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Head of European Diplomacy Highlights Fidel as Historic Figure

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, has highlighted today Fidel Castro as a historical figure, after sending her condolences to the Cuban government and people for the death of the revolutionary leader.

During the signing ceremoy today in Brussels of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between Havana and the community bloc, the Italian diplomat began her speech by sending her most heartfelt condolences to President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro's family, the Cuban Government and people.

Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, thanked Mogherini for her words and recalled the iconic leader's hopes that the EU would contribute to the balance of the world and the establishment of a fairer multipolar system.

Cuba and the EU have signed today a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement considered the framework for developing their relationship on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual respect.

The figure of Fidel, who passed away on November 25th at the age of 90, was also remembered.

During the last weeks, many tributes have taken place in several countries to show the respect and admiration for the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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Cuba invests millions to minimize the impact of drought

The Cuban government has invested over 200 million pesos in recent years in investment and maintenance aimed at minimizing the effects of drought in the country, said a representative of the National Hydraulic Institute in Havana.

Javier Toledo Tapanes, representative of the Hydraulic Institute in Havana, pointed out that the impact affects 120 thousand Havana residents who currently receive water through trucks.

He pointed out almost 2 thousand 700 liters per second less enters the city due to the reduction of the precious liquid in the basins.

Among some of the priorities underway is the recovery of losses registered in the large pipes that is why work is underway in Cosculluela, El Gato, and Cuenca Sur among others, said the directive.

Mercedes Lopez Acea, First Secretary of the Communist Party in Havana said that they are attempting to recover thousands of liters of water with the current work and investment.

The measures that have been taken is aimed at a better management of the use of water and attempt to avoid the most complicated situation in the province, she said.

She also referred to the sanitation work under development to achieve better hygiene in the city and the rain drainage aimed at avoiding flooding in the low lying areas.

Lopez Acea pointed out the importance of the Meteoro exercises to follow-up the sensitive issue for the population and which is top priority for the State.

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Ukraine Recalls Cuban Humanitarian Programme for Chernobyl Children

Activists of the movement of solidarity with Cuba in Ukraine recalled the beginning of the Humanitarian Program of free medical care for the children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, three decades after the tragic accident.

One of the commemoration activities to thank again the solidarity of the small Caribbean island took place at school number 176, in Kiev, with the participation of students, teachers, members of the solidarity movement in this country and the Association of Cuban Residents.

The school offered a cultural evening and a presentation of some passages of the dramatic nuclear accident, which occurred on April 26, 1986, registered as the most serious in history by the fact of having reached the level 7 (the highest) on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

More than 24,000 people, including 20,423 children were treated in Cuba as part of the health program created by the Government at the beginning of the 1990's to rehabilitate children, teenagers and young people affected by the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

It was also mentioned the fact that the Caribbean island was one of the first countries that helped the Ukrainian people 26 years ago.

On March 29, 1990 at the expense of the Cuban side the first plane flew to Havana, where it was received by the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Noting the effects of human tragedy, 'Fidel promised that Cuba would do everything possible to treat young Ukrainians as much as necessary'. During 21 years of the program, Cuban doctors returned the lives of thousands of Ukrainian children, the teachers and parents thanked.

The president of the NGO "Children of Tarara", Yulia Palamarchuk said this program was a selfless contribution of the Cuban people, a sign of true friendship and stressed the need to continue it.

Ambassador Ernesto Sentí pointed out Cuba held out a helping hand to the Ukrainian people, 'in the same way that people supported us during the early years of the Revolution'.

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Demand on Cuban Charcoal Increases in Europe

The local hand-made and manufactured charcoal in Ciego de Ávila province has a high demand in European markets due to its excellent qualities.

The local Radio Reloj station pointed out that the 90 % of the charcoal, which is obtained from the Marabu wood, has a higher-calorie level and a blue flame without smoke or ash, among its characteristics.

In addition, it was pointed out that Ciego de Ávila will export some 28000 tons which is a volume that surpasses what was sent last year and it highlighted that Italy, Spain and France are the main nations that use that fuel material elaborated in that province from the center of Cuba.

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