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Cuba: 110 meter Hurdler Dayron Robles Wins in Lausanne

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.06.30 - 19:04:44 / Havana, Cuba. - Olympic champion Dayron Robles won the 110 meter hurdles event when he stopped the clocks at 13.12 seconds in the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.Robles, world record holder with 12.87, finished 4 hundredths of a second ahead of Jamaican Dwight Thomas and 5 of American Jason Richardson, in this Diamond league event, though he didn’t receive points for his performance. Read More

Cuba details upcoming law on sale of homes, cars

<p style="text-align: justify;">Peter Orsi, Associated Press, On Friday July 1, 2011, 9:00 am. HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba has announced the first details a highly anticipated new law meant to loosen rules on the buying and selling of homes and cars, which have been tightly controlled since soon after the 1959 revolution. The law is still being crafted and will take effect by the end of the year, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported Friday.The rules are meant to help ease a severe housing shortage and legalize unofficial title transfers that are commonly used to skirt the state's rigid rules. Read More

Analysts: Chavez illness sparks power struggle in Venezuela

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN. July 1, 2011 -- Updated 0904 GMT (1704 HKT) (CNN) -- With no heir-apparent to Venezuela's presidency waiting in the wings, politicians are jockeying for power as President Hugo Chavez undergoes medical treatment in Cuba, analysts said.The Venezuelan leader has kept a notably low profile in the nearly three weeks since officials first announced that doctors operated on him, sparking rampant speculation about his health and the country's political future. Read More

New York pastor's ashes honored at Cuban seminary

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA (AP) — The ashes of a U.S. pastor who led annual relief pilgrimages to Cuba in defiance of Washington's decades-old trade embargo have gone on display at a seminary on the island. The regional Communist Party newspaper Giron says religious leaders and worshippers paid their respects Thursday to the late Rev. Lucius Walker in Matanzas province. Read More

Dancer José Manuel Carreño says adiós to the ABT

<p style="text-align: justify;">The stellar 16-year career of José Manuel Carreño with the American Ballet Theatre comes to its New York end today when the Cuban dancer performs, to a soldout audience, one of the roles that has made him famous. "Carreño says adiós to the ABT; it´s my decision, but I will continue dancing," says the 43-year-old Havana native. "I feel that is the moment to continue going forward, experimenting with other things." For the farewell at the Metropolitan Opera House, Carreño is scheduled to perform the role of Prince Siegfried in "Swan Lake." Read More

What is the Perfect Holiday to Cuba?

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba Relax Holiday: This is the most common option to travel to Cuba. We would strongly advise punters NOT TO travel to Cuba just for the beach. It is simply a waste of money. Most big tour operators will not explain that buying excursions in Cuba is quite expensive. For example, going from Varadero to Havana in an excursion which will merely show you Havana from a bus in about two hours, will cost about £60. What we recommend instead is to do a twin centre holiday in Cuba or even a three centre holiday. Read More

New Ways to Visit Cuba — Legally

<p style="text-align: justify;">By MICHELLE HIGGINS. Published: June 30, 2011. ALWAYS wanted to visit Cuba? Well now you can — legally. Cuba Travel Guide. Go to the Cuba Travel Guide. Thanks to policy changes by President Obama earlier this year designed to encourage more contact between Americans and citizens of the Communist-ruled island, the Treasury Department is once again granting so-called “people-to-people” licenses, which greatly expand travel opportunities for Cuba-bound visitors. Read More

Friendly Planet Travel Humanitarian Tour to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Dear Friends, You might have heard about the recent changes in U.S. law easing restrictions on travel to Cuba for certain types of tourism programs. Friendly Planet is now offering a new series of Humanitarian Relief tours to Cuba beginning in October of 2011. We have organized several such missions to Cuba over the past year,coordinated through a humanitarian organization officially licensed by the United States Department of Treasury. Read More

Ecuador's President Urges the U.S. to Lift Blockade against Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 30 (acn) Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa urged Washington to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba,and labeled the measure as an offense to the international law. According to the Cubadebate website, Correo told Prensa Latina the action underway for more than 50 years now against the island demonstrates international double standards, and that it is unjustifiable at this point of the history of mankind. Read More

AMERICA/CUBA-Appointment of National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies

<p style="text-align: justify;">Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Archbishop Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies in Cuba for the years 2011-2016, the Rev. Castor Jose Alvarez Devesa, of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Camaguey on May 27, 2011. Read More