June 30 (Prensa Latina) FAO has announced today its 40th biennial conference to be held from July 3 through 8 to assess global food and agriculture challenges. Democratic Rep. of Congo to Hold First Rumba Festival Kinshasa, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will hold Friday and Saturday the First Festival of Rumba and Elegance, seeking to come to the fore on this music rhythm. About 23 Countries to Participate in Damascus International Fair Damascus, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Prime Minister, Imad Khamis, confirmed that about 23 countries have ratified their presence in the 59th edition of the Damascus International Fair scheduled for August 16-27, media reports said. Business Opportunities with Cuba Arise Expectation in USA Washington, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador Jose Ramon Cabanas participated today in a business round table in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, during which the participants on the US side showed interest in the opportunities that the island nation offers. Ex-Minister of Economy Inaugurated as Romania's New Prime Minister Bucharest, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The outgoing Romania´s Economy Minister, Mihai Tudose, was inaugurated today as the new Prime Minister, despite being rejected by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for allegedly failing to comply with the electoral program. UN Security Council Keeps Pressure on Libya UN Security Council Keep United Nations, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council adopted unanimously today the resolution 2362 to keep the pressure on Libya, because it believed that the situation in that North African country was a threat to international peace. Serbia Gets New Government Belgrade, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Serbian Parliament on Thursday elected new Prime Minister Ana Brnabic´s government and the new cabinet in a majority vote of 157 deputies. Philippines to Collaborate with China against Terrorism Manila, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Ana Maria Paz Banaag, Assistant Secretary (Minister) of Communications of the Philippines, said Thursday that her country is ready to collaborate and perform military exercises with China, to reduce the threat of armed groups linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) Bolivia Criticizes Temporary Suspension of Port Services in Chile 29 de junio de 2017, 17:31La Paz, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Trade Institute (IBCE) Manager Gary Rodriguez criticized today the temporary suspension, starting today, of the port operations in Arica, Chile, because of a soccer game. Nearly 500 Homes and 40 Companies Destroyed by Wildfire in Portugal Lisbon, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 500 homes and 40 agricultural and industrial-related companies were destroyed today by the wildfire in Pedrograo Grande, Portugal, with a loss of 350 jobs, 64 deaths and around 250 injured. President Maduro Praises Access to Hydrocarbons through Petrocaribe Caracas, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President highlighted today the importance of Petrocaribe, 12 years its establishment, for Latin American and Caribbean countries to have access to hydrocarbons, as an act of solidarity. NATO to Increase Military Presence in Afghanistan 29 de junio de 2017, 16:59Brussels, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreed to send more soldiers to Afghanistan to work together with the Afghan security forces, said Jens Stoltenberg, head of NATO Thursday. Carnival Paradise Cruise Makes an Opening Trip to Havana 29 de junio de 2017, 16:38Washington, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Carnival Paradise Cruise has made its first trip to Havana from Tampa Bay, Florida. Angola out of African Soccer Tournament 29 de junio de 2017, 16:15Luanda, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Angola got eliminated from the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) without a chance to classify for quarterfinals, after tying its match against Malawi 0-0, a result that was not enough to surpass Tanzania as leader of Pool A. Venezuelan Supreme Court and FM Report on Terror Attack 29 de junio de 2017, 16:11Caracas, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Supreme Court and Foreign Ministry have submitted today to the diplomatic corps an official report on terror attack against the Supreme Court. US Travel Ban Partially Enforceable 29 de junio de 2017, 16:10Washington, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Parts of the US President Donald Trump''s order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority nations will come into effect today at 20:00 local time. Brazilian Charles out of Pro Club Malaga 29 de junio de 2017, 16:04Malaga, Spain, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian forward Charles Dias confirmed his good-bye from Spanish professional soccer club Malaga, but he left some criticism to some people inside the club, in his Thursday statements. WHO Declares Liberia Free of Ebola 29 de junio de 2017, 16:02Monrovia, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared today the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia. This announcement comes 42 days after the last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia tested negative for the disease for the second time. Cuban Delicious Food Showed in Varadero Gourmet Festival 29 de junio de 2017, 16:01Varadero, Cuba, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Conferences on how to combine Cuban traditional dishes with the current trends of international cuisine and gastronomy are included in the program of the 9th Varadero Gourmet Festival, continuing Thursday. Minnesota Musicians to Perform at Dolores Hall in Santiago de Cuba 29 de junio de 2017, 15:59Santiago de Cuba, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Minnesota Youth Symphony (MSY) will perform today at the Dolores Hall in this city, as part of its performances in the Caribbean nation. Colombia Pacific Alliance Summit Begins Ministerial Session Cali, Colombia, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Presided over by Colombian Foreign Minister Ángela María Holguín, the ministerial segment of the XII Summit of the Pacific began today in this city, attended by Foreign Affairs and Trade of ministers of member countries. China, Ghana Sign Multimillion Development Project Accra, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Ghana will receive investments from China that amounted 10 billion dollars to develop the bauxite industry in this West African country, reported the media here today. Ethiopians Returning Home After Saudi Amnesty Expired Addis Abeba,Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after a 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants expired on Tuesday without all of them leaving, the Ethiopian government has said. Eastbourne 2017: Johanna Konta Edges Past Jelena Ostapenko Eastbourne, UK, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) British number one Johanna Konta passed a major test before Wimbledon as she edged past French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Eastbourne. H2-Oh! Scientists Show Water Can Exist as Two Different Liquids Washington,Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Water is one of the most fundamental molecules on Earth, and yet scientists are only just beginning to wrap their heads around how bizarre the substance really is. R2-D2 Robot From 'Star Wars' Sold for US $2.75 Million Los Ángeles, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) For decades, fans of the beloved ''Star Wars'' franchise have gone far and wide to pay tribute to the world that George Lucas has created. Canada Extends Anti ISIS Mission to 2019 Says Defence Minister Ottawa,Jun 29 (Prensa Latina)The federal government of Canada says the Canadian military will remain in Iraq for at least two more years as part of an international coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State,ISIS. Antarctica's Ice Free Areas to Increase by 25 Percent by 2100: Study London,Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Areas of Antarctica devoid of ice could increase by up to 25 percent by the end of the century because of climate change, leading to drastic changes in the continent''s biodiversity, according to new research. Cholera Kills Nearly 200 People in South Sudan in 2017 Juba, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) About 200 people have died in southern Sudan from cholera this year, a situation aggravated by the outbreak reported in Namurunynag, east Equatoria state. Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid? Washington,Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Cognitive capacity and overall brain power are significantly reduced when your smartphone is within glancing distanceâ€''even if it''s turned off and face downâ€''according to a recent study. ALBA-TCP Demands Condemnation of Use of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Treaty of Peoples'' Trade (Alba-TCP) demanded international condemnation of the use of violence as a political weapon to overthrow legitimate and democratically elected governments. Syrian Army Advances East of the Country Damascus, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Units of the Al Taha regiment of the Syrian special forces seized control of the major oil well Dreihem from the Islamic State or Daesh in Arabic, military sources reported. Unemployment Affects Science, Technology Specialists in Mexico Mexico, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) About 42 percent of professionals in science and technology in Mexico are unemployed, revealed today a report by the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt). Australian Foreign Minister Visits Cuba Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister of Australia, Julie Bishop, makes an official visit to Cuba today, the Foreign Ministry of the Caribbean nation informed. Cuba: Blind Tasting Contests in Varadero 2017 Gourmet International Varadero, Cuba, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The blind tasting contests of Cuban rums; cocktails, beers and taps; New cocktails; and Cuban Classics, close their respective competitions here today at the 9th Varadero Gourmet Festival 2017. Venezuela Denounces Theft of Deadly Biological Material for Humans Caracas, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, denounced the theft of deadly biological material for humans in a terrorist attack to the National Institute of Comprehensive Agricultural Health (Insai). Guatemala Asks US Ambassador to Implement the Vienna Convention Guatemala, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked current U.S. ambassador, Todd Robinson, to enact the content of Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, media reports today. China Unveils Locally Built Marine Research Vessel Beijing, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) - China unveiled a new locally built marine geological survey vessel in south China''s Guangdong Province, it was reported here today. Varadero Gourmet-Art and Science in Molecules to Create Unique Drinks Varadero, Cuba, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Molecular Mixology represents an ingenious procedure that combines today science and art to create unique drinks, through the fusion of flavors and textures. Latin America,Caribbean Now Emerge as Aging Regions Asuncion, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Latin America and the Caribbean are close to become aging regions, so countries must promote public policies in this regard, is the consensus in the Conference sponsored by ECLAC and the Paraguayan government, dedicated to the issue in those geographical areas that are developed here. On this day, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present in this forum the document Rights of the elderly. Challenges for interdependence and autonomy. Syria Denounces US Threats of Aggression Damascus, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates denounces today that the United States'' disinformation campaign about the intentions of the Syrian government to launch a chemical attack lacks grounds. Cuba Hosts 2nd International Vernian Congress Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) With the analysis of the influence of renowned French writer, Julio Verne, in literature and other artistic expressions, the 2nd International Congress on his life and work continues today in this capital. Cuba Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Venezuela Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Foreign Ministry has condemned the terrorist attacks that took place on Tuesday in Caracas, Venezuela, against the Supreme Court of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Relations, Justice and Peace. Alert on Imminent Death of Tens of Thousands of Somali Children Mogadishu, 29 Jun (Prensa Latina) Tens of thousands of children are in imminent danger of death in this country because of malnutrition, a humanitarian organization said in a statement today. UN Reduces Peace Operations Budget due to U.S. Pressures 29 de junio de 2017, 10:08United Nations, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) United Nations reduced in almost 600 million dollars its Budget for peace-keeping operations amid pressures of the U.S., confirmed today diplomatic sources. France Rejects Visit of US President Paris, 29 Jun (Prensa Latina) Following the confirmation of President Donald Trump''s visit to France, many politicians, organizations, and citizens are showing their discontent and growing rejection. About 14 Hurricanes Are Forecast during Current Season in Mexico Mexico, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) About 14 hurricanes might hit the Gulf, Mexican Caribbean and Pacific coastlines this year, researchers at the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico are forecasting today. Lavrov Warns about U.S. Pretexts to Attack Syria Moscow, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States about the need to prevent pretexts like the use of chemical weapons to justify an attack on Syrian troops, sources from the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Iraqi Forces Retake Ruins of Historical Al-Nuri Mosque 29 de junio de 2017, 09:51Baghdad, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Iraqi Army and police forces recaptured today the ruins of the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in the old city of Mosul, which the Islamic State (IS) dynamited alongside the emblematic minaret Al-Hadba. Oil Prices Go Up Responding to Fall in U.S. Inventories 29 de junio de 2017, 09:31London, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices reached record heights in the last two weeks before the evidence of falling weekly U.S. inventories reeducing uncertainty among investors on an alleged over supplied fuel market. Stanford Symphony Orchestra Joined Cultures in Havana Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Music once again proved its ability to join cultures and being an effective diplomatic mechanism in the interesting concert program offered by the Stanford Junior Symphony Orchestra (SJS) in this capital. Nepal Makes Slow Progress in Rebuilding Kathmandu, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Only 376 million dollars of the just over one billion dollars earmarked for Nepal''s rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes that shook the country in 2015 have been used, today revealed the Finance Ministry. Cuba Calls on UNESCO for Commitment to Fight Climate Change Paris, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has called on UNESCO for a greater commitment by all states to face climate change and recalled the serious implications of this phenomenon for the planet, diplomatic sources said today. Syria Condemns as False US Allegations over Likely Chemical Attack 29 de junio de 2017, 08:31Damascus, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Syria has strongly denied as ''misleading, false and baseless'' US allegations about Syrian government''s intention to launch a chemical attack. Russia Warns over US Preparing to Intervene in Syria 29 de junio de 2017, 08:20Moscow, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The US information campaign on Syria is a warning sign that an American-led intervention may be in the works, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has warned Thursday. Honk Kong Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Returning to Motherland 29 de junio de 2017, 08:05Beijing, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Xi Jinping in his first ever visit as president to Hong Kong is attending celebrations there for the 20th anniversary of the return of that territory to the motherland. Israeli Weapons Were Seized in Syrian City of Homs 29 de junio de 2017, 07:51Damascus, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The competent authorities in the governorate of Homs, in central Syria, have found today weapons and ammunition, mostly made in Israeli, during operations of search. South African companies Eyeing Business Opportunities in Kenya 29 de junio de 2017, 07:32Pretoria, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) As part of the initiative ''Outward Selling Mission'' of the Department of Trade and Industry, South African companies have identified business opportunities in Kenya, SA News reports. Relatives of Attacks Victims Continue Protests in Pakistan 29 de junio de 2017, 07:26Islamabad, June 29 (Prensa Latina) For the seventh consecutive day, relatives of 72 people killed in a double attack in the Pakistani city of Parachinar continue their protest today to demand that the government reinforce security measures and improve economic compensation. Two Indian Soldiers Injured by Pakistani Troops 29 de junio de 2017, 07:25New Delhi, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Two Indian soldiers were injured today during the umpteenth exchange of gunfire with Pakistani troops on the LoC, the de facto border between the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistani Authorities Continue Search for Foreign Climbers 29 de junio de 2017, 07:23Islamabad, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani authorities continue today the search for two climbers, a Spaniard and an Argentine, missing since last week as they attempted to reach the top of Nanga Parbat, an 8,125-meter high mountain in the north of the country. Indian Vice-Presidential Election Schedule Announced 29 de junio de 2017, 07:22New Delhi, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Electoral Commission of India (ECI) today announced the schedule for the country''s vice presidential elections, amid campaigns of the government and the opposition to win next presidential polls. Cuban Doctors to Offer Free Consultations in Bolivian Health Fair 29 de junio de 2017, 04:36La Paz, Jun 29 jun (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Medical Brigade in Bolivia will offer free medical attention during the comprehensive Health Fair scheduled for July 1 and 2 in the department of Tarija, announced today its organizers. Caribbean Leaders to Agree Development Strategies in Jamaica 29 de junio de 2017, 00:45Kingston, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica will host a conference of Caribbean leaders of the public sector from July 19-20 to agree development strategies, the country''s Information Service reported. Traditional Book Night Open Summer Season in Cuba 29 de junio de 2017, 00:26Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The traditional book night, which will be held on July 7 in the main Cuban cities, will officially open the summer season in this country, the organizers reported. Gibara, a Cuban Rising Tourist Destination 29 de junio de 2017, 00:25Holguin, (Prensa Latina) Gibara, a 200 year old fishing town in eastern Cuba, is today being promoted by tour operators and travel agencies as one of the island''s latest rising tourist destination. Alert Raised for Lethal Drug in Houston, USA Washington, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) A dangerous drug that can be consumed in Houston, Texas, raised the alert of authorities, said today the local media. Merkel Requests Presence of G20 Members at Hamburg Summit 29 de junio de 2017, 00:22Berlin, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will have meeting today in this capital with the G20 members to coordinate the summit to be held from July 7-8 in Hamburg. South Korea-USA Alliance on Negotiating Table 29 de junio de 2017, 00:20Seoul, June 29 (Prensa Latina) There have been a great expectation with the South Korea''s President Moon Jae-in´s official visit to the United States, where, according to specialists, he will try to win the confidence of his US counterpart, President Donald Trump, for the future of the alliance. Diversification-2017, Perfect Setting for Business Exchange Havana, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The 14th Congress on Sugar and By-Products, Diversification-2017, is termed as the ideal setting for Cuban and foreign companies to expand their business, such as ESAZUCAR. Santiago de Cuba Prepares 37 International Festival of the Caribbean Santiago de Cuba, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The House of the Caribbean prepares the 37th festival Fiesta del Fuego, which will attract crowds with colors, taste and sounds from July 3rd to 9th. Venezuelan Authorities Found Copter Used to Attack Supreme Court Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have found today the stolen police helicopter used to attack Tuesday the Supreme Court of Justice and the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace, Vice President Tarek El Aissani reported through Twitter. Egypt: Alert on New Computer Virus Cairo, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) A supervising organization with experience in computer security working for the Egyptian Ministers Council, issued a national alert Wednesday on new malignant virus (or computer malignant program) PETYA, which got world spread in the last days. Panamanian Young Film-Makers to Study in Cuba Panama, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Three young Panamanians traveled early this week to Cuba to study at the International School of Movies and Television (EICTV), said sources today. Quality of Cuban Bartenders Acknowledged in Varadero Varadero, Cuba, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The International Bartenders Association (IBA) said today during 9th Varadero Gourmet that this is the ideal event to assess the techniques and styles of Cuban bartenders that traditionally stand out in international events. AU Defends Political Solutions to Continental Security Issues Addis Ababa, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) African Union (AU) Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat demanded in this capital a more political solution to the security problems that Africa is currently facing. UK Prime Minister Suggests Transition Period for Brexit London, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) British prime minister Theresa May said today that the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), the so-called Brexit, will need various stages for implementation and a transition period still indeterminate. Spanish Left-Wingers Pays Homage to Strugglers Against Dictatorship Madrid, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The ''Unidos Podemos'' left-wing coalition has paid tribute today to anti-Franco strugglers on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the 1977 elections, the first held in Spain after General Francisco Franco´s dictatorship (1939-1975). UN Supports Efforts in Yemen to Fight Cholera United Nations, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations confirmed Wednesday that three planes with 36 tons of medical supplies have arrived in Yemen, to fight the epidemic of cholera affecting already more than 200,000 cases, of which 1,300 have already died. US: Fire Affects Wide Wood Area in Arizona Washington, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Half a thousand firemen are still fighting to put out a fire that quintuplicated its own size in the last hours in the US state of Arizona, and has already consumed 73 square kilometers (28.1 square miles) of the Prescott National Park. Bahamas Reasserts Will to Strenghten Relations with Cuba Nassau, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary of State (Foreign Minister) of the Bahamas, Darren Henfield, reasserted today its will to work to strengthen the diplomatic relations with Cuba. Venezuela Denounces International Complicity in Terror Attack Caracas, June 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Samuel Moncada, has denounced today the double standards of some nations and international organizations that remain complicit silence following the recent terror attack on government institutions. UN Warns of Opposition Group Crimes in Raqqa 28 de junio de 2017, 15:21United nations, June 28 (Prensa Latina)UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra''ad Zeid al-Hussein, has said today that he has some reports of crimes committed by opposition groups in Raqqa, Syria. Cuba with 149 Tickets to CentAm Games in Barrranquilla Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has already got 149 athletes classified for the next Central American Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 2018, as confirmed by official sources here Wednesday. Venezuelan Citizens Power to Analyze Actions Against Impunity Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Moral Republican Council will analyze legal actions against impunity before the callings of the right to incite to treason to the personnel of the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB). Tourist Arrivals in Cuba Grow 22% in First Half of 2017 Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of foreign visitors to Cuba reportedly grew 22 percent this year, which means an increase in interest on this island. NATO Increases Military Budget Brussels, 28 jun (Prensa Latina) The Seretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, informed today that Canada and its European partners will raise in 2017 their military expenses. Syrian Army Rejects Terrorist Attacks in Quneitra Damascus, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army rejected four continuous attacks by terrorists of the Board for the Salvation of the Levant, led by former Al Nusra near Al Baath in the Golan Heights region, reported military sources today. Malaysian Opposition to Embark on 1MDB Tour to Explain Scandal Kuala Lumpur, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Frustrated over the lack of action on 1MDB here, Pakatan Harapan will embark on a nationwide tour to explain issues related to the state investor. Plan to Decommission Ikata No.1 Reactor Approved in Japan Tokyo,Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Japan''s nuclear regulators have approved a roughly 40-year plan to decommission an aging nuclear reactor in Ehime Prefecture, in western Japan. Iran Criticizes Double Standards of US By Showing Causes of Terror Tehran, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Iran stated today that the United States is turning a blind eye to terrorism by ignoring that in its own territory is the main cause of acts of that nature, even though it criminalizes Muslim-majority countries. USA-Trial of Accused Leaker Reality Winner Set for October 23 Washington, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Among the possible evidence in the government''s case against former federal contractor Reality Winner is a notebook with information handwritten in Farsi, according to CNN, prosecutors said in court today. UNESCO Defends Main Role of Education in 2030 Agenda United Nations, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, defended today the main role of education in the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Italy Notifies Migration Emergency Situation Rome, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The Italian government informed the European Commission today that it has reached the limit of its ability to manage the growing flow of migrants and announced the possibility of prohibiting new landings. Novak Djokovic Glad To Be in Eastbourne After Reaching Last Eight Win Eastbourne, UK,Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) World number four Novak Djokovic overcame Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-4 6-3 at Eastbourne today but he was forced to battle. China Applies Strategy to Respond to Cyber Attacks Beijing, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) China approved a plan aimed at improving the management of cyber security incidents, in order to avoid and reduce damages, protect public interest and safeguard national security and social order, underlined the source here today. AIDS Drug Tested in Patients in Kenya Nairobi, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) At least 20,000 AIDS patients in Kenya are currently receiving a generic version of the new drug against the disease, making it the first African country to use it. The Popular Mojito Drink, Present in Varadero Gourmet 2017 Varadero, Cuba, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Mojito, a popular Cuban cocktail, stands out today among the attractions of the 9th International Varadero Gourmet Festival 2017, which runs until June 30 in this city. China Invites the World to Participate in its Reform Process Beijing, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, welcomed today foreign companies inviting them to participate with their capital in the reform process going on in this country. UK Could Suspend N. Ireland Autonomy If No Government Deal is Struck London,Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The government of the United Kingdom warned today that if parties in Northern Ireland''s devolved parliament did not strike a deal and form a government soon, the region would fall under the direct rule of London. Villagers Flee US-led Coalition Air Strike in Syria; 42 Killed Damascus, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Residents began fleeing the Syrian small town al-Dablan, in the northern province of Deir Ezzor, in the wake of repeated bombings by US-led coalition warplanes that left 42 people dead. Chinese-Cuban Sugarcane Harvester Works Successfully Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Eight CCA5 sugarcane harvesters, a model designed by specialists from China and Cuba, have reportedly successfully completed three years of work following this year sugar harvest. Cuba Updates Electoral Register for General Elections Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban officials continue today with the preparation for the general elections on October 2018 and work towards perfecting the electoral register. Life Above The Clouds in the Andes, 7,000 Years Ago London,Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) In the Andes Mountains of Peru, the air is gaspingly thin, the climate harsh. After Months in Chilean Jails, Nine Return to Bolivia La Paz, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The two soldiers and seven officers of Bolivia National Customs - who completed more than three months of unjust imprisonment in Chile for fighting against smuggling - returned today to the Andean-Amazonian nation. US Gov't Sanctions Fourth Company in 2017 to Worsen Blockade Against Cuba Washington, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The US Treasury Department has imposed four fines this year on companies of this country and abroad for alleged violations of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba. Mexican Population Grew More Than One Million Persons In One Year Mexico, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican population has grown one percent in one year, equivalent to 1,200,000 inhabitants, and reached 122,300,000 people by late 2016, it was reported today. China Adds New Generation Destroyer to Naval Force 28 de junio de 2017, 10:46Beijing, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) A 10,000-tonne domestically designed and produced destroyer was launched today at Jiangnan Shipyard in east Shanghai. It is the first of China''s new generation of destroyers, equipped with state of the art air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, local media highlighted. Brazilian Democracy Demands Prompt Trial of Temer Brasilia, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The prompt trial of Brazilian President Michel Temer and his kleptocracy - a government of thieves, from Ancient Greek - is today a democratic and republican demand that it is impossible to give up, said columnist Jefferson Miola. Chinese President: CICA Meeting to Contribute to Regional Peace Beijing, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The non-governmental forum of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), inaugurated here today, will contribute to regional peace and stability, asserted Chinese President Xi Jinping. Europe Hit by Cyberattack that Could Be Linked to US Oslo, June 28 (Prensa Latina) Although the Petya virus appears to be contained today, companies and governments around the world are still alarmed by the impact of this computer attack, which appears to be related to the United States National Security Agency. Venezuelan Government Condemns Terrorist Attack in Caracas Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government condemned the hijacking of an aircraft and the terrorist attack against government facilities, in a statement released by Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas. Spain Calls for Quick Ratification of EU-Cuba Agreement Madrid, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish government has spoken out about a rapid ratification of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (ADPC) between the European Union (EU) and Cuba signed in December 2016. Cuba Hosts China-Latin America Seminar Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Contributing to the fight against climate change through the innovation in clean energy and technology transfer, the China-Latin America Seminar is being held here today, with the participation of Cuba, Brazil, Peru and that Asian country. Daiquiri Wins Space at Varadero Gourmet Festival Varadero, Cuba, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Daiquiri, a distinctive cocktail from El Floridita bar-restaurant, has won a space today at the 9th Varadero Gourmet Festival 2017, taking place in this western Cuban resort. US Objective in Retaking Regional Control Denounced in Bolivia By Carmen Esquivel Sarria South Africa Readying for African Union Summit Pretoria, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African delegation to the 29th African Union summit to take place in Addis Ababa July 3 - 4, SA News reported. Lila Downs Supports Cuba against US Policy Change Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Renowned Mexican folk singer, Lila Downs, has expressed today her support to a message sent by the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and denounced the recent change of policy of the United States government towards this Caribbean country. Indian State Plans to Build 3,000-megawatt Nuclear Plant New Delhi, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) As part of the national strategy to reduce dependence on oil and gas, the government of the northern Indian state of Bihar is planning today to install a 3,000-megawatt nuclear plant in the territory. Nepal Peacefully Holds Local Elections, despite Threats Kathmandu, June 28 (Prensa Latina) Despite threats of protests, Nepal is today holding peacefully the second phase of its local elections, the first of their kind in 20 years. India's Largest Container Port Affected by Cyber-Attack New Delhi, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Operations at one of three terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in the western city of Mumbai were disrupted today after a global cyber-attack affecting India''s largest container jetty. Indian Communist Leader Criticizes Neoliberal Government Policy New Delhi, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The secretary general of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Sitaram Yechury today criticized the Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s government, by considering that his aggressive neoliberal policy widens the economic inequalities of the population. Bolivia will Export Energy to Argentina as of 2018 La Paz, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government plans to start exporting electric energy to Argentina by the middle of 2018, once the terms of negotiation are agreed between both nations. Russian Lawmaker Warns US Might Attack Syria Again Moscow, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) When the United Nations is offering to welcome a dialogue for peace in Syria, the United States is reportedly considering a pre-emptive attack on Syrian government troops thus further escalating the conflict in that Arab country and the region. Australian Foreign Minister to Visit Cuba Havana, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, will pay an official visit to Cuba from June 29, according to the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Iranian Parliament Prepares Document to Respond to US Measures Tehran, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The national security and foreign affairs commission of the Majlis (Parliament) of Iran stated today that a motion was concluded to respond to what the Government describes as adventurous and terrorist actions of the United States. Colloquium on US Scientific Museums links with Cuba Havana, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The history regarding scientific relations between the Cuba´s natural history museums and New York´s, dating back over 160 years, will be exhibited at a colloquium to be held next week. South Korea and and South America Boost Industrial Cooperation Seoul, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Republic of Korea and Latin America will hold from June 28-30 an economic forum, especially focused on extending industrial cooperation, the Foreign ministry and the International Trade Association announced today. Usain Bolt to Start Last European Tour Wednesday Ostrava, Czech Republic, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican sprinter and OLympic and World Champion Usain Bolt will start his last European tour in here today, a tour that will end with his goodbye at the World Championship in London ,UK, this year. Keep Boosting Chinese Economy, Goal of Xi's Europe Trip Beijing, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) President Xi Jinping will embark next Monday on an European tour to Russia and Germany before attending the G-20 Summit in Hamburg with the aim to boosting free trade and open economies with an inclusive vision. Venezuela's President Condemns Terrorist Attack; Urged Quick Quest Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s President Nicolas Maduro has strongly condemned the terrorist attack last night from a helicopter on the Supreme Court of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Relations, Justice and Peace by a armed group financed by ultra right wing sectors of the opposition. New Draft Bill to Ban Nuclear Weapons Presented at UN United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The president of the second UN conference to negotiate an instrument that prohibits nuclear weapons, Elayne Whyte, presented today the second draft bill of the treaty that could be approved on July 7. Almost 9,000 Migrants Rescued at Mediterranean Sea Geneva, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported today that almost 9,000 migrants and refugees were rescued, starting on Saturday, at the Mediterranean Sea. Representatives of Caribbean Cinema Foster Exchange in the Region Havana, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) A meeting with representatives of the cinema from some 20 Caribbean countries began today here seeking to promote the work and goals of the Caribbean Traveling Film Screening (CTFS). SICA Summit Preparatory Technical Meeting Begins San Jose, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Directors of foreign policy from the member nations of the Central American Integration System (SICA) began today in this capital the preparatory technical meeting for the 49th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the regional mechanism. Cuba still at the Head of IberoAm Shooting in El Salvador San Salvador, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba added another three gold medals Tuesday at the 5th Ibero American Shooting Tournament, to sum up the amount of 11 in its last day of competition, with the participation of 11 nations. Peruvian Police Involves in Criminal Organization Lima, June 27 (Prensa Latina) A high-ranking police chief and a prison security official are among over 60 arrested people today on charges of being involved in a criminal organization dedicated to the land plundering and trafficking, extortion and hired killers, according to official reports . UN Reiterates Concern by Progress of Cholera in Yemen United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations reiterated its concern because of the progress of cholera in Yemen, a country where more than 200,000 cases and 1,300 fatal victims, have been reported. UN Willing to Facilitate Direct Talks to End Syrian Conflict United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura expressed his willingness to facilitate direct talks between the Government and the opposition to reach a political solution for the conflict in this country. Indian Opposition Slams USA-India Joint Statement New Delhi, June 27 (Prensa Latina) The Indian opposition has strongly criticized the recent USA-India joint statement for allegedly being too close to the US view on Islamist terror, and termed it as ''disappointing'' and lacking ''new or big ideas'' in the relationship between both nations. Bolivian FM Explores Openings to Cooperation with Cuba Havana, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister, Fernando Huanacuni, has said today that his official visit to Cuba was aimed at exploring new cooperation openings to strengthen bilateral relations and the revolutionary process for both nations. Poll Shows Disapproval to Trump out of the US Washington, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The perfomance and the image of US President Donald Trump is taking high levels of disapproval out of the US, according to a poll mentioned by press media Tuesday. Bolivia Deposits Credit to Pay Fine for Arrested in Chile La Paz, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia made a deposit of almost 50,000 dollars to the accounts of the Custom Office of Chile, to cancel a fine imposed by the Chilean justice to nine Bolivian officials who are now in prison in Iquique. Nearly 20 Million Venezuelans to Vote for Constituent Assembly Caracas, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 20 million Venezuelans will be able to vote July 30 for the election of 535 members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the rector of the National Electoral Council (NEC), Tania D ''Amelio, stated . Exhibition Reveals Details on Native Population in Canada Ottawa, Jun 27 (Prensxa Latina) An exhibition called ''Hidden at Simple Sight: The Metis'' is showing many of the general festures and details of the life of this Canadian indigenous community, one of the greatest in Canada. UN Calls to Take Advantage of Cypriot Reunification United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called today to take good advantage of the chance represented by a conference on Cyprus scheduled for Wednesday, for the reunification of the European island as the main issue. A New Virus Attack is Infecting Airlines, Banks, Utilities in Europe Oslo,Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) A major ransomware attack has brought businesses to a close throughout Europe, in an infection reminiscent of last month''s WannaCry attack. Lab Grown Human Colons Made Out of Stem Cells Washington, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Scientists used human pluripotent stem cells to generate human embryonic colons in a laboratory that function much like natural human tissues when transplanted into mice, according to new research,published in Cell Stem Cell. Gauteng Stands Out in Job Creation in South Africa Pretoria, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The South African province of Gauteng created 700,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2016 despite challenges in the economy, Gauteng Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile, told the provincial Legislature. Airlines in Mexico Fined for Illegal Charges to Passengers Mexico, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Attorney''s Office of Consumer (PROFECO) has imposed fines on Volaris, Interjet, Aeroméxico, VivaAerobus and JetBlue Airways for improper charges to passengers, it was known today. Wrong Translation of Arturo Vidal Creates Tensions at Confed Cup Moscow,Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) A bad translation of a statement made by Chilean Arturo Vidal about Cristiano Ronaldo has created tensions facing the semifinals of the Confederation Cup in Russia. Mongolia to Hold Second Round of Presidential Elections Ulan Bator, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Mongolia will go for the first time in its history to the second round of presidential elections after no candidate reached enough votes to govern, Montsame agency reported today. Two Alpinists Go Missing on Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain' Islamabad, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Due to bad weather those who were attempting to climb world''s ninth highest mountain Nanga Parbat (8,126 meters above sea level) returned to base camp. South Africa, France to Sign a Cybercrime Fight Deal 27 de junio de 2017, 12:14Pretoria, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) With cybercrime attacks on the rise in South Africa, the government is set to collaborate with France in an effort to boost the cyber and digital skills capacities which are key in investigating such crimes, SA News reports. China Defends Economic Globalization for Inclusive Growth Beijing, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Tuesday called on all countries to defend economic globalization unconditionally to achieve inclusive growth. Syrian President Visits Russian Base in Latakia Damascus, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly visited the Russian base in Hmeymim, Latakia, about 300 kilometers northwest of Damascus. Rwanda President Challenges US Commercial Reprisals Kigaki, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Rwandan President Paul Kagame reiterated today that his country will stop importing second hand clothes from the United States, despite commercial reprisals from that country''s authorities. Two Alleged Terrorists Captured in Switzerland Bern, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Swiss police arrested two suspected terrorists, a man and a woman, during an operation in the town of Aubonne, located in the southwestern canton of Vaud, in the Morges District, a Prosecutor''s Office senior official informed today. Havana Now Has Jose Marti's Academic Record Havana, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The National Archives of Cuba is currently keeping a facsimile of the academic record of National Hero, Jose Marti, corresponding to the period in which he studied at the Central University of Madrid. Varadero Gourmet Begins, a Festival That Highlights Tourism in Cuba Varadero, Cuba, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) With the beginning today in this resort of the 9th International Varadero Gourmet Festival, the tourism authorities in this island intend to emphasize their aspiration to increase the quality of services. Dutch Scientists Celebrate Rare Meteorite Find in the Netherlands Amsterdam, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Dutch scientists celebrated the rare discovery of meteorite in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system. Bolivia Maintains Economic Growth Projections, Minister Says La Paz, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Acting Minister of Economy, Mario Guillén, said today that Bolivia has growth projections for the GDP of 4.7 percent this year. Parties Intensify Angola Elections Campaigns Luanda, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The six forces that qualified for August 23 general elections are now intensifying their campaigns 57 days before the vote, the fourth in Angola''s independent history. Syrian Refugees in Turkey Exceed 3 Million Ankara, June 27 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish authorities presented their latest report on the number of refugees in the country, published today by the daily Birgün, and in the case of Syrian nationals, it exceeded 3 million. Drug Use Among Mexican Adolescents Has Doubled Mexico, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The use of illegal drugs among adolescents has doubled in the last five years in Mexico, according to data from the National Survey of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption (Encodat 2016) released today. Iraqi Troops Fight in Strategic Areas of West Mosul Baghdad, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Combined forces of the Iraqi government combed recently released areas in western Mosul considered strategic to deliver the final blow to the Islamic State (IS), against which sporadic fighting in Tanak and Yarmuk are taking place today. Israel Attacks Localities Inside the Gaza Strip Gaza, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Israel bombed today two positions of the Hamas movement inside the Gaza Strip in response of a previous attack with rockets which were allegedly originated inside the besieged coastal Palestinian enclave. Temer Unable to Govern Brazil, Lula Says Brasilia, June 27 (Prensa Latina) First Brazilian president denounced for corruption in full exercise of his functions, Michel Temer ''has no conditions'' to govern Brazil, said the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Barbados Calls to Reduce Health Costs Bridgetown, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Barbadian Health Minister, Danville Inniss, has made a call today to reduce the country''s high hospital costs. Technological Influence on Tourism Analized in Cuba Havana, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) About 60 journalists who are participating in the 12th International Seminar on Journalism and Tourism, are discussing today the influence of information technologies in this sector. Santrich in Hunger Strike Until the Release of FARC-EP Prisoners Bogota, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP Secretariat member Jesús Santrich declared a hunger strike today, until the government releases the imprisoned guerrillas, as was established in the peace agreement reached in Havana. Belarus, Cuba Discuss Scientific Cooperation Minsk, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of Belarus, Alexander Shumilin, has discussed with Cuban ambassador to this country, Gerardo Suarez Alvarez, the bilateral cooperation in the scientific sphere. Syrian President Strengthens Contacts with the People Por Pedro Garcia HernandezDamascus, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Just at the end of the sacred Muslim month of Ramadan, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad is intensifying his contacts with the people, meeting with the injured and relatives amid the antiterrorist fight and favoring a harmony that he himself practices. Syria to Produce More than 2 Million Tons of Wheat this Year Damascus, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Ahmed Qadri said today that Syria will produce two million tons of wheat this year, according to media reports in Damascus. Sugar Cane Production is More than Just Making Sugar: ISO Havana, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The days when sugar cane was only used to produce sugar are being left behind in the world, declared Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization (OIA), José Orive. Colombia with its Largest Guerrilla Unarmed Bogota, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Colombia woke up today, after more than half a century, with its largest guerrilla totally unarmed, an event that will be celebrated in a symbolic act, in which the FARC-EP will cease to be a rebel movement. Photos Evoke 170 Years of Arrival of First Chinese to Cuba By Damy Vales Extreme Right-Wing Group Burns Alive Another Venezuelan Youth Caracas, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) A group of hooded Venezuelans linked to the extreme right-wing groups of opposition parties has burned alive and stabbed Giovanny Gonzalez, 24, in La Castellana sector, Chacao municipality, Miranda state, allegedly because he appeared to be a Chavez'' follower. Cuban Oil Specialists Graduate as Masters in Russian University Moscow, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) First Cuban specialists graduate as masters in geology, oil drilling and exploitation at Gubkin University as part of the cooperation program between Cubapetroleo and Russian Rosneft. Oliver Stone Repels US Policy Change Towards Cuba Havana, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Award-winning North American filmmaker, Oliver Stone, has expressed today his support for Cuba facing the U.S. policy change proclaimed by President, Donald Trump, to the detriment of the relations with this Caribbean country. Tension on India-China Border Escalates New Delhi, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Tension on the India-China border reportedly escalated today due to an alleged exchange of gunfire between troops of both countries and mutual accusations of violating the national territory.