Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Ukraine Demands End of US Blockade Against Cuba Kiev, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The organization ''Stop the blockade against Cuba'' has held a rally in front of the U.S. embassy in this capital to demand the end of the blockade against the island, diplomatic sources said today. Cuba Celebrates Three Decades of Martin Luther King Memorial Center Havana, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Martin Luther King Memorial Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary today with a marked work of social transformation and space for the promotion of ecumenism values and the Cuban socialism. Peru: Intense Work by Cuban Health Brigade in First Weeks Piura, Peru, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) An intense work has been carried out by Cuban health emergency team in the first three weeks of solidarity actions for the victims of flooding that wreaked havoc the Peruvian northern city of Piura. Jorge Ricardo Masetti, the Founder of Prensa Latina Por Angel Augier*Havana, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Like all major international historic events, the triumph of the armed struggle against the Batista dictatorship on January 1, 1959, raised the interest of world media. Cuban Foreign Minister Concludes European Tour Athens, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, departed from here back to Cuba today after an official visit to Greece, a country in which he finished a tour of three European nations. HostelCuba Fair to Exhibit Gastronomic Novelties Havana (Prensa Latina) The second edition of HostelCuba Fair will be attended by some 200 foreign companies, and will exhibit the Showcooking (a gastronomic novelty) for the first time in the country, according to the organizing committee. Cuba, Dom Rep Sign Immigration Agreements Santo Domingo, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban and Dominican authorities are concluding today the 9th round of talks on migration issues that will help strengthen relations between the two countries, Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, said. Portuguese President Welcomes Cuban Foreign Minister Lisbon, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa ratified today in this capital, to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, hios Government''s willingness of strengthening the relations with the Caribbean island nation. Cuba Highlights MNOAL's Validity at UN Geneva, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba highlighted the validity and relevance of the founding principles of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (MNOAL) at a difficult moment in the world at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Cuba Reading for May Tourism Fair Havana, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) The May 37th International Tourism Fair, FITCuba 2017, will reportedly host the world''s most important travel agencies and tour operators. Congo Prime Minister Ends Official Visit to Cuba Havana, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Clement Mouamba, Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, is winding up today his official visit to Cuba, during which he met authorities and toured places of historical interest. Cuban Foreign Minister Meets Leader of Spanish Parties Madrid, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met today representatives of different Spanish political parties, as a coda to his two-day official visit to this European country. Cuban Foreign Minister Concludes Official Visit to Spain Madrid, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, is concluding today a two-day official visit to Spain, the first a foreign minister from the island has carried out for almost one decade. Cuban Girl, First Latin Performer at Song Festival Minsk,Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban girl, Erik Hernandez, will be the first Latin representative to attend in July the Pop Song Contest of the International Arts Festival ''Slaviasnki Bazar'', in Vitebsk city, it was reported today. Cuban Foreign Minister Starts Official Visit to Spain Madrid, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, has begun a two-day official visit to Spain today in response to an invitation from the authorities of this European country. Cuba Celebrates Declaration of Socialism Havana, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of youth organizations along with Cuban veterans celebrated Sunday the 56th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist character of the Revolution in April 1961. Cuba to Host Int'l Forum on Financial Affairs Havana, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The National Association of Economists and Accountants of Cuba (ANEC) is organizing a forum on financial affairs, to be attended by about 400 experts from several countries, the organizing committee confirmed. Rapporteur's Visit Shows Cuba's Zero Tolerance of Human Trafficking Havana, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) The recent official visit by United Nations Rapporteur María Grazia Giammarinaro, showed Cuba''s political will to fight human trafficking and its commitment to protecting the victims. Belarus Values 25-Year of Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Havana, April 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Belarus celebrate today their 25-year diplomatic relations. The bilateral ties have taken deep roots and gone beyond the April 1992´s historic protocol signing. Fair Presents Gibara as New Tourist Destination in Cuba Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The 37th International Tourism Fair FITCuba 2017 will be opened with the presentation of Gibara as a new tourist product, a city located in the eastern province of Holguin, where the event will take place. US Citizens Want to Sail to Cuba Freely Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) US recreational sailors want to travel freely to Cuba and influence the government of Washington to lift all kinds of restrictions against Havana, Commodore José Miguel Díaz Escrich said today. Cuba Drills More Water Wells to Counter the Drought Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The drilling of new wells to recharge the water table is now among the investments in this central Cuban province to minimize the effects of the prolonged drought that affects the region. ALBA Nations Ratify Commitment to Unity and Peace Havana, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The commitment to regional unity was the center of the talks of the 15th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - People''s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), held this Monday in the Cuban capital. Cuba Thanks Centro Sur Support against US Blockade Geneva, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has thanked the organization Centro Sur for its constant support in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against this Caribbean nation. Cuban Medical Brigade in Its Second Week of Activities in Peru Pirura, Peru, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban medical brigade begins its second week of work in the shelters of victims of the heavy rains and floods in this northern Peruvian city and its surroundings. French Group Will Travel to Cuba for Mayday Festivities París, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of the solidarity organization Cuba Sí Francia is prepared to travel to the Caribbean nation and participate there in the festivities of the International Workers'' Day, declared the president of the group, Charly Bouhana. Regional Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba Starts in the Philippine Hanoi, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) The 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will begin today in the Philippine capital, Manila, with the participation of around 120 delegates from 18 countries that will debate issues regarding the current situation in the Caribbean country, organizers confirmed. Cuba Advocates Promotion of International Humanitarian Law Geneva, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has advocated at the UN headquarters in Geneva to promote the development, dissemination and application of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law in a world where the nature of armed conflicts becomes more complex. Cuban Services at Vietnam Tourism Fair Hanoi, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The International Tourism Fair of Vietnam has opened its doors here today as a platform in which neighboring nations and Cuba are participating, to promotes not only its traditional attractions but also the cultural product. Cuba Attends Main Agricultural Fair in El Salvador San Salvador, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) AgroExpo-2017, the largest agricultural fair in El Salvador, has proposed to its visitors today to approach the Cuban experience in the implementation of public policies that affect crops and producers. Cuban and US Nautical Authorities To Exchange Experiences Havana, April 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Authorities for recreational nautical activity and directors of Cruising World Magazine exchanged insights for a growing US interest in sailing across this archipelago. Cuban Civil Aeronautics Increases Operations Havana, Apr 5 (PL) Cuba holds on as more airlines land in the 10 air terminals attending international flights, it was officially reported today. Cuban Delegation Meets Several Sectors of Philippine Society Hanoi, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Several sectors of the Philippine society are now interested in receiving first-hand information about Cuba, sources from the delegation attending the 8th Asia-Pacific Solidarity Meeting with the Caribbean country, said. Cuba Hosts 7th Convention on Geosciences Havana, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Debate sessions, workshops and exhibitions of the 7th Cuban Earth Science Convention are beginning today in this capital, to link this knowledge with society and sustainable development. Cuban President Sends Condolence Message to President Mugabe Harare, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz sent a condolence message to his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe, because of the material damages and human losses caused by the floods in Zimbabwe, it was reported here Monday. World Chefs Association Recognizes Merits of Cuban Cuisine Havana, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs) has declared the island''s cuisine a World Intangible Heritage, spokesmen of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba (FACRC) reported today. International Red Cross and Cuban Foreign Ministry Review Ties Havana, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Representatives from the Cuban Foreign Ministry (Minrex) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held consultations here to review the state of bilateral relations, the Minrex website reported on Sunday. Tenth Week of Polish Culture Begins in Cuba Havana, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) The 10th Week of Polish Culture in Cuba opens its program today with a tribute to the filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016), which will include several of his most recognized titles. Cuba Increases Investments to Extend Digital TV Services Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Installation in this city of two new modern hybrid transmitters from Germany us part of the investment increase by Cuba to extend gradually digital television in the country. Cuba Ratifies Zero Tolerance of Human Trafficking at UN Geneva, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has maintained a zero tolerance policy for human trafficking, a crime that violates the human rights of the victims, the Havana embassy at the United Nations Office in Geneva stated today. Cuba Hosts 6th Congress on Oil and Gas (Petrogas 2017) Havana, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Experts of Cuba, France, México Canadá,Venezuela and other nations will session here as of next Monday, informed here one of the organizers. Cuba Goes with Us Everywhere, Musician Jose Maria Vitier Says Paris, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) As a special guest of the ''Cuban Week'', renowned composer and concert musician Jose Maria Vitier, has arrived in France to show his work and, above all, bringing his island with him, as ''it goes with us everywhere''. UN Agencies Mark Second Day of Havmun 2017 Havana, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The second day of the Havana Model United Nations (Havmun) will include today keynote speeches from many UN agencies and debates of the commissions on international issues. Cuba Attends Event on Nuclear Cooperation in Russia Moscow, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has attended a meeting of the Committee of Plenipotentiary Representatives of the Member States of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), diplomatic sources said today. Fidel Castro's Legacy Highlighted at Russian University Moscow, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Participants in a forum on Latin America, and specifically on Cuba, have highlighted today the political and historical legacy of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Lat Am is an Inspiration for Nuclear Disarmament, Says Cuba United Nations, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba said that Latin America and the Caribbean is an inspiration for other regions in nuclear disarmament at the United Nations in an event for the 50th year of the Tlatelolco agreement. Community Artists Rehearse Play Dedicated to Fidel Castro Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban artist community group Korimakao, from western Cuba, is now rehearsing a play dedicated to historical revolutionary leader Fidel Castro for its premiere on April 18 at a special gala. Parliaments of Cuba and India Strenghtening Links New Delhi, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of the National Assembly of the People''s Power of Cuba (ANPP, Parliament) arrived today in this capital to exchange experiences and reinforce working links with Indian Parliament. Cuban Leading Coffee Exporter Arises Interest in Fiagrop 2017 Havana, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) The Coffee Processing Enterprise Altoserra, with over half of Cuban exports of the grain, aroused great interest at the 20th International Agroindustrial Agrofood Fair, Fiagrop 2017, open here. National Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba Begins in New York New York, March 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Conference for the Full Normalization of Relations between Cuba and the United States begins today two days of sessions with the participation of dozens of activists of solidarity with the island. Cuban and Puerto Rican Musicians Mix Their Rhythms Havana, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuban rap music group ORISHAS expects that soon everyone sings and has fun, with the music of new song ''Pegadito al Piso'' (Right Close to the Floor), recorded in collaboration with Puerto Rican band ''La Tribu de Abrante.'' Fiagrob Agricultural Fair Proves Rodeo Peak in Cuba Havana, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Increasing participation in rodeo competitions at the 2017 International Agro-industrial and Food-and-Agriculture Fair (Fiagrob) proves the peak of this kind of competitions in Cuba, according to a source close to those activities. Several Exchanges on Main Productions at Cuban Agricultural Fair Havana, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) The 20th International Agricultural Fair, Fiagrop 2017, continues works today with several exchanges on milk, grains, poultry, coffee and other productions among the participants on the 54 projects of the business portfolio presented by this Cuban sector. Tabacuba Multiplies its Image at Fiagrop 2017 Havana, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Tabacuba Business Group is promoting its image through keynote speeches and other events at the 20th International Agricultural Fair, Fiagrop 2017, whose sessions continue today at the Havana-based Rancho Boyeros exhibition area. Cuban Theater Group El Publico Applauded in USA By Diony Sanabia Cuba Promotes International Water Exchange Havana, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Almost a tenth of the world''s population is lacking safe drinking water, so an international forum in Cuba have been discussing problems and successful experiences in the use of this vital resource. Fiagrop 2017 Shows Progress of Agricultural Sector in Cuba Havana, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The 20th International Agricultural Fair, Fiagrop 2017, continues its work here today at the Havana-based Rancho Boyeros exhibition area, with the participation of about 170 exhibitors from Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, Cuba and other countries. Future of Renewable Energy to be Discussed in Cuba Havana, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The Ninth International Conference on Renewable Energy, Saving of Energy and Energy Education (CIER 2017) will examine in this capital the efficiency in the use of those and new sources, informed today organizers of the event. Cuban Institutions and IAEA Review Bilateral Cooperation Havana, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Dazhu Yang, Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will visit the Agency of Nuclear Energy and Advanced Technologies (AENTA), as part of his official visit to Cuba. Authentic Cuba Campaign in Azerbaijan Baku, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The promotion of Cuba''s tourist options started on Saturday here with the presentation on social networks of ''Authentic Cuba'', a communications strategy boosted by the Cuban Embassy in this country. Russia, Cuba Sign Party Cooperation Agreement Moscow, March 17 (Prensa Latina) The Communist parties of Cuba and United Russia (UR) signed today a collaboration agreement on personnel training and working with the youth. Cuba Debates on Rights of People with Disability in Latin America Havana, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The 6th Conference of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS) is discussing today the rights of these people in the region and the world. Venezuela-Cuba Enterprise Meeting Starts in Caracas Caracas, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Since Tuesday and until Friday, Caracas is the host of the Venezuela-Cuba Enterprise Meeting, wanting to strengthen bilateral trade and foster the economic agenda of Venezuela. Cuba Hosts Meeting of Lat Am Network of People with Disability Havana, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) About 200 delegates from Latin America, Spain, Canada and the United States are participating today in the 6th Conference of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS), based for the first time in Cuba. Environmental Festival Devoted to Preserve Havana Bay Havana, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Community coordinators and promoters of environmental protection will organize a festival in this capital that would , start on March 24, devoted to the preservation of Havana Bay, considered a strategic ecosystem in the Caribbean. Gran Hotel Manzana La Habana Shows a Long History Havana, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, which will opened this month, according to official announcements, is showing today a long history linked to the trade and development of the Cuban capital. Cuba Faced With Worst Drought in 115 Years Havana, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The negative impact of a severe drought Cuba is undergoing not only affects animal and human water consumption but is now directly affecting food security. Special Route Organized on Francophony Week in Havana Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Several institutions and museums with venue in this capital and coordinated with the Hispanoamerican Center of Culture organize a spwecial routwe for the Francophony Week scheduled for March 18 to 26. Japan and Cuba Strengthen Trade Ties Havana, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) An exchange of notes on two programs of Japan''s non-reimbursable financial assistance for Cuba has strengthened today trade ties between the two nations. Love Letters Sent to Cuban Contest Sancti Spiritus, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) More than 3,400 letters have been sent to the International Contest Love Letters, organized by the Alternative Cultural Center Escribania Dollz, in this central province of Cuba. Fiagrop Fair Promotes Businesses in Cuban Food Distribution Se Havana, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The 20th International agricultural and food event Fiagrop 2017 will have among its main objectives to promote businesses and boost activities associated with this event, today its organizers said to the press. Havana to Host Ministerial Meeting of Caribbean Countries Havana, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Experts from the member countries of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) are examining today at the technical level the topics that will be discussed this Friday at the 12th ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of that regional mechanism. Association of Caribbean States Advances in Cuba with New Projects Havana, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the nations comprising the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) are arranging details today for the celebration on Friday, March 10th, of the 22nd ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of that regional mechanism. US Congressmen Interested in Agricultural Exchange with Cuba Havana, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) US Congressmen visiting Cuba reportedly voiced their interest on knowing about the potential of the island''s agriculture with view to launching bilateral negotiations on this key sector. Cuba to Present Maritime-Port Project for the Caribbean Havana, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will present the project Maritime-Port Strategy for the Caribbean at the 1st ACS Conference of Cooperation, to be held from March 8th to 11th, said sources today here. Cuba Presents in France Its Biotechnology Industry Advances 06 de marzo de 2017, 10:57By Luisa Maria Gonzalez Paris, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's representatives have exposed today in France the Caribbean nation's advances in the biotechnology industry, with high-quality products present in 50 countries. Cuban Hero Ends Working Visit to Italy Rome, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the National Association of Economists and Accountants of Cuba (ANEC), Ramon Labañino, has concluded a working visit to Italy on Sunday, at the invitation of the Communist Network (RdC). La Coubre, Another Example of Unpunished Terrorism against Cuba Havana, March 4 (Prensa Latina) With the sabotage of the CIA to the French freighter La Coubre, 15 months after the revolutionary triumph of January 1, 1959, Cuba realized the scale of the battle it had to face in order to defend its right to sovereignty. Habanos Auction Exceeds One Million Euros Havana, March 4 (Prensa Latina) An auction of Habanos cigars raised today one million 255 thousand euros for the bidding of seven lots made up of tobacco humidors (container to keep cigars fresh) beautifully made by Cuban artisans. Habano Festival Successfully Closes in Cuba Havana, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) With the Habano Award of the Year ceremony, an auction of art works related to tobacco production and an artistic gala, the 19th Habano Festival successfully closed in Cuba with a record number of participants and audience. Cuba Approves ICT Policy for Society Havana, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The Council of Ministers of Cuba, in a meeting chaired by President Raul Castro, approved the comprehensive policy for the improvement of Information and Communication Technologies of Cuban society, the newspaper Granma reported today. Colombia Thanks Cuba for Supporting Peace Process Bogota, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Colombians in solidarity with Cuba will be traveling the island next Saturday to thank Cuban support for the peace talks with the FARC-EP and the ElN, according to coordinators. Visitors to Tobacco Factories Discover an Unexpected World Havana, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) The participants in the 19th Habano Festival are visiting today factories of those craft cigars, to better understand the skill of cigar rollers and the quality control. One of the elements that intrigues most people who like to smoke a cigarette is the way in which they roll a cigar and what parameters they use to facilitate their extreme quality, recognized worldwide. Cuba, China and Canada Tighten Ties for Brain Study Havana, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba, China and Canada tighten relations for the study of the center of the nervous system, official sources informed today here. Cuba Invests on Electrochemical Industry Por Julia CruzataHavana, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The construction of an electrochemical plant in Cuba, to meet demands from public health, sugarcane and oil industries, has commenced following an investment of over 4,6 million US dollars. Habano Festival Participants Visit Plantations Havana, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) As part of one of the most attractive days of the 19th Habano Festival, attendees are touring today tobacco plantations in the western region, the best known area in the world of this crop. Gilberto Santa Rosa and Gente de Zona Bring Music to Ecuador Quito, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican recognized singer Gilberto Santa Rosa and the popular Cuban group Gente de Zona will offer concerts in Ambato, in the framework of the Festival of Flowers and Fruits in 2017, in the Ecuadorian city. Cuba Remembers Restart of Struggles for Independence Havana, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Cubans are celebrating today the 122nd anniversary of the resumption of the unfinished battle to conquer their independence from the Spanish metropolis, known for historiography as the Necessary War. German Federal State Minister Fulfils Agenda in Cuba Havana, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) German Federal State Foreign Affairs Minister Maria Bohmer met here Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in a dialogue in which both governmental officials ratified their mutual interest in strenghtening the links between Cuba and Germany. Cuba and Germany Praise State of Relations Havana, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra, and Germany''s Maria Bohmer, revealed in Havana the good state of the political and commercial relations between the two countries, it was reported here today. Progress in Cuba-US Relation Must Consolidate, Say Congressmen Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) A delegation from the United States congress visiting Cuba since last Sunday reaffirmed today the willingness of most members of the Capitol to consolidate relations between the United States and the Caribbean nation. Bioelectric Power Stations, a Promising Way to Convert Solar Energy Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The bioelectric power stations have been the best way to convert solar energy into electricity, Minister of Energy and Mines (MINEM) Alfredo Lopez said on the daily television program Roundtable. Raul Castro Receives US Congressmen Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro has received here a delegation from the United States Congress, led by Democrat Senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy, and Republican Senator from Mississippi, Thad Cochran. Cuban City Ready to Host Forum on Management of Historical Cities Camaguey, Cuba Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The city of Camaguey will host since Wednesday the 11th Symposium ''Challenges in the management of historical cities'', with the participation of prestigious specialists on preservation issues. Cuban and US Port Workers for Extending Trade Links Havana, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Port Management and the board of directors of the Pascagoula port, and the gulf of the US state of Mississippi, signed today two memorandums of understanding to establish and consolidate their trade relations. Habanos S.A. Limited Editions 2016 Go to Market Havana, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) International corporation Habanos S.A. informed today about the distribution of its Limited Editions 2016 corresponding to Trinidad Topes, Montecristo Dantes and Romeo and Juliet Capuletos, a novelty for the Premium cigar market. Cuba's Sugarcane Byproduct Industry Reborn Havana, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban sugarcane byproduct industry is at present in a stage of rebirth, after the reactivation of productions that were paralyzed. Details Finalized in Cuba for Vaccination Campaign vs Poliomyelitis Havana, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Public Health system finalizes today details for the vaccination of 471,888 children in view of the 56th National Campaign of Oral Vaccination against Poliomyelitis that will begin next Monday. Irish President Highlights Historic Ties with Cuba and Latin America Havana, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The Irish President Michael Higgins, highlighted the historic ties of friendship and cooperation between Ireland, Cuba and Latin America as part of his official visit to Cuba. Irish President Interested in Scientific Progress in Cuba Havana, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Ireland''s President, Michael Higgins, will visit the ''Pedro Kouri'' Tropical Medicine Institute today to learn about Cuba''s scientific progress as part of his official visit to Cuba. Cuba Rejects Israeli Threats Over Two-State Solution United Nations, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has voiced today its concern at the United Nations over the negative impact of Israel''s aggressiveness on the two-state solution to the conflict with Palestine. Cuba, Vietnam Parliaments Strengthen Ties Havana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) President of the National Assembly of People''s Power (ANPP) of Cuba, Esteban Lazo, and vice-president of the Vietnamese parliament, Tong Thi Phong, ratified here the desire to strengthen the ties between the two institutions. Cuba and Ireland Confirm Potential for Bilateral Cooperation Havana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s President Raul Castro and Ireland''s Michael Higgins have recognized the potential to promote economic, commercial and bilateral cooperation. Cuba and Iran Sign 12 Cooperation MoU Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The Islamic Republic of Iran and Cuba has signed 12 development cooperation Memoranda of Understanding during the last day of the 16th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission between both nations that closed today. United Nations Supports Responsible Parenthood in Cuba Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Population Fund has been committed to the development of families where children have stronger maternal and paternal guides, Rafael Cuestas, a representative of the international organization in Cuba, told Prensa Latina today. José Martí and Fidel Castro: Two Beacons of Love for Cuba La Paz, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The pro-independence thinking of José Martí and Fidel Castro, as well as their love for Cuba, are lighting up today the San Francisco Museum Cultural Center of this Bolivian city through a unique art exhibition. Cuba Calls On UN for a Multilateral, Arranged Response to Terrorism United Nations, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba today called on the UN Security Council for a multilateral and arranged response to the phenomenon of terrorism, which moves away from unilateral actions and double standards. US Young Orchestra to Perform in Cuba Matanzas, Cuba, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The Chicago Consort Orchestra, considered one of the leading music student ensembles in the United States, will perform in three Cuban cities, reported today the Cuban provincial music company Rafael Somavilla in Matanzas. Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission Held in Havana Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission will be holding from today to February 15th, with the presence of about 30 Iranian officials and businessmen, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said. Foreign Companies Interested in Investing in Oil Exploration in Cuba By Roberto Solomon Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba Oil & Gas 2017 Summit held in Havana for two days highlighted the growing interest of foreign companies in investing in oil exploration in Cuba, accordin to experts. Havana Historian Receives National Award of Social Sciences Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal received the National Award for Social and Humanistic Sciences 2016 in the context of the 26th International Book Fair Cuba 2017, which began last February 9. Cuba Promotes Oil Potential in International Event Havana, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba promoted its oil producing potential in an international event held this week in Havana with the participation of representatives from 15 countries. CAF President Calls on Cuba to Strengthen Regional Integration Havana, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Enrique Garcia Rodriguez, executive president of CAF-Development Bank of Latin American, has called for strengthening regional integration in response to the realities facing the area. A Sculpture in Cuba to Be Dedicated to Gabriel García Márquez Havana, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban sculptor José Villa Soberón is giving the final touch to a sculpture of the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize in Literature, to be revealed in Cuba. Cuba-China Officials Highlight Ties bt. Communist Parties Beijing, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ambassador, Miguel A. Ramirez, and the deputy head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Li Jun, highlighted today here the state of relations between both countries. The Cuban diplomat offered a meeting of fraternization to the high-level party official of this Asian territory at the embassy of the Caribbean island in this capital, on the Chinese Lunar New Year. Cuba Celebrates 57th Anniversary of its Cinematheque Havana, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Cinematheque is celebrating today the 57th anniversary of its founding with a cultural gala that reveres the beginning of cinema. Slovakia's Finance and Health Ministers Visit Cuba Havana, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Slovakia''s Finance and Health Ministers, Peter Kazimir and Tomas Drucker, respectively, are on a visit to Cuba, to strengthen trade and cooperation relations between the two countries. Habana 2017 International Dermatology Workshop in Cuba Havana, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) An International Workshop on dermatological disease treatments will be held in Havana from March 27th, with the presence of world specialists, the organizing committee announced today. Cuban UN Ambassador Expresses Gratitude for Tribute to Fidel in NY New York, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Permanent Representative at the United Nations Anayansi Rodriguez expressed gratitude here for the tribute paid by New Yorkers to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Harlem. Harlem Pays Tribute to Fidel Castro New York, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) The New York neighborhood of Harlem hosted a tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, until Saturday night, at the emblematic Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. International Congress Pedagogy 2017 Concludes in Cuba Havana, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) The International Congress Pedagogy 2017 comes to an end today in this capital, after becoming a space to foster unity among global educators and discuss the necessary educational strategies for a better quality education. Cuban Budget Provides Social Benefits, Director Says Havana, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The general execution director at the Ministry of Finance and Prices (MFP), Jesus Matos, stated today that this country''s budget allows the maintenance of social benefits and contributes to the economic development. American Airlines Opens Its First Office in Havana Havana, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The US air company American Airlines (AA) that recently began flying to Cuba has opened its first commercial office in Havana, reported in Twitter Josefina Vidal, head of the USA General Division of the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Fidel Castro's Thinking and Work at Book Fair in Havana Havana, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The figure of the Cuban Revolution''s leader, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), will be regarded in the books that the Publishing House Capitan San Luis will present at the International Book Fair of Havana (FIL 2017), according to reports today in this capital. Teachers Discuss on Educational Strategies in Cuba La Habana, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Specialists and teachers from different countries are discussing today on educational strategies for all educational levels during the fourth day of the International Congress, Pedagogia 2017. Cuban Vice President in South Africa to Strengthen Relations Johannesburg, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa is in South Africa on an official two-day visit aimed at strengthening relations, in his current Africa tour that began in Ethiopia and will wind up in Mozambique. Frei Betto Calls to Promote Liberating Education Havana, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian theologian Frei Betto urged today educators from various latitudes to promote a liberating education that will overcome the system of exploitation and exclusion reproduced by capitalism. Thousands of Professionals Attend Congress 'Pedagogia 2017' in Cuba Havana, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The working sessions of the International Congress ''Pedagogia 2017'' are continuing sessions today at the Conference Center in Havana, with the attendance of some 3,000 professionals, more than two-thirds are foreigners. Cuba Reiterates Solidarity with Africa at AU Summit Addis Ababa, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa has reiterated today his unflagging friendship and solidarity with Africa, after speaking to the plenary session of heads of State and Government during the 28th Summit of the African Union (AU). National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba Starts Cycle on Beethoven Havana, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The National Symphony Orchestra (OSN) of Cuba begins today a series of concerts with works of the German genius Ludwig van Beethoven, whose legacy has decisively influenced the subsequent evolution of the music. Costa Rica Minister Calls for More Scientific Collaboration with Cuba San José, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt) Marcelo Jenkins advocated here to continue strengthening scientific collaboration between Costa Rica and Cuba. Cuban Ambassador Notes Advances and Obstacles in Relations with USA Washington, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s ambassador to the United States, José Ramón Cabañas, said that in the past two years, both countries have achieved unprecedented levels of negotiations with considerable progress, although serious obstacles still remain. Cuba and Slovakia Sign Memorandum of Understanding Havana, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) The Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba (CCRC) and the Slovak Agency for Trade and Investment Development (Sario) signed today a memorandum of understanding in various areas. Pedagogy 2017: A Conference for the Unity of Educators Havana, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) With the slogan: ''For the Unity of All Educators'', the Congress Pedagogy 2017 will be held from January 30th, at the Havana International Conference Center, the Cuban Deputy Minister of Education Cira Piñeiro announced. At UN, Cuba Calls for New International Economic Order Geneva, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba defended the need for a new international economic order in which technological and knowledge monopolies were eliminated, during the United Nations'' Commission on Science and Technology for Development, taking place in Geneva today. U.S. and Cuba, Take Steps for Normalizing Their Relations Havana, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) U.S. and Cuba have adopted up to now 22 instruments since December 17th of 2014, when the process for normalizing their relations started. Cuban solidarity camp celebrates 45 years Havana, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) The International Camp Julio Antonio Mella (Cijam), located in the western Cuban province of Artemisa, celebrates today 45 years dedicated to promoting solidarity between Cuba and the peoples of all continents. Cuba Ratifies Commitment to the Objectives of the United Nations United Nations, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s permanent representative to the United Nations, Anayansi Rodríguez, affirmed today the island''s commitment to the organization''s objectives, including peace and sustainable development without exclusion. Cuba Hosts International Workshop on Vascular Disease Havana, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) An international workshop on pulmonary vascular disease is taking place today in this capital in the presence of more than 250 specialists from Cuba, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. Cuban Scientists to Receive Carlos J. Finlay Order Havana, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The Carlos J. Finlay Order will be granted on Saturday to more than 25 Cuban researchers as an acknowledgement of their meritorious work and contributions to the development of society. Cuban President Offers Condolences after Kyrgyzstan Plane Crash Biskek, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President, Raul Castro, has offered his condolences to his Kyrgyz peer, Almazbek Atambayev, for those killed in a plane crash near the capital, diplomatic sources said. Cuban in USA Handed Over Condolence Book for Fidel's Death Havana, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Cubans emigrated to the United States, members of the Martiana Alliance (AM), handed over today a book of condolences with signatures collected in the city of Miami, after the death of the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro. Cuba for ending Occupied Palestian Territories United Nations, (Prensa Latina) Cuba demanded today to UN Security Council the adoption of necessary decisions to cease Israeli occupation and other crimes against Palestians. Earthquake Shakes Different Eastern Cuban Regions Early Today By Martha Cabrales Arias Santiago de Cuba, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) A tremor of 5.8 magnitude shook today morning several areas of this city and other eastern provinces, just one year after the beginning of an anomalous seismic series that kept the population in suspense. Cuba, USA Talks on Sanctions vs. Human Trafficking Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of Cuba and the United States have held in Washington the fourth bilateral meeting on human trafficking, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean island reported today. UNESCO Meeting to be Held in Havana Havana, (Prensa Latina) The House of the Americas announced that it will host here from January 23 to 28 the meeting of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee for the elaboration of Volume 9 of the General History of Africa. Cuban Vice President Meets US Religious Leaders Havana, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban First Vice-President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, met with Protestant American church leaders visiting this Caribbean country, official sources report today. Cuba Finds Obama's Migration Decision Positive Havana, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuba considers a positive step forward in improving relations with the USA an agreement announced yesterday by President Barack Obama to secure regular, safe and orderly migration between the two countries. Cuba to Host International Event on Gender Violence Havana, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will soon host the 2nd International Berta Caceres in Memoriam Simpossium on Gender Violence, to promote scientific debate on the implications of and alternative solutions to this global phenomenon. Cuban Health Experts to Help Poor Communities in Chicago Washington, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban health experts will work with local specialists in assessing health care for vulnerable communities and limited resources in the American city of Chicago, the island''s diplomatic sources stated. Cuba Appoints New Interior Minister Havana, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Council of State, on a proposal of President Raul Castro, has appointed Vice-Admiral Julio Cesar Gandarilla as new Interior Minister, according to an official statement released today. Cuba: 25 Years After a Crime Moved by US Politics Havana, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Twenty-five years ago, Cuba was the victim of one of the most brutal crimes, motivated by the permanent policy of the United States to illegally promote immigration from Cuba to that northern country. Cuban Interior Minister Carlos Fernandez Gondin Dies Havana, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) The Interior Minister and Hero of the Republic of Cuba, , passed away on Saturday due to complications from a chronic disease, according to a press release from the Council of Ministers. Caribbean Countries Congratulate Cuba for Revolution Anniversary Havana, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Leaders of various Caribbean countries sent congratulation messages to their Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro in occasion of the 58 Anniversary of the Revolution, reported diplomatic sources today. Austrian Former President Calls for Closer Links with Cuba Vienna, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Austrian Former President Heinz Fischer has stated that he is in favor of improving relations between his country and Cuba, the Cuban embassy in Vienna reports today. Cuban: Sugarcane Harvest Can Improve Havana, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The 2016/17 Cuban Sugarcane harvest, which has enough raw material, better equipment, preparation and achieves an industrial performance of eight percent higher than planned, can produce more sugar, according to an official source. Cuba to Export Vegetal Carbon to the US Havana, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban enterprise CUBAEXPORT signed an international selling-buying contract with US company Coabana Trading Llc, for the export of handicraft vegetal carbon made from marabu plants, starting this month. Cuban Beach Volleyball for New Victories in 2017 Havana, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban beach volleyball player Sergio Gonzalez predicted that the main Cuban pair in this sport would achieve new victories in the World Circuit in 2017. Unesco Congratulates Cuba on Anniversary of the Revolution's Triumph Paris, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) Unesco today sent its congratulations to the Cuban people and authorities on the 58th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, celebrated on January 1st. 58th Anniversary of Cuban Revolution Celebrated with Ballet Havana, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) celebrated the 58th anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution with the performance of the classic The Nutcracker, in version of director of BNC Alicia Alonso. Cuba's Hotel Nacional Turns 86 with Highest Revenues Ever Havana,(Prensa Latina) Emblematic Hotel Nacional of Cuba arrived the year that ended to its 86th birthday with the best economic results and the permanent objective of assuring a specialized attention to visitors. New Challenges Predicted for Cuban Youth in 2017 Havana (Prensa Latina) New Challenges for Young Cubans Set for 2017 Cuba Ratifies Unconditional Collaboration with Venezuela Caracas, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Cuban missions in Venezuela, Victor Gaute, stated that during 2017 the effectiveness of the unconditional collaboration of Cuba with the people and government of the Venezuela will be consolidated. Concerts to Celebrate 58th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution Havana, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) To mark the 58th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution different Cuban musical performances will take place. Vietnam Celebrates the 58th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution Hanoi, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The 58th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution was celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City, a ceremony that highlighted the high level of relations between Vietnam and the Caribbean country, including the strengthening of cooperation. Despite Economic Challenge, Cuba Ensures Human Development Plans Havana, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Despite ongoing economic challenges, Cuba is assigning 51% of the current outlays of its 2017 Budget to health, education and social welfare. Cuba: More Budget Revenues in 2017 Havana, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba expects in 2017 an increase of three percent in its net income to the State Budget until 52 billion 357 million pesos, it was announced at the ordinary session of the parliament chaired by President Raul Castro. Guyana Pays Tribute to Fidel Castro Georgetown, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) A tribute to the recently deceased historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, marked the 5th Meeting of Cuban Residents in Guyana, a diplomatic reported source today. Cuban President Sends Condolence Message to Russia Moscow, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro has expressed his deepest condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the recent tragic plane crash in the Black Sea, in which 92 people were killed. Cuba: Growing Air Links Favor Tourism Havana, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) With the increase in the Cuban tourist industry, this month comes with news of inaugural flights from different parts of the world to this island. Cuban Doctors in Bolivia Regarded as Fidel Castro's Legacy By Joel Michel Varona La Paz, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana, praised today the work by Cuban doctors in this country and regarded them as an example of the humanist legacy by the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro. Cuba for Greater Cooperation With Vietnam Hanoi, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban consul in Ho Chi Minh City, Bernabé García, today declared that Cuba would promote cooperation, in tourism, medicine, biotechnology and agro-forestry, with the Vietnamese region of Mekong Delta. Miguel Diaz Canel Presides Over Cuba's Teachers' Day Celebration Havana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Miguel Diaz Canel, First Vicepresident of the Cuban State and Ministers Councils, is presiding over a national celebration of Cuban teachers in the Cuban capital on Thursday. Cuba Defends International Cooperation Without Conditions Havana, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba defends the principle of international cooperation without economic, political and social conditions that will imply interference in internal affairs or undermines sovereignty of a country. Celac recognizes at UN Fidel Castro's Contribution United Nations, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) recognized today at the General Assembly of the United Nations the contribution of Fidel Castro to regional integration. Cuba Denounces US Economic Blockade at WTO Geneva, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba denounced today at the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the blockade of the United States prevails almost unchanged, which remains the main obstacle to the development of Cuba. Cuba Expands Internet and EMail Services Havana, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) started offering today new discounts on its Internet and Email services. Cuban Migrants in Miami Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro Washington, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban migrants in the United States, associated to the Marti Alliance, paid tribute in Miami to the iconic revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, who passed away on November 25. Back in Cuba Medical Team that Helped Haiti Havana, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) After two months of tireless humanitarian work in Haiti, a country ravaged by hurricane Matthew, a team of doctors of the Henry Reeve Medical Brigade, has returned to Cuba. New Step Extends Vietnam-Cuba Economic Links Hanoi, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) Relations between Vietnam and Cuba were extended with a new agreement signed by companies of the biotechnology sector, as a step that confirms the progress towards the objective of rising the economic relations to the excellent level of their political links. Electrified Houses with Photovoltaic Panels in Cuba Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) To electrify with photovoltaic solar panels 560 isolated houses in this central province is now a strategy of the Cuban state to benefit families living in places that are difficult to reach. French Perfume House Guerlain Reopens in Cuba Havana, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) French perfume house, Guerlain, has reopened today in Havana in the same street where it first opened in 1917, after a deal between Cuban tourism company Habaguanex and Saint Remy Trading S.A., from France. Havana Film Festival Delivers Awards Today Havana, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The organizing committee of the 38th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema will today announce the winners of the Coral Awards chosen from among the more than 100 films in the competition. Book about Second in Command in Granma Expedition Presented Havana, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Anecdotes, testimonies and images about the life of Cuban patriot Juan Manuel Marquez, second in command in the Yacht Granma expedition, are included in the book ''En Cada Latido del Combate'' (In Every Beat of the Combat), presented today in this capital. MERCOSUR: Cuba Condemns Aggressions Against Venezuela and Bolivia Havana, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba condemned the physical attacks against the Venezuelan and Bolivian delegations at the meeting of MERCOSUR in Buenos Aires. Qatari Prime Minister Advocates New Impulse to Links with Cuba Doha, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has advocated giving new impulse to links with Cuba. Cuban Emigrants in Miami to Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro Washington, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The Alianza Martiana (Mart's Alliance) coalition, consisting of Cuban emigrants living in the United States, convened a patriotic activity in Miami, to pay tribute to the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, on December 18th. Russian University of Friendship with the Peoples Honors Fidel Castro Moscow, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Students and professors of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Friendship with Peoples paid tribute to Fidel Castro Ruz. Ecuador Praises Cuban Achievements in Human Rights 13 de diciembre de 2016, 10:41 Quito, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Cuban Residents in Ecuador (Acure) has highlighted the achievements of the island in the field of human rights. Cuba Considers Economic Ties with Europe a Priority Brussels, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Economic ties with Europe will continue being a priority for Cuba in the construction of an efficient and sustainable socialist economy, according to Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez. Mexican Daily Dedicates Supplement to Fidel and Cuban Revolution Mexico, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) The cultural supplement of the Mexican daily La Jornada is dedicated today to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), as well as Cuba''s achievements in arts and education. Cuba Highlights Its Achievements in Human Rights Before United Nation Geneva, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is celebrating the development achieved in areas such as health, education, science and culture on Human Rights Day, as per a statement of the Cuban diplomatic mission at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Fidel Castro's Role in Cuba-CARICOM Ties Highlighted Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The role of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in strengthening the relationship between his nation and the Caribbean has been highlighted here in the context of the celebration for the Cuba-CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Day. Cuba and Caribbean States Strengthen Bilateral Ties Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), June Soomer, has verified during his visit to Cuba the strengthening of relations between the Caribbean nation and the rest of the Caribbean countries. International Movie Festival Dedicates Tribute to Julio Garcia Havana, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The work of Cuban filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa (1926-2016), the author of memorable films, will be honored by a homage at the International New Latin American Movie Festival in Havana, in its edition of 2016, here. Thousands of People Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro in Namibia Pretoria, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of people have gathered in Windhoek for a solemn evening of remembrance for Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, led by Namibian President, Hage Geingob. Russian Scholars Assess Agreements with Cuba Guantanamo, Cuba, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) A delegation from the State and Social University from Russia started a visit today until next Thursday to the university with the same name to assess the progress of the bilateral agreements signed this year. Cuban Parliament in Eleventh Ordinary Session on December 27th Havana, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s National Assembly of the People''s Power (Parliament) will hold the eleventh ordinary session on December 27th. EU Countries Agree to Normalize Relations with Cuba Brussels, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The 28 countries of the European Union (EU) today approved at the level of their ambassadors the signing of a political agreement and cooperation between that bloc and Cuba to normalize their relations. Cuba Thanks Global Solidarity in New York after Fidel's Death United Nations, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ambassador, Ana Silvia Rodriguez, has thanked today the examples of sorrow, admiration and solidarity received from the five continents at the island''s Permanent Mission to the UN on the death of Fidel Castro. Riding with Fidel Santiago de Cuba, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuba rides today with Fidel and the song of Raul Torres is catching on deeply in thousands of persons who already look for it over the radio or television and memorize its beautiful lyrics of high poetic value. People from Ciego de Avila Awaits Fidel's Funeral Caravan Ciego de Avila, Cuba Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Since early hours today, the people from Ciego de Avila awaits for the Caravan of Freedom carrying the ashes of the Cuban leader Fidel Castro. People in Santa Clara, Cuba, Honor Fidel and Che Santa Clara, Cuba, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Under the cheers of ''I am Fidel'' and ''Long Live Fidel'', the ''Commander Ernesto Che Guevara'' Revolution Square in this city has received the caravan that carries the ashes of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution. Towards Victory Always, Fidel! Havana, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Revolution Square in the capital had been silent for days because of the passing of who was its best speaker, but this changed, as thousands of people came here to pay tribute to Fidel Castro. Fidel at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery: The Glory That Has Been Lived Por Martha Cabrales AriasSantiago de Cuba, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) When Fidel Castro''s remains are buried here at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery on Sunday morning, December 4, there will be a new and powerful reason to consider it an altar of Cuba. Catholic Bishops Send Condolences to Fidel Castro's Family Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Catholic bishops today expressed their sadness at the death of the Cuban Revolution''s historic leader, Fidel Castro and sent condolences to his family and the country''s authorities. Cuban Church Trusts in Transcendence of Fidel Castro's Legacy Havana, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Council of Churches expressed today its confidence in the transcendence of the legacy of the former President Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution. Cubans Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro Havana, Cuba, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Cubans are paying tribute today to the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, who died on Friday, November 25th, at the age of 90. Cuba Writers, Artists express Sorrow for Fidel's Death Havana, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) The Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (Uneac) and the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS) expressed their sorrow today over the physical disappearance of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Historic Leader of Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, Dies Havana, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, passed away on Friday night at the age of 90. Cuban Minister Confirms that Cuban Doctors are Appreciated in Qatar Doha, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez said today that he confirmed that the Cuban doctors are appreciated in Qatar during a meeting with more than 460 health professionals serving in Dukhan. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez Concludes Visit to Cuba Havana, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernandez, is today concluding an official visit to Cuba, where he shared with his peer, Raul Castro, the need to deepen bilateral ties between the two nations. President of the Republic of Honduras Visits Cuba Havana, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Juan Orlando Hernandez, President of the Republic of Honduras, will begin an official visit to Cuba today, to assess with his peer, Raul Castro, the current state of bilateral ties. Cuba-Vietnam Inter-Government Meeting Concludes and Boosts Links Havana, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The 24th Session of the Inter-Government Commission between Cuba and Vietnam concluded today in the capital, with the signing of important agreements to consolidate the bilateral relations in the economic and technological-scientific areas. Papua New Guinea Premier Concludes Official Visit to Cuba Havana, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Papua New Guinea''s Prime Minister, Peter O''Neill, is concluding an official visit to Cuba, where he ratified along with President Raul Castro a common interest in strengthening bilateral relations. First Cuban Vice President Meets IAEA Director General Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has received the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, the national press reported today. More than 30 Countries to Architecture Convention In Havana Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) With the participation of specialists from 31 countries from all parts of the planet, the 18th Scientific Convention of Engineering and Architecture was opened at the Havana Convention Center Monday. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Begins Visit to Cuba Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Papua New Guinea''s Prime Minister, Peter O''Neill, begins an official visit to Cuba today, during which he will meet with President, Raul Castro. New Guinea's Prime Minister to Visit Cuba Havana, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina ) The Prime Minister of New Guinea, Peter O''Neill, will start a visit in Cuba starting next Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Cuba Thanked Venezuela for Sending Humanitarian Aid Caracas, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Ambassador to Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco, today highlighted the importance of the contribution made by the Government and people of the South American country to Cuba, which was recently hit by Hurricane Matthew. Raul Castro Chairs Meeting of National Defense Council Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro yesterday chaired a meeting of the National Defense Council''s Social Economic Entity, as part of the ‘Bastion 2016'' strategic exercise. Cuba Reduces Water Losses with Support from Arab Countries Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has implemented nine projects to reduce water losses with the financial support of Arab nations, amounting to $221 million USD, a sector source said today. Cuba Prepares to Defend the Country Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Bastion 2016 strategic exercise continues today in Cuba, as part of strengthening the army''s and people''s national defense in relation to the doctrine of the War of the Entire Population. Cuba Starts Bastion 2016 Strategic Exercise Havana, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Bastion 2016 strategic exercise has begun today in Cuba, as part of the preparation for the defense and with a view to raising the disposition of the troops and the population against possible attacks. Cuba's Council of State Pardons 787 Prisoners Havana, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, in response to the call made by Pope Francis to the heads of State in the Holy Year of Mercy, agreed to pardon 787 prisoners, it was officially announced here today. FARC-EP Thanks Cuban Support to Colombian Peace Process Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Ivan Marquez, head of the delegation of the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces-People''s Army (FARC-EP) to the conversation table for the peace process in Colombia, discussed in Havana, was grateful to the government and people of Cuba for the support given to the conversations. Cuba Aspires to Include Rumba at UNESCO Heritage List Paris, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is expecting UNESCO to include ''rumba'' in its list - Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, during the forthcoming meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on the issue, diplomatic sources said today. Cuba Chairs Federation of American-Arab Entities 13 de noviembre de 2016, 12:35 Havana, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) The 18th Pan-American-Arab Congress has concluded with a final declaration and the election of Alfredo Deriche, from Cuba, as president of the Federation of the American-Arab Entities (FEARAB-America). Cuba Gets Ready for World Day of Diabetes Havana, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) With the completion of walks and educational festivals nationwide, Cuba held this Monday the World Diabetes Day, today reported Ileidis Iglesias, Director of the National Institute of Endocrinology. Costa Rican President Stresses Progress in Relations with Cuba San Jose, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican President, Luis Guillermo Solis, has welcomed Cuban ambassador, Danilo Sanchez, to Costa Rica to discuss the progress of the agreements signed one year ago between the two countries during a visit by the Costa Rican president to Havana. Cuban Surgery Congress Concludes Havana, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The 13th Cuban Congress of Surgery 2016 is concluding today in Havana after three days of sessions with delegates participating from more than 20 countries. Cuba and UNESCO Evaluate Existing Relations Havana, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Cuba Government currently have good relations. Cancer Treatment at 2nd Session of Cuban Congress of Surgery Havana, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) National and international delegates will exchange today on the surgical procedure against cancer oncology during the second day of the 13th Cuban Congress of Surgery at the Conference Center in Havana. Cuban Surgery Congress Begins Havana, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The 13th Cuban Surgery Congress 2016 has began today at the Conference Center in Havana with the participation of delegates from more than 20 countries. Dancers from Nine Countries Close Alicia Alonso Festival in Cuba Havana, Nov. 7 (Prensa Latina) The 25th Alicia Alonso International Ballet Festival of Havana is now history after closing with two performances featuring dancers from nine countries. Paris Route to Discover Cuban Writer Alejo Carpentier By Luisa María González Paris, 6 nov (PL) Paris would not be Paris without the magic contributed by great Hispanoamericans and that is why the Cervantes Institute proposes routes dedicated to men of the stature of Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, affirmed today Raquel Caleya. Memorandum Signed with Cuba Highlighted in Syria Damascus, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian media highlights today the signing of a memorandum of understanding to strengthen economic and trade relations with Cuba. International Science Convention Closes in Cuba Havana, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) With the closing ceremony of the congress INFO 2016 and the Workshop on Information and Communications for Sustainable Development, the 1st International Convention on Science, Technology and Innovation is concluding today in Havana. First International Convention on Science, Technology and Innovation Havana, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) The challenges of Social Sciences in the current context of change is one of the main subjects of discussion at the First International Convention on Science, Technology and Innovation. Cuban Special Zone Grows and Attracts Foreign Firms Havana, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) has maintained a strong appeal to foreign investors who want business with Cuba, after three years of being established, official sources said today. Cuba and Russia Progress in Strategic Cooperation Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Russia have strengthened their strategic cooperation with the signing here of two agreements on aviation and another linked to sugar industry at the Havana fair, during its second day of business and exhibition today. Exhibitors from 75 Countries Attend FIHAV 2016 in Cuba Havana, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The 34th Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2016, has begun today here in the presence of about 4,500 exhibitors from 75 countries and representatives of 50 Chambers of Commerce. Havana International Ballet Festival Opens with New Life Havana, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban dance company founded by the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso showed a contemporary and fresh image dduring the opening ceremony of the 25th International Ballet Festival of Havana, an event that combines classics and premieres today. El Paisnal Eradicates Illiteracy with Help of Cuba and Venezuela San Salvador, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran Education Minister Carlos Canjura declared the municipality of El Paisnal, in the department of San Salvador, free of illiteracy, during a celebration held on Friday. Cuba and Portugal Strengthen Ties of Friendship and Cooperation Havana, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The visit to Cuba of Portugal''s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has been an important step for the strengthening of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Fidel Castro and Portugal's President Hold Friendly Meeting Havana, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Portugal''s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, have held a friendly meeting in Havana, according to local media reports. Vietnamese Prime Minister Supports Cuba After UN Vote Hanoi, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam''s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, is showing support today for Cuba on the occasion of the historic vote against the U.S. blockade at UN. Portuguese President Begins Official Visit to Cuba Havana, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Portugal''s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, began an official two-day visit to Cuba, to deepen the Lisbon-Havana ties. Cuba Supports Establishing Binding Obligations on Transnational Corps Geneva, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s ambassador to Geneva, Anayansi Rodriguez, has expressed support for establishing binding obligations on transnational corporations not only in national legislation but also International Law, diplomatic sources reported. US Blockade Stops Cuba's Sport Development Havana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island of Cuba for more than 50 years, limits the Cuban sports development , beside causing deep affectations to the Cuban economy and society. Protests in Cuba against US Blockade Continue Havana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban people continue their protest against the US blockade of this country and the interfering nature of President Barack Obama''s Executive, the local media reported today. UN: Extraterritoriality of Blockade Against Cuba is Scandalous United Nations, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Alfred de Zayas, an independent UN expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, has described the extraterritoriality of the U.S. blockade on Cuba as ''scandalous''. Cuban Residents in the USA Hold 3rd Biennial Meeting Washington, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) The 3rd Meeting of Cuban Residents in the United States is currently in session in this capital, sponsored by the Cuban embassy here, as a prove of their commitment to the immigrants in this country from the Caribbean island. Cuba: House Building Modules Given Free to Affected Baracoa People Baracoa, Cuba, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) More than 100 construction modules were delivered free to people in Baracoa, whose houses were totally destroyed by Hurricane Matthew which ravaged the eastern tip of the island. Cuban Parliamentary Delegation Visits Luxembourg Brussels, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) A Cuban delegation led by the vice-president of the National Assembly of the People''s Power, Ana Maria Mari Machado, has visited the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and met with senior parliamentary and government authorities, diplomatic sources report. Cuba Advocates at the UN for Reparation of Crimes such as Slavery United Nations, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba urged today at the UN General Assembly to a greater commitment to repair the crimes against humanity such as slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Cuban Vice President Visits Headquarters of Ruling Party in Ecuador Quito, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Council of State Vice President, Salvador Valdes, visited the headquarters of the ruling Alianza PAIS (AP) Movement in Ecuador, and exchanged with some of its executives before returning to Havana today. Cuban Legislators Visit European Parliament Brussels, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) A Cuban delegation led by Vice President of the National Assembly of People''s Power the vice-president of the National Assembly of the People''s Power, Ana Maria Mari Machado, visited the headquarters of the European Parliament (EP) in this capital, as part of a stay in Belgium which continues today. Cuba Denounces at UN Persistence of US Blockade Despite New Measures United Nations, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Permanent Mission to the UN denounced today the persistence of the economic, trade and financial blockade of Cuba by the United States, despite the new measures announced by the President Barack Obama to change it. International Experts Attend Global Forum on Quality in Cuba Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Some 600 specialists from 16 countries, including Cuba, are participating in the First International Convention on Quality, starting today at the Conference Center in Havana, Nancy Fernandez, president of the Organizing Committee, said. Austrian Airlines to Start Direct Flights to Havana Havana, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Austrian Airlines will begin direct flights to Havana as of October 25th, the Cuban embassy in Vienna announced today. Cuba to Present its Tourist Offers in Portugal and Spain Havana, 15 oct (PL) Under the heading of authentic Cuba, this Caribbean nation prepares next presentations of their tourist offers in European countries such as Portugal and Spain, reported today the Government. Fidel Castro Meets Prime Minister of Algeria Havana, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, has met with the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Algeria, Abdelmalek Sellal, who is on an official visit to Cuba, which started on Wednesday, October 12th. Guantanamo Recovering from Hurricane Mathew Havana, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban province of Guantanamo, especially the municipality of Baracoa, is recovering gradually from the damage caused in recent days by hurricane Mathew, according to reports today in the capital. Cuba Denounces at UN Misuse of Universal Jurisdiction United Nations, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has denounced today at UN the handling of the principle of universal jurisdiction by some countries determined to impose their hegemony to the nations of the South. Africa Recognizes and Thanks Cuba for Cooperation Pretoria, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) Africa has showed a lot of gratitude and recognition for the collaboration Cuba has provided to this continent, Vice President of the Cuban Council of State, Salvador Valdes Mesa, said before continuing his regional trip. Cuban Intellectual Calls for Ideas to Stop Fascist Onslaught By Pedro Rioseco Vallegrande, Bolivia, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Intellectual and Culture Minister, Abel Prieto, convened to stop the fascist onslaught in Our America and the world promoting among young people the ideas of Marti, Che Guevara and the great liberators. Cuba Reaches Three Million Foreign Visitors Havana, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba reached three million foreign visitors so far this year, said today in a statement the Ministry of tourism (Mintur) in this country. Cuban Scientist Presents in Japan Palliative to Climate Change Tokyo, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Scientific adviser of the Council of State and Vicepresident of the Academy of Science of Cuba, Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, presented in Japan ways to face climate change, published today the Cuban embassy in this capital. Cuba Remembers Barbados Attack with Pain and Indignation Havana, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Today Cubans remember the victims of the terrorist attack on a Cubana de Aviacion plane - flight CU-456, a crime that 40 years ago, on October 6th 1976, cut short the lives of the 73 people on board. Cuba Thanks French Citizens' Support in Fighting US Blockade Paris, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is very grateful for the support provided by several organizations of solidarity in France to the struggle against the blockade imposed by the United States, Elio Gamez, vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), said today. Cuba Ensures Care for People with Disability Geneva, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba guarantees particular attention to people with disabilities, based on the support of government institutions and civil society, according to reports delivered during the Social Forum that continues today in Geneva. Cuban President Oversees Measures to Face Hurricane Matthew Havana, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro Ruz personally oversaw during this weekend the measures taken in the eastern province of Guantanamo to face Hurricane Matthew. With Little Changes in its Intensity, Matthew is Still Powerful Havana, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) Matthew hurricane still maintain its condition of category 4 in Saffir-Simpsom scale with few changes in its intensity and sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour, reported today the Cuban weather Institute. Cuba Increases Taxes for Social Benefit, Government Says Havana, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban government noted in an international forum on Friday that 71 percent of the state budget''s revenues in 2016 will come from taxes and will be used to maintain fundamental services for the people. Cuba, USA Seek to Boost Bilateral Cooperation By Waldo Mendiluza, special correspondent Cuba's Mission to UNESCO Calls for a World without Nuclear Weapons Paris, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s mission to UNESCO called today for a world free of nuclear weapons, after remembering the serious danger they represent for world peace and the survival of humanity. Cuba Supports Fight vs. Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia Geneva, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has reaffirmed the willingness to support the international fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, during the UN Human Rights Council, whose sessions continues today. Cuban Youth Calls for a Day of Denunciation of US Blockade Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban youth called today for a day of denunciation of the US economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba, scheduled for October 17th in all universities of this country. Havana Club with a New Image and Ready for US Market Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The most famous Cuban rum Havana Club now has a new image for its line Siete Años and is ready to be sold in the United States, company executives revealed. Fidel Castro and Chinese Premier Hold Fraternal Meeting Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and China''s Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, have agreed on the need to preserve human life and peace in a fraternal meeting. Prime Minister of Lesotho Begins Visit to Cuba Havana, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, today began an official visit to Cuba, which will strengthen relations between the two nations. Portuguese Deputies Demand Cease of US Blockade to Cuba Lisbon, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of all political parties in the Assembly (parliament) of Portugal expressed themselves in favor of lifting the economic, financial and commercial blockade that for almost six decades the United States applies to Cuba. Cuba and Japan Sign Agreement for Medical Equipment Donation Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Japan signed today an agreement for a donation of medical equipment to improve the quality of services in the main hospitals in this country and diagnose different diseases, especially cancer. Fidel Castro Met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro received the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, who ends today an official visit to Cuba. High Foreign Presence in Cuban Congress of Gynecology Highlighted Havana, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The 16th National Congress of the Cuban Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SCOG) will be held with a high international participation, said Dr. Jorge Pelaez, vice president of the society. Havana Hosts International Seminar on Peace Havana, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The second session of the First International Seminar ''Realities and challenges of the Proclamation of Peace in Latin America and the Caribbean as a peace zone,'' is taking place here today in panels and debates. Importance of Biocubafarma-Skolkovo Agreement Highlighted in Russia Moscow, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The agreement signed between the corporation Biocubafarma and Russia''s Skolkovo Center will have very positive results for the introduction of Cuban medicines in this country, the scientific advisor Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart said here. Iranian President Begins Visit to Cuba Havana, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, begins an official visit to Cuba today after participating at the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Venezuela this weekend. Cuban Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Arrives in Italy on a Working Visit Rome, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, arrived here on Saturday on a working visit during which he will hold talks with government officials, business people and executives from international organizations. Solidarity Group in Belgium Stresses Need to Fight Against Blockade Bredene, Belgium, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) In Belgium, we keep fighting against the U.S. blockade on Cuba, a policy that remains despite the reestablishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, said Isabelle Vanbrabant, president of the Socialist Cuba Initiative solidarity organization Cuban President Arrives in Margarita Island for NAM Summit Margarita Island, Venezuela Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro arrived today in Venezuela to participate in the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Effects of US Blockade Persist in Cuban Transactions 16 de septiembre de 2016, 09:47 Havana, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The effects of the U.S. blockade in Cuba''s financial transactions persist today, despite the start of the bilateral rapprochement process and the statements against the policy of President, Barack Obama. US Blockade Affects Cuban Health System  Havana, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The impact of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States to Cuba still remains today in high social impact sectors such as health. Raul Castro Meets Premier of Quebec Havana, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro Ruz received Premier of Quebec, Phillippe Couillard, who is on an official visit to the island, national media reported today. Body of Law on Blockade against Cuba Still Unchanged Havana, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Measures and regulations that make the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the US against Cuba a body of law remain valid today despite the provisions of President Barack Obama. Blockade vs. Cuba Violates International Law Geneva, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. blockade against Cuba is a violation of international law and a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of human rights of the people of the Caribbean nation, Anayansi Rodriguez, permanent representative in Geneva, denounced today. Panama Reduces Number of Illiteracy People with Cuban Method Panama, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) In nine years, Panama managed to reduce the number of uncultured on having alphabetized 70, 794 persons, thanks to the Cuban program ''Yo Si Puedo '' (Yes, I Can), recounts today a report by the Department of Social Development. Cuban Minister: Political Will is Key against Illiteracy By Luisa Maria Gonzalez Paris, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) Political will is key to eradicating illiteracy in the world, Cuban Education Minister, Ena Elsa Velazquez, said today in France. Book on Che Combatants Launched in Argentina 08 de septiembre de 2016, 11:22 Buenos Aires, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) The book ''De La Higuera a Chile. El Rescate'' by Cubans Adys Cupull and Froilan Gonzalez, about the survivors of the Che guerrilla movement in Bolivia, has been launched in Argentina. Cuba Promotes Inclusive Space in Society without Discrimination Paris, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) The National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) promotes in Cuba an inclusive society where there is no room for discrimination, and less based on prejudice, said in France the director of the institution, Mariela Castro. Cuba Creates New Medication against Skin Cancer Havana, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) Specialists of the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) created a new medicine called Heberferon, directed principally to reduce or to eliminate the non-melanoma skin tumors. Cuba, ACS Talk on Regional Confrontation to Climate Change 06 de septiembre de 2016, 09:42Havana, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) talked here about the implementation of the Regional Program for the confrontation to Climate Change in the 2016-2018 period, an issue of vital importance today for the development of the area. School Year Begins in Cuba with Teaching Quality 05 de septiembre de 2016, 09:39 Havana, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) Another school year begins today in Cuba with the increase of teaching quality and the strengthening of ties and the school-family cooperation, as key priorities for improving the training of students. Cuban Ambassador Expresses Condolences for Karimov's Death Moscow, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban ambassador to the Russian Federation, concurrent in Uzbekistan, Emilio Lozada, on Saturday expressed his condolences for the death of Islam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan over the past 25 years. Energy Meeting Ends in Cuba 02 de septiembre de 2016, 09:54 Havana, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) A meeting of experts and investors on energy concludes today at a Havana hotel, with the expectation of developing the energy sector on the island. India and Cuba Strengthen Ties 01 de septiembre de 2016, 10:31 New Delhi, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) India and Cuba have stressed their historic ties and called for increasing bilateral ties while agreed on the importance of the forthcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), to be held in Venezuela. Cuba: First US-Cuba Direct Flight Resounds on Social Networks Havana, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Authorities from Cuba and the United States greeted the reestablishment of regular flights between both nations on social networks on Wednesday. First US-Cuba Scheduled Flight in Decades Lands in Cuba Santa Clara, Cuba, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) The first regularly scheduled flight between Cuba and the United States in over 50 years took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and landed today in Santa Clara in central Cuba. Cuban Tourism Grows Havana, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) When the most recent figures of the Cuban tourism indicate a steady rise, celebrities, and companies related to this industry daily renew its commitment for this recreation destination. Cuban Leader Balaguer Calls in Peru to Fight Against Neoliberalism 27 de agosto de 2016, 10:22 Lima, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) Jose Ramon Balaguer, head of the Cuban delegation to the Meeting of Communist and Revolutionary Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean, called here to face neoliberalism, with more unity and the better togetherness and cohesion of political and social organizations. Fidel Castro's Impetus to Cuban Education Stressed in Argentina 25 de agosto de 2016, 10:09 Buenos Aires, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) One of the pillars of Fidel Castro''s revolutionary work was focused on developing education in Cuba and today that island shows admirable development indicators, Argentine academic leader, Gabriela Diker, highlighted here. Cuba Hosts for First Time World Congress of Psychophysiology 24 de agosto de 2016, 00:07 Havana, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) More than 350 specialists from Europe, the United States and Canada will participate in the 18th International Congress of Psychophysiology, taking place for the first time in Latin America, the organizing committee said. Defending the Revolution, Main Purpose for Cuban Women 23 de agosto de 2016, 12:40 Havana, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), Teresa Amarelle, said that among the fundamental purposes of this organization and its members is to defend today and always the Revolution started in the island in 1959. Iran Highlights Foreign Minister Zarif's Fruitful Visit to Cuba 23 de agosto de 2016, 09:34 Tehran, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Government and journalistic associations in Iran agreed today to praise the good level of cooperation and the strong relations with Cuba, after profusely reviewing the official visit of Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to the island. German Secretary of State for Environment Visits Cuba Havana, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) German State Secretary for the Environment, Jochen Flasbarth, begins today a visit to Cuba, where he will meet with several officials and tour heritage sites, the embassy of that European nation reported here. Celebrations for Fidel's 90th Birthday Continue in El Salvador San Salvador, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) The celebrations for the 90th birthday of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, continued in El Salvador, where an event was organized by the Committee of Solidarity with Cuba in the municipality of San Marcos. Cuban Delegation invited to MPLA Congress Pays tribute to Neto Luanda, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban delegation invited to the VII ordinary Congress of the ruling MPLA, which closes its curtains today, paid tribute to the First president of Angola, Agostinho Neto, by visiting his memorial, in this capital. Cuba, First Latin American Stopover by Iranian FM 19 de agosto de 2016, 10:17 Tehran, Aug 19(Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will arrive in Cuba on Sunday, Aug. 21, on the first stopover of a tour of Latin America which gives particular importance in the political and economic sphere, diplomatic sources today confirmed. Book on Fidel Castro to Be Presented in France 18 de agosto de 2016, 00:02 Paris, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The book ''Fidel Castro, heroe de los desheredados,'' the latest volume by intellectual Salim Lamrani, will be launched in France during the traditional Feast of L''Humanite in September, the author reported. Lebanese Prime Minister Congratulates Fidel Castro, Extols Cuba's Rol Beirut, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon''s Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, today sent a congratulation message to whom he described as a ''great leader'' Fidel Castro, on occasion of his 90th birthday, while he praised the international dimension of Cuba. Broad Repercussion in Syria on Cuba and Fidel Castro's Birthday 16 de agosto de 2016, 10:37 Damascus, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Syrian media is continuing reviews today of the 90th birthday of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and the 51st anniversary of the establishment of relations between the two countries. Saudi FM Describes as Positive Level of Relations with Cuba 15 de agosto de 2016, 11:56Riyadh, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia''s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, described today as positive the level of relations with Cuba, after receiving the island''s ambassador, Enrique Enriquez, who will soon complete his mission to this nation. Peruvian Newspaper Dedicates Supplement to Fidel's 90th Birthday 09 de agosto de 2016, 00:05Lima, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian newspaper ''Uno'' has published a supplement dedicated to the 90th birthday of Cuban historical leader, Fidel Castro, with texts and poems by prominent Peruvian authors. Chile Sets Up Association of Professional Graduates in Cuba 08 de agosto de 2016, 08:21Santiago de Chile, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Professionals graduates in Cuban universities from different regions of Chile set up the Association of Professional Graduates in Cuba. Latin American Brigade to Celebrate in Cuba Fidel Castro´s Birthday 05 de agosto de 2016, 00:15Havana, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) More than 100 members of the 23rd Latin American and Caribbean Brigade prepare a cultural celebration for the evening on August 12th to wait for the 90th birthday of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro. Angola's Governor Thanks Cuba for Support and Cooperation 01 de agosto de 2016, 09:11Bie, Angola, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) The governor of Bie, Manuel de Boavida Neto, has thanked Cuba for their colossal internationalist support and cooperation. Fidel Castro is an Example to the World, say Indian Communists 29 de julio de 2016, 10:38New Delhi, July 29 (Prensa Latina) The Communist Party of India (PCI) said today that the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, is an example for new generations and a symbol of anti-imperialist struggles in the world. Young Cubans Pay Tribute to Commander Hugo Chavez 28 de julio de 2016, 09:39Havana, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban youth, on behalf of the nation, will pay tribute today to Cuba''s eternal friend, Venezuelan and Bolivarian Commander, Hugo Chavez. Executive Director of UN Women to Visit Cuba 22 de julio de 2016, 00:20Havana, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Cuba to attend the meetings of the talks between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP, said sources here today. Cuba and Japan Interested in Expanding Economic and Trade Ties 21 de julio de 2016, 10:54Havana, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra, and the parliamentary Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, Hitoshi Kikawada have expressed the interest that both countries expand their economic and trade ties. Japan's Parliamentary Deputy Foreign Minister Pays Visit to Cuba 20 de julio de 2016, 11:07Havana, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Hitoshi Kikawada, will arrive today in Cuba to pay an official visit, during which he will meet with authorities of the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister Continues Visit to Cuba 19 de julio de 2016, 10:38Havana, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister, Nguyen Chi Vinh, today continues his visit to Cuba with tours of military schools and facilities of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). Cuban First Vice President Leads Delegation to Nicaragua 18 de julio de 2016, 10:57Havana, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, leads his country''s delegation to attend the celebrations for the 37th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, Granma newspaper reported today. Cuban Education System Continues Making Progresses 15 de julio de 2016, 11:43Havana, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) More than 1,400,000 students have been graduated from the Cuban universities from 1959 to date, showing the island''s steady progress in education, authorities in the sector said today. Cuban Bartenders Compete in USA 14 de julio de 2016, 00:07Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Bartenders from the famous El Floridita bar-restaurant will compete in late July in the International Festival Tales of the Cocktail 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana,United States,it was officially reported today. Cuba Reiterates Commitment to Legal, Safe and Orderly Migration 12 de julio de 2016, 11:26Havana, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has reaffirmed its commitment to legal, safe and orderly migration, as well as the possibility that the Cuban citizens who have left the national territory legally and comply with existing immigration legislation can return to the country. Access to Health in Brazil Increased and Democratized by More Doctors 11 de julio de 2016, 01:55Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The increase and democratization in the access to health are features of the program More Doctors, which only in the Brazilian state of Bahia provides some five million people with health care. Cuban Parliament Concludes Session Periods 08 de julio de 2016, 10:19Havana, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The 7th session period of the 8th Legislature of the Cuban Parliament concludes today with a plenary session in which legislators will present a summary of the main statements discussed in the commissions. New Image for Havana Club 7 Years at Fair 07 de julio de 2016, 13:14Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Havana Club International S.A. (HCI) has presented a new image for the ''Añejo 7 Years'' rum at the first international Fair of Food, Equipment and Technology - Alimentos Cuba 2016, which concludes today in Havana. Cuban Parliament Examines Progress in Computerization of Society 06 de julio de 2016, 09:49Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The legislators of the Attention to Services Commission of the Cuban Parliament are discussing today the progress in the process of computerization of society and its relationship with the provision of services to the population. Cuban Legislators Analyze Epidemiological Situation of the Country 05 de julio de 2016, 09:25Havana, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The legislators of the Health and Sports Commission of the Cuban Parliament are today discussing the epidemiological situation in the country and the impact of the measures adopted to prevent the spread of tropical diseases such as dengue, zika and chikungunya. Cuban Parliament Begins Sessions 04 de julio de 2016, 09:25Havana, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The 8th session of the People''s Power National Assembly of Cuba (Parliament) began its 7th session today, focused on the progress of the economy and other important issues for the society. Cuba Hosts 35th Pan-American Congress on Otolaryngology 13 de junio de 2016, 09:29Havana, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) After almost 55 years of absence on the Cuban stage, the 35th Pan-American Congress on Otorhynolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery began today in Havana attended by specialists from more than 30 countries.