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Saturday, January 24th 2015 - 05:50 UTC

Cuba/US: catching a glimpse of the possible future

The hostile policy first adopted by President Eisenhower (1953/61) was followed with only slight variations by Republican and Democratic administrations

By Leonardo Padura Fuentes (*) - All Cubans, on either side of the Florida Straits, but also in places like Spain, France or Greenland – where there must be a couple of Cubans – as well felt it was a historic moment that included each and every one of us, when U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 the normalization of relations after half a century of hostility.

Saturday, January 24th 2015 - 05:44 UTC

UK, US and Canada welcome elections announcement by Guyanese president

President Ramotar’s announced national elections will be held in Guyana on 11 May, 'a critical first-step towards the return of a fully functioning Parliament'

The United States of America, Canada, and the United Kingdom have welcomed Guyana's President Ramotar’s announcement that national and regional elections will be held in Guyana on May 11, 2015. Elections are a critical first-step towards the return of a fully functioning Parliament.

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 07:04 UTC

US and Cuba agree to continue disagreeing but want to advance

The two sides discussed technical issues that need to be worked out to open embassies but, Jacobson said, “I can’t tell you exactly when that will happen.”

The United States and Cuba fell short of setting dates to reopen embassies but agreed to meet again to overcome deep rifts after they wrapped up historic talks aimed at normalizing relations.

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 06:30 UTC

Guyana president announces May 11 as date for general elections

Ramotar said he prorogued Parliament in an attempt to avoid further political conflict and seek avenues of accommodation with opposition parties

Guyana President Donald Ramotar announced this week that May 11 is the date for general and regional elections in the country, less than five years after his ruling People's Progressive Party (PPP) won the polls in November 2011.

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 06:10 UTC

Morales is sworn in for a third period promises to reduce poverty to 8% by 2020

 “In a short time we have improved the economic and social situation but we still have to consolidate our transformation process” said the Bolivian leader

President of Bolivia Evo Morales on Thursday was sworn in for the third time as his country's head of state, and set as his primary objective reduce further poverty levels up to the end of his term in 2020.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015 - 06:26 UTC

US/Cuba talks take off and are described as “productive and constructive”

“Cuba aspires to have a normal relationship with the United States, in the broader sense but also in the area of migration”, pointed out Ms Vidal

US and Cuban officials launched historic talks to shed their Cold War-era hostility on Wednesday, complimenting each other on the first day's progress despite persistent differences over migration policy.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015 - 05:38 UTC

Morales invested as Indian leader in Andean ritual calls to defend Mother Earth Pachamama

The rituals took place on the eve of Morales official inauguration in the Bolivian Congress, an event that will begin his third consecutive term as president (Pic AP)

Bolivian President Evo Morales called Wednesday for a halt to “the crazy race of destroying the Earth in the name of development” after being invested as Indian leader in a ritual at the pre-Colombian ruins of Tiahuanaco, located some 71 kilometers from La Paz.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 07:49 UTC

AMIA/Nisman: a situation of unpredictable consequences, says Rosendo Fraga

“Institutional crisis” because Executive-Judiciary relations in Argentina have never been worse since the return of democracy in 1983, argues Rosendo Fraga

The death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman puts Argentina in a situation of unforeseeable outcome in which converge foreign policy, institutional functioning and local politics, according to Rosendo Fraga one of the country's most respected political analysts.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 04:58 UTC

US makes it easier for Americans to travel and make business in Cuba

The changes will impact in ”further engaging and empowering the Cuban people, promoting positive change for Cuba’s citizens” said Jacob J. Lew

The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have been alive.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Fidel sends letter to Maradona to quash rumors about his alleged death

The Telesur station website posted a picture of Maradona, who had recently visited Cuba, reading a letter with the 88-year-old Castro's signature.

Fidel Castro has sent a letter to his friend and Argentine football great Diego Maradona, a Venezuelan-based TV network said, adding that the missive quashed rumors that the former Cuban leader might have died.

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