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Cuba Joins Rio Group

The Cuban government accepted this week the offer to become a full member of the Rio Group. This regional body emerged in 1986 and is made up by 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Unlike the Organization of American States (OAS), traditionally dominated by the United States, the Rio Group came out of the Contadora Group and support nations involved in bringing peace to Central America back in the 1980s.

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Lula Repeats Call to Obama on Cuba Blockade

In an interview with Italy’s La Republica daily, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva repeated his call to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to lift its nearly half century economic blockade against Cuba. In his second statement on the subject in eight days, Lula said, “Obama has the power and the political authority to change relations between Cuba and the United States.”

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Malecon Seaside Drive Repaired with New Technology

A new German technology is being used in the repair of a 150-meter stretch of Havana’s Malecon seaside drive, one of the city’s most popular sites that skirts a part of the coastline, IPS reported today. The transparent FG waterproof material, produced by the German Bordstein-Ries Company, penetrates deeply in the cracked structures and protects them from erosion.

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Tourism Package for Revolution’s Anniversary

The Cuban tourist authorities announced packages of social tourism for December designed for visitors from Latin America to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution on January 1 in the city of Santiago de Cuba, according to sources from the Ecotur S.A., one of Cuba’s largest travel agencies.

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Cuba to Show its Arsenal Against Bird Flu

Cuba will show the first results of its pharmacological arsenal to respond to bird flu during the Havana 2008 Biotechnology Congress, to be held in the island’s capital from November 30-December 5, announced Mario Pablo Estrada, head of the animal biotechnology division of the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center.

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President Castro Inspects Hurricane Damage

President Raul Castro toured the towns affected by hurricane Paloma in the provinces of Camagüey and Las Tunas in central-eastern Cuba on Monday and spoke with residents of Santa Cruz del Sur, whose community was devastated. Early reports from Santa Cruz and near by Amancio note that the hurricane completely destroyed over five hundred homes. On the bright side, no deaths were reported due to the massive evacuations before the storm hit.

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EU Sending Hurricane Mission to Cuba

Next week the European Union (EU) will send a technical mission to Cuba to assess the damage caused by hurricane Paloma with the aim of assigning additional humanitarian aid if necessary, announced European Commissioner for Development Louis Michel on Monday, reported IPS.

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