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Vladimir Putin to Run for Re-election as Independent

Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he will run for re-election in next year’s presidential race as an independent candidate.  Putin is a member of United Russia, but has decided not to represent the political party in the next election.  “I hope I will be supported by some popular groups, movements, parties,” Putin said at his … Continue reading

Las Tunas Qualifies for 57th SNB Playoffs

Wednesday afternoon, the leader Las Tunas knocked out 10-0 Artemisa, thus becoming the first team qualified to postseason. The winning side batted 18 hits and six members of its line-up had a multi-hit game, with highlight to LF Jorge Yhonson, who hit 4 for 4, with 3 runs scored and one run batted in. Lefty Yudiel Rodriguez pitched … Continue reading

ARA San Juan: Family Member Says Submarine Was Chased by British Navy

Nearly a month after its disappearance, the sister of one of the crew members who had been aboard the missing ARA San Juan submarine, has shared messages from her brother that claim a British Royal Navy helicopter had been chasing them before they disappeared. Jesica Medina, the sibling of Roberto Daniel Medina, said the WhatsApp message … Continue reading

ALBA-TCP Political Council Begins in Havana, Cuba

The 16th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) opened on Thursday with the aim of strengthening unity and the capacity for consultation, Granma newspaper reported. The ALBA-TCP meeting will reinforce the organization’s unity and capacity for consensus, leaving behind everything that divides and separates the region, … Continue reading

Sancti Spiritus: Millionaire Investments in Health Facilities

More than 4 million pesos have been invested to date in different health institutions in the Cuban central province of Sancti Spiritus. Almost all of the centers affected by Hurricane Irma have been recovered. When they finish putting the last slabs, secure the tiles of the false ceiling and finish all the veneers, the Maternity … Continue reading

Serbian President Begins Official Visit to Cuba

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic begins today an official visit to Cuba until Saturday, said the Cuban ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vucic’s agenda includes a meeting tomorrow with Esteban Lazo, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, and official talks on December 15th with Cuban President Raul Castro. Vucic will also attend an exhibition on … Continue reading

Important Democrat Victory in Alabama Senate Race

Doug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama, after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore “This campaign has been about the rule of law. This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency and making sure everyone in this state, regardless of which zip … Continue reading

Chilean Film Acclaimed at Latin American Cinema Festival Held in Cuba

The film ”Los Perros” (2017) by filmmaker Marcela Said, screened during the 39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, tackles an intense conflict over the complicity of civil society with the crimes of the dictatorship in Chile The film, co-produced by Chile and France, is screened in movie theaters in Havana as part … Continue reading

NOAA: The Arctic is Warming at Light Speed

The Arctic is running a fever. The magnitude and pace of the recent Arctic sea-ice decline and ocean warming is ”unprecedented” in at least the past 1,500 years and likely much longer, according to a federal report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA   The polar region shows no sign of … Continue reading

New Regulations for Cuba’s Business System Come into Force

The transformation process aimed at promoting a more organized business system stipulated today the entry into force of new provisions to grant greater autonomy to companies and thus improve the Cuban economic model   A report published today in the newspaper Granma collects details of the Official Gazette of the country that reports on such … Continue reading

Three Dead and Two Injured in Traffic Accident in Yaguajay, Northern Sancti Spiritus (+Photos)

Three people killed and two injured was the result of a traffic accident occurred in Yaguajay, northern Sancti Spiritus, at 3:30 of Monday morning, when the Yutong Bus of Transmetro Company, from Villa Clara, with registration B 169355, collided with a vehicle of animal traction in front of the bus station of this territory. As … Continue reading

2018 FIFA World Cup First FAN IDs delivered

Russia’s national postal service ‘Pochta Rossi’ has begun delivering the first 2018 FIFA World Cup FAN IDs, which will provide access to stadiums and grant visa-free entry to Russia for international guests Russian fans who have been issued FAN IDs to attend matches at the 2018 World Cup, which will be staged in Russia for … Continue reading

Last Photo of Submarine ARA San Juan Unveiled, Search Continues

While the intense search without news of the submarine ARA San Juan continues, La Capital newspaper, in the city of Mar del Plata, has released today the last photo taken by its crew members on August 1 Twenty-eight days after the last contact, nothing is known of the submarine that has served the Navy since … Continue reading

Russian Olympic Committee Says Yes to Athletes Competing as Neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has unanimously voted in favor of Russian athletes participating at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games under a neutral flag The decision was announced at a meeting on Tuesday, during which prominent Russian athletes, coaches and ROC members discussed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) proposal to allow Russians to perform under … Continue reading

Sexual Harassment Splashes Donald Trump Again

Three women renewed their accusations of sexual harassment against U.S. President Donald Trump, amid the nationwide scandal involving various sectors During an NBC TV program, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks, who denounced Trump’s behavior last year before the presidential election, stated that their harassment lasted for decades. The women requested a Congressional investigation … Continue reading

Cuba Hosts Political Council of Alba-TCP

The 16th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) will be held tomorrow in Havana, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) confirmed today. According to the official statement of that portfolio, the meeting will allow to coordinate actions, explore new integration opportunities and reaffirm the commitment … Continue reading

Honduras Elections: Partial Recount Shows Similar Results

Honduras' electoral tribunal said on Sunday that a partial recount of votes from the controversial presidential election showed broadly the same result as previously, giving the lead to incumb President Juan Orlando Hernandez Continue reading

Islamic Resistance Calls for Rebellion over Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah called for a third Intifada (rebellion) in response to US President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem Continue reading

Sancti Spiritus Yosbany Veitía among Cuba’s Best Athletes

Sancti Spiritus boxer Yosbany Veitía was selected as one of Cuba’s top ten athletes of 2017 due to his gold medal at the Hamburg AIBA World Boxing Championships. In an interview with Escambray, Veitía had expressed: “Every tournament is a unique experience. With this result people look at me differently, referees, judges, opponents … At … Continue reading

Cuba’s Commitment to Human Rights: Dignity for All

In the 19th century José Martí stated, “I want the first law of our Republic to be the Cuban people’s commitment to the full dignity of humankind,” a phrase that appears in the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba. It is not by chance, therefore, that the revolutionary process on the island and the course … Continue reading

China for More Cooperation with Cuba’s Biopharmacy

China has expressed its willingness to strengthen cooperation with Cuba’s biopharmaceutical industry, with growing global recognition due to the scientific results and the achievement of effective products in the treatment of several diseases   Bi Jingquan, Minister of China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), highlighted the positive progress of relations between the two countries in … Continue reading

Cuba Exhibits Tangible Human Rights Achievements

Cuba’s greatest achievements are expressed in the educational, health, and social security areas Cuba exhibits tangible human rights achievements by guaranteeing access to education, health and social security amid the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States more than 50 years ago. More than 1,750,000 students were enrolled only in the 2017-2018 … Continue reading

Violent Protests Reported Worldwide over Jerusalem

Demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians Thousands of Palestinians protested in a “day of rage” on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and in East Jerusalem against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital. Across the Arab and Muslim … Continue reading

Advances in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Highlighted in Sancti Spiritus

  Renowned Cuban cardiologists meet at the XII National Workshop on Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, an event that for the first time takes place outside Havana Prestigious cardiologists from the Cuban provinces of Havana, Villa Clara, Matanzas, Ciego de Ávila, Santiago de Cuba and Sancti Spíritus have come together in the XII National Workshop on … Continue reading

Antigua and Barbuda Hosts 6th CARICOM-Cuba Summit

The 6th Summit between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba began this Friday morning in the parish of Saint Mary, south of the capital of St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, where leaders of the 14 CARICOM countries and the President of Cuba, Raúl Castro, will meet with the objective of promoting solidarity and regional integration, … Continue reading

Raul Castro Attends 6th CARICOM-Cuba Summit

President Raúl Castro will be also attending the Third Sitting of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Assembly Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers arrived in Antigua and Barbuda, December 7, on an official visit to … Continue reading