Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina ELN and Colombian Government Prepare Ceasefire Bogota, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) are today working on the logistic aspects that will enable a bilateral ceasefire to come into force on October 1. Iraqi Parliament Approves Sending Troops to Zones in Dispute Baghdad, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The Iraqi Parliament today approved the deployment of troops in zones in dispute in Kurdistan, while the pro-independence referendum is still under way. Cuban Elections Schedule Extended Havana, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Commission in Cuba has decided to extend until October 30 the holding of the assemblies to nominate the candidates for delegates to the People''s Power municipal assembly, Granma newspaper reported today. Aspirant to the Presidency of the ANC Calls to Rectify Mistakes Pretoria, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) African National Congress (ANC) presidential candidate Lindiwe Sisulu expressed concern about the incorporation of people who accumulate wealth at the expense of the country and asked if it is too late to rectify. Elections Confirm Germany Turns into the Right Berlin, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The President of the German polling station, Dieter Sarreither, has submitted today the provisional final result for the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, showing a remarkable turn to the Right. 41,000 Killed in Kashmir due to Separatist Violence since 1990 New Delhi, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Separatist violence in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has killed as many as 41,000 people since 1990, averaging four fatalities each day, according to official figures released today. Argentina: Family of Missing Young Man Calls for New March Buenos Aires, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) In the middle of uncertainty and living hope, the family of Santiago Maldonado, a missing young Argentinean, called for another march on October 1st, two months after his disappearance. Russia Reveals Photos on U.S.-I.S. Complicity Moscow, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Russian military command exposed today photos that reveal the presence of special U.S. command vehicles in areas controlled by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), in the Syrian city of Deir-Ezzor. DPRK Ratifies UN Self-defense Nature of Nuclear Weapons Pyongyang, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Ri Yong-ho, Foreign Minister of the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK), reiterated at the United Nations the self-defense nature of his country''s nuclear weapons, given the growing threats posed by the United Nations, said today international media. Venezuelan Aid to Affected Mexicans Mexico, Sept 24 (Prensa Latina) A plane of the Venezuelan Air Force (FAB)today brought to Mexico 10,4 tons of supplies and food to the affected by the earthquake on September 19 that caused over 300 deaths. Venezuela in Electoral Campaign with Large-Scale Gatherings Caracas, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela started the governors'' campaign for the October 15th state elections with large-scale gatherings, said today the local media. Ex-guerrilla of the FARC Died in Prison Bogota, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) The Force Alternative Revolutionary of the Commonwealth (FARC) denounced in this capital the death of one of its members, who was in prison waiting to be released under the Amnesty Law. Parliamentary Elections in Germany Started By Harald Neuber Berlin, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) About 61.5 million German citizens can now cast their votes for the next Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, in a consultation that already shows a high participation and outlines a new political landscape. Avianca : Colombian Airline Cancels 500 Flights Due to Pilots' Strike Bogotá, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombian airline Avianca said Friday it had canceled more than 500 flights due to a strike by 702 pilots that began earlier this week and has affected thousand of passengers. With the mediation of the Ministry of Transportion the negotiations will continue today. Iran FM Rejects Re-negotiation of Nuclear Deal Terms Teherán, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina)Iran''s foreign minister has dismissed any re-negotiations of the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, including the US, saying Washington is merely after getting more Iranian concessions under the accord with no new concessions from itself or other signatories in return. Syrian Situation Discused with UN Secretary General Damasco, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem,informed the General Secretary of the United Nations, António Guterres, that the Syrian Army and its allies are advancing in the struggle against the terror groups according to media. ELN-Colombian Government, Ceasefire Clears Way to Peace Quito (Prensa Latina) The bilateral and temporary ceasefire, agreed in Quito by the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government, clears the way for an agreement to put an end to the armed conflict and achieve lasting peace in Colombia. Cuba Affirms at UN That Attempts to Destroy its Revolution Will Fail United Nations, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez affirmed today at the UN General Assembly that any attempt to destroy the Cuban Revolution will fail, in response to US President Donald Trump''s decision to intensify the blockade against the island. Pope Francis Receives Peru Soccer Jersey During Kuczynski's Visit Lima,Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) His Holiness Pope Francis received the Peruvian soccer jersey in a private meeting with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the Vatican Apostolic Palace. Syrian Army Captures New Settlements in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army advanced even further in the control of localities in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, by taking the villages of Halbia, Zalbia, and al-Qasabi, military sources reported. ECLAC Highlights Poverty Reduction in Venezuela Caracas, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, highlighted the progress of the Bolivarian Revolution''s social programs to reduce poverty in Venezuela. Spain Reinforces Police Presence in Catalonia in Face of Referendum Madrid, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish government announced today the deployment in Catalonia of more agents of the National Police and the Civil Guard to reinforce security in face of secessionist referéndum of October 1 in that region. Against the Clock, but Rescue Efforts in Mexico Will Not Stop By Orlando Oramas Leon Mexico, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Rescue efforts are continuing today in Mexico and will not stop,Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said. U.S. Blockade Against Cuba Strongly Condemned at the United Nations United Nations, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Russia, El Salvador, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Sao Tome and Principe, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Guinea Bissau strongly condemned the U.S. blockade against Cuba at the UN General Assembly. Israeli Jets Bombed International Airport of Damascus Damascus, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli jets have reportedly bombed Damascus International Airport last night. The Israeli missiles caused huge material damages at the facility, although no casualties have been so far reported, airport sources said today. Mexico Earthquake Death Toll Increases to 273 Mexico, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The death toll in the September 19´s Mexico earthquake has increased to at least 273, according to a preliminary result, as rescue efforts continue, mainly in Mexico City. Venezuelan President in Cuba to Deliver Donation Havana, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is in Cuba, to deliver a donation that will help to compensate the damages caused on the island by Hurricane Irma. Brazilian Supreme Court Presents Lawsuit against Temer to Deputies Brasilia, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Supreme Court (STF) decided to present to the Chamber of Deputies the second lawsuit presented by the Brazilian former Attorney General Rodrigo Janot against President Michel Temer. American Airlines Come Back to Camaguey Camaguey, Sept 21 (Prensa Latina) Normalization of meteorological conditions after Hurricane Irma allows today JetBLue, American Airlines and Ister Airways to resume their routes to the airport Ignacio Agramonte at the center-eastern city in Camaguey. Haiti to Activate Defense Force to respond to Natural Disasters United Nations, Sep21 (Prensa Latina) Haitian President Jovenel Moise asserted today at the United Nations that a defense force specializing in responding to natural disasters will be activated after the country''s blue helmets leave next month. Cuban MP Appreciates Salvadorian Solidarity In front of US Blockade San Salvador, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban MP Luis Morlote today highlighted the role of global solidarity in his country''s resistance to the US blockade, which has systematically violated human rights since 1962. Pope Donates $ 150,000 to Help Earthquake Victims in Mexico Rome, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis sent 150,000 dollars to Mexico as part of a first donation to help populations affected by an earthquake of 7.1, which caused more than 200 deaths, the Vatican reported. Iraqi Troops Launch Final Attack Against DAESH Positions Baghdad, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi troops began the final attack on the positions of the Islamic State or Daesh in the city of Al-Hawija today, announced Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. UNESCO Warns of International Learning Crisis Paris, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) UNESCO warned today that 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are failing to achieve basic knowledge in reading and mathematics, highlighting a crisis in learning. Syrian Army Controls 85 Percent of Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army and allied forces, which are now controlling the 85 percent of Deir ez-Zor''s territory, continue fighting IS terrorists, military sources said. Mexico Thanks to the International Community Support Mexico, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Mexico expressed its gratitude for the humanitarian aid sent by the international community, after the September 19''s earthquake, according to a statement from the Secretariat of the Foreign Ministry (SRE). Colombia Sends Aid to People Affected by Hurricane in Cuba Bogota, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombia has sent about 15 tons of humanitarian aid to the affected people in Cuba as a result of Hurricane Irma. World Leaders Demand in UN End of U.S. Blockade Against Cuba United Nations, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Latin American, Caribbean, African and Asian leaders have called for an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba at the UN General Assembly, which is today holding its third day. Indian Newspaper Criticizes Trump's Threats to Bury Iran's Deal New Delhi, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump''s threats to bury Iran''s deal undermine the fight for nuclear non-proliferation and multilateral mechanisms, today warned The Hindu. Electrical Recovery Continues In Cuban Region Damaged by Irma Matanzas, Cuba, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) The recovery of the electrical system, seriously deteriorated by Hurricane Irma, allows in the western Cuban province of Matanzas that 96 percent of customers have the vital service today. Syria Denounces That Zionist Plan Tries to Undermine Sovereignty Damascus, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) The difficult situation in Syria, a country that has been plunged into an armed conflict since 2011, is due to a Zionist-colonial plan that seeks to destroy national sovereignty and independence, stated a government source today. With Catastrophic Force, Hurricane Maria is Pounding Puerto Rico San Juan, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Hurricane Maria batters Puerto Rico with force not seen in its modern history with winds over 250 kms/h and dangerous storm surges, after destroying Dominica where 90 percent of buildings are destroyed. UN Declares Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Open for Signature United Nations, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has declared open today the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons for signature, an instrument that will come into force once 50 States ratify. Cuba's Blockade Receives Condemnations at UN General Assembly United Nations, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia and Costa Rica have rejected the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba during the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly, a forum that is entering its second day today. India Reiterates Support for Palestinian Cause New Delhi, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) India reaffirmed its commitment to the Palestinian cause during a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), according to reports released today in this capital. President Trump Used UN to Threaten to Unleash War, Says US Senator Washington, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein warned today that US President Donald Trump used his speech at the United Nations (UN) to threaten to unleash a war, instead of fostering peace and global cooperation. UN Debates Must Focus on Peace, Miroslav Lajcak Says United Nations, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak said today at the 72nd Session that peace and the prevention of conflicts should be the focus the UN work. Thousands March Against Corruption in Guatemala Guatemala, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), companies, schools, peasant and indigenous organizations have called for a joint national march to demand the purge of the Congress. Iran Warns of Consequences of Nuclear Deal Breach Tehran, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hasan Rohani warned of the consequences of a breach of the nuclear pact sealed between Iran and the Group 5+1, in statements to US television station CNN released today in this capital. ASEAN Approves Vietnam's Proposal on Inclusive Development Manila, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) has granted a resolution today on a proposal of Vietnam to build an economic community of equitable and inclusive development in the region. UN Confirms that Near 130 Leaders will Attend High-level Forum United Nations, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Secretariat said that 90 heads of State and 39 heads of Government will participate in the high-level period of the General Assembly, which will hold its forum from September 19th to 25th. As Category 5, Hurricane Maria Pounded Dominica San Juan, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Hurricane Maria with a pounding force of Category 5 storm, the highest in the Saffir-Simpson scale, hammered Dominica by midnight while hitting, too, nearby islands of the eastern Caribbean. El Salvador Tightens Security and Reinforces Patrolling San Salvador, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Salvador Sanchez Ceren, president of El Salvador, announced today an increase in the police work in this capital, by means of a security system to guarantee peace in San Salvador. Peace in Syria will Lead to Refugees' Return, Says Russian Minister Moscow, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) ''The creation of peace areas and the boost for the political process in Syria set up conditions for the safe return of refugees from Lebanon,'' said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. Cuban Top Minister at UN: Cuba Stands Strong after Hurricane Impact United Nations, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez asserted today at UN that his country was making progress in the recovery from the impact of hurricane Irma and that it would not leave any of the affected people to their fate. Maldonado's Brother Criticizes Operation in Indigenous Community Buenos Aires, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Sergio Maldonado, brother of Argentinean disappeared young man Santiago Maldonado, hardly questioned the operation started Monday by security forces in Mapuche indigenous territory and regarded this as ''a media clowning.'' Argentinean Students Take Over Colleges in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Students from more than 30 secondary schools in Buenos Aires are now protesting against the educational reform and are peacefully taking over the schools as a measure of force. Cuban Vice-President Highlights Recovery after Irma Hurricane Matanzas, Cuba, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice-President Ramiro Valdés said today that the country is advancing in the recovery phase, after being severely affected by Hurricane Irma along the north coast of the country. ANC Calls Anti-Imperialist March for Venezuela and the World Caracas, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The president of the International Relations Committee of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Adan Chavez, has called an international anti-imperialist march tomorrow to defend the sovereignty of Venezuela and the peoples of the world. Evo Morales Recalls Cuban Hero Jose Marti's Struggle and Example La Paz, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today recalled the example and struggles of Cuban hero Jose Marti, when referring to the anniversary of his arrest in Havana in 1879. French Organization Renews Support for Cuba and Venezuela Paris, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba Yes France solidarity organization has renewed its support for the Caribbean island and Venezuela in the wake of the current complex situation in Latin America, at the L''Humanite festival, which ends today. Cuba Showed Solidarity to the World, Intellectuals Say in France Paris, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s experience in building a socialist revolution is teaching the world lessons such as the meaning and importance of solidarity, according to reports today during a meeting at the L''Humanite festival in France. Syria and Russia Create Conditions for Return of Displaced People Damascus, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Center for Coordination in Hmeimim is working in conjunction with the Syrian government to create the appropriate conditions for the return of displaced people to the zones that have been freed of terrorists, a military source said today. Cuban Foreign Minister Travels to New York to Attend UN Debate United Nations, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez is in New York to participate in the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled from September 10 to 25. Morales and Macri to Meet on November 28 in Argentina La Paz, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales and his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri will meet on November 28 in the province of Jujuy, Argentina, in order to deal with issues of interest for both nations, such as energy, migration and security. NCA Calls On Venezuelan Opposition to Join Constituent Assembly Caracas, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) President, Delcy Rodriguez, has reiterated the call for the Venezuelan opposition to join the debate in the forum of the original power settled by the people in August 30 elections. UN Mission in Colombia Recognizes Peace Will Bogota, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The UN Mission in Colombia recognized the peace will of the government and the FARC-EP, after the two former warring sides finished removing armaments and ammunition from deposits. Cuba Strives to Restore its Electric Power System Havana, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban electric power system is currently operating at 86 percent, while a workforce is reportedly striving to restore this after Hurricane Irma cut through the country''s northern coast. Evo Remarks Bolivia's Opposition to Foreign Interference La Paz, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales has today laid stress on Bolivia''s rejection to any international intervention in the country, and to foreign interference in regional nations. Fears of Spread Communal Violence in Myanmar Grow Naypyidaw, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Myanmar residents have been today branded as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) after recent violence against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine. Peruvian Crisis Escalates with Ministerial Cabinet Denied Confidence Lima, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The political crisis shaking the government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski escalated today with the fall of all the ministerial cabinet after it was denied confidence by parliament, asked to defy the opposition majority. Turkish Army to Deploy Troops in Idlib, Syria Ankara, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Following the agreement signed today in the capital of Kazakhstan on the so-called détente zones in Syria, Turkey''s diplomatic sources have announced the deployment of troops along Idlib, in the northeast of the country. British Government Moves after Explosion London, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) British Prime Minister Theresa May deplored the toll of at least 22 injured after an explosion in the London Underground and convened a meeting of the Cobra Emergency Committee. Hunger Grows Worldwide, UN Says Rome, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) A report by the United Nations (UN) has stated today that hunger increased again in 2016 after years of decline, affecting about 815 million people. Cuban President Highlights Works to Recover After Hurricane Irma Havana, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban President, Raul Castro Ruz, has highlighted the work conducted to recover from the huge damages caused by Hurricane Irma, and expressed his confidence that ''we will get back on our feet once again'', according to the morning press UN Holds Urgent Meeting after New Missile Launch by DPRK United Nations, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting today following the launch of a new missile by the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which argues its right to defend itself against the U.S. hostility in the region. Evo Condemns again U.S. Military Bases in Latin America La Paz, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales has today recalled the significance of having closed the U.S. military base in Chimore, so as to regain sovereignty, when speaking at an official ceremony on the 33rd anniversary of that municipality. Vietnam Donates Material Aid to Cuba to Mitigate Hurricane Damage (+Photos) Hanoi, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Material aid worth $150,000 USD has been delivered today by the Thai Binh Trade and Investment Corporation to the Cuban Embassy in Vietnam to help mitigate the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Venezuelan Gov't-Opposition Talks Continue in Santo Domingo Santo Domingo, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government and opposition continue their dialog in this capital today, with the objective of finding an agenda that will allow them to advance in dialogue between the parties. Book and Photo Exhibition Honor Fidel Castro in New York New York, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Diplomats accredited to the United Nations and members of the solidarity movement with Cuba have paid tribute to Fidel Castro in New York during an evening that included the launching of a book and a photo exhibition about the revolutionary leader. Over 400,000 Rohingyas Seek Refuge in Bangladesh Dacca, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Over 400,000 Rohingyas, 60 percent of them children, have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 to escape violence in Myanmar against that ethnic minority, today revealed UNICEF. Syrian President Warns against Danger of Terrorism in the World Damascus, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Asad highlighted the important role of popular organizations and social forces in raising awareness and warning against the dangers of terrorism which is spreading across the world. Cuba's Varadero Resort to Be Restored by November Havana, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Varadero, the main Cuban resort, will be restored before November 15 for the beginning of the high season of Cuban tourism (November-April), according to local authorities. Vietnamese Organization Awards Cuban Outgoing Ambassador (+Photos) Hanoi, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) has granted today its highest distinction, the medal ''For Peace and Friendship among Peoples'', to outgoing Cuban ambassador in this country, Herminio Lopez. The Order Is to Arrest Lula, Says Political Analyst Brasilia, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The order is to arrest former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during or after appearing today before Curitiba federal judge Sergio Moro, political analyst Francisco das Chagas Leite Filho warned. Gov't and Opposition in Venezuela Resume Peaceful Dialogue Caracas, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government and opposition will start a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic today aimed at solving the political crisis in the South American nation, President Nicolás Maduro said. Pictures on Fidel Castro in Prensa Latina's Exhibit in New York By Waldo Mendiluza New York, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Permanent Mission at UN is exhibiting today a series of photos from the Prensa Latina News Agency about revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro. Venezuela Expresses Support to China in Face of Heavy Rains and Floods Caracas, Sept 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan government has expressed its support to China, affected by heavy rains that caused floods in the center and southwest of the Asian country. Nicaragua Envisages 100,000 Tourists for National Holidays Managua, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua envisages that more than 100,000 domestic and foreign tourists will attend national holidays this week. Bachelet Inaugurated Geothermal Plant in Northern Chile Antofagasta, Chile, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet inaugurated the geothermal energy plant of Cerro Pabellon Tuesday in the northern region of Antofagasta. Cuba Will be Ready for High Season of Tourism Havana, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban officials said that the country will be ready for the high season of tourism (November-April), while all reports today guarantee solutions to the most pressing problems left to the sector by Hurricane Irma. NEC Uses Mechanisms for Regional Elections in Venezuela Caracas, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (NEC) will start today an audit for the software to be used in the elections of governors of the 23 states of Venezuela, scheduled for October 15. Syrian Army Captures 25 Islamic State Terrorists Damascus, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units captured 25 militants from the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh in the east of the Central Hamas Provvince today in combat actions, military sources reported. Panama Opens Humanitarian Corridor to the Caribbean Panama, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) An air corridor was established today from Panama for the delivery of some 90 tons of humanitarian aid to the Caribbean islands devastated by the recent hurricane Irma scourge, according to the Secretary of Communication. Evo Remembers Allende's Death with a Call for Latin American Unity La Paz, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales recalled today the 44th anniversary of the death of former Chilean President Salvador Allende and made a call to follow his example with the achievement of a united Americas. Ecuador Donates Staple Products to Cuba and the Caribbean Quito, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) A tent in Plaza Grande, in the historic center of Quito, collects staple products, donated to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in Cuba and the Caribbean, where damages are still being quantified today. President Raul Castro Confident that Cuba Will Get Through Havana, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Cuban State Council and Council of Ministers Raúl Castro Ruz expressed confidence that, with organization and discipline, this country will get through after the impact of Hurricane Irma. Three other Cuban Provinces in Hurricane Warning, including Havana 09 de septiembre de 2017, 10:57 Havana, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana are today in hurricane warning phase, after the arrival of powerful Hurricane Irma, which is advancing along the north coast of the island''s center, with category four. French Islands on Red Alert for Hurricane Jose Paris, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) The French islands of St. Barthelemy and St. Martin, ravaged a few days ago by Hurricane Irma, are now on a red alert due to the closeness of Hurricane Jose, local authorities said. Irma Causes Rainfalls, Coastal Flooding in Eastern Cuba Havana, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) Hurricane Irma has struck Cuba''s northeastern seas since early today, causing coastal flooding, especially along the northern coast of Guantanamo and Holguin. USA: Senator Supports Bernie Sanders Health Bill Washington, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the newest member of her party to support the Medicare For All project promoted by fellow US Sen. And also member of the Upper House, Bernie Sanders. Haiti Records The first Rains of Irma Powerful Hurricane Port of Prince, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) The Haiti Meteorological Unit is recording the first rains of Hurricane Irma today, whose eye will move north of the country''s coast at approximately 6:00 pm local time. Central Cuban Provinces on Hurricane Warning in the Face of Irma Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) The province of Sancti Spíritus, in the face of the imminent passing of Hurricane Irma on the outskirts of Cuban territory, is in hurricane watch phase since this Thursday morning reinforcing measures for risk reduction. Pope Francis Asks for Focusing on Homeless People Bogota, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has urged in this capital to focus on the homeless and deprived people, and stressed that inequality is the root of social ailment. Venezuela Condemns Recent US Attacks on UN Caracas, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has strongly condemned recent US attacks on Venezuela´s role in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. US Created Daesh, But Now They Fear It, Hezbollah Says Beirut, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) A leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Lebanon, Hezbollah, claimed that the United States created the Islamic State or Daesh, but now they fear that the terrorists turned against them. TeleSUR Denounces Anti-Venezuelan Information Manipulation Caracas, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Telesur, multinational news agency, has called for a serious and honest debate on the exercise of journalism, after denouncing the manipulation of Colombia''s Canal Uno, which paid for a fake proof to attack Venezuelan government. Bangladesh Seeks Solution to Massive Rohingya Arrival New Delhi, Sept 7 (Prensa Latina) Bangladeshi authorities are trying today to deal with the arrival in just 12 days of nearly 150,000 Rohingyas, who fled Myanmar after a new wave of violence, a situation that caused a bilateral diplomatic crisis. French Minister to Visit Russia and Achieve Progress in Dialog París, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will travel next Friday to Russia to intensify the dialog between Paris and Mosow, mainly on the main international crises. Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall in the Caribbean and Heads to Cuba Havana, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has passed this morning over Barbuda, headed to the Lesser Antilles, and could directly or indirectly affect the eastern region of Cuba in the next 48 to 72 hours. Iran Warns of Possible Independence of Iraqi Kurdistan Tehran, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) Iran is opposed to an independent Iraqi Kurdistan, facing the possibility of a fracture of the neighboring nation causing another crisis in the Middle East, said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, director of international affairs for the Iranian parliament. Catalan Parliament Processes Law on Independence Referendum Madrid, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) The Catalan Parliament is today debating a law to give legal cover to the unilateral independence referendum that local authorities are intending to hold next October 1 to separate from Spain. Pope Francis Pays Visit to Colombia Bogota, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis arrives today in this capital to pay a five-day apostolic visit to Colombia, considered as one of the nations having the world´s largest number of Catholics. S Korea Navy Exercises With Live Ammo Facing DPRK MissileTest Seoul, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) The Republic of Korea Navy has conducted a live-fire maneuvers today, some few days after the sixth nuclear test of the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which demonstrate its defenses against possible attacks. Syria Allies Accuse USA of Supporting Terrorist Groups Damascus, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) Syrian government troops would move quickly forward to the northern province of Deir Ezzor if US-led international coalition stopped supporting terrorist groups, Syria´s allied forces warned today. Cuba,Vietnam Holds Round of Political Consultations Hanoi, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam and Cuba have reaffirmed today a long-standing friendship and the willingness to expand their multilateral cooperation during a new round of political consultations, for which First Deputy Foreign Minister, Marcelino Medina, traveled here. President of China and Mexico Support Protection to Vaquita Porpoise Bejing, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Presidents of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and China, Xi Jinping, reiterated their willingness to protect endangered species, particularly the vaquita porpoise, a marine mammal. Haiti Decrees Alert, Faced with Possible Path of Hurricane Irma Port au Prince, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) The Permanent Secretary''s Office for Disaster Risk Management decreed today a stage of alert in Haiti, face with possible path of hurricane Irma through this Caribbean territory. BRICS Countries Condemn DPRK's Sixth Nuclear Test Xiamen, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have expressed today their rejection to the recent nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK). After Crushing ISIS in Central Syria, Army Moves to Deir Ezzor City Damascus, Sept 4 (Prensa Latina) After crushing ISIS last stronghold in central Syria, the Army with Russian air support, is reportedly making rapid advances in several flanks towards Deir Ezzor city. New Details Revealed About Extortion Network in Venezuela Caracas, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Public Ministry will announce new details on the investigation of the corruption and extortion offenses under Luisa Ortega term of office, Attorney General Tareck William Saab announced. Russia, China Agree on How to Deal with DRPK's New Nuclear Test Moscow, Sept 3 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to ''appropriately deal'' with the nuclear test conducted Sunday by Democratic Republic People''s of Korea (DRPK), Russian Today reported. Former President Martinelli Tries to Avoid his Extradition to Panama Panama, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) In a last-minute reaction, the defense of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli asked the US South District Court of Florida to extend the extradition of the accused for 30 days, it was reported here today. Mexican President Travels to China to Attend Economic Forum Mexico, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Enrique Peña left for China today to attend the Emerging Economies and Developing Countries dialogue, to be held in Xiamen, China, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. Russia Condemns U.S. for Occupying Diplomatic Properties Moscow, Sept 3 (Prensa Latina) The occupation of Russian diplomatic properties in the U.S. is a ''blunt act of hostility, the Russian Foreign Ministry underlines in a statement issued Sunday. Security Plan Activated in Miranda, Venezuela's Most Violent State Caracas, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Ministry of the Interior, Justice and Peace today activated special security plan in the state of Miranda, where 14 percent of all homicides reported in the country have been perpetrated. Spain: Drug-Trafficking Network Dismantled in Balearic Islands Madrid, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) With the arrests of 14 people of different nationalities, the Spanish Civil Guard dismantled a cocaine-trafficking network in the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, it was reported today. China and UK Discuss Situation on Korean Peninsula Beijing, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Foreign Affairs secretary of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, exchanged opinions about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, local media reported today. Syria: Rocket Kills Child in Aleppo Damascus, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) A rocket launched by terrorists in a town in the Syrian province of Aleppo killed a child and injured a dozen people today, civilian sources said. Cuba Begins Candidate Nomination for General Elections Havana, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) The process to nominate the candidates for delegates to the People''s Power municipal assemblies will begin on September 4 with meetings in municipalities and neighborhood people''s councils, an electoral authority said today. U.S. Applies in Venezuela Training Manual of Perfect Latin Coup Caracas, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) The plan to intervene militarily applied by the United States on Venezuela responds to the manual of the Latin American perfect coup d''état, denounced today Division General Francisco Ortega. Sanctions on North Korea 'Misguided and Futile', Russia Says Moscow, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Using sanctions to try to force North Korea into stopping its nuclear missile program has failed in the past and is a misguided and futile policy, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Friday. Millions of Muslims Observe the Hajj in Mecca Riyadh, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Millions of Muslims performed one of their most important religious rituals in their current pilgrimage to Mecca, where they gathered in Mount Arafat to pray for God''s pardon or thank Him for the opportunity to observe the Hajj. Religious Groups Demand Respect for Election Results in Angola Luanda, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Joined today to the calm requests from the Angolan civil society, four Angolan religious groups have exhorted to respect the results to the decisive political parties during the August 23 general elections. Syrian Army Frees 9 Villages in Central Hama Province Damascus, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Army units with allied forces have freed nine settlements east of Al-Salamiyah in the country''s central province of Hama from Islamic State terrorists, military source told the media. Vietnam Celebrates Independence Day Among Friendly Representatives Hanoi, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese Prime Minister Xuan Phuc welcomed today diplomatic corps and representatives for international agencies accredited in this capital on the occasion of Vietnam''s Independence Day. Guatemalan Social Orgs Demand Speeding up Hearings against President Guatemala, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) More than 30 social organizations in Guatemala demanded today that the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) immediately make their statements on the preliminary hearings lodged against President Jimmy Morales. Iran's Foreign Minister Discredits US Ambassador to the UN Tehran, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif has discredited US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, for considering that she did not know the key issues of the nuclear agreement between the country and the Group of 5+1. Vietnamese City Holds Anti-Terror Drill ahead of APEC Forum Hanoi, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) An anti-terrorist prevention and fight drill was held in the central Vietnamese province of Da Nang, venue for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in November, local media reported. Indian Building Collapsed due to Rains; at least 10 dead New Delhi, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) At least 10 people were killed today when a three-story building collapsed in Mumbai city, west India, due to heavy rains that in recent weeks caused nearly 1,000 deaths in this country. Initiatives to Improve Access to Water in LatAm Stockholm, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Several initiatives to improve access to water in Latin America and the Caribbean stand out in an event taking place in this capital up to September 1st. President Donald Trump Slams US Media Again Washington, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump has slammed again local media as part of one of his usual practices in office. Hidden Sum of Money of Venezuelan Opposition Family Seized Caracas, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have seized in Miranda state some 200 million bolivares (about $20 million USD, according to the official rate), hidden at a van of the brother of Lilian Tintori, wife of opponent Leopoldo Lopez. Trump's Lawyer Emailed Kremlin on Real State Project During Campaign Moscow, Aug 30 (PL) Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump''s personal lawyer, e-mailed Vladimir Putin''s spokesman during the 2016 US presidential campaign asking for help with a Trump real estate project in Moscow, Russian PM spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. Venezuelan Constituent Assembly Issues Decree against U.S. Sanctions Caracas, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) unanimously passed a decree condemning the U.S. financial blockade of Venezuela, intended to suffocate the people economically. In addition to condemning Washington''s recent economic sanctions, the lawmakers demanded severe sentences against those who demanded punitive measures and military intervention to the administration of President Donald Trump. Syrian President Meets Iranian Deputy FM Damascus, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar AL-Assad held a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Gabri Ansari for Arabian and African Matters to talk about the current state of bilateral relations. Cristina Fernandez Steadily Makes Headway to Parliamentary Elections Buenos Aires, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) With the triumph of Unidad Ciudadana front on the aspiring senators list in the province of Buenos Aires, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is today steadily making headway to the last phase of the parliamentary elections. Bolivian Minister Denounces Plan to Destabilize Government La Paz, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Communication Minister Gisela Lopez warned today that there was a plot to destabilize the country behind the conflict in the municipality of Achacachi, involving the opposition and actors linked to the United States. UN Experts Call to End Forced Disappearances United Nations, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) UN independent experts called the international community today to work for a world without forced disppearances, a phenomenon that is present in all continents. Bolivia: Truth Commission Starts Working La Paz, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) With a meeting of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Truth Commission started working to seek clarification of human rights violations committed during the military dictatorships in Bolivia. Teachers Go on National Strike in Panama Panama, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Teachers went on a national strike today in Panama, complicating a dialog started with part of the educators working in rural areas and surrounding the capital in difficult conditions, who were already on strike for the last two months. Cristina Fernandez Gets Ready for Final Legislative Campaign Buenos Aires, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Former President and aspirant to Senator, Cristina Fernandez, and the Unidad Ciudadana Front, are ready to embark on their final campaign for the legislative elections in Argentina, to be held on October 22. Syrian Army Heads Toward Deir Ezzor Damascus, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Syrian government troops are inching their 45km-way toward the northern province of Deir Ezzor in just one day as they liberated five IS-occupying villages, official sources said today. Mossoro, Lula's Last Stopover in Rio Grande do Norte Brasilia, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) The city of Mossoro will be the last stopover of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Caravan of Hope in Rio Grande do Norte. Ecuadorian President Talks with ELN-Colombian Gov't Representants Quito, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) President Lenin Moreno is holding talks in this capital today with the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government, in search of a peace agreement. Transpacific Agreement Starts Negotiation Round Camberra, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Transpacific Collaboration Agreement (TPP) start here today a new round of negotiations to agree on terms of the Treaty. Iraqi Army Kills 217 IS Militants in Southwestern Tal Afar Baghdad, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) The Iraqi army has reported today that 217 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in the southwestern direction of Tal Afar, which was handled by the army''s Counter-Terrorism Service, according to the Joint Operations Command (JOC). Pakistan Predicts Failure of Trump's Strategy in Afghanistan Islamabad, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said today that the new military strategy in Afghanistan announced by the US president, Donald Trump, is doomed to failure, so he called for dialogue in the neighboring country. French Ministers in Iraq Speak of Rebuilding and Reconciliation Baghdad, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) French Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly said Paris would help rebuild Iraq as well as support the fight against the Islamic state. Caravan of Hope Arrives with Lula to Campina Grande Brasilia, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) The Caravan of Hope headesd by former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will end today its stay in Campina Grande, northeastern state of Paraiba. UN: Venezuela Denounces US Crusade United Nations, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) The world''s largest oil reserves, a privileged geographic position and the push for a political, economic and social process far from external opinions make Venezuela a target of US aggression and interference. At least 100 Terrorists Surrender on Syrian-Lebanese Border Damascus, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) At least 100 terrorists from the Islamic State or Daesh surrendered today to the Syrian army and the Lebanese resistance Hizbolah at the border, military sources said. Calls in Iran to Broaden Relations with whole World Tehran, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Iran should open its diplomatic umbrella to the whole world, avoiding to strike ties with just a limited number of countries, the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on Saturday. Bolivia Condemns US Financial Blow against Venezuela La Paz, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned Saturday the new financial sanctions of the US against Venezuela, which are aimed at affecting key economic sectors. Cuba Condemns New Attacks against Venezuela Havana, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno has voiced his country''s condemnation of the new US sanctions against Venezuela. Syrian Army and Hezbollah Advance against ISIS Damascus, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah went further in their offensive in the Syrian-Lebanese border against the Islamic State (ISIS or DAESH) forcing the terrorist movement even more to an area of the Al-Qalamoun Mountains. US President Remarks Against Venezuela Are Rejected in Cuba Havana, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Ambassador to Havana, Ali Rodriguez, rejected Friday the remarks and diabolic plans of the US government against his country, trying to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Lula Meets Naval and Oil Industries Workers Brasilia, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) A meeting between workers and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in defense of the naval and oil industries marks today the presence of the former Brazilian president in the state of Pernambuco. MPLA, Lourenzo Win Angola Elections Luanda, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The presidential candidate of the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Lourenzo, will be Angola's new president as his party, People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA in Portuguese), won the general elections, according to the latest preliminary results of the vote count. New Venezuelan Constitution to Be Subject to People's Referendum Caracas, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The new Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will be subject to a people''s referendum, in accordance with the decision of delegates to the National Constituent Assembly, who unanimously ratified the proposal. Cuba Take Steps for General Elections Havana, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is ready to undertake, from September 4-30, the process to nominate the candidates for electoral district delegates, a key step toward general elections, which have been scheduled for October. Preparations for Period against Blockade of Cuba Continues in USA Washington, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Friends and agencies of solidarity with Cuba are currently making progress in organizing ab 2017 Week against the Blockade, which will be held in the US capital from September 11-16. Maduro to Receive ANC Plan Against Economic War Caracas, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will send Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro a plan of measures to face the war that crosses the economic sector in the South American country, announced today the popular legislator Enrique Ramos. Minister Demands Mexican MP to Pass Law on Forced Disappearances Mexico, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The head of Mexican Ministry of Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong demanded today to the Chamber of Deputies the approval of the draft of the Law on Forced Disappearances that have on their power. Syria Condemns US-Led Coalition Crimes Damascus, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned US-led coalition''s strikes targeting Syrian civilians, media reports said today. Angolans Waiting for Preliminary Results of General Elections Luanda, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Angolans are expecting today the preliminary results of Wednesday''s general elections, which were described by authorities as relevant and positive. Droughts in CentAm Wornsen Food Insecurity and Migration Guatemala, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Long droughts in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are now worsening food insecurity and irregular migration in Central America, warns a regional study with the participation of agencies of the United Nations. 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Iraq (Photos) Baghdad, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook some cities in northern Iraq Wednesday, causing damage to some infrastructure, local media reported. Turkish PM Meets Vietnamese Counterpart to Boost Economic Ties Hanoi, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam''s prime ministers, Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Turkey''s Binali Yildirim, testified in this capital today that they wanted to bring bilateral relations to a higher level. Lula to Receive 13th Doctorate Honoris Causa in Algoas Brasilia, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will receive its thirteenth Doctorate Honoris Causa today at the State University of Algoas (Uneal), a number of awards never granted to any other Brazilian head of State. Angolans Vote Calmly in Fourth Elections since Independence (+Photos) Luanda, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Angolans have begun today a calm influx of people to the polling stations during the fourth election since the country gained independence on November 11, 1975. Bolivia Willing to Help Organize Summit to Support Venezuela La Paz, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is willing to help in the organization of the World Summit of Solidarity with Venezuela, called by President Nicolas Maduro, according to statements by Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni published today. Survey: Canadians Blame Trump for Tensions on Korean Peninsula Ottawa, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Most of Canadians agree US President Donald Trump is guilty about tensions on the Korean peninsula and doubt his ability to handle this situation, according to a poll released today. Russia Readying Response to US New Sanctions Moscow, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Russia said it is preparing what it called ''an inevitable response'' in the face of a new round US sanctions targeting a Russian company and four individuals for their alleged business with North Korea, Russian Today reported. Spanish Judge Sends Two Barcelona Terrorist Attackers to Prison Madrid, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Fernando Andreu, judge of the National Court (AN), a high court specializing on terrorist crimes, ordered today solitary confinement without bail for two of the four detainees for the terrorist attacks in Catalonia last week. The Cost Will Be High if Nuclear Deal is Violated, Iran Warns Tehran, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Iran warned today that it has the ability to restart the uranium enrichment process by 20 percent in five days in response to violations of the nuclear agreement by the United States. Iraqi Army Expels Terrorists From the Center of Tal Afar City Baghdad, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Army has expelled IS terrorists from the center of the city of Tal Afar, even though shootings are still reported in the urban locality, perhaps the last stronghold of terrorists in Iraq. Russia Backs Mediation of Vatican in Political crisis in Venezuela Moscow, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the Vatican mediation as relevant in the conflict between the government and the opposition in Venezuela. Catalonia Attackers to Justice in Spain Madrid, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The four arrested people for their alleged involvement in the Catalonia terror attacks last week appear today before the National Court (AN), a Spanish court specializing in organized crimes as terrorism. Workers' Unions Mobilize in Argentina Buenos Aires, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The General Confederation of Labor (CGT), and the CTA and the autonomous CTA trade unions are leading today a new rally at the emblematic Plaza de Mayo against the government''s economic measures, with the participation of trade unions and social organizations. Syrian Army and Hizbollah Go for ISIS Damascus, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and the Lebanese resistance have retaken control of the bordering town of Shebet Ako, in the region of Qalamoun, after expelling members of the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) from the area. Islamic Divorce Law Declared Unconstitutional by Indian Court New Delhi, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) In a landmark ruling, India''s Supreme Court today declared unconstitutional Triple Talaq, a controversial Muslim divorce law, stating that it is illegal, retrograde and unworthy. Pakistani Opposition Leader Rejects Trump's Threats Islamabad, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Opposition Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan rejected US President Donald Trump''s accusations against his country while criticizing the ''deeply flawed and failed policy'' from Washington to Afghanistan. Twelve Years of Cuba's Medical Cooperation with Venezuela Caracas, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s President Nicolas Maduro today saluted the 12th anniversary of the signing by Cuba and Venezuela of the Sandino Commitment, which started a massive eye health care plan. Brazil Needs to Dream and to Grow Again; Says Lula Brasilia, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva expressed his conviction today that Brazil needs to dream and grow again, as it did during the governments headed by the Workers'' Party. Spain's Terror Attack Death Toll Rises to 15 Madrid, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) The death toll from the terrorist attacks occurred on Thursday in Barcelona and Cambrils, in the northeastern autonomous community of Catalonia, has risen to 15, Spanish authorities said. Venezuelan Ex Attorney General Flees to Colombia Caracas, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Arturo Vilar, one of the accompanying persons of former Attorney General Luisa Ortega in his flight to Colombia, was a member of the long-standing DISIP,which was a represive secuerity service, responsible for a great deal of political crimes in Venezuela, as reported by a media today. Pakistani Newspaper Criticizes US War Strategy in Afghanistan Islamabad, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) After 16 years of war, the victory of the United States in Afghanistan is only a dream, but they did achieve the destruction of the socio-economic infrastructure of the country, said the Pakistani newspaper The Nation. Nicolas Maduro Calls World Summit of Solidarity with Venezuela Caracas, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro called a World Summit of Solidarity with the Venezuelan People to condemned the constants aggressions by the United States and the international right against democracy in his country. Syrians Send Condolences for Death of Cuban Journalists' Leader Damascus, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Journalists'' Union in this capital, made up of more than 2,000 professionals, today conveyed to Cuban authorities and their peers'' guild their sorrow for the recent death of the president of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), Antonio Molto Martorell. Turkish PM Leaves for Singapore and Vietnam Ankara, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim left today for Singapore, the first stopover in a tour of South East Asia that will also take him to Vietnam. Bolivia Launches Truth Commission La Paz, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales will take an oath to the five members of the Truth Commission that will research crimes committed by military dictatorships from 1964 to 1982. Russian Police Shoot Knife Rampage Attacker in Surgut Moscow, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) A teenage knifeman wearing a fake suicide vest stabbed at least eight people in a frenzied attack in a busy main street in Surgut was shot dead by police forces investigating the circumstances and his possible terrorist character. Former Mexican President Accused of Taking Bribes from Odebrecht Mexico, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has accused former President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa of taking bribes from Odebrecht. South African President Jacob Zuma Opens 37th SADC Summit Pretoria, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) South African President Jacob Zuma has today called on Southern African nations to expand their collective responsibility to meet SADC goals and to take advantage of the 37th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit to implement the Regional Integration Agenda. Spain Maintains Security Alert Level after Terror Attacks Madrid, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish government has decided today to maintain its anti-terrorism alert level at 4 following Catalonia terror attacks, but to reinforce security measures at the same time in tourist areas and infrastructures, as announced by the Interior Ministry. Grenade Attacks on Bars in Burundi Capital Kill 3, Injured 27 Bujumbura, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Grenade attacks on two bars killed at least three people and wounded 27 others in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, police and hospital sources said on Friday. Mexico to Bring Those Involved in Odebrecht Bribes to Justice Mexico, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Attorney General''s Office of the Republic (PGR, in Spanish), Raul Cervantes, assured today that the full force of the law will be applied, without exceptions, if it is proved that Mexican officials received bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht. Lula at the Town Hall of Cruz de las Almas Brasilia, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will receive today the homage of the town hall of the locality of Cruz de las Almas in the state of Bahia, where he started a tour of the northeast of the country. Ethiopian PM Says Poverty at Heart of Instability in Africa Region Khartoum, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Economic integration is the shortest route and a sure means to secure the region, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told a diplomatic corps accredited here after a three-day official visit. Cuban President Raul Castro Sends Condolences for Spain Terror Attack Madrid, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban President Raul Castro has sent a message of condolences to King Felipe VI for the terror attacks carried out in Barcelona and Cambrils, killing 14 people and injuring a hundred. South African President Extols Importance of Brics Bank for Africa Pretoria, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) South African president, Jacob Zuma, extolled the progress of the Brics bank in its two years of existence and its financial support to projects of renewable energy in the member countries of this group created in 2008. Vietnam Rejects U.S. Criticisms of Religious Freedom Hanoi, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam said today that the chapter on this country in the report from the U.S. Department of State on religious freedom lacked objectivity and was inaccurate. Venezuela Dismantles Drug Camps Near Colombian Border Caracas, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have confirmed today that two clandestine drug camps were dismantled in Zulia state, close to Colombian border, where cocaine were being processed in 26 illegal labs. Chinese President Receives Senior US Military Chief Beijing, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese President Xi Jinping has met today with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, who is making an official visit to Asia. Syria Found Evidence U.S., U.K. Supplied Toxic Agents to Terrorists Damascus, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Evidence found in Aleppo and Damascus suburbs about the U.S. and U.K. might have been supplying toxic agents to terrorist groups fighting the Syrian government rises as a relevant issue in the conflict. China Assesses Excellent Party Ties with Cuba Beijing, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPCh) Central Committee, has met today with a delegation from the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to analyze the excellent ties between the two organizations. Mexican Army Takes Control of Colima State Mexico, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) In view of increased homicides, assaults and clashes between gangs, members of the Mexican Army in coordination with the Ministry of Public Security and Police have raided today in the state of Colima. Debate on Partial Decriminalization of Abortion Prevails in Chile Santiago de Chile, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) With a permanent debate despite the support of 70 percent of the people, the Constitutional Court (TC) of Chile began the hearings for and against the decriminalization of abortion. Shaping US Congress Extremism-Prevention Panel Requested Washington, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The US Congress needs a two-party panel that debates and adopts concrete actions against violent extremism, a columnist asserted today, faced with the recent incidents of intolerance in Charlottesville, Virginia. US Vice President Pence is Unwelcome in Panama Panama, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Popular outcries in various parts of this capital have been announced by the civil society organizations against US Vice President Michael Pence´s visit, who will be arriving tomorrow in Panama. China Opposes US Religion Report Beijing, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) China has firmly opposed a US report that made unreasonable assertions on religious freedom in China, as stated by the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wednesday. Russia Strengthens Ties With Bolivia Moscow, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has highlighted today the strength and positive development of ties between his country and Bolivia, after welcoming his South American counterpart, Fernando Huanacuni, in this capital. Controversy in Japan After Release of Documentary Exposing War Crimes Tokyo, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) A documentary recently published by the NHK, national public broadcasting organization, has today sparked off some public debates on the history and the participation of Japan in World War II (1939-1945). UN Experts Warn that Racism and Xenophobia Are on the Rise in U.S. United Nations, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) United Nations experts in human rights today expressed concern about the escalation of racism and xenophobia in the United States, in the wake of the far-right demonstrations and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. ANC Rules Out Sanctioning Its Lawmakers Who Voted against Zuma Pretoria, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The general secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantashe, said that he does not know which parliamentarians from his party voted against President Jacob Zuma, and ruled out stories about an alleged ''witch hunt'' against them, it was reported today. Colombia ELN Rebels May Call Unilateral Ceasefire for Pope's Visit Bogota, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Social organizations in Colombia have asked government and ELN leaders in the Quito talks to declare a temporary unilateral ceasefire for Pope Francis´s visit next month. Aggression on Venezuela Denounced in Spain Madrid, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Several political, social and solidarity Spanish organizations have denounced today the escalation of attacks against the people and government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Pakistan, Afghanistan Talk despite Tense Relationship Islamabad, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua discussed with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani the state of bilateral relations, marked by mutual accusations of support for armed groups, today reported the press. South African FM Accepts SADC Presidency Pretoria, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) South African Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has highlighted today the importance of SADC integration agenda for her nation and the rest of the regional States, coordinated in the effort to improve these peoples´ lives . Evo Morales Rejects US Vice President Statements on Venezuela La Paz, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has rejected today some statements made by U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence, against Venezuela during his 48-hour visit to Colombia. Budget Cuts Imposed by Temer Leave Brazilian Borders Unprotected Brasilia, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Budget cuts imposed on the Armed Forces by Michel Temer's administration left Brazil's borders unprotected, warned today by the Brasil 247 e-journal. El Salvador Commemorates Birthday of Saint Romero of the Americas San Salvador, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) A mass at the Hospitalito de la Divina Providencia marks today the 100th birthday of the blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who lived in the Carmelite congregation until his assassination in 1981. Saudi Arabia Threatens to Shoot Down Commercial Qatari Airliners Riyadh, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia is nowadays threatening to shoot down commercial Qatari airliners in mid-flight, if any of them enter its airspace, according to information released today by the Al-Arabiya television network. Daniel Ortega Rejects Trump's Threats against Venezuela Managua, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has rejected today US President Donald Trump´s threat for a military action on Venezuela and recalled that Latin America and the Caribbean was declared as a zone of peace. SADC Ministers Meet Today in Pretoria before Summit Pretoria, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The ministerial meeting of the South African Development Community (SADC) started here today with the debate on issues linked with regional integration, agricultural growth and early warning system of disasters. Despite U.S. Aggressions, Venezuela Pursues Peace Caracas, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) We have been forced to live under a financial blockade, mediatic war and, notwithstanding, the people bets on living in peace with the Bolivarian Revolution, affirmed today the Venezuelan Minister for University Education, Science and Technology, Hugbe Roa. The PASO in Argentina and What Is Coming Buenos Aires, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The results of the Open, Simultaneous and Compulsory Primaries (PASO, in Spanish) mark today what is coming in Argentina in the legislative election on October 22 with the most prominent political forces: Cambiemos and Unidad Ciudadana. Qatar Unsatisfied with Recent UN Decision Doha, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) Qatar has today expressed its dissatisfaction with the distancing by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concerning the blockade of four Arab nations imposed on Qatari Airlines. US Vice President Pence's Visits to Colombia Concludes Bogota, August 14 (Prensa Latina) US Vice President Mike Pence wound up today his 48-hour visit to Colombia, after meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos in the city of Cartagena de Indias. Iran and Saudi Arabia Take Steps to Goodwill Baghdad, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji has said today that Iran and Saudi Arabia are currently taking steps of goodwill to resume their bilateral relations, as reported by Alsumaria Iraqi TV-News on Friday. IS Claims Responsibility for Attack on US Troops Baghdad, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) has claimed today responsibility for an attack on US occupying troops in Iraq that killed two soldiers. Uruguayan Left Deplores Threats by Trump to Venezuela Montevideo, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Governing Broad Front criticized the threats by US President Donald Trump to carry out a military action against Venezuela, the media in this country published today. Fidel Castro an Example of Revolutionary Intransigence Havana, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) Many nations of the world will remember the ideas and actions by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, especially today, when the 91th anniversary of his birth has come. Lula Puts Brazil on the Move Por by Moisés Pérez MokBrasilia, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) Leader in all voter polling surveys for the 2018 elections, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will begin a tour of nine Northeastern states on August 17 that seeks to put Brazil on the move. Israeli Barrier against Gaza Described as Declaration of War Gaza, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which rules in the Gaza Strip, describes the underground barrier with which Israel attempts to block the tunnels as a declaration of war. Syrian Army Totally Occupies Sukhnek, attacks Raqqa and Deir Ezzor Damascus, Aug12 (Prensa Latina) Units of the Syrian army took control of the city of Sukhnek, east of the Homs province, and had successful operations in areas of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, reported today military sources. Russia Officially Establishes an Independent Anti-doping Agency Moscow, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Government validated by an official decree published today the creation of a new anti-doping laboratory independent of the Ministry of Sports. Libyan General Criticizes Italian Gov't for Naval Mission in Libya Rome, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) Libyan General Jalifa Haftar criticized today the Italian Government for not consulting him previously on the naval units placed into Libyan waters. Constituent Assembly Rejects U.S. Threats against Venezuela Caracas, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Delcy Rodríguez, rejected threats of the United States to attack Venezuela militarily and reasserted the support of Venezuelan people to President Nicolas Maduro. Russia Reiterates Criticism to US Sanctions and Accusations Moscow, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov reiterated today his country''s rejection of the sanctions imposed by Washington and called unfounded the accusations of supposed interference by Moscow in the US elections. Colombian Foreign Minister Highlights Cuba's Role in Peace Process Buenos Aires, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) I think we, the Colombians, will never have how to thank the Cuban government and that commitment to help and collaborate with peace, Colombia´s Foreign Minister, Maria Angela Holguin, said here. Syrian Army Faces Fight on Five Fronts Damascus, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army and allied militias have gained ground on five fronts against terrorist groups in the north-east, central and southern parts of the nation, where clashes broke out in vast desert and urban areas, said military sources. PASO Primaries in Argentina, Precandidates Close Campaigns Buenos Aires, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Election campaigns for the primaries closed the eve with different rallies before voting on Sunday at the so-called called PASO primaries. Bolivia and Chile to Check on Border Crimes La Paz, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia and Chile will continue to look into how to solve border crimes affecting them such as vehicle robbery and illegal entry of merchandise. US-Led Coalition Air Force Killed 19 in Syria Damascus, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) US-led coalition air force killed 19 people and injured dozens in airstrikes on Al Mayadeen and Al Tabni regions in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. Iranian President Appoints Three Women for Government Tehran, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hasan Rohani has appointed two women vice presidents of the government and a third to the position of adviser, the website Hispantv highlights today. SADC Officials Ready 37th Summit of that Organization Pretoria, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Officials of the Permanent Committee of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) began today the first sessions of a week of meetings of this regional organization leading next weekend to its 347th summit. Venezuela Rejects New US Sanctions Against its Democracy Caracas, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry has rejected today the new unilateral sanctions applied by the US government, this time against eight members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Ecuadorians Remember the First Cry of Independence Quito, August 10 (Prensa Latina) On August 10, 1809 started the struggles for the emancipation of Ecuador with the First Shout of Independence of this South American nation, commemorating today the relevant date. Cuba Guarantees Diplomatic Security with Severity and Seriousness Havana, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministry (MINREX) of the Republic of Cuba has reaffirmed today its pledge to guarantee with severity and seriousness the security for diplomatic corps accredited on the Caribbean island. Syrian Army Spurns Terror Attack in Homs Province Damascus, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army has spurned today a terror attack by IS, Daesh, in the eastern province of Homs after severe combats causing at least 80 terrorists dead and 20 soldiers, as reported by military sources. US LGTB Activist Lawyers Bring Lawsuit after Anti-Transgender Ban Washington, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Lawyers to two US LGTB activist organizations announced today that they had brought a lawsuit against a policy announced by President Donald Trump to prohibit the presence of transgender people in the Armed Forces. Venezuelan ANC Highlights Economy Diversification as Development Key Caracas, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Constituent (ANC) President Delcy Rodriguez highlighted economic diversification as the only way to overcome the system used in the war by the international right against Venezuela. UN Representative: More than 30,000 Missing in Mexico Mexico, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico, Jan Jarab, confirmed that up to now 30,000 people have been reported missing in the country in recent years. Combats Continue in Neighborhoods Near Syrian Capital Damascus, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Intense combats continued in Jobar and Ain Tarma neighborhoods, eastern of Damascus, between Syrian Army and Fatah al Sham elements, former Al Nusra, military sources reported today. Economic Debate Focuses Session of Venezuelan Constituent Assembly Caracas, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) participate here today in a workshop together with the National Council of the Economy abnd government officials looking for solutions to stop the war faced by Venezuela in that field. FARC-EP Guerrillas Could Be Personal Guards in Colombia Bogota, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Senate will discuss today the organic bill authorizing former FARC-EP combatants to work as security guards of the National Protection Unit (UNP). China Reports Over 35 Dead from Flood and Earthquake in Sichuan Beijing, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) China has reported today at least 35 dead and 275 wounded after a lethal combination of flooding and earthquake in Sichuan province, south of the country. Indian PM Calls for Fighting Poverty, Corruption New Delhi, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for fighting poverty, corruption, terrorism and sectarian strife in this country of 1,3 billion people. Isaac Makwala to Miss World Finals of 400 Flat Meters London, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) One of the main favorites to the golden medal in the finals of the 400 flat meters of the World Athletics Cup of London, Botswanian Isaac Makwala, will be absent at the starting line today here because of gastrointestinal problems. Constant USA Attack Against Venezuela Denounced Caracas, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Moncada, has denounced the constant U.S. aggression against his country''s democracy and criticized his insistence on ignoring the National Constituent Assembly. Uncertainty Grows in Argentina over Disappearance of Young Man Buenos Aires, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) A week after his disappearance, uncertainty grows to find the whereabouts of Santiago Maldonado, the Argentine young man who was last seen during the repression of the gendarmerie in Cushamen, in Chubut . Venezuela: Registration for Regional Election Begins Caracas, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The registration and nomination of candidates to elect the governors and the members of legislative councils in all 23 Venezuelan states opens on Tuesday until Wednesday, the National Election Council (CNE) reported today. Mexican States Coordinate Actions vs. Tropical Storm Lashing Mexico, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The states of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Oaxaca, Puebla, Chiapas, Veracruz and Tabasco are coordinating actions today due to the lashing of Tropical Storm Franklin. Iran Will not Allow Foreign Inspection of Its Military Sites Tehran, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The Iranian Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has affirmed that this Persian nation will not allow any foreign country to inspect its military sites under any circumstances, the Iranian Hispantv website reported today. Denunciation against Temer Still Unchanged, Says Attorney General Brasilia, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) The denunciation for passive corruption that Preasident Michel Temer is facing continues unchanged, awaiting the end of his term of office Attorney General Rodrigo Janot asserted in statements published today. DPRK Says to Use Nuclear Weapons Only if USA Attacks Manila, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has said that it has no intention of using nuclear weapons against any nation other than USA and only whether this latter attacks North Korea, as stated by Foreign Minister Ri Hong-Yo. Trump Attacks Media and Denies Polls Giving Him Low Support Washington, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) U.S. President, Donald Trump, attacked today the news media and democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal in a series of morning messages, in which he also celebrated what he considers successes of his administration. WHO: Bolivia Is An Example For World in Health La Paz, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is today an example for the world in terms of health due to the progress President Evo Morales has reached in this sphere, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) said here. EU Pleased with Nuclear Deal with Iran Tehran, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) The current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, was pleased with the progress of the nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the G5 + 1, as highlighted by the Hispantv digital site. Syrian Army Repels Terrorist Attacks in Northern Hama Damascus, Aug5 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army repelled attacks by the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) in the north of the central province of Hama, military sources reported today. Constituent Faces Hard and Complex Work in Venezuela Caracas, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) is facing a hard and complex work, starting today, to defend, deepen, renew and reinforce the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Indian Police Kill Three Insurgents in Kashmir New Delhi, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Members of the security forces killed three militants of the radical group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) during a clash in Jammu and Kashmir state, marked by separatist violence. Mercosur Foreign Ministers to Meet in Sao Paulo Saturday Brasilia, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay will meet this Saturday in Sao Paulo to discuss a proposal to submit Venezuela to the Ushuaia Protocol on Democratic Commitment in Mercosur. Massive Presence at Presidential Ceremony in Iran Tehran, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 85 countries and eight international organizations are expected tomorrow at the investiture ceremony for a second mandate of Iranian president, Hasan Rohani, reelected last May with 57 percent of the votes. South Korea to Assess THAAD's Environmental Impact Seoul, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) South Korea will assess in the coming week the environmental impact of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, deployed in the south region of this nation last April, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Third Man from Islamic State Dies during Iraqi Artillery Attack Baghdad, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Abu Suhaib, the third man in importance of the self-denominated Islamic State (EI), was killed during an artillery attack of the Iraqi aviation, Iraqi News website posted today. Pakistani Prime Minister Appoints Cabinet Members Islamabad, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan''s New Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, today appointed his cabinet members, mostly officials of his predecessor Nawaz Sharif, though with new portfolios. Panama Dismantles 14 Human Trafficking Networks Panama, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The dismantling of 14 organizations dedicated to human trafficking this year has allowed to rescue about 150 victims in the country, the Ministry of Security (MINSEG) of Panama informed. Venezuela Begins National Constituent Assembly's Sessions Caracas, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly begins sessions today at the Federal Palace in this capital, to define new constitutional bases to strengthen the Bolivarian model of government, established by late president Hugo Chavez in 1999. Russia Calls Myopic and Illegitimate the US Sanctions Policy Moscow, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Russian Press Secretary, Dmitri Peskov, has termed the US sanctions policy against his country as ''myopic, illegitimate and with no perspectives'' and reiterated the principle of defense of Russian national interests. China Concerned about Incident at Consulate in Los Angeles Beijing, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) China has declared today that it attaches great importance to the shooting incident occurred outside the Chinese Consulate General in the U.S. city of Los Angeles. India to Close Border with Pakistan New Delhi, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) India is fortifying today its border with Pakistan as security measure against the systematic infiltration of Islamic militants from the other country to carry out attacks, a military source confirmed. Venezuela's Constitutionalists Hold Working Session Caracas, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The 545 members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), elected on July 30 by more than eight million Venezuelans, are continuing in a working session today to begin debate in the Legislative Power on August 4. USA Seeks to Seize Venezuelan Oil, WikiLeaks says Caracas, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The biggest interest the United States has been pursuing in Venezuela for decades is oil, the WikiLeaks digital site recalled through its Twitter account. New De-Escalation Zone Declared in Syria Damascus, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) A ceasefire, from midday, has reportedly entered into force in the third de-escalation zone to curtail terrorist, armed actions and secure peace covering 84 localities with about 150,000 inhabitants in the north of the central Syrian province of Homs. Deputy Accuses Legislators of Making Corruption Official in Brazil Brasilia, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Federal Deputy Silvio Costa accused today part of the congress members of making corruption official in this country, because they were trying top shelve the denunciation against President Michel Temer for that crime. Nicaragua Prepares Municipal Elections With a Call to Preserve Peace Managua, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua is ready today for the municipal elections on November with a call to preserve peace and peaceful coexistence in dialogue, alliances and consensus in the country''s all communities. Syrian Army Controls Half of the Northern Province of Raqqa Damascus, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Military sources have confirmed today that Syrian Army and allied militias are currently controlling 50 percent of the northern province of Raqqa, where the Islamic State, Daesh, had claimed its capital. Situation in Venezuela Is Not a Threat to Peace, Diplomats at UN Say United Nations, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) The situation in Venezuela does not pose a threat to international peace and security, said the UN Security Council president this month, Egyptian ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta. Maduro Thanks Expressions of Solidarity before US Sanctions Caracas, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has thanked today the Public Powers and the State institutions that offered him support, facing the arbitrary and unilateral sanctions against him imposed by the U.S. government. US Attorney Considers Extraditable Ricardo Martinelli Panama, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) meets the requirements for extradition, according to the Miami Public Prosecutor''s Office, where he remains in detention, a local newspaper published today. Bolivian and Argentinian Foreign Ministers to Prepare Summit La Paz, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni announced that he would meet with the Argentinian foreign minister in the coming days to prepare a bilateral meeting between their respective presidents. Venezuela: Radiography of a Press Supporting the Coup Caracas, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) While the Venezuelan people carried out the epic election day of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the right-wing press was once again paying attention to the side of the violence. Trump's Immigration Policy Harms Children Washington, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Young children of immigrants are anxious due to the policies by President Donald Trump about their parents, according to a study quoted by media today. Over 80 Percent of Brazilians Demand Process Against Temer Brasilia, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Over 80 percent of Brazilians support the admission in the Chamber of Deputies of the denunciation for passive corruption presented by the General Attorney of the Republic (PGR) against President Michel Temer. USA Announces Sanctions against Maduro after Constituent Elections Washington, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The United States announced today economic sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, after the threats against the South American country to avoid the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) elections, held yesterday. Chilean Party Leader Asserts Interference in Venezuela Must Stop Santiago de Chile, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Chilean Communist Party (PCCh) Leader Guillermo Teiller asserted that all interfering actions carried out against Venezuela must stop and that the majority should respected. China Defends at UN Iran's Right to Nuclear Agreement United Nations, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) China has called today at the United Nations to respect the implementation of the nuclear agreement Iran reached with six world powers, a mechanism considered beneficial to the interests of peace of the international community. Evo Congratulates Venezuelan People for Constituent Election Victory La Paz, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today congratulated the Venezuelan people for their participation in the election of a new National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which won more than eight million votes. Maduro Thanks International Solidarity with Venezuela Caracas, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s President Nicolas Maduro thanked today the international solidarity with this South American nation, particularly the nations that have directly backed up the Sunday elections to set up a National Constituent Assembly. Syrian Army Reaches Northern Region of Deir Ezzor Province Damascus, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) After continuous fighting for almost 24 hours, Syrian army units managed to reach the northern border of Deir Ezzor province, military sources said. More Than Eight Million Venezuelans Cast their Votes Caracas, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced today that about 8,089,320 Venezuelans voted in the elections to elect the members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Brazil: Military Occupation of Rio is a Rehearsal, Warns Expert Brasilia, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) ''The military occupation of Rio de Janeiro ordered by President Michel Temer is just a rehearsal of a practice that could be extended to other Brazilian states,'' warned today political scientist Jorge Rubem Folena de Oliveira. Bolivia's President Slams US Unilateral Sanctions against Russia La Paz, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s President Evo Morales slammed the US as a ''threat to multilateralism, international law, the UN,'' and condemned the latest round of unilateral sanctions against Russia passed by the Senate. Child Pornography on the Internet Denounced in Mexico Mexico, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Some 3,444 reports were processed in Mexico from December 2012 to May 2017 for child pornography in the Internet, reported Sunday the Federal Police''s Scientific Division (FPSD). Venezuelan President Votes in Constitutional Election Caracas, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro voted today in the election held today in Venezuela to select 537 members out of the 545 seats of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Brazilian Senate Will Examine Request of Annulment of Dilma Impeachme Brasilia, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Over 24 thousand signatures have been counted at a citizen consultation on the proposal of annulment of the impeachment that put an end to the presidency of Dilma Rousseffm and the Senate will have to examine it, said the Network Brasil Actual. Unbelievable! Mexico and the CIA vs. Venezuela Orlando Oramas León * CARICOM Develops Project for Energy Effficiency Georgetown, Jul 29 (PL) A team of experts from the member countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are working to develop a code of construction of buildings with energy efficiency for the region, local media reported today. Opposition Criticizes Rajoy's Assessment of Management Madrid, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) The main opposition parties deplored today the assessment of Spanish President Mariano Rajoy for the first few months of his second term for triumphalist, saying that he boasted about good economic management. At UN, Bolivia Described Security Council as Anti-Democratic United Nations, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s permanent representative to the UN, Sacha Llorenti, has described today the Security Council as anti-democratic and anachronistic, calling for a reform in favor of world peace and stability. Bolivian President Honors Hugo Chavez's Anti-imperialist Legacy La Paz, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has recalled today the anti-imperialist legacy of former President, Hugo Chavez, in the face of attempts by the United States and right-wing sectors to discredit the democratic government in Venezuela. Solidarity With Cuba Floods the Historic Center of San Salvador San Salvador, July 28 (Prensa Latina) With homage to Hugo Chavez, Schafik Handal and Farabundo Marti, the Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will continue today, initiated with a demostration. Boko Haram Ambush in Nigeria Leaves More Than 50 Dead Abuja, July 28 (Prensa Latina) More than 50 people have been killed in northern Nigeria in an ambush by the islamic terror group, Boko Haram. Venezuela Setting Up over 24,000 Polling Stations for Sunday Vote Caracas, July 28 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela begins today to set up over 24,000 polling stations for next Sunday elections to choose the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Russia Announces Measures to Respond to US Sanctions Moscow, July 28 (Prensa Latina) Russia has announced today the blockade on the use of US embassy properties in this nation, effective August 1, and the demand to reduce its personnel by September 1. Pakistani PM Resigns over Corruption Scandal Islamabad, July 28 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan''s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned today shortly after his disqualification by the Supreme Court over a corruption case involving members of his family from revelations in the Panama Papers. Russia Would Expel Diplomats to Respond to Sanctions Moscow, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) Russia might expel 35 US diplomats and block properties of the US Embassy in Moscow, as a response to a new package of sanctions analyzed by the US Congress, said the local press here Thursday. FMLN Promotes Constitutional Reform Against Corruption San Salvador, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) plans to deal a mortal blow to corruption, through a constitutional reform that eliminates the statute of limitations of that crime. Cuba Reaffirms Unconditional Solidarity with Venezuela Pinar del Rio, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuba reiterates its unconditional solidarity with Venezuela and calls for respect for the sovereignty and self-determination of that nation, stated Cuban Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura. Rajoy Denies Knowledge of Alleged Slush Fund at Ruling PP Party Madrid, July 26 (Prensa Latina) Spanish President Mariano Rajoy has said on Tuesday that he had absolutely no knowledge about the possible existence of parallel accounts within his Popular Party (PP) that were allegedly used for opaque donations and illegal party financing, by testifying in one of the biggest corruption plots uncovered in this country . Arab governments deem terrorists to those linked with Qatar Ryadh, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrein and Egypt listed as terrorists another nine individuals and equal number of entities for supposedly receiving support from Qatar. Putin Discusses Comprehensive Cooperation with Iraqi Vice-president Moscow, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed today with Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Nuri Al-Maliki the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, including the commercial, energy and military-technical cooperation, during a meeting in the Kremlin. Bolivia, Chile Reactivate Border Committee, After Incidents La Paz, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Delegations from Bolivia and Chile are discussing today the possibility of adopting a protocol to resolve border incidents, such as those occurred in recent months, in which tensions between the two countries increased. President of Turkey Attacks the European Union Ankara, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Turkey''s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the European Union (EU) during a meeting with parliamentarians from his group, while bilateral talks are being held in Brussels. Syria's Determination and Tenacity Delivers Encouraging Results Damascus, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Syria''s determination and tenacity after more than five years of an imposed war are delivering encouraging results on the long and winding road to peace, still plagued of dangers and the terrible sequel of more than half a million people killed and injured. Bolivian Vice President to Participate in Congress on Latin America La Paz, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian vice president Alvaro Garcia Linera will travel to Serbia to attend the 18th Congress of the International Federation of Researches on Latin America and the Caribbean, said a statement issued today. Foreign Minister Denounces CIA Actions Against Venezuela Caracas, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada denounced the actions taken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to overthrow the legitimately elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. Trump's Son-in-law Denies Acts of Collusion with Russia Washington, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to US President Donald Trump, said he did not commit acts of collusion with Russia during his father-in-law''s campaign to reach the White House. Venezuela Announces Measures to Provide More Security to Elections Caracas, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, announced that new measures will be applied to ensure the security of the elections of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) in Venezuela, six days left from today one. Russia Considers EU's Support for U.S. Sanctions Unlikely Moscow, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) Russia on Sunday considered that the European Union (EU)''s support for the new unilateral sanctions debated in the U.S. Congress, with implications for the energy and banking sectors, is unlikely. Persian Gulf Crisis Was Planned, Qatari Diplomat Says Panama, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) Qatar''s crisis with the neighboring states was planned, according to that country''s ambassador to Panama, Nasser Rashid Al-Nuaimi, who rejected Doha''s links with terrorists, in an interview published in the newspaper La Prensa today. Maduro Says Constituent Assembly will Guarantee Peace, Justice Caracas, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has insisted that the first issue of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will be to guarantee peace, justice and truth in this South American nation. Syrian Army Strikes Terrorists in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) Units of the Syrian Army successfully attacked groups of terrorists near Deir Ezzor, in the north of the country, with support from the aviation, military sources reported today. ALBA Countries Rejects US Threats Against Venezuela Caracas, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry spread a statement issued by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which rejects the recent interventionist threats announced by the US government against Venezuela. Evo Highlights Bolivia's Independence from the IMF and World Bank La Paz, July 22 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has highlighted today on his Twitter account the total Bolivian independence from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), which have carried out devastating economic policies for many years in this South American nation. Venezuela's Supreme Court Declares Opposition's Judges Invalid Caracas, July 22 (Prensa Latina) The Constitutional Court of the Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ), by ruling 545, has ruled that the naming of several judges to form a ''parallel Supreme Court'' by the opposition-controlled National Assembly is null and is in direct violation of the Constitution. Qatar Emir Ready for Gulf Crisis Talks, but with Conditions Doha, July 22 (Prensa Latina) Qatar has reaffirmed today the premises raised by its Emir, Sheikh bin Hamad al-Thani, to the four Arab States that broke off diplomatic relations to solve the political crisis in the Persian Gulf region. Germany to Honor Victims of Terrorist Act in Shopping Center Berlin, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) The German government will commemorate this Saturday the first anniversary of the suicide attack of July 22, 2016 at a mall with a monument in honour of nine fatal victims. Philippine President Promises Never to Visit USA after Criticism Manila, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has promised today that he would never visit the United States despite an previous official invitation extended by his US counterpart Donald Trump. Mendoza Hosts MERCOSUR Summit Mendoza, Argentina, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Under strict security measures, the city of Mendoza welcomes today six presidents, seven foreign ministers and delegates from 11 nations to attend the six-monthly MERCOSUR Summit. Coastal Towns of Turkey and Greece Jolted by 6.4 Magnitude Quake Istanbul, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) A quake in the southeastern Aegean Sea past midnight jolted the coasts of Greece and Turkey, reportedly killing two people, injuring 150 in the Greek island of Kos and damaging vessels in the Turkish port of Bodrum. Syrian Army Offensives in Three Combat Zones Damascus, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army troops and allied militias are carrying out heavy offensives south of Raqqa, east of Homs and in areas near the Qalamun region, close to the Lebanese border, according to military sources. Peru Declares Emergency after 36 Days of Teacher Strike Lima, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government declared today the state of emergency in a province and five districts in this country, after protests by teaches on strike, and established that the Armed Forces supported the police to keep peace. 'I Am Obsessed with Returning to Recover Brazil,' Says Lula Brasilia, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said today that he is obsessed with ruling again the country, to recover it and prove that it is possible to do so. Extreme-Right Wing Groups Attack Venezolana de Television Channel Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Vandalistic groups linked to extreme-right wing opposition in Venezuela attacked the headquarters of Venezolana de Television (VTV) channel, located in Los Ruices, municipality of Sucre, state of Miranda, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelan Electoral Power Asks For Support to Garantee Security Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, has asked the Defense Council activated in Venezuela to join the electoral process as a State action to guarantee the national security and defense of the Venezuelans. Overpowering Persecution against Lula, Unequaled in Brazilian History Brasilia, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The history of Brazil did not know until today a judicial, media and political persecution as overwhelming as that suffering ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, denounced the Workers'' Party (PT). Syrian Army Surrounds ISIS Terrorists in the Center of the Country Damascus, July 20 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army troops and allied militias have rapidly moved forward in the last 24 hours to surround ISIS terror groups in the center and east of the country, according to military sources today. India to Meet its Next President Today New Delhi, July 20 (Prensa Latina) The Indians will know today their next president''s name, a post disputed by former governor Ram Nath Kovind and the ex-parliamentary Meira Kumar supported by the government and the opposition, respectively. Defense Council Supports Measures in Defense of Venezuela Sovereignty Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Deputy President Tareck El Aissami supported today the measures passed by the National Defense Council (CDN) given the threats posed by the United States to take economic sanctions against Venezuela. Opposition Defeat Sets the Political Scene in Ecuador Quito, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The decision taken by the National Assembly (Parliament) to file the impeachment request against Ecuadorean Vice President, Jorge Glas, has set today the political setting in this South American nation. Major Cabinet Reshuffle in Turkey Ankara, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, has submitted his cabinet reshuffle after a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bolivian Parliamentarians Welcome Meeting with Chile La Paz, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian lawmakers have welcomed the upcoming meeting of the Border Committee with Chile, to be held in Santa Cruz, and hope to achieve breakthroughs in resolving incidents along the line of demarcation. Chinese Scientists to Develop Intelligent Drilling Systems Beijing, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Chinese researchers, scientists and specialist are currently working on developing intelligent drilling systems with independent intellectual property rights, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announces today. Syrian Army Develops Offensive in Southern Raqqa Damascus, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) After fierce fighting, the Syrian army is carrying out some offensive operations in southern Raqqa, where U.S. forces are besieged by US-backed Islamic forces, military sources said today. US Federal Senate is Asked to Include Puerto Rico in Tax Reform San Juan, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila has said today that the current crisis in Puerto Rico requires a different economic relationship with the United States, and therefore it requested its inclusion in any US federal tax system reform. Philippine President Calls for Extension of Martial Law in Mindanao Manila, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Parliament to extend the Martial Law in the southern island of Mindanao until December 31st to eliminate terrorism in that region, said today the Manila Times. Turkey to Fight Terror 'to the end' Ankara, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that his government will resolutely continue fighting terrorism in the country and beyond, till eliminating the last terrorist. 'I will Fight Until the End to Defend My Dignity', Says Lula Brasilia, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Tuesday repeated his conviction that he is a victim of true political persecution, and assured that he will fight to the end for his dignity. Evo Morales to Attend Forum of Sao Paulo Meeting in Nicaragua La Paz, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales will travel to Nicaragua to attend the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum which will be held in Managua on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista People´s Revolution. Syrian Army Makes Further Advance in Raqqa towards Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) After fierce fighting, Syrian Army units have reportedly crushed more ISIS positions in southwestern Raqqa, taking control of more terrain in the offensive towards the province of Deir Ezzor. Putin Highlights Russia's Aerospace Development at MAKS Moscow, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin today highlighted the development of aerospace technology in his country, which has the potential to show the world, at the opening of the 12th International Aerospace Fair of Moscow (MAKS), being held at the Zhukovsky airport. Sao Paulo Forum to Approve Our Americas Consensus in Nicaragua Managua, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Forum will officially approve the Our Americas Consensus here on Tuesday, a programmatic document to promote unity among progressive and left-wing forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuba and Colombia Foster Political and Trade Ties Havana, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Colombia have today strong political and commercial ties, following the recently concluded official visit by the president of that South American nation, Juan Manuel Santos, to the Caribbean island. Four Ex Presidents Declared Persona Non Grata in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has declared former Presidents Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Andres Pastrana (Colombia) and Laura Chinchilla and Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Costa Rica) as persona non grata, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry posted on its Twitter account. Colombian President Honors Cuba's National Hero Havana, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos paid tribute today to the Cuban National Hero Jose Marti in the Memorial of the Revolution Square, accompanied by the Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra. China Welcomes Talks Proposal Between Pyongyang and Seoul Beijing, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) China applauded today a proposal by the Republic of Korea to hold military talks and between Red Cross organizations with the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK), urging both sides to reach a consensus. 67-Percent US Citizens Rejects Trump's Twitter Habits Washington, July 17 (Prensa Latina) 67 percent of US citizens disapproved of President Donald Trump''s unconventional Twitter habits to comunicate with the people, according to ABC News and The Washington Post. Several Women Aspire to the ANC Presidency in South Africa Pretoria, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Several South African women have begun promoting political campaigns as presidential candidates for the African National Congress (ANC), ahead of the conference that the organization will hold in December to elect its new leaders, it was reported today. Argentina Holds Technical Meetings Prior MERCOSUR Summit Buenos Aires, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The technical meetings of the MERCOSUR''s Summit of Heads of State will begin today prior to the event, in which the heads of States of that bloc and other guests will bring together in the Argentine city of Mendoza. Temer's Fortune Wasted to Buy Lawmakers will Be Useless Brasilia, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The fortune that Michel Temer wasted to buy lawmakers to try to bury the charges of corruption against him will be useless, the president of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism, José Roberto de Toledo, said today. Tropical Storm Talas Bears Down on Central Vietnam Hanoi, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The disappearance of a dozen sailors and material damages, in principle classified as large amount, is the fatal trail left by Tropical Storm Talas as it battered along the central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh. Russia: U.S. Conditions to Return Properties Are Unacceptable Moscow, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia said today that the imposition of conditions to unblock its diplomatic properties in New York and Washington are unacceptable, and called for dialogue in that regard between the two countries'' foreign ministries. Syrian Army Faces Attacks in Southern Part of Country Damascus, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Terrorist elements have attacked Syrian army units in the southern region of the country, according to some images and information released by military sources in Damascus. As reported by several media, including the Al Masdar News website, these terror troops belong to the Jaysh Osoud al Sharquiyah group, linked to the so-called US-backed Syrian Free Army (ELS). Venezuela Denounces Media Manipulation of Electoral Drill Caracas, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has denounced today El Pais newspaper, for distorting the Venezuelan reality, by making improper use of images and manipulating the truth, to confuse international public opinion. Former FBI Director James Comey is Writing a Book Washington,Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who was fired in May by President Trump, is writing a book about his experience in public service, including his tumultuous and brief tenure in the Trump administration. Fire in Eastern China Kills 22, Injures 3 Beijing,Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) At least 22 people were killed and three others wounded after a house caught fire in China''s eastern Jiangsu Province today, according to reports. Bolivia to Discuss Protocol for Border Issues in Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will present a draft protocol to settle the border incidents at a meeting with Chile, scheduled for June 25th in the department of Santa Cruz, said Bolivian foreign minister Fernando Huanacuni. Values and Legacy of Nelson Mandela Highlighted in Cuba Havana, July 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban sports delegates, executives and participants in the race for the International Day of South African leader Nelson Mandela highlighted today the importance of their legacy for the new generations in the world. More than 100,000 migrants arrived in Europe in 2017 Geneva, July 15 (Prensa Latina) A total of 103 thousand 175 migrants arrived in the Mediterranean Sea to Europe so far this year, ANC President Calls on Alliance Members to Achieve Unity Pretoria, July 15 (Prensa Latina) African National Congress (ANC) President, Baleka Mbete, called on members of the South African government''s tripartite alliance to resolve their differences and join forces to successfully face the 2019 general elections, here. Islamist Organization and Leaders Condemn Israeli Action in Al-Aqsa Riyadh, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and various Arab and Muslim institutions and countries condemned today Israel''s decision to close the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and ban Palestinians from praying. Mexico to Host Summit on Cancer Mexico, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will host the World Leaders Summit on Cancer 2017, Cities Leading the Change, a venue to contribute reaching the target of reducing by 25 percent the deaths due to that illness in 2025, it was known today. Syria Describes Seventh Round of Dialogue in Geneva as Useful United Nations, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Syrian governmental delegation at the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Bashar al-Jaafari, described today as useful the seventh round of talks, in which the fight against terrorism was discussed by the parts. Man Stabs Six Tourists in Egypt in Deadly Spree; Two Died Cairo, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) An unidentified man attacked six foreign tourists, two of whom died in the luxurious spa town of Hurghada, south of the Sinai peninsula facing the Red Sea, reported the Interior Ministry. Pastors for Peace Highlights Legacy of Reverend Lucius Walker Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Members of the 28th Caravan of the United States-Cuba Friendship of Pastors for Peace highlighted today the legacy of Rev. Lucius Walker, initiator of this solidarity initiative 25 years ago. State Budget 2016 Guaranteed Social Services in Cuba Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban state budget managed to guarantee the financial demands for social services while supporting the funding required in the productive sphere, noted the Minister of Finance and Prices, Lina Pedraza. Venezuelan FM Denounces US Attack Caracas, July 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Samuel Moncada, has denounced today the US intentions to increase its attacks against the sovereignty of the South American nation through pressure to other countries. A Venezuelan Majority Not Trusting the Opposition to Solve the Crisis Caracas, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) A 71 percent of the Venezuelans believe that the national opposition lacks a concrete plan to overcome the current economic situation in the country, according to investigation carried out by Hinterlaces pollster. Pakistan- Government and Opposition Fight Over Future Prime Minister New Delhi, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Although he refuses to leave his post, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is against the ropes today due to a corruption scandal that involves him and that it is used by the opposition to demand that he be replaced at the helm of the country. Elections in Brazil without Lula Would Be a Fraud, FMLN Says San Salvador, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) has described today as an attack to the Brazilian democracy a recent ruling to remove former President Luiz Inacio ''Lula'' da Silva from the electoral battle. South African Doctors Trained in Cuba Graduate in KwaZulu-Natal Pretoria, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) About 70 South African doctors who studied in Cuba were graduated today at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, at a ceremony presided over by Deputy Health Minister of this country, Joe Phaahla, and Cuba''s Ileana Morales. Seventh Round of the Intra-Syrian Dialogue Ends in Geneva United Nations, July 14 (Prensa Latina) The seventh round of the UN-sponsored dialogue between Syrian government and opposition representatives ends today in Geneva, and the mediator of the process, Staffan de Mistura, will report to the Security Council. Cuban MPs Analyze Progress of the Country in Plenary Session Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Parliament is analyzing today the full progress of the country by reviewing the summary of the main issues discussed during the Ninth period of session of its Eighth Legislature. 'Prensa Latina is a Referent in Global Information': Pascual Serrano By Jorge Petinaud Seven Thousand Stolen Mobile Phones Seized in Mexico Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Finance Ministry in Mexico City occupied seven stolen thousand cell phones during an operation in several commercial places of the historical center, said today the press. Brazil to Continue Bleeding while Temer Rules, Says Parliamentarian Brasilia, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) As long as President Michel Temer remains in power, Brazil will continue to bleed, parliamentarian from the Workers'' Party (PT) Patrus Ananias told the Constitutional and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the Lower House. Caravan of Pastors for Peace Begins Visit to Cuba Havana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The 28th Caravan of the United States-Cuba Friendship, led by Pastors for Peace, arrived today to Cuba, seeking to support the calls for the end of the economic, financial and commercial blockade set up by the United States. Chile to Request Extradition of Dictatorship Assassin in USA Santiago de Chile, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Supreme Court gave green light to the petition to the United States to extradite Armando Fernandez Larios, ex-Army officer accused of participation in several assassinations. Tillerson Left Persian Gulf Apparently without Resolving Qatar Crisis Cairo, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Doha on Thursday with no breakthrough reported in resolving the month-long dispute, which pits the Saudi-led Arab quartet against Qatar. USA Preventing Inspection of Chemicals Weapons in Syria, Says Russia Moscow, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The United States by all means tries to prevent the sending of experts to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria, denounced today Mikhail Ulianov, director of the arms control department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Cameroon: Death Toll From Terror Attack Rises to 19 Yaunde, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The death toll from the double bombing in northern Cameroon rose to 19 today, after accounts from authorized sources. Paraguayan Guasu Front Against Lula da Silva Sentence Asuncion, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The condemnation of former Brazilian president Lula Da Silva is a new blow to democracy in Brazil, the Paraguayan left-wing Front Guasu party (FG) believes today. Bolivian FM Highlights Importance of Borders Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni has stated that the meeting of the Border Committee with Chile stands out today as an important mechanism to resolve consular and border issues between the two countries. PEMEX Workers Accused of Stealing Fuel in Mexico Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) More than 600 workers, union members and reliable to the company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), were accused of participating during one year in stealing fuel from the company, according top reports today. Maduro Calls for Justice for Victims of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has approved a budget of 40 billion bolivares (about $15 million USD) for the Venezuelan National Victim Assistance Fund. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Strengthen Ties Dhaka, July 13 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today began a three-day visit to Bangladesh focused on strengthening economic and trade ties between the two South Asian countries. One Million Adolescents without Educational Coverage in Guatemala Guatemala, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) One million adolescents are without educational coverage at different levels of education in Guatemala, according to local educational research organizations. Cuban Ministers Report before Parliament's Committees Havana, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the agencies of the Cuban State central administration are reporting today on their management to the legislators, prior to the Ninth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the Parliament. Malaysia Warns ISIS Is Expanding in South East Asia Kuala Lumpur, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has warned on the expansion of the Islamic State (ISIS) in South East Asia, where the terrorist organization wants to set bases after losing territory in the Middle East. Cuban Food-Processing Industry Targeted by National Deputies Havana, July 12 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban food-processing industry is undergoing a phased recovery, which prioritizes the dairy and meat industries, given the financial, material and human impossibility of making progress in all sectors. Evo Morales Highlights Image Won by Bolivia With Return of Chileans La Paz, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has highlighted the international image won by the country after the return of two Chilean police officers that were arrested inside Bolivian territory on July 7. Black List of Journalists Covering G20 in Germany Denounced Berlin, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Politicians and press associations criticized the withdrawal of accreditations for dozens of journalists during the recent G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg, news media report today. Russia and China to Veto US Resolution Against North Korea at UN Moscow, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Russia and China will veto a US draft resolution in the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK), released the media here today. UN-Supported Intra-Syrian Dialogue Continues in Geneva Damascus, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The 7th round of the so-called Intra-Syrian Dialogue continues at UN''s headquarters in Geneva where a government''s delegation headed by top diplomat Bashar al-Jaafari is talking with oppositions representatives. US Consortium Involved in Aggression vs. Venezuelan Ambassador Caracas, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Gabriel Manzano and Tatiana Low, the attackers of Venezuelan diplomat Rafael Ramirez, hold executive positions in the U.S. consortium Citibank, stated as one of the main actors in the financial war against Venezuela, media announced today. Ramirez, current Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, recently denounced that two people attacked several members of his family in New York City, La Tabla website posted. Spain Dismantles International Network of Child Pornography Madrid, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) With the arrest of 50 people in 15 countries, Spain has dismantled an international network of distribution of child pornography through the WhatsApp mobile instant messaging service, reported the National Police here Friday. Mexican Oil Production Touches Bottom México, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Oil extraction in Mexico will fall by the end of this year below the two million barrels per day, its lowest level since 1980, it was known today. Economic and Social Issues Focus Debates on Cuban Parliament Havana, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban parliamentarians are analyzing today the implementation of the capacity recovery program in the food industry during the third and final working day of the Permanent Committees of that legislative body. Industrial Summit Proposed for 2019 in Russian Innoprom Expo Ekaterimburgh, Russia, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Russian Minister of Trade and Industry, Denis Manturov, supported the initiative of Sverdlov province, Evgueni Kuibashev, to host an industrial sunmit as part of the Innoprom-2019 expo in this city. Trump Was Isolated at G-20 Summit, Bolivian President Says La Paz, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has said today that his United States peer, Donald Trump, was isolated at the decision of the G-20 Summit participants to support the Paris Agreement. New York Activists Agree On New Solidarity Actions for Cuba New York, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Activists of solidarity with Cuba from organizations based in this city, have agreed new actions for the coming months, during a meeting that ended on Monday night. Venezuelan Opposition Recognizes Possible Plebiscite Failure Caracas, July 11 (Prensa Latina) The former secretary general of the opposition Democratic Presidential Table (MUD), Jesús ''Chúo'' Torrealba, acknowledged a possible failure of the plebiscite called for July 16 due to the lack of organizational capacity of the right. Pope Francis Approves New Criterion of Beatification and Canonization Rome, July 11 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis approved on his own initiative today to include the ''offering of life'' among the criteria for the process of beatification and canonization in the Catholic Church. Canadian Armed Forces Supporting Emergency Response to Wildfires B.C Ottawa,Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have sent air assets, liaison and personnel to support the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires in British Columbia. Philippines-Death Toll in Marawi Conflict Breaches 500 Mark Manila, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Armed Forces of the Philippines today reported that the number of fatalities in Marawi since the pro-ISIS Maute group attacked government troops on May 23 has breached the 500 mark,according to Army General Restituto Padilla. USA Agents in Charge of Coup Plan in Venezuela Caracas, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Journalist Jose Vicente Rangel has affirmed today that the coup d''Etat in progress in Venezuela has been worked in U.S. war laboratories by specialists in destabilizing activities. China, Asean Strengthen Trade and Economic Links Beijing, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) China and the Association of Southe Eastern Asia Nations (Asean) advanced in strengthening trade and economic relations due mainly to political confidence and the annual between both parts, it was highlighted here today. Iran Assures It Is Ready to Address US inappropriate measures Tehran, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Iran is well prepared to deal with any inappropriate measure taken by Washington, specially directed to hinder the nuclear deal with the world major powers, Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed. Venezuela: Maduro Calls to Walk Firmly towards Constituent Assembly Caracas, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called today on the people to continue to walk firmly towards the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to achieve peace in the country. Russian Missile-Launcher Frigate Steaming towards Syria Tehran, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Russian''s Admiral Essen frigate, a sophisticated missile launching vessel, is on her way to Syria''s waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, a military source affiliated to the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by FARS news agency. Opportunities and Challenges in Chinese Auto, Spare Parts Market Beijing, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The fast development of the auto and spare parts market in China shows the world that despite challenges, opportunities in that sector are greater with the manufacturing of electrtic, intelligent and conventional vehicles. Tobacco Areas to Increase in Cuba Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Considered the greatest tobacco producing region in the country, this western Cuban province will increase 700 hectares for the crop of the solanaceous leaf in the coming campaign, and the initial plantings are scheduled for October. Anti-polio Vaccination Campaign Begins in Pakistan Islamabad, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan''s health authorities today began a massive campaign to vaccinate more than 10,4 million children against poliomyelitis in order to eradicate the country''s disease. Brazilian Senator Lindbergh Farias Demands Direct Elections Brasilia, July 9 (Prensa Latina) The Workers'' Party (PT) Leader in the Federal Senate, Lindbergh Farias, has urged today people´s and social movements and citizens to ''not lose focus'' and demand direct elections . Trumps:This is the Moment to Move Forward in US-Russia Ties Washington, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump said today this is the moment to move forward in a constructive relation with Russia, after the recent meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, venue of G-20 summit. Election Campaign to Begin for National Constituent Assembly Caracas, July 9 (Prensa Latina) Over 6,000 candidates will begin their election campaign on July 30 for electing the 545 members for the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Syria Rebuffs Israeli Local Election in Golan Heights Damascus, July 9 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministry and Expatriates has affirmed that Syria categorically rejects the Israeli announcement for holding elections on October 2018 in the villages of the occupied Syrian Golan, according to a release today. Venezuelan Justice Takes Humanitarian Measure in Favor of Opponent Caracas, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) granted home arrest to Venezuelan opponent Leopoldo Lopez, who was serving time in a prison in the state of Miranda and was having health problems. Venezuela Lauds Merits of Mission Miracle after 13 Years Caracas, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) As an initiative by the historic leaders of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and Cuba, Fidel Castro, Mission Miracle, a social program created 13 years ago, has returned visual health to millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Erdogan Presents Relations with Russia as Example Hamburg, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The presidents of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Russia, Vladimir Putin, met today in the framework of the Summit of the G20 being held here, where they lauded their countries'' good relations and analyzed the situation in Syria. Russia, USA and Jordan to Work on Demilitarization Zone in Syria Moscow, July 8 (Prensa Latina) Russian police, in cooperation with the United States and Jordan, will patrol a demilitarized zone in southern Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today at the G20 Summit. UN Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons United Nations, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Around 130 countries adopted a treaty today banning nuclear weapons, a multilateral instrument negotiated without the participation of States possessing such devices, by consensus at the United Nations. Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Adopted at UN by Vote By Waldo Mendiluza Putin, Trump Holds First Meeting; They Agree It Was Good Hamburg, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Presidents Vladimir Putin, of Russia, and Donald Trump, of the United States, held today in Hamburg, Germany, a much-anticipated first meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, and said it was good and they would continue to meet. Arab Countries Announce New Sanctions Against Qatar Cairo, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Qatar will be subject to further sanctions for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, a joint statement says here today, some few hours after a meeting of foreign ministers from those states. Biggest Solidarity Economy Fair of Latin America Starts Today Brasilia, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The biggest gathering on solidarity economy of Latin America, the International Cooperativism Fair (Feicoop) starts today in the gaucho city of Santa Maria, in the central region of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Putin Calls in Hamburg to Form a Common Front against Terrorism Moscow, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin today reiterated his call to form a common front, under the leadership of the United Nations, against international terrorism, speaking at the summit of the G-20 Group in Hamburg, Germany. Communist Party Wins Local Elections in Nepal Kathmandu, July 7 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Communist Party of Nepal-Marxist Unified Leninist (CPN-UML) became the first local-level force in this country by winning 268 of the 617 disputed councils in the recent elections, according to data released today. Gabon's President Begins Official Talks in Cuba Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Gabon''s President, Ali Bongo, is complying here today with an official agenda whose objective is to meet with his peer and host, Raul Castro. Germany to Call for Fair Trade Regulations at G20 Summit Hamburg, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) German chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany will defend free trade with fair regulations at the G20 Summit, starting here tomoday amid differences and social protests. UN Expert Admits Pressure Regarding Investigations on Syria United Nations, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Edmond Mulet, head of the Joint Investigation Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, admitted here Thursday that he is receiving pressure to work on the results of the investigations and adapt them to political interests. Two Dead People and 500,000 Evacuated because of Strong Rains Tokyo, Japan, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) At least two people died and 11 are reported as disappeared in Japan, because of the strong rains affecting the southwest of the archipelago, said Japanese state television and radio chain Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Thursday. Katherine Harrington Barred from Performing her Duties Caracas, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Deputy Attorney General Katherine Harrington was barred from performing her duties today, since she was denied entry to the main department of the Attorney General´s Office in the capital. Haiti Wants to Improve Emergent Situation by 2030 Port au Prince, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations in Haiti and the Government signed a 2017-2021 Outline Agreement that will be the guideline to meet the sustainable development goals and reach 2030 in better conditions, the station Radio Metropole reported today. China and Germany Agree to Strengthen Bilateral Ties Beijing, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on an official visit to Germany today, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to upgrade bilateral relations and design a new project for the future development of the integral strategic association. Brazil Must be Alert to Coup Radicalization, Warns Dilma Brasilia, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Former President Dilma Rousseff warned that Brazil should be alert for a possible radicalization of the coup d''etat that separated her from her post last year and advances today, at a fast pace, toward its ruin. Spain: Raising Concern about International Terrorism Madrid, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) International terrorism is one of the 10 problems that worry Spanish population the most, said a survey carried out by the state-owned Center for Sociological Researches (CIS). El Salvador Prepares Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba San Salvador, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The 2nd Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will be held from July 27th to 29th in El Salvador to discuss regional actions to support Cuba and the Revolution. Japanese Navy Training Squadron to Arrive in Havana Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) A Training Squadron of the Japanese Self-defense Navy is to arrive today in Havana on an official visit, informed daily Granma. Russia Successfully Launches New Missile against Daesh in Syria Moscow, Russia, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Russian Tu-95MS long-range bombers struck three large terrorist arms and ammunition depots in Syria with brand new Kh-101 (X-101) cruise missiles. Details on Antiterrorist Raid in Brussels Brussels, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The belgian federal police and attorney general office revealed new details on the antiterrorist raid carried out in this capital Wednesday, which resulted in the arrest of four individuals, under the suspect of having planned a terrorist attack. Here We Are, More Rebels and Sovereign than Ever, Says Maduro Caracas, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Independence or nothing, said the liberators, and here we are standing up, independent, more rebels and sovereign than ever, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated today, at the commemorative act for the anniversary of Venezuela''s independence. Venezuela Independence is a Matter of Today; Says Defense Minister Caracas, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Independence is not a matter of yesterday, today and tomorrow, assured the Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino today during the ceremony of flag raising for Venezuela''s Independence Day . Merkel, Xi Agreed to Enhance Germany, China Relations Berlin, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) After striking multibillion dollar agreements with Russia and raising the strategic relations with Moscow, China''s President Xi Jinping has agreed Wednesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to lift China-Germany ties to new and higher levels. European Parliament Ratifies Cooperation Agreement with Cuba Brussels, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament today ratified the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cuba, signed at the end of 2016, which promotes diplomatic and economic relations between the EU and the Caribbean nation. Russian Strategic Bombers Hit ISIS in Syria Moscow, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Russian strategic bombers struck today ISIS targets in Syria, using modern X-101 strategic cruise missiles. Several weapon stockpiles and a terrorist command center were destroyed in the strike, the Ministry of Defense reported in a statement. Vote Buying, a New Charge against Temer Brasilia, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) A new charge against President Michel Temer for buying votes will be submitted today to the Attorney General''s Office by federal lawmakers from the Workers'' Party (PT) of Brazil. Chinese President Pleads for United, Stable, Prosperous and Open EU Beijing, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping, on an official visit to Germany, said Beijing that supports a united, stable, prosperous and open European Union (EU) during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. China and Russia Prioritize Cooperation to Solve Korean Crisis Moscow, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Russia and China are giving priority in international cooperation to the solution to the dispute in the Korean peninsula and signed agreements today to extend their economic, financial and technological collaboration. Increased Cases of Child Abuse in Guatemala Guatemala, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) A total of 708 cases of child abuse were reported so far in Guatemala by the Judicial Organization, said the newspaper La Hora on its website. Canada to Pay Omar Khadr 10.5M For Suffering at Guantanamo US Prision Ottawa,Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian government is going to apologize and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, with Canada''s Supreme Court later ruling that officials had interrogated him under ''oppressive circumstances''according to The National Post. ELN Guerilla Presents Conditions for Cease Fire in Colombia Bogota, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN) has issued a statement here in which it has exposed the five conditions necessary to enact a bilateral cease-fire, national morning reports say. Presidents of China and Russia Synchronize Actions Beijing, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) President Xi Jinping and his Russian peer, Vladimir Putin, have agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties and coordination on the Korean peninsula and other relevant issues at global scale. Floods Forced Evacuation of Almost 1 Million Residents in C. China Beijing, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Torrential rains have unleashed widespread floods in Hunan, Central China, forcing the evacuation of 964,000 residents in Changsha, the provincial capital, and surrounding areas, local authorities reported. First Investment Forum Opened in Syria Damascus, July 4 (Prensa Latina) More than 140 development projects in almost all economic areas in Syria were presented to the First Investment Forum opened in Damascus, highlight today media reports in this capital. Syria Denounces Threats by the United States Damascus, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Feisal al-Miqdad has denounced that governments in the Persian Gulf and the West are currently rearming terrorist organizations in Syria to follow orders by Israel and the United States. Greek Coast Guard Fired at Turkish Cargo Ship, Captain Says Istambul,Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The captain of a Turkish cargo ship said it received warning shots from the Greek coast guard today in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Rhodes island. India Successfully Test Fires Short Range Surface to Air Missile New Delhi,Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) India today successfully test-fired its locally developed quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile from a test range along the Odisha coast. The Extreme Right Wing Spreads False Messages in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The media labs of the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) in Venezuela published an alleged instructive message aimed at the People''s Assemblies and containing a false list of reasons for the call to a National Constituent Assembly (ANC, in Spanish), the government denounced. Qatari FM Visits Kuwait and Responds to Demands From Four Countries Kuwait, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Qatar''s foreign minister, Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, arrived in Kuwait today to deliver a response to the demands presented by four Arab countries as a condition to reestablish diplomatic relations, which were severed on June 5. Development Priority for Caricom Summit Starting Today Saint George''s, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Contemporary regional topics, with emphasis on issues linked to development will be disujssed in Grenada during the 38th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) confirmed the Secretary General of the organization, Irwin LaRocque. Chinese President Tours Russia, Germany, Attends G-20 Meeting Beijing, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) President Xi Jinping is on an official visit to Russia today, to be continued in Germany, where he will also attend the G-20 summit in Hamburg, on a journey aimed at strengthening ties and expanding cooperation. Piñera, Sanchez Dominate Primary Elections in Chile Santiago, Chile, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Former President, Sebastian Piñera, and journalist, Beatriz Sanchez, in their respective right and left coalitions, have dominated the primary elections in Chile, counted more than 70 percent of the polling stations. Negotiation to Ban Nuclear Weapons Enters Final Week United Nations, July 3 (Prensa Latina) The second United Nations conference to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons enters today its final week, with the expectation that the international instrument could be agreed on Friday. Argentinian Workers´ Unions to Demonstrate for their Rights Buenos Aires, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Argentinian workers´ unions CTA and CTA Autonoma will hold a demonstration next Wednesday at the Hotel Bauen along with 50 organizations to protest against what they described as an offensive of the Government against their rights. Maduro Urges Armed Forces to Defend Venezuela's Future Caracas, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) During a ceremony to promote army officers, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro urged the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) and the Venezuelan population to fight together for a future in peace, free and sovereign. Qatar Ready to Handle Consequences of Rejecting Ultimatum Doha, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Qatar said today that is ready to handle the negative consequences of rejecting the 13 demands of the ultimatum tabled by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, while saying that they were ''made to be rejected''. Evo Morales Criticizes US-Chilean Military Maneuvers La Paz, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the joint US-Chilean naval maneuvers Teamwork South 2017 carried out on the South American coast of Chile. Protests against G-20 Summit in Germany Berlin, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Tens of thousands of people took to the streets today in Hamburg to protest against the upcoming G-20 summit, which will take place in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July. More than 70,000 Homicides in Mexico since 2014 Mexico, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Mexican authorities have registered 70,122 malicious murders between 2014 and the first five months of this year, met today. US: Activists Prepare to Defend Undocumented Youth Washington, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Immigrant rights activists are preparing today to fight against several US states calling for the elimination of the DACA program for Deferred Action for Children Arrivals. Polling Stations Open Sunday in Chile for Primary Elections Santiago, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Over 14 million 120 thousand Chileans are eligible to vote Sunday to choose in primary elections who will be the official candidates for the presidential elections of November 19 for two political alliances: Let''s Go Chile and Broad Front. Deadline for Angolan Political Forces to Prepare Lists of Observers Luanda, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) The political forces involved in the Angolan general elections on August 23 will met on Monday the deadline to present their lists of international observers. Presidents of Serbia and Kosovo to Hold 'Informal Meeting' Belgrade, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will be on Monday in Brussels for an ''informal meeting'' with Kosovo''s President Hashim Thaci, sponsored by the head of the European Union (EU) diplomacy, Federica Mogherini. General Attorney Responsible for Wave of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela Executive Vicepresident, Tareck El Aissami, held the General Attorney, Luisa Ortega, responsible for the spiraling violence generated in the country, nurtured by ultraright sectors that want to overthrow the government. El Aissami accused Ortega of having a biased attitude with those who try to destabilize Venezuela and accused her of making the Prosecution or Public Ministry an appendix of the opposition with its silence. With Little Expectations, Primaries in Chile this Sunday Santiago de Chile, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) About 13.5 million Chileans should vote this Sunday in the primaries of two political groups, althougjh expectations are moderate and soccer gets most of the attention. Grenada Ready to Host CARICOM Summit Georgetown, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Heads of State and Government from the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will analyze, next week in this country, the main topical issues to the region, especially those regarding development. Pope Francis Underlines Dialogue in Latin America Rome, June 30 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has stated that fostering a culture of dialogue is one of the most important aspects for Latin America today. EU Ratifies Confidence in Possible Cypriot Reunification Brussels, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) European Commission (EC) President Jean-Calude Juncker ratified today his confidence in the success opf the current round of negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus, between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, respectively. Evo Morales Wants Reciprocity in Elimination of Visas For US Citizens La Paz, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales stated Friday that he is ready to eliminate the visas for US citizens, but always if the US are reciprocal with Bolivian citizens at the same time. Syrian Army Completely Frees Road Between Raqqa and Hama Damascus, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units supported by the Hezbollah Allied forces and Iraqi brigades managed to control the entire road between Raqqa and Hama, military sources reported today. German Police Increases Pressure on Activists Due to G-20 Summit Berlin, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) In the run-up to the G20 summit in Germany, police is increasing pressure on critics of the alliance, which in addition, announced massive protests in the city of Hamburg. Colombian President Rejects Peace Process Criticism Bogota, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected some criticisms to the FARC-EP''s disarmament process, which has just been concluded this week, by former Defense Minister and former U.S. ambassador, Juan Carlos Pinzon. Santiago de Cuba Remembers its Revolutionary Martyrs Santiago de Cuba, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The people of Santiago de Cuba evoked the memory of the young revolutionaries killed 60 years ago in the intersection of Marti Avenue and Crombet Street in this city, where three young men were shot to death, because they were opposed to the distatorship of the then president Fulgencio Batista. Oil Workers' Strike Opens New Day of Protests in Brazil Brasilia, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The beginning of a strike for an indefinite period in ten Petrobras refineries has initiated a new day of protests in Brazil against the unpopular reforms promoted by President Michel Temer. Trump Migratory Executive Order Questioned in Canada Ottawa, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Civil rights organizations and the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are trying to determine today if the implementation on Canadian soil of the controversial executive order of US President Donald Trump on immigration is legal. Venezuela Strongly Rejects IACHR Communique Caracas, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has rejected a communique issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which it accused of issuing biased judgments, lacking objectivity and ignoring the efforts of the Venezuelan State to guarantee peace. Temer Will not Attend G20 Summit in Germany Berlín, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian De Facto President, Michel Temer, cancelled his trip to attend the G20 Summit in Hamburg next week, reported today German media. Ex-Minister of Economy Inaugurated as Romania's New Prime Minister Bucharest, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The outgoing Romania´s Economy Minister, Mihai Tudose, was inaugurated today as the new Prime Minister, despite being rejected by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for allegedly failing to comply with the electoral program. Serbia Gets New Government Belgrade, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The Serbian Parliament on Thursday elected new Prime Minister Ana Brnabic´s government and the new cabinet in a majority vote of 157 deputies. Philippines to Collaborate with China against Terrorism Manila, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Ana Maria Paz Banaag, Assistant Secretary (Minister) of Communications of the Philippines, said Thursday that her country is ready to collaborate and perform military exercises with China, to reduce the threat of armed groups linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) Nearly 500 Homes and 40 Companies Destroyed by Wildfire in Portugal Lisbon, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 500 homes and 40 agricultural and industrial-related companies were destroyed today by the wildfire in Pedrograo Grande, Portugal, with a loss of 350 jobs, 64 deaths and around 250 injured. Colombia Pacific Alliance Summit Begins Ministerial Session Cali, Colombia, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Presided over by Colombian Foreign Minister Ángela María Holguín, the ministerial segment of the XII Summit of the Pacific began today in this city, attended by Foreign Affairs and Trade of ministers of member countries. Canada Extends Anti ISIS Mission to 2019 Says Defence Minister Ottawa,Jun 29 (Prensa Latina)The federal government of Canada says the Canadian military will remain in Iraq for at least two more years as part of an international coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State,ISIS. Unemployment Affects Science, Technology Specialists in Mexico Mexico, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) About 42 percent of professionals in science and technology in Mexico are unemployed, revealed today a report by the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt). Guatemala Asks US Ambassador to Implement the Vienna Convention Guatemala, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked current U.S. ambassador, Todd Robinson, to enact the content of Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, media reports today. Varadero Gourmet-Art and Science in Molecules to Create Unique Drinks Varadero, Cuba, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Molecular Mixology represents an ingenious procedure that combines today science and art to create unique drinks, through the fusion of flavors and textures. France Rejects Visit of US President Paris, 29 Jun (Prensa Latina) Following the confirmation of President Donald Trump''s visit to France, many politicians, organizations, and citizens are showing their discontent and growing rejection. Lavrov Warns about U.S. Pretexts to Attack Syria Moscow, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States about the need to prevent pretexts like the use of chemical weapons to justify an attack on Syrian troops, sources from the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Venezuelan Authorities Found Copter Used to Attack Supreme Court Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have found today the stolen police helicopter used to attack Tuesday the Supreme Court of Justice and the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace, Vice President Tarek El Aissani reported through Twitter. AU Defends Political Solutions to Continental Security Issues Addis Ababa, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) African Union (AU) Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat demanded in this capital a more political solution to the security problems that Africa is currently facing. Spanish Left-Wingers Pays Homage to Strugglers Against Dictatorship Madrid, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The ''Unidos Podemos'' left-wing coalition has paid tribute today to anti-Franco strugglers on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the 1977 elections, the first held in Spain after General Francisco Franco´s dictatorship (1939-1975). US: Fire Affects Wide Wood Area in Arizona Washington, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Half a thousand firemen are still fighting to put out a fire that quintuplicated its own size in the last hours in the US state of Arizona, and has already consumed 73 square kilometers (28.1 square miles) of the Prescott National Park. Venezuelan Citizens Power to Analyze Actions Against Impunity Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Moral Republican Council will analyze legal actions against impunity before the callings of the right to incite to treason to the personnel of the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB). Villagers Flee US-led Coalition Air Strike in Syria; 42 Killed Damascus, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Residents began fleeing the Syrian small town al-Dablan, in the northern province of Deir Ezzor, in the wake of repeated bombings by US-led coalition warplanes that left 42 people dead. Cuba Updates Electoral Register for General Elections Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban officials continue today with the preparation for the general elections on October 2018 and work towards perfecting the electoral register. After Months in Chilean Jails, Nine Return to Bolivia La Paz, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The two soldiers and seven officers of Bolivia National Customs - who completed more than three months of unjust imprisonment in Chile for fighting against smuggling - returned today to the Andean-Amazonian nation. US Gov't Sanctions Fourth Company in 2017 to Worsen Blockade Against Cuba Washington, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The US Treasury Department has imposed four fines this year on companies of this country and abroad for alleged violations of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba. Brazilian Democracy Demands Prompt Trial of Temer Brasilia, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The prompt trial of Brazilian President Michel Temer and his kleptocracy - a government of thieves, from Ancient Greek - is today a democratic and republican demand that it is impossible to give up, said columnist Jefferson Miola. Venezuelan Government Condemns Terrorist Attack in Caracas Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government condemned the hijacking of an aircraft and the terrorist attack against government facilities, in a statement released by Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas. Spain Calls for Quick Ratification of EU-Cuba Agreement Madrid, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish government has spoken out about a rapid ratification of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (ADPC) between the European Union (EU) and Cuba signed in December 2016. South Africa Readying for African Union Summit Pretoria, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African delegation to the 29th African Union summit to take place in Addis Ababa July 3 - 4, SA News reported. Lila Downs Supports Cuba against US Policy Change Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Renowned Mexican folk singer, Lila Downs, has expressed today her support to a message sent by the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and denounced the recent change of policy of the United States government towards this Caribbean country. Nepal Peacefully Holds Local Elections, despite Threats Kathmandu, June 28 (Prensa Latina) Despite threats of protests, Nepal is today holding peacefully the second phase of its local elections, the first of their kind in 20 years. India's Largest Container Port Affected by Cyber-Attack New Delhi, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Operations at one of three terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in the western city of Mumbai were disrupted today after a global cyber-attack affecting India''s largest container jetty. Indian Communist Leader Criticizes Neoliberal Government Policy New Delhi, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The secretary general of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Sitaram Yechury today criticized the Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s government, by considering that his aggressive neoliberal policy widens the economic inequalities of the population. Iranian Parliament Prepares Document to Respond to US Measures Tehran, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The national security and foreign affairs commission of the Majlis (Parliament) of Iran stated today that a motion was concluded to respond to what the Government describes as adventurous and terrorist actions of the United States. New Draft Bill to Ban Nuclear Weapons Presented at UN United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The president of the second UN conference to negotiate an instrument that prohibits nuclear weapons, Elayne Whyte, presented today the second draft bill of the treaty that could be approved on July 7. Almost 9,000 Migrants Rescued at Mediterranean Sea Geneva, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported today that almost 9,000 migrants and refugees were rescued, starting on Saturday, at the Mediterranean Sea. UN Willing to Facilitate Direct Talks to End Syrian Conflict United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura expressed his willingness to facilitate direct talks between the Government and the opposition to reach a political solution for the conflict in this country. Indian Opposition Slams USA-India Joint Statement New Delhi, June 27 (Prensa Latina) The Indian opposition has strongly criticized the recent USA-India joint statement for allegedly being too close to the US view on Islamist terror, and termed it as ''disappointing'' and lacking ''new or big ideas'' in the relationship between both nations. Peruvian President Encourages Replacement of Illegal Cultivations Lima, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski encouraged the feasibility of replace illegal coca leave plantations by legal ones, though he admitted that the solution of the problem, has an economic and social character. Bolivia Deposits Credit to Pay Fine for Arrested in Chile La Paz, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia made a deposit of almost 50,000 dollars to the accounts of the Custom Office of Chile, to cancel a fine imposed by the Chilean justice to nine Bolivian officials who are now in prison in Iquique. Nearly 20 Million Venezuelans to Vote for Constituent Assembly Caracas, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 20 million Venezuelans will be able to vote July 30 for the election of 535 members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the rector of the National Electoral Council (NEC), Tania D ''Amelio, stated . Syrian President Visits Russian Base in Latakia Damascus, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly visited the Russian base in Hmeymim, Latakia, about 300 kilometers northwest of Damascus. Two Alleged Terrorists Captured in Switzerland Bern, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Swiss police arrested two suspected terrorists, a man and a woman, during an operation in the town of Aubonne, located in the southwestern canton of Vaud, in the Morges District, a Prosecutor''s Office senior official informed today. Summer Davos Forum in China: For Inclusive Growth Por Damy ValesBeijing, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The 11th Annual Meeting of New Champions, also known as the Summer Davos Forum, opened today in the coastal city of Dalian, in northeastern China, with a call for inclusive growth focused on technological and political innovations. Temer Unable to Govern Brazil, Lula Says Brasilia, June 27 (Prensa Latina) First Brazilian president denounced for corruption in full exercise of his functions, Michel Temer ''has no conditions'' to govern Brazil, said the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Santrich in Hunger Strike Until the Release of FARC-EP Prisoners Bogota, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP Secretariat member Jesús Santrich declared a hunger strike today, until the government releases the imprisoned guerrillas, as was established in the peace agreement reached in Havana. Colombia with its Largest Guerrilla Unarmed Bogota, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Colombia woke up today, after more than half a century, with its largest guerrilla totally unarmed, an event that will be celebrated in a symbolic act, in which the FARC-EP will cease to be a rebel movement. Photos Evoke 170 Years of Arrival of First Chinese to Cuba By Damy Vales Extreme Right-Wing Group Burns Alive Another Venezuelan Youth Caracas, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) A group of hooded Venezuelans linked to the extreme right-wing groups of opposition parties has burned alive and stabbed Giovanny Gonzalez, 24, in La Castellana sector, Chacao municipality, Miranda state, allegedly because he appeared to be a Chavez'' follower. Oliver Stone Repels US Policy Change Towards Cuba Havana, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Award-winning North American filmmaker, Oliver Stone, has expressed today his support for Cuba facing the U.S. policy change proclaimed by President, Donald Trump, to the detriment of the relations with this Caribbean country. Former Minister of Economy Nominated for Head of Gov't in Romania Bucharest, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The Social Democrat Party of Romania (SDP) nominated outgoing minister of Economy Mihai Tudose as the new head of Government, following the fall of the Government last week. Around 7,000 Costa Rican Teachers to Go on National Strike San Jose, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The Costa Rican High School Teachers'' Association (APSE) confirmed that around 7,000 members would participate today in the national protest, defending the rights of education workers. Cuban Emigrees to Discuss New US Policy against the Island Washington, June 26 (Prensa Latina) The Alianza Martiana coalition, which groups together various organizations of Cuban emigration in the US city of Miami, Florida, summoned today a conference to discuss Washington''s new policy against the island. Salvadorian Deputy Denounces US Congressmen Plot Against FMLN San Salvador, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran deputy Blandino Nerio denounced today the recurrent plot of US congressmen to affect the electoral processes of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). Supreme Court Partially Allows Trump's Travel Ban Washington, June 26 (Prensa Latina) The US Supreme Court accepted today the case of President Donald Trump''s travel ban and decided to enforce parts of the controversial executive order until the final ruling. Resumption of Fighting in Philippines After End of Ramadan Manila, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Combats in southern Philippines between the army and terrorist groups linked to the Islamic state (ISIS) resumed today after a brief ceasefire for the end of Ramadan. ''We have launched new offensives to recover the area taken by the terrorists in Marawi,'' pointed out Armed Forces spokesman Restituto Padilla. South Korea Confirms THAAD Deployment Amid Concerns Seoul,Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) South Korea's newly appointed foreign minister said today in Seoul has no intention of rolling back the decision to deploy the U.S. THAAD battery, the U.S. missile defense system strongly opposed by China. Angola Allocates Resources to Take Care of Congolese Refugees Luanda, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Angola spent almost US $ 10 million to care for the refugees from the Cassai region who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), confirmed an official source today. Ethiopian Capital Ready to Host African Summit Addis Ababa, June 26 (Prensa Latina) High Ethiopian officials have completed preparations for the 29th African Union (AU) Summit, scheduled here on July 3-4. Argentine Workers Occupy Pepsico Plant to Reject Layoffs Buenos Aires, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The workers at the multinational company Pepsico have occupied the plant of the Buenos Aires town of Florida, in rejection to the closing of the establishment and in defense of 600 jobs. Warning of Fascist Outbreak in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas warned that the fascist outbreak represents a threat to all Venezuelans, without distinction of political affiliation. Transit 1,535 Marks First Year of Panama Canal Expansion Panama, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The transit 1,535 of a neopanamax marks today the first year of operation of the interoceanic way expansion, which exceded expectations of the shipping market, according to the Panama Canal Authority (PCA). Cuba Hosts Seminar on Journalism and Tourism Havana, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The 12th International Seminar on Journalism and Tourism has began sessions today in this capital, in times that the leisure industry in the island is showing a strengthening and the media devotes more attention to its benefits. Michel Temer Faces Decisive Week for Survival in Brazil Brasilia, June 26 (Prensa Latina) Under a deep political crisis, Michel Temer faces a week that could be decisive for his survival in Planalto Palace, which he occupies after the parliamentary-judicial coup against the constitutional president Dilma Rousseff. South Africa Pushing for Sustainable Development Pretoria, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Through the National Development Plan: Vision 2030, in particular, South Africa shows it is committed to attain sustainable and climate smart development, said Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa. Venezuelans Should Decide on Their Future Caracas, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Tareck El Aissami, executive vice president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, said on Sunday that the people should decide on the future of the country. Syrian Army Strengthens Positions in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and the allied militias have consolidated their positions against the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) less than 120 kilometers south of the city of Deir Ezzor, the capital of the province of the same name, according to military reports. Veracruz Police Chief Assassinated Mexico, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Camilo Juan Castagne, the coordinator of the Federal Police in the Mexican state of Veracruz, was assassinated in a shooting in which two other police officers were killed, government authorities reported on Sunday. Philippine Army Respects Ceasefire during End of Ramadan Manila, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The terrorist groups that operate in the southern Philippine town of Marawi respected the eight-hour ceasefire declared by the Army today on the occasion of the end of Ramadan. 83 Percent Brazilians Want Direct Elections, Shows Poll Brasilia, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) 83 percent of Brazilians expressed themselves in favour of direct elections to elect the replacement of President Michel Temer, whose approval rating is now only seven percent. Human Rights Commission Calls for Investigation into Espionage Mexico, June 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has called for a prompt, objective and impartial investigation into the alleged political espionage acts. India and Russia Agree to Strengthen Military Cooperation New Delhi, June 24 (Prensa Latina) India and Russia are moving forward today to strengthen their military cooperation, including the joint development of future weapon systems and the exchange of experiences. Many US People in Favor of Rapprochement with Cuba By Martha Andrés Román Correspondent Washington, June 24 (Prensa Latina) Republican and Democrat lawmakers, business and scientific groups, Cuban-Americans, non-profit organizations: so many voices criticized the US President Donald Trump´s decision to reverse some progress in the rapprochement with Cuba . Trade Union Leader Warns of New Employment Crisis in Spain 24 de junio de 2017, 09:10 Madrid, June 24 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary-General of Workers´ Commissions (CCOO), Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, has warned today that Spain, with Europe´s second highest unemployment rate, is heading a new employment crisis. Venezuelan Press's Images Deny Alleged Torture to Leopoldo Lopez Caracas, June 24 (Prensa Latina) Images published by the Venezuelan press denied today alleged torture to Leopoldo Lopez in a Miranda state jail where he is serving a prison sentence. Danny Glover Rejects Change of US Policy Towards Cuba Havana, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) North American actor Danny Glover today backed the message from the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (Uneac) against the change of United States policy proclaimed by President Donald Trump. Ghana-Agreement With US on Prisoners in Guantánamo is Null Accra, June 23 (Prensa Latina) The agreement reached with the United States to receive prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison by the government of former President John Dramani Mahama was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court of Justice ruled today. Italian Senator Criticizes US Policy Towards Cuba Rome, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Senator of the ruling Democratic Party, Daniela Valentini, today described as irresponsible the policy raised by U.S. President Donald Trump on Cuba. Lifting the Blockade, the U.S. Best Possible Deal with Cuba Por Martha Andres RomanWashington, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) If U.S. President Donald Trump wants a ''better deal'' with Cuba, he should continue the rapprochement and lift all aspects of the blockade, the journalist and activist Cheryl LaBash said here. Ecuador Ratifies Protection of Cyber-activist Julian Assange Quito, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador ratified that it will maintain the protection and watch over the physical and psychological integrity of the cyber-activist Julian Assange, who remains today under asylum in the embassy of Quito in London, although there is no criminal process against him. China and Cuba Agree to Deepen Economic Cooperation By Damy Vales Russian Navy Fires Caliber Missiles against Terrorists in Syria Moscow, June 23 (Prensa Latina) At least three units of the Russian Naval Fleet fired six Caliber missiles today against positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist movement in the Syrian province of Hama, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Pakistan's Current Account Deficit Increases Islamabad, June 23 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan''s current account deficit (CAD) increased by 178 percent year-on-year when reaching 8,9 billion dollars in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year (July-May), today reported the State Bank (SBP). At Least Five Killed by Explosion in Pakistan Islamabad, June 23 (Prensa Latina) At least five people were killed and a dozen was wounded today in an alleged attack near a police chief''s office in Quetta city, the capital of Pakistan''s southwestern Baluchistan province. More than 200 Million People Used Drugs in 2015, Says UN United Nations, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) At least 250 million people used drugs in 2015, with almost 30 million of them affected by drug abuse problems, according to a report issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDC). Total of 600 Buildings in UK Identified with Inflamable Elements London, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) The British government reported that a total of 600 buildings have a similar paneling or inflamable layer to the one in the Grenfell Tower, a place in which a devastating fire left at least 79 dead or missing people. Angela Merkel Gives Priority to EU´s Future Brussels, June 22 (PL) German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said as she arrived at the European Union summit that shaping the EU´s future should take priority over Brexit negotiations. Corruption and Impunity Damaging Mexico Mexico, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) General Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexican Minister of National Defense, stated that corruption and impunity are making a lot of damage to Mexico, in his intervention Thursday before the attendants to a workshop on obligations and responsibilities under the national anti-corruption system at the Military Center for Public Health Sciences. Trump Denies Recording Tapes of Former FBI Director Washington, June 22 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump denied on Thursday having surreptitiously recorded conversations with Ex-FBI Director, James Comey, after many days of speculation about the existence of such tapes. Venezuelan President Condemns Pressure by Far Right Caracas, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro condemned today the international pressure by the far right against his country, in a press conference at the Miraflores Palace. No Place For Islamophobia in Singapore: Minister of Defence Singapur,Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) There is no space for Islamophobia or attitudes that denigrate any religions and harm the social cohesion in Singapore, said Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman. Empty Chairs Under the Rain, the Symbols of Injustice in Guatemala Por Isabel Soto MayedoGuatemala, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) A square full of empty chairs under the rain became a symbol of injustice on the National Day against Forced Abductions in Guatemala, the Latin American country that has been most affected by that State crime. UN Security Council Begins Visit to Haiti United Nations, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council began today a three-day visit to Haiti, seeking to pave the way for a new relation between the organization and the Caribbean country. Russia Denounces Lack of Antiterror Cooperation by USA Moscow, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced today the United States'' lack of cooperation in the real fight against terrorism in Syria and in Afghanistan, as denunciations of its support for the Islamic State (IS) increase. Uganda World Summit to Help Refugees Kampala, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Head of states and government began today here an extraordinary world summit aimed at gathering funds to make life less tragic to the displaced who have found sanctuary in this country. Lula Advances in Voting Intention for Presidential Elections Brasilia, June 22 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won two percentage points in the citizens'' voting intention in the face of possible early elections, according to a survey by Poder 360 portal released today. Colombian Gov't Ready to Negotiate Ceasefire with ELN Bogota, June 22 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government is ready to talk about the ceasefire with the National Liberation Army (ELN), said the National Executive Chief Negotiator, Juan Camilo Restrepo, in statements released today by the country. Iran Calls to Fight Tyrannical Political System in Jerusalem Day Tehran, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Iranian leaders called today for a worldwide mobilization against the Israeli occupation of Palestine and in defense of Jerusalem, a holy city with which millions of Muslims sympathize with every last Friday of the Ramadan. Timor-Leste Minister of State Highlights Cuban Collaboration Havana, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Timor Leste''s Minister of State, Antonio da Conceição, has highlighted today the collaboration his country has maintained with Cuba in the fields of education and health. Germany Supports EU Trade Agreements with Mexico and MERCOSUR Berlin, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries ratified her country''s support to the trade agreements negotiated between the European Union (EU) and Mexico, the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), and Japan. Women Denounce Trump's Terror Policy on Cuban People Havana, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The members of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) have denounced the current terror policy made by U.S. President, Donald Trump, against the population of the Caribbean island. Samuel Moncada Appointed New FM of Venezuela Caracas, June 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro appointed Samuel Moncada as the new Foreign Minister of the South American nation. French President Calls for Respect to European Values Paris, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) President Emmanuel Macron has called for respect to Europe''s values by saying that the region ''is not a supermarket,'' according to an interview published today by several media outlets. End of Trial of Bolivians Accentuates Dispute with Chile By Fausto Triana Bolivian Summit Promoted Unity and Integration of Peoples Tiquipaya, Bolivia, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The World Peoples'' Conference made Bolivia during two days the epicenter of debates focused on promoting free movement of persons and promoting unity between all nations. Cuban Parliament President Reaffirms Historical Friendship with China Shanghai, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Cuban People''s Power National Assembly (ANPP), Esteban Lazo, on an official visit here today, has reaffirmed in this Chinese city the historical friendship that unites both governments, communist parties and peoples. Decision to Transfer Islands to Saudi Arabia Pending in Egypt Cairo, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Supreme Court of Egypt halted the implementation of all previous rulings on the polemic agreement on demarcation of borders with Saudi Arabia, according to which two strategic islands of the Red Sea, Tiran and Sanafir, would be transferred to the latter country. Traditional Carnival of Santiago de Cuba Back on Form Santiago de Cuba, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Preparations for the carnival, declared Cuban Cultural Heritage, advance today in this city to attract thousands of people to this old feast. UN Supports Deployment of African Anti-terrorist Troops in Sahel United Nations, June 21 (PL) The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted today resolution 2359 to support the deployment of African anti-terrorist troops in the Sahel. China Reiterates Willingness to Aid Africa in Reducing Poverty Addis Ababa, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Wang Yi, minister of Foreign Affairs of China, reiterated today this country´s willingness to strengthen cooperation with Africa to achieve sustainable and independent development and reduce poverty. Cuban FM Highlights Italy-Cuba Relation State as Excellent Rome, June 21 (Prensa Latina) Italy-Cuba Relations are in an exceptionally positive state, the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said today. Donald Trump´s Senior Adviser Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Tel Aviv, June 21 (Prensa Latina) One of US President Donald Trump´s Senior Advisers, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, has held a meeting in Israel on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to debate on the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Cuba-USA Expedition Ends Coral Reef Research Havana, June 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban and US scientists have ended a joint exploration along the island''s coral reefs, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) reported today. Venezuelan Ambassador Denounces Fierce Interference by Spain Madrid, June 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s ambassador to Spain, Mario Isea, has denounced the fierce interference of Mariano Rajoy´s conservative government in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Egypt Supplies Gaza with Fuel to Generate Electricity Gaza, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Egypt today sent 11 trucks loaded with half a million liters of fuel to the Gaza Strip to try to alleviate the energy crisis suffered by the Palestinian population of this coastal enclave. Russian, Syrian Fighter Jets Hit ISIS Hard in Eastern Hama Damascus, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) In a joint military operation Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded ISIS positions and movements in Eastern Hama and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist organization, military sources reported. May 2017 as the Most Violent Month in Mexico in 20 Years Mexico, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The month of May 2017 is being considered the most violent month in the last two years in Mexico, registering 2,186 files on investigation by homicide. Former FARC-EP Guerrillas to Train as Bodyguards Bogota, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The training or formation of 300 former members of the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces-People''s Army (FARC-EP)to become the bodyguards of their leaders in the rebel movement, will start in the town of Facatativa, said Commander Carlos Antonio Lozada. India Interested in Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense Missile Systems Moscow, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) India''s Defense Minister Arun Jaitley is in Russia to discuss, among other topics, and give final shape to a deal on the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system, New Delhi is interested in acquiring. OAS: From Interference to Irrelevance in Venezuela Mexico, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The 47th OAS General Assembly, which concludes today in Cancún, has gone from interference to irrelevance in attempts to pass a resolution against Venezuela, the editorial of the Mexican daily La Jornada says today. UK-Glastonbury Fest The Most Legendery Rock Music Festival London,Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Glastonbury Fest starts today with a show that includes Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Major Lazer, Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry. China's Top Advisory Body Receives Cuban Parliamentary Leader Beijing, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Chinese People''s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) President, Yu Zhengzheng, and Cuban People''s Power National Assembly (ANPP) President, Esteban Lazo, on an official visit here today, reaffirmed the reciprocal support between the two nations. Chinese Premier to Attend Summer Davos Beijing,Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Premier Li Keqiang will attend the opening ceremony of the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as Summer Davos, from June 26-28 in China''s northeastern coastal city Dalian, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang announced today. Record 141 Million People in Need of Humanitarian Aid United Nations, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) An unprecedented 141 million people in 37 countries need help to survive, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today. Forest Wild Fire in Portugal Was Started With Criminal Intentions Lisbon, 21 June (Prensa Latina) The head of the Portuguese Fire Department, Jaime Marta Soares, said at a press conference that the fire that left at least 64 dead and 179 wounded could have a criminal origin. Number of Missing People in Mexico Rises for Government Omission Mexico, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The increased number of missing people, from 3,000 in 2011 to 30,000 today, in Mexico is due to omissions by the State, Ariel Dulitzky, former rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances said. Russia Warns over NATO Fighter Approaching Minister Plane Moscow, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) A Russian SU-27 fighter plane reportedly chased away a NATO F-16 fighter jet that tried to approach Russia''s Defense Minister''s plane over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. Bahrain to Revoke Passports of Nationals Who Visit Qatar Manama,Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Bahrain''s Interior Ministry has issued an order according to which the passport of any Bahraini citizen who travels to Qatar, resides there, or even crosses Qatari soil en route to other countries, would be revoked. BRICS FMs Discussed Top World Issues in Beijing Meeting Beijing, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Trade, climate change, reforms of the United Nations and fight the scourge of terrorism were high on the agenda when BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Beijing, in preparation for the group''s 2017 summit to be held in Xiamen later this year. Evo Morales Fights for Reciprocity Principles With Chile La Paz, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales today urged the Chilean government to comply with the principles of reciprocity and bilateralism during the abbreviated trial that the nine Bolivians detained in the neighboring country are attending on Tuesday. Rodriguez Zapatero Worried About Trump's Announcements on Cuba La Paz, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Former president of the Spanish government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has described as very disturbing the latest announcements made by U.S. President, Donald Trump, regarding Cuba. Cuba Hosts First International Junior High School Workshop Havana, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) With a tribute to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, the 1st International Junior High School Workshop ‘For an inclusive school'' was opened today at the Conference Center in this capital, with the participation of about 200 delegates. Panama-Varela Suggests Trump to Make Progress in Relations with Cuba Panama, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Carlos Varela stated to his U.S. peer, Donald Trump, the opportunity to make progress on what has been achieved in the bilateral ties with Cuba. OAS Assembly Without Consensus on Proposal Against Venezuela Mexico, June 20 (Prensa Latina) The 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States begins today its plenary sessions, in an environment marked by the lack of consensus on two proposals on Venezuela. People's Conference Brings World Politicians Together in Bolivia Tiquipaya, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The World Conference of Peoples gathered together today politicians and representatives of social movements from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, in the Bolivian city of Tiquipaya. Syrian Army Moves Forward Despite Terrorist Opposition Damascus, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units and Allied militias move forward in Raqqa province in front of terrorist groups and the recent bombing of the coalition led by the United States, military sources reported today. Trump to Meet Ukrainian President at White House Washington, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) President Donald Trump will meet today with his Ukrainian peer, Piotr Poroshenko, at the White House, in a meeting that was included at the last minute to the host president''s agenda. Cuba Defends in the UN Right of Puerto Rico to Self-determination United Nations, June 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ana Silvia Rodríguez, reiterated her country''s support for the end of the colonial status of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean nation subject to five centuries of foreign domination. Qatar will not Negotiate under Boycott, UAE Suggests Long Blockade Doha, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Qatar ruled out the negotiation with countries that broke off ties two weeks ago as the diplomatic and economic boycott prevails, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) suggested today that the isolation of Qatar might last years. Jamaican Former PM Says OAS Chief Almagro Should be Fired Kingston, June 19 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, should be fired, according to the Jamaican former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding. USA Intends to Re-establish Military Communication with Russia Washington, June 19 (Prensa Latina) The United States will intend to re-establish military communication with Russia to avoid clashes in Syria, according to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. USAN Former Secretary Calls for Dialogue between Bolivia and Chile La Paz, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (USAN), Ernesto Samper, has today called for a meeting between Presidents of Bolivia and Chile, Evo Morales and Michelle Bachelet, respectively, in order to resolve the unsettled disputes. DPRK Condemns New Launching Systems for THAAD Pyongyang, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) denounced Monday the presence of new launching systems for long-reach missile THAAD, illegally introduced into national territory of South Korea. US Policy against Cuba will Fail, Says Ralph Gonsalves Havana, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves said today that the policy of the United States against Cuba has failed for more than 50 years and will continue to fail again. Cuba in Favor of Continued Dialogue with USA Havana, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba maintains its willingness to hold talks with the United States on the basis of respect, reciprocity and without giving up its principles or making concessions inherent to its sovereignty and independence, the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stated . Chief Peace Negotiator for ELN Repudiates Attack in Colombia Quito, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The guerrilla chief of the National Liberation Army (ELN), Pablo Beltrán, who heads peace talks with the Colombian government, reiterated today his condemnation of the recent attack in Bogotá. Cuba Defends Right to Grant Asylum to U.S. Civil Rights Fighters Vienna, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez today defended his country''s right to grant political asylum to U.S. civil rights fighters, and made it clear that those people will not be returned to the United States. Cuba Repeats Willingness to Continue Respectful Dialogue with U.S. Vienna, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba maintains its willingness to continue a respectful dialogue and cooperation in matters of common interest with the United States, and to negotiate pending bilateral issues, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stressed here on Monday. Colombians Reject Attack at the Andino Mall Bogota, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of citizens held a sit-in in front of the Andino shopping mall in Bogota to reject an attack that took place there on Saturday, killing three women and injuring nine persons. Iran Brands as Crushing and Successful Attack on IS in Syria Tehran, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Iran described today the missile attack against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zour as crushing and successful, destroying command centers and weapons depots. China and Cuba Review Ties in Biotechnology By Damy Vales Over 3,000 Indians Flee Homes due to Clashes on India-Pakistan Border New Delhi, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) More than 3,360 Indians living near the Control Line (LoC), the Kashmir border with Pakistan, left their homes because of the tension in the region today, one of the most militarized in the world. Cuba: 13th International Ernest Hemingway Colloquium Ends Havana, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) The 16th Ernest Hemingway International Conference or Colloquium, devoted to reviewing the life and work of the US Nobel Prize for literature, culminates today here with a review of your correspondence in charge of American Professor Sandra Spanier. Paolo Maldini Qualifies for Professional Tennis Tournament Rome, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) Paolo Maldini has qualified for a professional tennis tournament in Italy after coming through a qualifying competition with his doubles partner Stefano Landonio. At Least 59 Killed in Forest Fire in Portugal Lisbon, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) A huge forest fire raging since Saturday in central Portugal has killed at least 59 people, the government said today, in what is possibly the deadliest-ever forest blaze in the Atlantic coastal country, used to the woods burning almost every summer. Roadside Explosion in Cairo Kills Egyptian Policeman Cairo,Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) An Egyptian policeman was killed and four wounded by a roadside explosive near the Cairo suburb of Maadi on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Organizations from All the World to Peoples Summit in Bolivia La Paz, June 18 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of organizations and social movements from five continents will participate in the People''s Conference, from Tuesday to Wednesday in the Bolivian municipality of Tiquipaya, Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said here. BRICS Agriculture Ministers Promote Cooperation in China Beijing, June 17 (Prensa Latina) BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) agriculture ministers highlighted today the importance of cooperation and food security in Nanjing, in the south of the country. Cuban Minister Bruno Rodríguez Arrives in Austria on a Work Visit Vienna, June 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla arrived in Austria today for a working visit aimed at strengthening the positive relations between the two nations, diplomatic sources said. Trump Is Wrong about Cuba, Mexican Press Highlights Mexico, June 17 (Prensa Latina) Mexico''s media outlets are addressing today Cuba''s response to the announcement by US President Donald Trump of going back in relations with the island. Cuba Rejects Trump's Hostile Policy; Insists on Civilized Coexistence Havana, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has rejected U.S. President Donald Trump''s hard line decision of hardening the blockade by reverting crucial measures taken by the previous administration of Barack Obama to engage with the island. Cuba Recognizes Support of Ecuador Parliamentary Friendship Group Quito, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Embassy in Ecuador recognized today the support offered by Memebers of Parliaments and especially the members of the Cuba-Ecuador Parliamentary Friendship Group. Cuban Foreign Minister Closes Visit to Turkey Istanbul, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla finished his 2-day visit to Turkey Friday, with a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in this city. Mexican Navy's Huasteco Vessel Docks in Cuba Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The ARM Huasteco ship of the Mexican Navy docked today in the port of this capital as part of a 20-day cruise that will also take it to the Dominican Republic and Colombia. US Lawmakers Criticize Trump's Announcement Against Cuba Washington, June 16 (Prensa Latina) Several US lawmakers have already expressed their disagreement with President Donald Trump''s announcement today of a policy change to Cuba, which would include travel and trade restrictions. Venezuela: Possible Rupture Between Opposition Members and Leaders Caracas, June 16 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Earle Herrera revealed a probable rupture between Venezuelan opposition grassroot members and their leaders due to the terrorist acts promoted by the leaders of the right to destabilize the country. S. African President Tells Youth to Embrace Education to Build Future Pretoria, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) South African President Jacob Zuma has called on the country''s youth to place education at the forefront of their lives so that they build their future. Cuban Foreign Minister Visits Turkey's National Assembly Ankara, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, is on the second day of his official visit to Turkey with tours of the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the National Assembly in this capital. Trump to Reverse Measures to Approach Cuba Despite Great Opposition Washington, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) President Donald Trump will announce today some changes to Cuba policy that contradict the wishes and interests of many sectors and the majority of U.S. citizens. Prensa Latina: 58 Years of Service to Truth Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) When in 1959 the big monopolies of communication issued an endless number of distorted news on Cuba and its revolutionary process, the Prensa Latina (PL) new agency promoted the truth to the world about the country. Donald Trump Expected to Restrict Travel and Trade with Cuba Washington, June 15 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump''s announcement on the situation with Cuba will be focused possibly on tightening restrictions on travel and banning commercial transactions with Cuban state-owned companies, according to the US political-journalism company. USA Handling of Ghanian Deportees is Innhuman Accra, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The Member of Parliament for South Tongo constituency in the Volta region Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has condemned the inhumane treatment of Ghanaian deportees from the USA. Philippines Arrested Senior Member of ISIS Backed Maute Group Manila, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The Philippines military said it arrested one of the Maute brothers today, a senior member of the Islamic State-backed militants it is fighting in the southern city Marawi. Death Toll Rises to 17 in London Grenfell Tower Due to Fire London, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The death toll from the fire at the London skyscraper Grenfell Tower was 17, according to the Metropolitan Police today. More than 40 Countries Attend Peoples' Summit in Bolivia La Paz, June 15 (Prensa Latina) Delegates from more than 40 countries will participate in the World People''s Conference, which is being organized in Bolivia, where they will debate the right to universal citizenship and the world without walls. Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to Jointly Patrol Sulu Sea Manila, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia will conduct joint naval patrol in the Sulu Sea from next week to put a curb on cross-border kidnapping-for-ransom activities by different terror groups such as Abu Sayyaf group, according to a military source. UN Official for Syria Expects New Inter-Syrian Talks in July United Nations, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said he expected to call, in July, the seventh round of talks in Geneva, between the Government and opposition representatives. Russia Concerned about New Promotion of US Unilateral Sanctions Moscow, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia expressed today its concern about the possibility of new promotion of unilateral sanctions against it by the the United States, after learning about a bill in this reference presented in the US Congress. Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia for Proof of Qatar's Links with Terrorism Baghdad, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, asked the kingdom for proof of Qatar''s alleged promotion of and support for terrorism. Putin Warns about Russia's Response to NATO Challenges Moscow, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned about Russia''s plans to respond to the challenges to its security posed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Cuban Artist Participates in Collective Exhibition at UNESCO Paris, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban artist Jacqueline Brito is exhibiting her work at UNESCO, as part of the project ''Art Camp Andorra: Colours for the Planet'', aimed at promoting art as a vehicle for peace, diplomatic sources said today. Cuba Calls for General Elections Havana, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s State Council has called today for general elections to elect delegates to municipal and provincial assemblies, and to legislators to the National People''s Power Assembly (ANPP). Evo Morales to Preside Ceremony for Che's 89 Birthday La Paz, June 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales will preside today at the Government Palace a ceremony for the 89th anniversary of the birth of Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla Ernesto ''Che'' Guevara. Honduras: More than 350,000 Children Forced to Work Tegucigalpa, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) More than 400,000 Honduran children and teenagers have to work in order to subsist, said today official sources. US Democratic Senators Ask to Expand Relations with Cuba Washington, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) A group of 14 Democratic senators urged the administration of Donald Trump to maintain and expand the US economic and political approach to Cuba, when local media today show the possibility of a reversal. Venezuela:Opposition Governor Henrique Capriles Diverts Funds Caracas, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The governor of the Venezuelan state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles, is using the resources and funds distributed for the development of sports in Miranda with political purposes, denounced Alexander Vargas, viceminister of sports in Miranda Tuesday. Uruguay: Public Education Workers in 24-Hour Strike Montevideo, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The public education workers (primary, secondary, teacher training and university) are now on a strike of 24 hours in the entire country, demanding a bigger budget and salaries for the sector. Iran Calls for Solving Rift over Qatar Tehran, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Tuesday the need of settling tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia through talks. UN-Cuba Denounces That US Blockade is Still in Force United Nations, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has denounced today at the United Nations that the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade and its extraterritorial scope, recently expressed in a fine to a Canadian subsidiary corporation of the American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC). Lack of African Economic Success to Increase Migration Berlin, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Bundesbank (German Central Bank) President Jens Weidmann warned here today that the lack of African economic success will increase the migratory pressure on Europe. EU Trusts U.S. will Comply with Nuclear Agreement with Iran Oslo, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The European Union''s high representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security, Federica Mogherini, said today that she is confident that the United States will keep its commitment to the nuclear agreement with Iran, despite its criticisms of the pct. Terrorist Group Asks for Money to Join Syrian Opposition Coalition Damascus, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The so-called Army of Islam is asking for one million dollars a month to join the so-called ''Coalition of the Opposition'' in Syria, military sources said today in Damascus. Chile Rejects Bolivia's Complaint to the OAS Santiago de Chile, June 13 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government deplored in the last hours the announcement by Bolivia that it will report to the OAS alleged tortures and harassment of nine national officials jailed here since March. Defense of Bolivians Arrested in Chile Has Solid Arguments La Paz, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said that the defense of the nine nationals detained in Chile for more than two months now has solid arguments aimed at achieving their release. South African Conference on AIDS Begins in Durban Pretoria, Jun 13 (PL) More than 3,000 delegates are participating today in the 8th South African Conference on AIDS, being held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Center in Durban under the motto ‘Long Road to HIV Prevention; All voices count.'' Over 11,000 Dengue Cases, 7,000 Chikungunya Cases in India New Delhi, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) More than 11,400 dengue cases and 7,700 chikungunya cases are reported in India so far this year, a figure that will increase dramatically after the monsoon, sector sources said today. China and Panama Establish Diplomatic Ties Beijing, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) China and Panama have formalized here today the establishment of diplomatic relations and the beginning of joint work for the first bilateral agreements. 16 Insurgents Killed in a Week in Indian Kashmir New Delhi, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Indian security forces killed 16 insurgents last week in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, where several Muslim separatist groups are active, today reported military sources. At Least 21 People Killed by Landslides in Bangladesh Dhaka, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) At least 21 people were killed by landslides in southeastern Bangladesh, an area affected by heavy rains in the last hours. AVN President Congratulates Prensa Latina in 58th anniversary Caracas, June 13 (Prensa Latina) Prensa Latina (PL) is a heroic effort, since its inception it has successfully carried out a vision of serving the truth, from the perspective of those who aspire for a better world, said here Freddy Fernandez, president of the Venezuelan News Agency (AVN). T&T Hosts Second Phase of 2017 Tradewinds Exercises Washington, June 13 (Prensa Latina) The second phase of 2017 Tradewinds exercises, that brings together security forces and regional civilian agencies from 20 participating nations, is set to take place today in Trinidad and Tobago, according to the US Department of Defense. US Attorney General to Appear Before Senate Committee Washington, June 13 (Prensa Latina) US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, according to the committee´s leaders. Ecuadorian President Acknowledges Military´s Security Commitment Quito, June 12 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has acknowledged on Monday the hard work and commitment of the Armed Forces and the National Police during the general elections to guarantee security of this South American nation. Iran Classifies for 2018 World Cup Tehran, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Iran beat Uzbekistan 2-0 and became the 3rd national team with a ticket to participate in the 2018 World Soccer Cup in Russia. IS Leader Orders Attacks against The Philippines, Says President Manila, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asserted today that Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi ordered to carry out terrorist actions in the south of the country. Venezuelan Official Denounces Use of Social Networks for Violent Acti Caracas, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas denounced today in this capital the use of social networks to promote violence, and called to eradicate that tendency. Syrian Army Rejects Terrorist Attacks in Deraa Damascus, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army rejected attacks from terrorist groups in Deraa, 103 kilometers south of the capital and recuperated sveral points in the suburbs, reported military sources here Monday. Foreign Affairs Ministers of Cuba and Luxembourg Meet Havana, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla received Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Immigration and Asylum of Luxembourg in a meeting in which both officials ratified the excellent bilateral links between their respective countries. About 65 percent of US Population Support Stronger Ties with Cuba Washington, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) About 65 percent of the U.S. voters, among them more than 6 of 10 Republicans, reportedly support the relations with Cuba, re-established by the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama (2009-2017). Security Forces Pre-emptive Measures Has Kept Malaysia Peaceful: PM Kuala Lumpur, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Malaysia remains peaceful thanks to the pre-emptive actions taken by the country''s security forces, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Qatar Hosted Taliban at U.S.A Request Doha, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) A senior Qatari official says Qatar hosted the Taliban based on a request from the United States, whose president, along with a number of Arab regimes, have been pressuring Doha over what they say is its support for extremist groups. South Sudan First Vice President Attends Sub-Regional Summit Juba, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) South Sudan''s first vice-president Taban Deng Gay traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will attend the extraordinary Intergovernmental Authority Development Summit (IGAD). Syrian Forces Keeps Successful Offensive in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Air Force successfully attacked Monday positions of ISIS in Deir Ezzor, northern Syria, in Panorama district, al-Iman oil station, al-Tharda, al-Tharda roundabout, Alloush Hill, al-Erfi neighborhood and al-Jneina village. A military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency that many terrorists were killed or injured and their vehicles destroyed during the strikes. Leading Iranian MP Ruled Out Presence of Women in Terrorist Attack Tehran, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The presence of one woman among terrorists who raided the Parliament last Wednesday is totally out of question, Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Monday. France: Only Four of 577 Lawmakers Were Elected in First Round Paris, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Only four of 577 parliamentary seats in dispute bear the name of a new lawmaker after the first round of legislative election in France, according to official results published today. After a Month Striking, Teachers Begin Cacerolazo Throughout Colombia Bogota, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian teachers'' union enters today a month of continuous strike while launching a ''cacerolazo'' (a protest with pots and other kitchen utensils) throughout the country in protest of the unmet demands submitted to the Government. Chiefs of Police Murdered in Mexico Mexico, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) About 20 police chiefs were murdered, while seven were unharmed from organized crime attacks, so far this year in Mexico, reported the media today. Ethiopia Dramatically Issued: No Food for Displaced People Addis Ababa, June 12 (Prensa Latina) It will be impossible to feed nearly eight million refugees in our nation by the end of this month, the Ethiopian government warned in a dramatic exhortation to the world. Lavrov and Tillerson Discuss Qatar Crisis Moscow, June 11 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have exchanged views on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including the Qatar diplomatic crisis, during their telephone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Cuban Parliamentary Leader in Hanoi, Another Page for Bilateral Ties Hanoi, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam and Cuba are strengthening their historic and wide-ranging relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation with the official visit of Esteban Lazo, president of the National Assembly of People''s Power (ANPP). Violent Groups Attack Magistracy of Chacao Supreme Court Caracas, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of the People´s Power for Internal Relations and Justice, Nestor Reverol, has confirmed the attack by barbaric groups on the headquarters of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), located in Chacao municipality. MORENA Congress to Decide Alliances with Other Mexican Parties Mexico, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) The National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) will decide its alliance policy for the 2018 presidential elections. Evo Morales Highlights Willingness to Eradicate Extreme Poverty La Paz, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today noted the aspiration to celebrate the bicentennial of the nation with the total eradication of extreme poverty, which in 2006 affected 38 percent of the population. Bolivia Denounces at Mercosur Situation of Detainees in Chile La Paz, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Minister of Justice Héctor Arce denounced the situation of nine Bolivian officials who are held in Chile, during a meeting of representatives of that sector of Mercosur and the Associated States held in Argentina. Solidarity with Cuba Meeting Begins in Spain Bilbao, Spain, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) More than 50 organizations from all over Spain have gathered here today at the 14th State Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba to analyze the consequences of the U.S. blockade of the Caribbean country, among other issues. Syrian Denounces Attacks by U.S.-led Coalition Damascus, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Syria denounced the deaths of at least 31 civilians in Raqqa, due to air raids by the international coalition led by the United States, local media reported today. Bolivia Refuses to Participate in Military Drills With US in Amazonia La Paz, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia refused to participate in the military maneuvers planned for November on the triple border of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, with the presence of the United States Army, Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira said today. Plastic Wastes, the Oceans' Number-One Enemy Por Waldo MendiluzaUnited Nations, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) For over a century, plastic has accompanied human beings in a wide range of forms and uses, but its wastes are threatening as no other material one of humankind''s most precious resources, the oceans. Venezuela Denounces the Use of Children in Political Violence Caracas, June 9 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the National Human Rights Council of Venezuela, Larry Devoe, denounced here today that the opposition right-wing involves children to support attacks against the democratic institutionality of the country. Colombian Political World Surprised by FARC-EP's Disarmament Bogota, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) With a slow reaction of surprise, Colombian political media are digesting the importance of the first step towards disarmament taken by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) on Wednesday, without the presence of the press. US Women Travel on Windsurf Board from Cuba to USA Havana, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Inspired by the love between peoples, the U.S. citizens Cynthia Aguilar, Aimee Spector and Karen Figueroa began a trip from Havana to Key West, Florida, swimming on a windsurf board (paddle board). UN Analyzes Terrorist Threat Posed By Islamic State United Nations, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Security Council today analyzes the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State (EI) and actions to counteract them. Cuba Calls at UN for Dialogue and Cooperation to Promote Human Rights Geneva, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has defended dialogue and cooperation at the United Nations in Geneva as key elements to effectively promote all human rights in the world, diplomatic sources said today. Syrian Forces Strike ISIS and Al-Nusra Terrorist Groups Hard Damascus, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Army units with support of the Syrian Air Force have kept their offensive against formations of ISIS and former Al-Nusra Front in several parts of the country killing dozens of terrorists, destroying their weaponry. UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic Pollution By Waldo Mendiluza Oman and Qatar Condemn Terrorist Attacks against Iran Muscat, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Oman and Qatar strongly condemned today the terrorist attacks against Iran, an act of solidarity that the rest of its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council did not show, but Iraq, Lebanon and Syria did. Sweden to Reinforce Antiterrorist Security Stockholm, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The government of Sweden met the main opposition forces Wednesday, to coordinate an agreement to reinforce the antiterrorist legislations in force in the nation, assured Interior Minister Anders Ygeman. Bolivians Demand that Chile Repairs Damage after Customs Strike La Paz, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Chamber of Heavy Transportation President Gustavo Rivadeneira asserted today that Chile should repair the economic damage caused to the international trade by the strike of customs workers in that country. Temer Closes Popular Pharmacies and Hits Brazilian Health System Brasilia, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Government, headed by Michel Temer, confirmed the closure of Popular Pharmacy networks, a program that in its first 10 years has been favoring over 38 million low-income Brazilians. US Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Iran Washington, June 7 (Prensa Latina) The United States condemned today the terrorist attacks carried out in Tehran that killed 12 people and wounded 42, and expressed its condolences to the victims and their families. Drug Production Halted in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan labor union leaders and workers of the pharmaceutical industry have denounced today the stoppage of essential drug production as part of the unconventional economic war unleashed against the Bolivarian government. Qatar Calls on UN to Intervene in Violation of its Citizen Rights Doha, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Qatar denounced today that the ultimatum that was given by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to its citizens to leave those countries is a violation of human rights and requires UN intervention. Iran: Parliament and Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini Attacked Tehran, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Three men attacked Iran''s Majlis (Parliament) and injured three security guards, while a suicide attacker killed himself at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic. Russia Strongly Denounces US-led Coalition Air Strike on Syrian Force Moscow, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The new US-led attack against positions of Syrian Army in southern Syria is a strike against the most effective counter terrorist force besides being a violation of sovereignty, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced. Right-Wing Leader Leopoldo Lopez Talks with Venezuelan Government Caracas, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has confirmed that Bolivarian authorities have begun a dialogue with right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is serving a 13-year prison term for his responsibility in the violent events occurred here in 2014. Russia To Summon Extraordinary Security Council Meeting on Syria Moscow, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Russia will summon an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council (SC) after a new attack by the United States against Syrian governmental forces, said today Senator Frants Klintsevich. UN Requests Cooperation in Areas with Cross-Border Waters United Nations, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the international community today to foster dialogue and cooperation in areas with cross-border waters, as a way to prevent conflicts. Hearing for Corruption Case in Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, June 6 (Prensa Latina) A hearing has began today in Dominican Republic to know the request for coercive measures of 18-month pre-trial custody against the 14 people involved in bribery paid by the Odebrecht Brazilian company. Strong Iranian Diplomatic Contacts over Gulf Crisis Tehran, June 6 (Prensa Latina) Iran held close diplomatic contacts with nine nations and the European Union (EU) to analyze possible solutions to the present crisis between Arab countries in the Persian Gulf following some disputes with Qatar, according to official sources. Evo Morales Chairs UN Debate on Conflict Prevention United Nations, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales is presiding over today a session of the United Nations Security Council dedicated to conflict prevention in cross-border water scenarios. Qatar Claims to Be Open to Mediation Efforts in Gulf Crisis Doha, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Qatar''s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said today that his country is open to Kuwait''s mediation efforts to reduce tension with its Arab neighbors from the Persian Gulf who broke diplomatic relations. UN Debates How to Protect the Oceans United Nations, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Conference on Oceans enters into its second day today with association dialogues and speeches from senior officials of the five continents on how to protect marine spaces. Migration and Labor Justice in the Eyes of the International Forum Geneva, June 6 (Prensa Latina) Governance of labor migration around the world and equitable recruitment are among the topics prioritized on the agenda of the 106th International Labor Conference of the ILO, which is being held today in this capital. New Turkish Airport to Render Service to 200 Million Passengers Istanbul, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The third airport planned for this city will have capacity for 200 million passengers a year, connecting 350 destinations around the world, according to explanations today by Turkish Transportation Minister Ahmet Arslan. Evo Morales Denounces in UN Bolivian Economic Impact United Nations, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, has denounced today in the UN that the 138 years as a landlocked State has been a severe economic impact for the nation. Dead People by Recent Rains in Sri Lanka Increases Colombo, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) New data offered by the Disaster Center of Sri Lanka said that 212 people died, and 79 are still missing, after therecent floods caused by intense rains associated to the monsoon. Denounced the Increase of Feminicides in Turkey Ankara, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) At least 173 women were killed by men during the first five months of 2017, according to a report redacted by the ''Stop the feminicides'' organization, presented today in this capital. ICAP President Calls in Namibia to Increase Solidarity Windhoek, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Cuban Institute of Solidarity with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando Gonzalez, has said today that the complicated international scenario requires increasing the political and solidarity operations to prevent the achievements attained by our peoples being taken away. Turkey Appeals to Dialogue to Solve Crisis with Qatar Ankara, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Turkey was sorry for the decision adopted by seven countries to break diplomatic relations with Qatar and appealed to the dialogue and cooperation as formulas to overcome the crisis. Cuba and Poland Strengthen Friendship and Cooperation Ties Havana, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Poland have strengthened today their friendship and cooperation ties during the meeting of Foreign Ministers Bruno Rodriguez and Witodl Waszczykowski, who is officially visiting Cuba. Japan and China Will Boost Trade, Says Singaporean Ex-Prime Minister Tokyo, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Singaporean Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said today that China and Japan should boost trade and economic integration in the Asian continent, with equal conditions and not as rivals. Syrian Army Fights Terrorists in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) For the third day in a raw, strong fighting by the Syrian Army continued against groups of the Islamic State, Daesh in Arabic, near the city of Deir Ezzor, military sources confirmed today. Pope Francis Reminds That the Environment is a Collective Good Rome, June 5 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francisco called today in a message through his Twitter account, to never forget that the environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. ILO Debates on Global Employment Problems Geneva, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Unemployed people worldwide could surpass 201 million in 2017, while the disorderly emigration in search of labor options increases, with this background panorama, an international debate on the subject began today. Constitutional Bill To Be Approved in Referendum, Maduro Says Caracas, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has announced that a referendum to approve the new constitutional text that generates the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will be included in the election rules of this process. Putin Denounces US Interference in Affairs of Other Countries Moscow, June 5 (Prensa Latina) US interference in the internal affairs of others covers most of the world''s countries, however, only Russia is accused of this practice, President Vladimir Putin denounced today. China To Host BRICS Media Forum Beijing, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) This capital city will host this week the Media Forum of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) with the presence of leaders of 25 groups of communication agencies from thee five member countries. Dialogue to Solve Colombian Teachers' Stoppage Without Results Bogotá, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) As in a game of chess, leaders of the stoppage of Colombian teachers and the Ministry of Education, a strike that extends for 26 days, move today their pieces without success in the dialogue to find a solution. Brazilian People Shout Direct Vote Now and Temer Out Brasilia, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) Demands for direct elections and the dismissal of president Michel Temer ''do not have an owner they are a cry of the Brazilian people'', asserted Leo Madeira, presenter of the rally taking place today in Sao Paulo under those banners. London: 12 People Arrested for Terrorist Attack London, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) British security forces reported today the arrest of 12 people allegedly linked to the terrorist attack in London yesterday night, which killed seven people and injured 48. I Do Not Regret Expelling the DEA from Bolivia, Says Evo Morales La Paz, June 4 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales recalled today that the expulsion of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the US military allowed it to regain Bolivia''s economic and political sovereignty. First African President of WHO Havana, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) Humanity will have the first African citizen in charge of the World Health Organization (WHO), the most important health entity in the world, when the Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes office in July. France, Russia to Restrengthen Ties By Luisa María González Paris, June 4 (Prensa Latina) Looking ahead to major global challenges such as the fight against terrorism, France, and Russia seem ready to leave behind the tensions of recent years and forge a new moment in bilateral ties, marked by a greater cooperation. European Parliament to Discuss Future of Climate Change Agreement Brussels, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament will discuss the future of the Paris Agreement on climate change in mid-June following the announcement of the United States withdrawal, reported today the president of the Community institution, Antonio Tajani. Julian Assange Still Trapped in Legal Labyrinth Havana, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) After seven years of investigation, the Swedish prosecutor''s office withdrew charges of alleged violation against Julian Assange, founder of the Wikileaks website, but he remains trapped in a legal labyrinth that prevents him from leaving the embassy of Ecuador in London. Syria: Hideaways and Warehouses of Terrorists Found in Homs Damascus, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Groups of Syrian technicians and sappers from the Army found hideways and a home made bomb factory in the neighborhood of Al Waer, city of Homs, from where the last armed terrorists recently came from. Lebanon Security Forces Arrest ISIS Tunnel Digger Beirut,Jun 3 (Prensa Latina)Lebanon Security forces arrested in south Lebanon a Syrian on charges of digging tunnels at the behest of Daesh (ISIS), state media reported today. USA-March for Truth Organizers Have a Simple Demand,Investigate Trump Washington,Jun 3 (Prensa Latina)Some 135 US cities will carry out thew March for Truth during this weekend to demand transparecy after Trum fired FBI Director James Comey. ISIS Claims Responsibility for Philippines Casino Attack Manila, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Philippine police say the attacker was a tall, English-speaking white man with a moustache. They say he carried an assault rifle, and that he used gasoline to start a casino fire that caused clouds of smoke that left at least 36 people dead Friday morning in a sprawling entertainment complex in Manila. US-led Coalition Admits Having Killed 484 Civilians in Syria, Iraq Damascus, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) US-led coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq have killed at least 484 civilians, growing by more than a third, according to a new report by Operation Inherent Resolve known here. El Salvador FM Meets Intense Agenda of Work in France Paris, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador''s foreign minister, Hugo Martínez, is meeting in France an intense agenda focused on bilateral and regional relations, in a visit that ends today with the signing of an agreement in the education sector. WikiLeaks Embarrasses the CIA Again London, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The Wikileaks website, founded by Julian Assange, has published more data on a covert cyberspace program from the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which has had an impact on the Internet today. Greece Clears Out Elliniko Refugee Camp Athens,Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Greek authorities move to relocate hundreds of refugee in a camp outside the Greek capital as the evacuation operation gets under way. PM: Excellent Malaysia-China Relations Doesn't Compromise Sovereignty Kuala Lumpur,Jun 2(Prensa Latina) The real and transformative results of the excellent relations that Malaysia and China have built do not compromise the country''s sovereignty one bit, Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. Maduro Calls to Strengthen Social Revolution in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The Government''s path has to be the path of the popular social revolution, asserted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a working meeting with the Council of Vice-Presidents at the Miraflores Palace ). More than 32,000 People Disappeared in Mexico Mexico, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) In Mexico 32,218 people are missing, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of the Interior released today. China Stresses its Determination to Implement Paris Agreement Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese Foreign Ministry has emphasized that it will continue implementing the Paris Agreement and will participate positively in the multilateral process of global climate governance, the official press reports today. Cuba Ratifies Socialist and Democratic Character of the Revolution Havana, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The guidelines governing the process of updating the country's socioeconomic model approved by the Cuban National Assembly during an Extraordinary Session confirm today the socialist and democratic nature of the Revolution, parliamentarian sources affirm. German Politicians Reject Trump Decision over Paris Agreement Berlin, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of German political parties today rejected the decision of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Honduras Signs Agreement on Atomic Energy Tegucigalpa, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The Honduran government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed an agreement on fostering technical cooperation in several areas of common interest. Fraternal Meeting of Syrian President with Liberated People Damascus, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar Al Assad reportedly welcomed at the Presidential Palace 34 kidnapped people recently liberated from the hands of terrrorist groups in the suburb of Barzeh, in the outskirt of Damascus. OAS Did Not Recognize Lies against Venezuela, Says Foreign Minister Caracas, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) ''Those who sought to control Venezuela by allying with the violent opposition failed because the lies this group seeks to uphold have no support'', said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez. UN Affirms Most of the World Supports Paris Climate Agreement United Nations, June 1 (PL) UN General Assembly President, Peter Thomson, has downplayed today the impact of the eventual US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on the grounds that such an initiative has a clear global support. Canadian NGO Warns over NAFTA Bad Consequences Ottawa, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Non-governmental organization Common Frontiers warned the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has destroyed entire sectors of local economy, such as agriculture in Mexico or the exploitation of natural resources in Canada. At Least 25 Wounded in ISIS Attack at Philippine Hotel Manila, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Al least 25 people were injured in a attack on a hotel in this capital. The authorship was claimed by the ISIS terrorist group, Phillipine media reported. DPRK Urges USA to End Military Exercises Pyongyang, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has urged again the United States to end the offensive military exercises in the East Sea of Korea, where Washington deployed Carl Vinson and Ronald Reagan nuclear aircraft carriers. Economic, Social Guidelines Help Cuba Advance, Raul Castro Said Havana, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Political guidelines passed today by the National Assembly will help Cuba continue updating its economic and social model, ''that is to say, change everything that needs to be changed'', President Raul Castro stressed in closing the legislative special session. Venezuela: Henrique Capriles Is Involved in Odebrecht's Bribes Caracas, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) A top executive of the Brazilian firm Odebrecht in Venezuela, Euzenando Azevedo, pointed to the extreme right-wing opposition leader Henrique Capriles as a beneficiary of illegal financing for his presidential campaign in 2012. Cuban Legislators Support Documents Analyzed in Plenary Session Havana, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuban legislators have supported the documents analyzed in the context of the Special Session of the National People''s Power Assembly, in plenary session today in the presence of President Raul Castro. Philippines Confirms Foreigners Death in Armed Clashes Manila, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Philippine authorities confirmed today that eight foreign fighters are among the Islamist militants killed by security forces in the southern city of Marawi, south of the country. UNESCO Highlights Revolutionary Work of Fidel Castro Paris, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Spanish intellectual Ignacio Ramonet has highlighted today at UNESCO the broad revolutionary work of Fidel Castro, who boosted deep transformations in Cuba and also in countries of other continents. Colombian Teachers-Government Dialogue Still Whithout Progress Bogota, June 1 (Prensa Latina) Colombian teachers'' stoppage reaches its 22nd day, while the dialogue with the government continues without progress, and teachers call to the third ''takeover'' for next June 6. China Emphasizes Support for European Integration Beijing, June 1 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who is visiting Germany, emphasized the country''s support for the process of European integration, official sources in the capital reported today. ALBA, CARICOM Defeat Anti-Venezuelan Plans at OAS Caracas, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) The voice and morals of the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been imposed at the OAS, Venezuela''s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said. Angolan PMs to Prepare Fourth Legislature Agenda Luanda, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The heads of the five parliamentary Caucasus in the Angolan National Assembly have agreed today to devote the next plenary session to the preparation of the fourth legislature, which will come up from the August 23´s general elections. Cuban Parliament Commissions Discuss Projects Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Marino Murillo, has ratified that the social ownership over the means of production is still observed in Cuba. Inquiry on Death of Indigenous Canadians Demanded Ottawa, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Leaders from Canadian First Nations have demanded today to dissolve the Board of Police Services in Thunder Bay and instruct the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to investigate the deaths of indigenous people in this town of Ontario. Russia Cancels Restrictions on Trade with Turkey Ankara, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish companies and individuals will be able to operate and work in Russia, thanks to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin, Russian news agency Tass reported Wednesday. North Korea Accuses US of Fanning Tensions Pyongyang, May 31 (Prensa Latina) North Korea''s Government has reportedly accused US media and military leaders of urging the Donald Trump administration of fanning the fire of tensions over the Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK). World Final of Programming Competition in US, an Ovation for Cuba Washington, May 31 (Prensa Latina) An ovation filled the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in the American town of Rapid City when the Cuban team of the University of Havana (UH) was Latin American champion in an international university competition of programming. Raul Castro Attends Cuban Parliament's Special Session Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro has attended the opening ceremony of the special session of the National People''s Power Assembly (ANPP), which was convened to analyze several documents governing the economic and social life of the country. Iran to Operate Arak Nuclear Reactor in Three or Four Years Tehran, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) affirmed today that the redesign of the Arak nuclear reactor is in line with the planned schedule so that it could be operational at the latest within four years. Colombian Teachers Striking Again Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) called today for another ''strike of capital''s cities'', while maintaining such protests for more than two weeks throughout the national territory. Russia Fires Missiles to Blast Terrorists in Syria Moscow, May 31 (Prensa Latina) A Russian frigate and a submarine reportedly fired today four missiles from eastern Mediterranean against ISIS terrorist targets in Syria, destroying their war equipment and causing heavy casualties. Bolivian President thanks Chinese Donation of Surveillance Cameras La Paz, May 31 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales thanked the Chinese ambassador to Bolivia, Wu Yuanshan, today for the donation of 570 surveillance cameras to strengthen the people''s security in the Andean-Amazonian nation. Violent Groups in Venezuela Consume Banned Drug Captagon Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Members of violent groups financed by extreme right-wing opposition parties in Venezuela are consuming a drug commercially known as Captagon, Matrizur website denounced. Morena Officially Denounces Irregularities in Mexican Elections Mexico, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The party Movimiento de Regeneracion Nacional (Morena) has denounced to electoral authorities the alleged involvement of the federal Government in supporting ruling candidate for the June 4th elections in the state of Mexico. Bolivia: 2,500 Delegates to the World Peoples Summit La Paz, May 31 (Prensa Latina) A total of 2,500 delegates will take part in the World Peoples Summit to be held next month in the Bolivian department of Cochabamba, reported Bolivian Minister of Coordination with the Social Movements Alfredo Rada. Vladimir Putin Welcomes Attendees at St. Petersburg Economic Forum Moscow, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed participants at the St. Petersburg-2017 International Economic Forum, which coincides with the first signs that the world is coming out the economic crisis. European Union and Chile Tackle Cooperation Issues Santiago, Chile, May 30 (Prensa Latina) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU) Federica Mogherini held a meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on issues of integration and current regional policy. Putin Praises Oil Cooperation with Saudi Arabia Moscow, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted the importance of the cooperation with Saudi Arabia on the energy field, particularly in the regulation of the oil market, during a meeting Wednesday with Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Muhammad bin Salman al Saud. Group The Elders Demands to Stop Violence in South Sudan Juba, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Elders, a NGO formed by world personalities founded by Nelson Mandela, has demanded the authorities of South Sudan to stop the violence and make security of civil population a top priority. Crisis around Temer Increases Uncertainty over Brazilian Economy Brasilia, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The uncertainty indicator of the Brazilian economy surged to 9.3 points in May, after denunciations of obstruction of justice and corruption weighing on Brazilian President Michel Temer, said Getulio Vargas Foundation Wednesday. President Evo Announces Construction of Nuclear Medicine Centers La Paz, May 30 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has announced today the construction in Bolivia of three nuclear medicine facilities to do research that will help cure diseases such as cancer. Putin, Saudi Prince Meeting Addresses Syria Issue Moscow, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian issue was present today in talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the second Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister, Muhamed Ben Salman Al Sauda, who is ​​visiting Moscow. Drug Cartels Fight for Control of Reynosa,Mexico Mexico, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican city of Reynosa in the border with the US is becoming now a battle field by organized crime members, with at leats 36 homicides last month. THAAD Launchers Brought in S. Korea without Notifying New President Seoul, May 30 (Prensa Latina) President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, has ordered the investigation of the secret entry and deployment in the country of four new launchers of the THAAD anti-missile defense system, Yonhap news agency reported. Cuba to Attend OCLAE Andean Meeting in Bogota Bogota, May 30 (Prensa Latina) A meeting of the Andean region of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Organization of Students (OCLAE) will be held at the National University in Bogotá on Thursday and Friday. Colombian Govt. Resumes Dialogue with Teachers Bogota, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government and the National Federation of Educators (FECODE) resumed the talks on Tuesday to end the strike of teachers that started 20 days ago in public schools nationwide. German Politician Calls Trump a Values Destroyer Berlin, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the German Social democratic Party (SDP) and chancellery candidate, Martin Schulz considered today the US president Donald Trump destroyer of Western values. Bolivia Has the Most Stable Economy in South America, Minister Says La Paz, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Economy Minister Luis Arce said today that in the midst of an adverse international scenario, Bolivia consolidated as the country with the highest growth in South America for the fourth year under the presidency of Evo Morales. Trump Criticizes Germany's Policies toward the United States Washington, May 30 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump criticized Germany''s trade and military policies on his country today and predicted a change in the situation. German Social Democrats Criticize Donald Trump's Policy Berlin, May 30 (Prensa Latina) After German Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly criticized President Donald Trump, the German Social Democrats joined that position today by taking sides against the US president. Special Anti-terrorism Security Command Created in Venezuela Caracas, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the creation of a special anti-terrorist security command, which will guarantee the peace of all Venezuelans. Over 60,000 Migrants Arrive in Italy this Year Rome, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The number of irregular immigrants arriving in Italy this year has risen to 60,000, after being rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, the UN Refugee Agency reported today. SADR Rebuffs EU Proposal on Association with Morocco Algiers, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) has rebuffed the European Commission''s proposal to review a European Union-Morocco association agreement to include Western Sahara, according to the Sahara Press Service website. Ecuador's President Urges to Debate on Changes for Communication Law Quito, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuador´s President, Lenin Moreno, has today urged the local media to get to an agreement on their proposals for the Communication Law. Honduran President Orders an Investigation into Stadium Stampede Tegucigalpa, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has today ordered the authorities to conduct an in-depth investigation into a stampede, which caused four deaths and several injured, at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa. DPRK Denounces Joint Drill Plans of USA, South Korea Pyongyang, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) denounced today the United States and South Korea for trying to develop a joint military drill in June. Presidents of France, Russia to Overcome Tensions and Strengthen Ties Paris, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and France, Emmanuel Macron, expressed today their intention to overcome the tensions that marked the bilateral relationship in recent years, and strengthen ties to advance on issues of common interest. Several Dead, Injured, Streets Blocked As Severe Storm Hits Moscow Moscow,May 29 (Prensa Latina) At least 11 persons died and 40 were injured today here because of intense winds and rains. Syrian Army Frees Villages and Advances in Eastern Aleppo Aleppo, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army and allied militias continued military anti-terrorist operations east of the province of Aleppo, where they expelled the Islamic State from 22 villages, military sources confirmed today. Deputy PM of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Arrived in Cuba Havana, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Luis Straker has arrived in Cuba to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Cuban Foreign Ministry informed today. Illegal Money in Mexican Elections Investigated Mexico, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Specialized Attorney''s Office for Electoral Crimes (FEPADE) has been investigating candidates for governors, among other candidates, for allegedly using money from illegal sources, for the June 4th elections. Sri Lanka Rains Death Toll Rises to 164 Colombo, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The death toll in Sri Lanka rose to 164 due to flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains associated with the arrival of the monsoon. Beijing Hosts Global Cooperation Fair In Trade Services Beijing, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese capital hosts today an international trade fair to promote openness and cooperation in trade services, focusing on science and technology, the internet and communication, culture and business education, tourism, health, medicine and finance. Syrian Property Damage Exceeds $80 Billion USD Damascus, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Damage to public and private property in Syria has exceeded $88 billion USD, according to Deputy Minister of Municipal Administrations Loay Kharitah. Brazil Popular Front Proposes Emergency Plan Brasilia, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Faced with the aggravation of the political, social and institutional crisis that the country is going through, the Brazil Popular Front launches today a so-called '' People''s Emergency Plan'' in the city of Sao Paulo. Europe Must Be Independent of UK and US, Warns Merkel Berlin, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The German chief of government, Angela Merkel, warned that Europe must become independent of the British Government and the United States and seek ways to be self-sufficient without relying on other powers. Vietnamese Prime Minister Starts U.S. Visit Today Hanoi, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will begin an official visit to the United States today at the invitation of President Donald Trump, during which the two countries will strengthen relations, according to government sources. Ombudsman Condemns Hate Crime in Venezuela Caracas, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Ombudsman Tarek William Saab demanded exemplary sanctions for those responsible for a disgusting hate crime committed against a former Venezuelan official who was tortured and killed by a mob in the state of Lara. Attacks on Journalists in Mexico Come from Local Officials Mexico, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The Advisory Council of the Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Mexico warned on Sunday that many of the attacks on communicators and human rights defenders come from local and state officials. Colombian President Signs Decrees on Peace Agreements Bogota, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has signed four decrees in the past few hours, followed by others that he must sign today regarding the peace agreements with the FARC-EP. World Youth Festival to Honor Fidel Castro Havana, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, to be held in the Russian city of Sochi in October, will be dedicated to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, local media reported on Sunday. Cuban First Vice President to Visit La Higuera Vallegrande, Bolivia, May 28 (Prensa Latina) On Sunday, Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel will visit the town of La Higuera, at the foothills of The Andes, where he will deposit a wreath at the monument to guerrilla Commander Ernesto Che Guevara. Mass Arrivals of Rescued Immigrants in Italy Rome, May 28 (Prensa Latina) A total of 1,449 immigrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the ship Vos Prudence, which belongs to the non-governmental organization Doctors without Borders, arrived in the port of the southern city of Naples on Sunday. U.S. Secretary of Defense Says Trump Is Open to Climate Change Washington, May 28 (Prensa Latina) U.S. President Donald Trump is very open to the issue of climate change while he assesses the Paris Agreement, said Secretary of Defense James Mattis in an interview that was broadcast entirely on Sunday. Nearly 1,500 Migrants Rescued from the Sea to Arrive in Italy Rome, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) A total of 1,449 people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea sail to the Italian port of Naples aboard the ship Vos Prudence of Médecins Sans Frontiéres, reported today an NGO representative. UN Concerns over Civilians in IS-Controlled Mosul Areas United Nations, May 27 (Prensa Latina) UN Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O''Brien, has today expressed his concern over the lives of tens of thousands of civilians remaining in IS-controlled Mosul areas. MORENA Strengthens After LP Candidates Declines in Mexican Elections Mexico, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The aspirations of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) have today strengthened following the declines of Labor Party (PT) candidates in the states of Mexico and Coahuila. G-7 Summit In Its Secong and Last day in Italy Rome, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The G-7 summit arrives today at its second and last day, in the town of Taormina, during which it will debate on climate change, a topic of confrontation between the United States and its allies. FELAP, 41 Years Without Losing its Historical Principles By Maylin Vidal Philippines Confirms ISIS Presence in Mindanao Manila, May 26 (Prensa Latina) ''We will overcome, we will win,'' Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers today in Iligan City, referring to the war against local terror groups in the country. Chile: The Truth About Pablo Neruda's Death Is Near Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The truth about the cause of death of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda seems to be imminent, after international scientific tests were made, an idea that seduces the family of the Nobel Literature Prize winner. More than 50 US Senators Reintroduce Travel Law to Cuba Washington, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) has applauded the reintroduction in the U.S. Senate of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, an initiative supported by 54 legislators. Holland America Line Cruise Company Authorized to Sail to Cuba Washington, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The US Holland America Line cruise company, based in Seattle, Washington, is joining the growing list of cruise lines offering voyages from the USA to Cuba. Cuban First Deputy President Reiterates Friendship with Bolivia La Paz, May 25 (Prensa Latina) First deputy president of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel reiterated here today the willingness of his country to keep working in various key sectors of the process of changes in Bolivia, as a sign of friendship and fraternity amid the two nations. US Court Keeps Trump's Travel Ban on Hold Washington, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The 4th Circuit of the Appeal Court ruled today that the executive order by President Donald Trump that seeks to ban travels from Muslim-majority countries to the United States should be on hold. Merkel Threatens Turkey with Withdrawing Troops from Incirlik Brussels, May 25 (Prensa Latina) German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened to withdraw the German troops from the air base of Incirlik, southeast of Turkey, if the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is still blocking visits by German parliamentary representatives. Russian Security Service Dismantles Terrorist Cell in Moscow Moscow, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Security Service (FSB in Russian) dismantled a terrorist cell in the capital of Russia Thursday, to arrest four suspects in whose apartment they found a home-made explosives factory. EU and Donald Trump Air Differences in Brussels Meeting Brussels, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) and the United States have aired differences over Russia, international trade and climate change, the European Council reported today after a meeting between EU leaders and US President Donald Trump. Paraguay Expresses Interest in Urea and Bolivian Gas La Paz, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Hydrocarbons Minister Luis Sánchez stated today that authorities in Paraguay are interested in buying urea from the Andean-Amazonian nation and increasing volumes of commercialization of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Syrian Army Makes New Progress in Homs Province Damascus, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army and allied militias have made further progress to the east of the province of Homs against members of the Islamic State (ISIS), military sources confirmed today. Peru Highlights Cuban Commitment to Peace and Disarmament Lima, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Ambassador in Peru, Sergio González, confirmed that his country has been, is now and will always be a peace advocate, commenting on an international seminar for the abolition of military bases. UN Calls for Action to Protect Civilians in Conflict Zones United Nations, May 25 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for actions today to ensure the protection of civilians in areas of conflict, including full respect for international humanitarian law. China's President Calls for Modern, Stronger Navy Beijing, May 25 (Prensa Latina) China''s President Xi Jinping has called for building a stronger and more modern Naval Force to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation and the dream of a powerful Armed Forces. New Zealand Launches Its First Space Rocket Successfully Washington, May 25 (Prensa Latina) U.S. company Rocket Lab celebrated today the successful launch of a Rocket Lab test craft named Electron from the North Island of New Zealand. Paraguayan Peasants Repudiate Presidential Veto on Expropriation Asunción, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Peasant Federation (FNC) of Paraguay repudiated the veto of President Horacio Cartes on the expropriation of farms of Guahory colony, Department of Caaguazú, in favor of farm workers. Venezuelan Justice to Protect Eight Municipalities from Violence Caracas, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Constitutional Court of Venezuela''s Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) has issued some protection measures for the inhabitants of eight municipalities hit by violent actions of the extreme right opposition in the states of Miranda and Merida. Macron's Party Wins Majority in French Legislative Elections Paris, May 24 (Prensa Latina) French President Emmanuel Macron''s Republic on the Move (LREM) Party is about to win the vote in June''s legislative elections, an Ifop-Fiducial poll showed on Wednesday. Marches in Bolivian Cities Demanding Release of Detainees in Chile La Paz, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Bolivians marched today from the city of El Alto to the historic center of La Paz to demand the release of the nine compatriots unjustly detained in Chile since March 19. Police Dispersed Anti-Temer Demonstration With Bombs and Gases Brasilia, May 24 (Prensa Latina) With bombings, tear gas and rubber bullets, the Brazilian Military Police is trying to disperse thousands of demonstrators gathered here in the esplanade of the Ministries to demand the departure of President Michel Temer. US Companies Ask Trump to Maintain and Expand Trips to Cuba Washington, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Over 40 companies and associations from the United States have sent a letter to US President Donald Trump to urge him to maintain and expand travels to Cuba. Trump Arrives in Belgium with Strong Security Device Brussels, May 24 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon, in the middle of a wide security device, and popular demonstrations against his presence in this European nation. Lenin Moreno Swears-in as Ecuador President Quito, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Lenin Moreno was inaugurated today as the new president of Ecuador in a solemn ceremony held in the National Assembly (parliament), before some Latin American presidents and guests. Cuban First Vice President Honors Ecuadorian Founding Father Quito, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, placed here today a wreath before the monument to Eloy Alfaro, Founding Father of the liberal revolution in Ecuador. US Rapper Talib Kweli in Live Cuban Concert Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) US rapper Talib Kweli is preparing in Cuba the concert he will give at the Rumba Palace on Friday. Voters Go to the Polls in Cayman Islands Election George Town, May 24 (Prensa Latina) About 21,000 voters go to the polls today in the Cayman Islands to elect the 15 members of the new Legislative Assembly of this British Caribbean territory. Cuba Supports Palestinian Cause Damascus, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Commission of Palestinians in Zionist Regime Prisons, have thanked today Cuba''s solidarity during a meeting with Rogerio Santana, that country''s ambassador to Syria. Cuba Supports Citizen's Revolution in Ecuador Quito, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The Coordinator of Solidarity with Cuba, María Augusta Calles, today classified as a support to the Citizen''s Revolution the visit to Ecuador of the first vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. Venezuela to Continue Marches to Support Constitutional Process Caracas, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Vice-President in charge of the economy, Ramón Lobo, said today that the people of the South American nation will continue to mobilize to support and accompany the constitutional process summoned by President Nicolás Maduro. Pope Francis Meets US President Rome, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has received here today U.S. President Donald Trump, who is carrying out a few hours visit to this capital. Chevron Threatens with Massive Lay-off in Bangladesh Dacca, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Chevron threatened today to lay off workers protesting the planned sale of its assets in Bangladesh to Chinese investors, delaying the estimated $ 2 billion deal. Lawyer Calls for Citizens Coalition to Support Colombian Peace Bogota, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle has called on citizens today to defend the peace accords after expressing his concern about the future of the implementation process of the agreement with the FARC-EP. Brazilian Scholar Warns That Temer's Permanence Worsens Corruption Brasilia, May 23 (Prensa Latina) President Michel Temer''s permanence is a factor that it may worsen corruption in Congress, of which it is a hostage, according to Roberto Romano, a scholar from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp). Colombia, a Country with Most Internally Displaced People Worldwide Bogota, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombia is the country with the largest population of internal displaced people worldwide, according to a report published here by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) in conjunction with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Montenegro to Join NATO on May 25 Podgorica, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Montenegro''s prime minister, Dusko Markovic, will travel to Brussels to attend the summit of heads of state and/or government of NATO, in which the small Balkan state will join as a full member. Future Cardinal Revives Salvadoran Faith in Romero's Canonization By Charly Morales Valido Islamic State Claims Attack on Manchester Stadium London, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) claimed today the terrorist attack in a stadium in the British city of Manchester, where 22 people have died so far and nearly 60 people were injured. Brazilian Bar Association Calls for Michel Temer's Impeachment Brasilia, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Brazil´s Bar Association (OAB), Claudio Lamachia, has announced that such an organization will hand over the Chamber of Deputies an impeachment request against Brazilian President, Michel Temer. Lenin Moreno to Present Cabinet During his Presidential Inauguration Quito, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The cabinet that will accompany the elected Ecuadorian leader, Lenin Moreno, will be known Wednesday, the day of the presidential inauguration attended by more than 14 heads of state and government and some international personalities. Cuban Foreign Minister Talks with Paraguayan formel President Lugo Havana, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, received today the formel president and Paraguayan senator Fernando Lugo, who visits Cuba as part of a Paraguayan parliamentary delegation. Cuba and European Union on Dialogue on Human Rights Brussels, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the European Union (EU) made their third round of conversations on human rights Monday, to bring about the exchange of opinions and widen the knowledge of their respective realities. First Salvadoran Cardinal Dedicates His Naming to Monsignor Romero San Salvador, May 22 (Prensa Latina) When Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chávez was told that Pope Francisco would name him Cardinal, above Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar himself, he thought it was too early to be joking. Saudi Kingdom Stronger against Terrorism after Summits with Trump Riyadh, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia said that President Donald Trump''s speech at the Arab-Islamic summit held here contained key indicators of the U.S. policy on the Middle East and the horizon of cooperation that exists today with those communities. Pedro Sanchez Defeats Spain's Stagnant Social Democracy Madrid, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Pedro Suarez''s re-conquest of the reins of the Spanish Workers'' Socialist Party (PSOE), when many thought that he was politically dead, will inevitably lead to the ostracism of the historic leaders of that centenary organization. Philippine President Seeks to Strengthen Cooperation with Russia Moscow, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits Russia today, seeking to strengthen cooperation in defense and security, as well as economic and commercial cooperation, especially in agriculture. Venezuelan Government Warns about Fascist Trend Caracas, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government have warned today that right-wing groups are trying to impose a Nazi-fascist trend in the country, according to their actions in recent weeks. Iranian Foreign Minister Denies Trump Accusations from Saudi Kingdom Tehran, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has bluntly denied accusations of US President Donald Trump from Saudi Arabia and ironically with the scenario and the circumstances where he made them. Libya: UN Chief Urges All Sides to Restore Calm,Stop Violence United Nations,May 21 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is deeply concerned about the military escalation at the Brak al-Shati air base in southern Libya and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and restore calm, the UN chief''s spokesman said today. 'Kashmir is Ours,' Says Indian Minister, Promises Permanent Solution New Delhi,May 21 (Prensa Latina) ''Kashmir is ours'' Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today, asserting that the Modi government will find a ''permanent solution'' to the Kashmir problem. Singapore Supports Joint Efforts to Sustain TPP Singapur,May 21 (Prensa Latina) Singapore ''supports the joint efforts'' of the remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signatories to sustain the massive free trade deal, Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang said today. Russia Asks WTO to Look Into Sanctions by Ukraine Moscow,May 21 (Prensa Latina) Russia has sent a request to the World Trade Organization asking to hold consultations over Ukraine''s sanctions against Moscow, in place since 2014, Russian Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin deliver the requesto to the Director General of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo, during a ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum in Hanoi. Uribe´s Apology Worse than his Offense, Says Colombia Senator Bogota, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Ivan Cepeda, Senator from the Polo Democratico Alternativo party, said today that the apology issued by Colombian former President Alvaro Uribe is worse than his offense. Saudi King Discusses Trade and Military Cooperation with Donald Trump Riyadh, May 20 (Prensa Latina) King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia discussed today with US President Donald Trump the state of bilateral relations, particularly cooperation in the commercial and military sectors. Temer Adds Another Accusation: Buying MPs Brasilia, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Today, Brazilian President Michel Temer is buying up representatives in the Federal Chamber to approve their reforms, Alagoas lawmaker Givaldo Carimbao of the Humanist Solidarity Party (PHS) denounced. Oscar López Rivera: the Struggle for Puerto Rico's Freedom Continues Por Nestor Rosa-MarbrellSan Juan, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Oscar López Rivera, who was released on May 17 after 36 years of imprisonment in the United States for his struggle for Puerto Rico''s independence, has become a symbol of inspiration for new generations of Puerto Ricans. Swedish Prosecutor Office Drops Rape Charges Against Julian Assange Stockholm, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Swedish prosecutor''s office announced today the closure of the investigation to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks site, for an alleged violation. Massive Turnout in Iranian Presidential Election Tehran, May 19 (Prensa Latina) A significant voter turnout marked today the twelfth presidential election of Iran in which the main candidates, the supreme leader, and other political and religious personalities exercised their suffrage. Caribbean Nations Stand By Venezuela Bridgetown, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community Private Company to Build First Geothermal Power Plant in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Maximus Johnity Ongkili, said today that Malaysia''s first geothermal power plant will be built by Tawau Green Technology Sdn Bhd, without financial cost to the government. Gas Accumulation Causes Explosions in Cartagena, Colombia Bogota, May 19 (Prensa Latina) An inspection to the shipyards of Citemar and Astivick in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, where a triple explosion occurred two days ago killing seven people, said that the gas accumulation could be the cause of the incident. Russia Denounces US Distortions about Syrian Reality Moscow, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Russia denounced US manipulations today on Syria events, including unproven accusations against the government of that country for alleged use of chemical weapons. Venezuelan Customs Confiscates Items for Violent Groups Caracas, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Superintendent of the National Integrated Tax and Customs Administration (SENIAT), José David Cabello, confirmed the retention of equipment from abroad, intended for violent protests organized by ultra-right parties. Syria Denounces US-Led Coalition Attack Damascus, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The General Command of the Armed Forces has denounced today that the attack on Syrian Army positions at the Al Tanf region is an evidence of the falsehood with which the U.S.-led International Coalition is acting. Iranian President and Supreme Leader Vote in Presidential Election Tehran, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Iranian head of State, Hassan Rouhani, and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast their votes on Friday in the presidential election, in which the former is running for reelection. Venezuela and Russia to Strengthen Strategic Ties Caracas, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have today held a telephone conversation in which they agreed to strengthen the strategic relationship between both nations. Brazil Supreme Court Authorizes Investigation into Michel Temer Brasilia, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Edson Fachin decided today to investigate Brazilian President Michel Temer for attempting to obstruct justice by endorsing the payment for the silence of former leader of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha. Syrian President Receives Iraqi Special Envoy Damascus, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke with National Security adviser Faleh al-Fayad and special envoy of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, according to media reports in Damascus. Japan's Abe, S. Korean Envoy Agree to Resume Diplomatic Relations Tokyo,May 18 (Prensa Latina) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a special envoy of South Korea''s newly-elected President Moon Jae-in agreed in talks Thursday to resume the shuttle diplomacy between the leaders of both countries. Coup by the Corrupt Crumbles in Brazil Brasilia, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The possibility that President Michel Temer goes to prison for obstructing justice is perceived here today as a clear sign of the collapse of the parliamentary-judicial coup d''état perpetrated by a gang of corrupt politicians against Dilma Rousseff. Mexico Without Funds to Protect Journalists Mexico, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican government did not allocate funds this year to the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, who have been victims of several crimes in 2017, it was reported today. Turkey Asks US to Dismiss Its Official Responsible against IS Ankara, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Turkey has demanded today the removal of U.S. representative at the Global Coalition against the Islamic State (IS), Brett McGurk, for his support to the Kurdish militias established in northern Syria. Russia Rejects Interference in Venezuela's Internal Affairs Moscow, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Russia has reiterated today its rejection of foreign interference in Venezuela''s internal affairs and called for a national dialogue in that country with full respect for the Constitution and among all political forces. Venezuela Denounces Paramilitary Attacks in Tachira Caracas, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela have condemned in a communiqué the attacks on military and police installations by paramilitary groups in the state of Tachira, near the border with Colombia. Peña Nieto Announces Measures to Protect Journalists and Activists Mexico, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Wednesday measures to protect journalists and human rights defenders in the nation, after the number of murdered journalists, increased to 6 this year. Cybercrimes Cause Million-Dollar Losses in Mexico Mexico, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Cybercrimes are currently costing Mexico about $4 billions a year, despite the government presented the National Digital Strategy, it was reported today. Swedish Prosecutor to Assess Assange Case Stockholm, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Swedish Attorney''s Office announced today that it will give a press conference on Friday to review the investigation into alleged violation by Julian Assange, founder of the Wikileaks website. Puerto Rican Independence Fighter Oscar Lopez Thanks Cuba Support Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican independence leader Oscar López Rivera thanked Cuba and his people for all the support given to the campaign for their freedom, definitively achieved today. Syria Committed to Humanitarian Principles, Says Deputy FM Damascus, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Syria is committed to humanitarian principles, said deputy foreign minister, Faisal Al Miqdad during a specialized course of the Diplomatic Insitute held here in Damascus. Islamic State Attacks Afghanistan TV station, Multiple Casualties Kabul, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Islamic State today claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a television station in Afghanistan''s that killed 10 persons and injured 24. Ecuador FM Higlights Government Achievements in Foreign Policy Quito, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian foreign minister, Guillaume Long highlighted the policies implemented by the national government in foreign policy that allow the country to show solid advances in relations and exchange with the rest of the world. Trump Rejects Main Demands of Turkey Ankara, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The government of Turkey today presented as an achievement the results of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, although none of Ankara''s main demands were met. Venezuelan People Support Constituent Process Caracas, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Venezuelans gathered today in Morelos Square, in this capital, to march to the Miraflores Palace (the seat of the government) and express their support for President Nicolas Maduro''s call for a National Constituent Assembly. Oscar López Rivera Thanks the Efforts of the Puerto Rican People San Juan, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Independence leader Oscar López Rivera thanked the Puerto Rican people for all their efforts to gain his freedom, which he enjoys since this morning after 36 years in prison. Colombian Gov't, ELN Resume Peace Talks in Ecuador Quito, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), another important guerrilla movement in Colombia, are resuming peace talks today in Ecuador to end an armed conflict that has been going on for decades. Trade Unions Pressure Senators against Labor Reform in Brazil Brasilia, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Brazil''s most representative trade unions called collective visits to the cabinets of federal senators today to abort the debate on the questioned labor reform and establish a negotiation table. Syrian Gov't Approves Projects and Development in Several Sectors Damascus, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian government has approved a budget of four million 600 thousand dollars to support service and development projects in various sectors in the provinces of Sweida, Latakia, and Damascus. APEC Officials Meet in Vietnam Hanoi, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the 21 territories making up the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) have met here today, to discuss the progress made in implementing the Lima Declaration on the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area, among other issues. European Deputies Demand to Get Food Waste under Control Brussels, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Europeans throw around 173 kilograms of food to the trash can every year, regional parliament deputies said and demanded that the European Union (EU) put a stop to food waste and explicitly authorize donations. Venezuelan FM Accuses Opposition Activist of Favoring Interference Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused today the opposition activist Lilian Tintory of making a tour to promote interference by international organizations or foreign powers in the South American nation. US-led Coalition Air Strike in Syria Kills Over 50 People Damascus, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Foreign Ministry has today denounced the US-led coalition air strike killing over 50 people in the regions of the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. Bullying Affects Heart Health of the Victim and the Agressor Washington, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Psycho-social and heart problems might arise as consequence of school harassment or ''bullying'', since it affects both the victim and his or her aggressor, a study published at a specialized magazine points out. Iraqi Forces Break into the Last Terrorist Stronghold in Mosul Baghdad, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi government forces stormed today Al-Najjar district, the last connecting with the besieged Old City of Mosul, where they claim to have reconquered almost 90 percent of the west of that town. More than a Hundred Journalists Murdered in Mexico Mexico, May 16 (Prensa Latina) From 2000 up to date 126 journalists have been murdered in Mexico, according to an update of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH). Cuba Promotes in China Mining Investment Opportunities Beijing, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban executives are promoting here today mining business opportunities, in order to attract Chinese investment as a way to optimize this industry and expand economic development. Bolivian and Brazil to Sign Memorandum for Bi-Oceanic Railway La Paz, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Public Works Minister Milton Claros reported that brazil would sign the official memorandum to join the Central Bi-Oceanic Railway project in coming days. USA Prepares to Ban Laptops on Flights from Europe Brussels, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) and the United States will debate next Wednesday on the possible ban on in-flight laptops and tablets in certain flights from EU, according to the European Commission (EC). UN Expects an In-Depth Inter-Syrian Meeting in Geneva United Nations, May 16 (Prensa Latina) UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan Mistura said he expected that the new round of indirect talks between the Government and the opposition, the beginning of which was scheduled for today in Geneva, was more in-depth. New French Prime Minister Described himself as a Man of the Right Paris, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The newly appointed French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, described himself as ''a man of the right'' in his first interview after taking office. Spanish Cuban Cultural and Business Meeting in Spain Madrid, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish city of Getafe will host up to May 23, the Spanish Cuban Cultural and Business Meeting, a perfect setting for getting closer to the Caribbean heritage, art, dance, music and gastronomy. Putin against Expansion of Club of Nuclear Powers Moscow, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed today his opposition to any attempt to expand the club of countries with nuclear weapons and called for a solution to the dispute about Pyongyang through dialogue. China Concludes Silk Forum with Development Consensus Beijing, May 15 (Prensa Latina) China''s first international Belt and Road Initiative Forum has concluded here with a consensus on the issue. Venezuelan Extreme Right Opposition Insists in Coup Caracas, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Extreme right-wing groups of Venezuela''s opposition will insist today on their coup plans against the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro. China's Ambitious Initiative to Reshape the World Beijing (Prensa Latina) More than 100 countries have agreed to participate in the Chinese Belt and Silk Route Initiative, a large-scale trade project that shows the high demand for global economic cooperation. France Warns about Future Replicas of Massive Cyber-Attack Paris, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The massive cyber-attack on more than 100 countries might happen again in the next few days and weeks, the director of France''s National Agency for Informatics System Security (ANSII), Guillaume Poupart, warned on Monday. Europol Reports More than 200,000 Affected by Cyber Attack The Hague, Holland, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Director Rob Wainwright announced that today the recent cyber attack on a global scale has affected about 200,000 people in more than 150 countries. Justice will Veto Lula as Candidate Brasilia, May 15 (Prensa Latina) If the United States decides that former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can not run for the 2018 elections, it is obvious that Brazilian Justice will prevent his candidacy from happening again, renowned jurist Fabio Konder Comparato stated. Emmanuel Macron Sworn in as French President Paris, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as French president on Sunday in a solemn ceremony held at the Elysee Palace. Venezuelan Analyst Reveals Opponents' Complicity with Violence Caracas, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan opposition groups still remain in complicity with the progress of vandalism and armed actions, as said by analyst Eleazar Diaz Rangel. Terrorists Admit Lies on Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria Damascus, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Syrian television broadcasted two terrorists´ confessions accepting their participation in media set-ups on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as reported by the local today. Women Activists Are Victims of Crimes in Mexico Mexico, May 14 (Prensa Latina) At least 44 women journalists or activists from civil organizations have been killed in Mexico since 2010, according to reports. Syria Moves Towards Reconciliation Havana, May 13 (Prensa Latina) With four detente zones, the successful advances of the Army and the consequent implementation of a policy of national reconciliation, Syria is moving towards defeating terrorism and reducing an imposed war. Venezuelan Journalist Earle Herrera Thanks Cuban for Award Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The Felix Elmuza Medal, bestowed by the Association of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), although it is the smallest one, it is the most important decoration I have received in my life, the Venezuelan journalist Earle Herrera said. World Bank President Warns about Causes of Migration Crisis Rome, May 13 (Prensa Latina) World Bank President Jim Yong Kim stated today that the global migration crisis is only the tip of the iceberg, and assured that the problem will only be solved by developing the migrant-sending countries. Venezuelan President Ratifies Elections in the Country Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro confirmed that elections will take place in the country in 2018. Bach in Angola Dreams of Africa Organizing Olympics Some Day Luanda, 12 May (Prensa Latina) President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), German Thomas Bach, is begining his official one-day agenda in Angola with the dream of seeing an African country as an organizer of the Olympics. Children's Rights Violated in Venezuela Opposition Protests Caracas, May 12 (Prensa Latina) About 100 individual and collective complaints about violation of fundamental rights of minors used by the Venezuelan right opposition in vandalism and terrorist actions were presented to court by the Children and Teenagers Foundation. Cuba Issues Postal Stamp Against Homophobia Havana, May 12 (Prensa Latina) As part of the 10th Cuban Conference against Homophobia and Transphobia, social activists and representatives of national institutions issued an allegorical postal stamp to fight for the full development of all people. FAO Adopts New Guidelines for Tackling Climate Change Rome, May 12 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced new guidelines aimed at supporting countries in meeting their commitments to tackle climate change. Barbados to Host Caricom Foreign Ministers Meeting Bridgetown, May 12 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministers of the member countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will meet here at the meeting of the Caribbean Foreign and Community Relations Council on May 18 and 19, said local newspaper Nation News Thursday. UN Confirms Resumption of Syrian Talks for May 16th United Nations, May 12 (Prensa Latina) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, confirmed that the Syrian Government and the opposition representatives will return to Geneva for peace talks on May 16th. Thousands in Salvador for Dismissal of Judges that Favor Right-Wing San Salvador, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Salvadorans asked today the dismissal of four judges from the Constitutional Chamber, who increased their attacks on all social initiatives promoted by President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.