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Australia holds talks with Cuba about Pacific aid

<p style="text-align: justify;">Last Updated: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:45:00. Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific, Richard Marles in Vanuatu. [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] Australia is looking to establish stronger development ties with Cuba, anAustralian government official says. Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles is visiting Cuba this week to hold meetings about Cuba's ties to development in the Pacific. Read More

Paraguay to Copa America Final without Winning a Single Game

By: Osmany González Tocabens.&nbsp; 11:12La Plata, Argentina, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Paraguay had a closed victory over Venezuela on Thursday in the second semifinal of the 2011 Copa America tournament, in a game decided with 5-3 in penalties. Once again Paraguayan goalkeeper Justo Villar led his team to victory after stopping one penalty kick at the Argentine Malvina Stadium in the city of Mendoza. Read More

Mexico: Pastors for Peace´s Humanitarian Aid for Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ileana Ferrer Fonte.09:08Mexico City, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) The 22nd Pastors for Peace caravan arrives in the port city of Tampico, on Thursday, where they will board ships to Cuba with over 100 tons of humanitarian aid collected in 130 U.S. cities. After arriving in Mexico, the group of more than 100 activists reaffirmed its defiance of the U.S. blockade of Cuba, saying "love is our license," in memory of the late Rev. Lucius Walker Jr. Read More

Move by Fla. Rep Diaz Balart to tighten Cuba travel may pass in Congress

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Juan O. Tamayo | The Miami Herald. An effort by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart to overturn Obama administration rules easing restrictions on travel to Cuba may win congressional approval despite a threatened presidential veto, according to supporters and even some critics.The Florida Republican’s proposal was initially given little chance of becoming law, especially after President Barack Obama last week vowed to veto it if it reached the White House for his signature. Read More

Cuba Celebrates Children's Day

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana, July 19 (KCNA) -- Cuba celebrated the Children's Day on July 17.Cuban children enjoyed special radio and TV programs that day.Picture book exhibitions, concerts, dramas and other events were held in avenues, plazas, parks and cultural, sports and recreational facilities. Read More

Cuba Plans to Increase Sugar Production

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana, July 19 (KCNA) -- Cuba plans to bring its annual sugar production to 2.5 million tons by 2015.<br /> The Cuban authorities have launched a project to modernize the machinery used at the country's sugar mills. Read More

Cuba: 900 farm experts on Venezuela projects

<p style="text-align: justify;">Updated 06:34 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2011. HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has more than 900 agricultural experts advising farmers in Venezuela, an official Cuban News Agency said Wednesday.The advisers are working on a dozen farming projects in the South American nation under a regional leftist alliance known as ALBA, Agriculture Ministry official Angel Recio told the National Information Agency, or AIN. Read More

Pastors’ Aid Caravan to Cuba Crosses U.S.-Mexican Border

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Michael Fox. Wednesday Jul 20th, 2011 2:38 PM. On July 20, a caravan of over 100 people crossed the U.S.-Mexican border, carrying 100 tons of humanitarian aid on its way to Cuba. This is the 22nd aid caravan to Cuba organized by the inter-faith organization, Pastors for Peace, which brings humanitarian aid to Cuba each year in defiance of the U.S. economic embargo and travel ban. Read More

Iberostar takes over high-profile Havana hotel

<p style="text-align: justify;">Spain’s Iberostar quietly took over management of the Hotel Parque Central in Old Havana after a 10-year contract by owner Grupo Cubanacan with Spanish-Dutch competitor NH Hoteles ran out at the end of last year. Neither company explained the change. NH had been managing Old Havana’s biggest hotel since it was built in 1999.Tourism Website Caribe Preferente reported last year that, although the Cuban state company decided to continue working with NH, Cubanacan’s foreign investor partners in the Parque Central wanted a change of management. Read More

Labiofam seeks South Africa business

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuban biotech company Grupo Empresarial Labiofam signed an agreement in Capetown with Baswa (pty) Ltd. for representation in the South African market. Labiofam plans to offer a complete malaria eradication program to South Africa, as it is implementing in two other African nations, partly with South African funding. Cuba is setting up production facilities for bio-larvicide GriselESF in Tanzania and Ghana. The bio-larvicide aside, Labiofam offers a range of bio-pesticides and veterinary drugs. Read More