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Fidel Castro's Legacy in Africa Extolled in Sudan

Khartoum, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The example of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and his legacy in Africa, were extolled today by Sudan Health Minister Bahr Idriss Abu-Garda, during an interview with Cuban ambassador Otto Vaillant.

Conducting a successful and solidarity revolution, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are symbols of revolutionaries and personal dedication to their causes, said the African minister during an interview with the Cuban diplomat, who is carrying out a concurrency visit to this country.

The minister thanked the friendship of the Cuban government and people and was particularly interested in the Caribbean nation's cooperation in that sensitive area.

He also expressed his people's gratitude for providing scholarships so Sudanese youth can study medicine in the Caribbean island, a gesture he described as "an important contribution to his communities."

The Cuban ambassador, resident in Cairo and concurrent in Sudan, began a working visit to the country, in which he expects to hold meetings with national authorities.


Cuban First Vice President Highlights Ties With Vatican

Vatican, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the Vatican maintained cordial relations of mutual respect and cooperation and make progress in the development and deepening of these ties, said here today Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Diaz-Canel said that both parties agree in many respects, especially in social issues affecting the world.

The head of the Cuban delegation to the enthronement ceremony of Pope Francis, brought a message of congratulations from President Raul Castro, the Cuban government and people in wishing him success during his pontificate.

More than 130 foreign delegations attended the inauguration Mass of the Holy Father, which was held in St. Peter's Basilica.

As part of his agenda, the first vice president also met at the Embassy of Cuba in Italy with officials to explain aspects of the process of updating the cuban economic model.


Extensive Italian Movement in Solidarity with Cuban 5

Rome, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) "We, the Five and you" is the name of a campaign held in this capital by the Italy-Cuba National Friendship Association in solidarity with the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States.

Marco Papacci, Rome Circle secretary of that organization, told Prensa Latina that the campaign has brought together figures from the culture, sport, science sector, as well as some Nobel prizewinners.

In addition, there are activities in different parts of the country the fifth day of each month to reveal the public opinion the injustice committed against the five Cuban antiterrorists detained almost 15 years ago.

A violation to international law and human rights has been committed with the Five, because what these men did was to supervise groups that from Miami prepare attacks against Cuba," Papacci said.

The Italy-Cuba Association emerged in 1961 in solidarity with the Revolution against the mercenary invasion on Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs).

At present, the organization has more than 80 associations and thousands of members around the country.


Cuba to Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 19 (acn) Cuba will join world celebrations for International Children’s Book Day with a wide cultural program for that public, dedicated to the 208th anniversary of the birth of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), starting from March 28.

Every April 2, International Children’s Book Day commemorates the birth of the author of The Ugly Duckling, The Brave Tin Soldier and The Little Mermaid, considered classic stories of world literature, the Granma newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Sponsored by the City Historian Office, celebrations will last five days and will also pay tribute to Cuba’s National Hero Jose Marti on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of his birth, who also wrote for the little ones and left a vast work for them, like The Golden Age, one of the most important.


Cuban Minister Opens International Tourism Fair in Russia

Moscow, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister Manuel Marrero opened today the 20th Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) Fair, representing the special guest country, among more than 100 nations attending the exhibition event.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Marrero said that the heroic Russian people have always supported the island of the freedom in different fields, and tourism is today the bridge to strengthen the friendship and solidarity between our fraternal peoples.

For Cuba, the Russian market is one of the fastest growth rates in recent years, with a record of visits in 2012 that exceeded 10 percent (more than 86,000 tourists), compared to the previous year, the minister said.

The Ministry of Tourism has drawn up a strategy to strengthen this market in the coming years, so an extensive investment plan is being designed; and it includes the remodeling and renovation of existing hotels and the growth of new rooms, Marrero said in the opening ceremony of the 20th edition of the MITT Fair.

He also referred to the strong recovery of cultural and heritage values in the major cities, declared World Heritage.


Cuba to Show its Experiences in Disaster Situations

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 19 (acn) Cuba’s experiences in disaster situations will be shown at the 2nd Congress on Health and Disasters, to be held in this capital from March 20th through the 22nd.

Good practices in disaster risk management in public health will be presented at the forum, with a multidisciplinary, inter-sectorial and community participation approach, prevention, response and recovery in the face of these situations.

The Center for Conventions and Academic Services of Havana’s University of Medical Sciences will be the venue of this meeting, which will favor the exchange of experiences of local levels in health services and in those of its organizations, both scientific and governmental, announced the organizing committee.

This will contribute to develop initiatives that can boost the perfecting of cooperation in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in the face of disasters, both in the national and international spheres.

Organized by the Latin American Center of Disaster Medicine, the meeting will bring together representatives from Cuba, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Gabon, the United States, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and the United Kingdom, among other nations.

As part of activities programmed, English professor John Richard Ashton will give a keynote lecture entitled "Disaster Reduction in Health Systems.  Strategies and Perspectives."


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