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Cuba, Int'l Agencies Team to Protect Biodiversity

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ileana Ferrer Fonte.12:02Havana, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) A program financed by the World Environment Fund and the UN Development Program will seek to extend Cuba's southern mangrove swamps and provide more protection for coral reefs and fish.About 5.7 million USD will be earmarked for a five-year period to strengthen environmental education in the country, Martha Rosa Acosta Blanco, a protected areas expert in Pinar del Rio province, told Juventud Rebelde newspaper. Read More

Chavez To Decide Whether To Return To Cuba For Chemo In "Next Hours"

<p style="text-align: justify;">DOW JONES NEWSWIRES. CARACAS -(Dow Jones)- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said early Friday that he would be making the decision "in the next hours" whether to return to Cuba for a second round of chemotherapy or remain at home for the treatment.Chavez, who made his comments during a telephone call to a state television program, said he would be meeting with his team of Cuban and Venezuelan doctors on Friday to set the location of his continuing treatment for cancer. Read More

Cuba condemns UN stance on Syria

<p style="text-align: justify;">Aug 5, 2011. HAVANA - CUBA rejected on Thursday the UN Security Council's condemnation of Syria's deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters, expressing 'confidence' the country will resolve its own internal problems. 'We reject any attempt to undermine the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity' of Syria, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Rodriguez said in a statement. Read More

Saudi embassy opens in Havana

<p style="text-align: justify;">Underlining the increasing economic interest among Middle Eastern nations in Cuba, Saudi Arabia officially opened an embassy in Havana. The kingdom celebrated the opening with a reception in the Hotel Nacional, attended by Cuban and Saudi officials as well as the ambassadors of “friendly nations, Arab and Muslim,” according to a communique of the Cuban foreign ministry. Read More

SOUTH JOURNAL: Cuba Condemns NATO Aggression Against Libya

<p style="text-align: justify;">Posted on August 4, 2011 by lchirino. HAVANA, Cuba (SJ) Cuban President Raul Castro condemned NATO's military aggression against Libya during a meeting in this city with Abdulhaid M.Zlitniel, special envoy of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. During the meeting, which took place on Wednesday, Raul Castro called for the immediate end of the attacks on Libya, particularly the air strikes against civilian facilities, which kill innocent people, in order to advance towards a peaceful solution to the Libyan conflict on the grounds of full respect for Libya's independence, territorial integrity, self-determination and sovereignty over its natural resources, reads an article published on Granma newspaper. Read More

Cuban Medical Brigade in Haiti Ready to Face Impact of Tropical Storm Emily

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 3 (acn) The members of the Cuban medical brigade in Haiti are ready to assist potential victims of the imminent impact of tropical storm Emily, which is expected to affect this Caribbean nation as of Wednesday night.According to Granma newspaper, the medical personnel are carrying out educational and preventive actions while other measures have been taken to protect the health professionals as well. Read More

Venezuela's Chavez May Not Return To Cuba To Continue Chemo

<p style="text-align: justify;">DOW JONES NEWSWIRES. CARACAS -(Dow Jones)- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said doctors will evaluate Wednesday whether he will need to return to Cuba to continue his second round of chemotherapy. Speaking during a telephone call into a state television program, the 57-year- old leader also said that "there could be a need for a third and a fourth" phase of the treatment. Read More

Chavez Calls for Ending Dictatorship of the Dollar

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Lourdes chang.3 de agosto de 2011, 11:12Caracas, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) President Hugo Chavez called Wednesday for an end to the dictatorship of the U.S. dollar by using instruments such as the Sucre, a virtual currency promoted by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA). Read More

Cuban Nurses to Assist Jamaicans

<p style="text-align: justify;">South Journal: Posted on August 3, 2011 By lchirino. KINGSTON, Jamaica (SJ) As part of a bilateral health agreement between Jamaica and Cuba, 114 Cuban nurses in different specialties are expected to soon offer their assistance in primary and secondary healthcare centers in this Caribbean island nation.A team of officials from Jamaica's Health Ministry traveled to Cuba two weeks ago to interview the nurses, who would work in Jamaica for one year, out of a two-year agreement, said Minister of Health Rudyard Spencer as cited by the Jamaica observer. Read More

Jamaican minister discusses efforts to update agriculture

<p style="text-align: justify;">A Jamaican minister and a Chinese delegation visit, and a conference on the Cuban economy begins this week. By MIMI WHITEFIELD. The green of Jamaica’s green, black and gold flag symbolizes agriculture and hope for the future.But Christopher Tufton, Jamaica’s new minister of industry, investment and commerce, said last week there’s still work to be done in linking the crops Jamaican farmers produce to valued-added processing. Read More

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