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Raul Castro marks anniversary of Cuba revolution landmark ARTEMISA: Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday officiated at a ceremony to mark the 61st anniversary of the guerrilla assault on the Moncada Barracks, widely regarded as the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.More than 100 rebels led by Fidel Castro attempted to storm the military facility at Moncada on July 26, 1953, in the first armed action of the revolution to topple dictator Fulgencio Batista.The assault ended in a crushing defeat for the rebels, with many killed, while Fidel and Raul Castro were captured and imprisoned.Around 8,000 people attended Saturday's ceremony in Artemisa, around 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Havana, headed by Raul Castro, 83, dressed in military fatigues.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Brazil announces $13bn credit stimulus BRASILIA: Brazil central bank said on Friday it would ease banks' reserve requirements, freeing up $13 billion to stimulate lending and boost an economy facing its fourth year of sluggish growth.The new measures, which also loosen the rules on lending to small businesses, come as leftist President Dilma Rousseff heads into October elections in which she is seeking a second four-year term."The central bank decided to adopt measures to improve the distribution of liquidity in ...
13 rebels killed in Colombia fighting: official BOGOTA: The Colombian army killed at least 13 leftist guerrillas early on Wednesday in two separate engagements, the defence ministry said.Eight ELN guerrillas were killed in an operation in the eastern province of Arauca and at least five rebels from the FARC guerrilla group were killed in the central province of Meta, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.He said the toll could rise as troops continue sweeping the two areas.The army said in a statement ...
Brazil's Rousseff has 38pc voter support SAO PAULO: President Dilma Rousseff has 38 percent of voter support ahead of her October re-election bid and would win a second-round runoff, a new poll by the IBOPE polling institute showed on Tuesday. Her main challenger, Aecio Neves, has the backing of 22 percent of potential voters while Eduardo Campos has 8 percent, according to the survey broadcast on TV Globo. In a second-round runoff vote, Rousseff would defeat Neves with 41 percent of ...
Venezuela moves to empty Tower of David skyscraper slum CARACAS: Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday began moving residents out of the Tower of David, a Caracas skyscraper so notorious as a haven for squatters and gangs it was depicted in the US TV series "Homeland."More than 100 families were ushered out of the unfinished 45-story building, the start of an operation by military authorities to clear a longtime symbol of festering poverty and lawlessness in the heart of the Venezuelan capital.Its construction halted in 1993 ...
China's Xi in Cuba on last stop of Latin America swing HAVANA: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Cuba late Monday, officials said, the last stop on a Latin American tour that has stressed trade and aid more than ideology."Inside Jose Marti International airport, Xi was welcomed by first Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and diplomats from the Chinese mission here," Cuba's state news agency Prensa Latina reported.Xi arrived from Caracas for a two-day official visit to the Americas' only one-party communist nation.The Chinese leader is looking ...
Xi seeks energy deals in Venezuela CARACAS: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on Sunday in Venezuela, the third leg of a Latin American tour aimed at bolstering trade with the region and sealing energy deals.The Chinese leader's charm offensive, which has already taken him to Brazil and Argentina and will next bring him to Cuba, seeks to secure new bilateral trade deals, particularly for coveted raw materials.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro greeted Xi as he landed at the Maiquetia airport that serves ...


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