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Uruguay, Argentina Raise Expectations in Copa America Tourney

<p style="text-align: justify;">By michel. 11:28Montevideo, July 16 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayans will be closely following the quarterfinal match of their national soccer team against Argentina on Saturday night, in what is considered to be an early final in the 43rd Copa America tournament.&nbsp; The match will start at 19:15 hours at the Bridadier Estanislao Lopez stadium in the city of Santa Fe, close to the Uruguayan border, with a capacity of 47,000 people. Read More

Cuban nickel plant offline after breakdown

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, July 15 (Reuters) - Cuba's second most important nickel plant broke down this week and will apparently be offline for a while, according to media reports in eastern Holguin province where the industry is located. "The Che Guevara nickel plant in Moa stopped activity due to a breakdown," Holguin provinces' state-run Tele Cristal reported on Thursday, without providing further details. Read More

Cuban Film Afinidades to Participate in Roman Festival

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.16 - 08:29:27 / HAVANA, Cuba.- Afinidades (Affinities), co-directed by Jorge Perugorria and Vladimir Cruz, the two actors of the film Strawberry and Chocolate (1994), will participate in the 2nd Festival of Iberian American Cinema, to be held in Rome from October 4th through the 9th. The first work, premiered on February 3, 2011, was shot at the Guama tourist center of the Laguna del Tesoro, in Cienaga de Zapata, Matanzas province. Read More

Taca adds Cuba links

<p style="text-align: justify;">El Salvador-based Taca Airlines will start thrice-weekly flights from San Salvador to Havana, and Taca’s Peruvian subsidiary will increase flights from its hub in Lima to Havana from three to five per week. Both changes take effect in August. In May, Taca Peru said it had requested government approval to increase the number of weekly flights from three times to six. Taca also offers three flights from Lima to Havana via San José, Costa Rica. Read More

Group traveling to Cuba to promote normalized relations with U.S.

<p style="text-align: justify;">Saturday, July 16, 2011, 2:36 AM. By Mark R. Kent, Press-Register. MOBILE, Alabama -- Two busloads of travelers stopped in Mobile Thursday on their way to Cuba, a destination they must first leave the United States to reach. Members of the 22nd Pastors for Peace Friendshipment came to the family center of Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Trinity Gardens and spent time pleading their group’s case for normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba. Read More

Cuban-music torch bearers Sierra Maestra playing The Ark

<p style="text-align: justify;">Prior to 2009, American audiences never had much opportunity during the previous decade to attend live performances by Cuban groups, due to the Bush administration’s clampdown on U.S.-Cuba cultural exchanges. After Barack Obama took office, however, such cultural exchange with Cuba began to reopen.So, in the last couple of years, U.S. lovers of this simmering equatorial music have been able to “catch up,” as it were. In Ann Arbor alone, Cuban-music fans have been able to groove to the music of two such groups in just the last year—the Afro-Cuban All Stars in the summer of 2009 and Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba earlier this year. Read More

Chavez to return to Cuba for cancer treatment

<p style="text-align: justify;">AP. By IAN JAMES. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Friday that he will return to Cuba to begin a new phase of cancer treatment that will include chemotherapy. Chavez said he would go to Havana on Saturday "to begin what we've called the second phase." Read More