Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visits Cuba

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Raul Castro denounces Donald Trump's Cuba policy

The president of Cuba has spoken publicly for the first time against US President Donald Trump's rollback of a thaw between the two countries a month ago.

President Raul Castro said "attempts to destroy the revolution" would fail.

Mr Trump has tightened restrictions on US travel to and business with the communist island.

But the US embassy in Havana, re-opened by former President Barack Obama, is still operating.

Mr Castro was speaking in front of Cuba's national assembly. It was his first public comment on the policy changes Mr Trump announced a month ago.

State-run Cuban media quoted Mr Castro as saying that Mr Trump was using "old and hostile rhetoric" and had returned to "confrontation that roundly failed over 55 years".

He said: "We reject the manipulation of the topic of human rights against Cuba, which can be proud of much in this area and does not need to receive lessons from the United States nor anyone."

Mr Trump anchored his policy rollback in human rights concerns raised by political opponents of Cuba's communist government, many of whom have fled to Miami where Mr Trump announced the changes on 16 June.

Mr Castro continued: "Cuba and the United States can cooperate and live side by side, respecting their differences. But no one should expect that for this, one should have to make concessions inherent to one's sovereignty and independence."

President of Mozambique visits Cuba

The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, makes an official visit to Cuba from Thursday to Sunday, announced today the Presidency of the Republic in a statement.

The visit comes at the invitation of the President’s Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, with whom the Mozambican head of state will meet.

In the agenda of Filipe Nyusi is also a meeting with the Mozambican community living in Havana, a tribute to Cuban national hero José Marti and visits to economic and social enterprises.

The President of Mozambique will travel to Cuba from the United States of America where he is on an official visit.

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Ecuador's President Visits Cuba

Ecuador''s outgoing President Rafael Correa is today in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba where he starts a two-day visit to the island during which he''ll pay tribute to late Fidel Castro and be conferred the Order Jose Marti, the country''s highest distinction.

In Santiago, the Ecuadorian Head of State, who arrived last night, is scheduled to visit Thursday Santa Ifigenia cemetery to pay homage to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution; then, he'll be declared Illustrious Son of the City.

He is also visiting the Moncada Garrison, where the armed struggle against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship sparked in 1953.

Correa's also scheduled to meet with local neighbors whose houses were uplifted or rebuilt by Ecuador's solidarity aid in the wake of Sandy hurricane in 2012, and talk with Ecuadorian students who are studying medicine there.

He'll be on Friday in Havana where he'll be hosted by President Raul Castro who will confer on him the Order Jose Marti, Cuba's highest award, after laying a wreath at the Memorial Jose Marti at the Revolution Square.

Rafael Correa who came to power in Ecuador in 2007 at the helm of the PAIS Alliance and led what he called the Citizens's Revolution will be honored as Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Havana.

The outgoing leader will pass on the Presidency of Ecuador to Lenin Moreno next May 24.

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Raul Castro Presides Over May Day Parade in Havana

Cuban President Raul Castro is presiding over the main event on Workers'' International Day at Havana''s Revolution Square, where a mass parade in defense of socialism is taking place.

Government officials, historic personages, intellectuals, the diplomatic corps in Cuba and trade union leaders from several countries were invited to participate in the festivities in the tribune, built at the foot of the monument to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti.

Under the slogan 'Our Strength Is Unity', millions of Cubans have gathered nationwide to celebrate May 1 with the commitment to improving Cuba's revolutionary process and praising the value of work.

The parade is also an opportunity to demand an end to the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade and the devolution of the illegally-occupied territory at the Guantanamo Naval Base.

The Cuban people are also repeating their support for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela against the terrorist attacks by groups financed by the right wing and their rejection of the Latin American offensive against democratic processes and leaders in the continent, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, said on Sunday.

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Cuban Parliament to Hold Ordinary Session

The National Assembly of People''s Power of Cuba (Parliament) will celebrate today in the capital''s Palacio de Convenciones the Eighth Regular Session of its Eighth Legislature.

When launching the call, on December 7th, the president of the legislative entity, Esteban Lazo, said that the call was also addressed to state bodies and agencies.

This year, the National Assembly of People's Power has four decades as the highest instance of a system of government that incorporates the Cuban population to state leadership.

This forum is composed of deputies elected by the free, direct and secret vote of electors, in proportion and according to the procedure determined by law.

Since its generalization to the entire country, after experiments of establishment and operation between the years 1974 and 1975 in the western province of Matanzas, this entity has emphasized the popular protagonism in the decision making process.

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Cuban President Sends Condolence Message to Russia

 Cuban President Raul Castro has expressed his deepest condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the recent tragic plane crash in the Black Sea, in which 92 people were killed.

The catastrophe killed 64 members of the Academic Group of Song and Dance of the Russian Army 'A.V. Alexandrov ' and journalists from three television channels among other passengers.

In his message, Raul Castro recalled the concerts offered in December 2014 by the members of the Academic Set 'A.V. Alexandrov', of which Cuban people have a pleasant memory.

President Raúl Castro, on behalf of the Cuban people and government, asked Putin to extend his condolences to the relatives of the victims of the tragic accident.

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Raul Castro Welcomes Russian Vice President

The Cuban president, Raul Castro, and the Government Vice president of the Russian Federation Dimitri O. Rogozin ratified here the excellent state of relations between the two countries, was reported here today.

The talks also confirmed the will to consolidate Russian participation in the economic development plans of the Caribbean nation in the medium and long term, according to an official note.

Rogozin chairs his country's delegation to the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic-Trade and Scientific-Technical Cooperation.

During the Thursday's meeting with the Cuban leader, Rogozin was accompanied by Ambassador Mikhail L. Kamynin, the Director of the Latin American Department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation, Aleksandr V. Schetinin, and the adviser to the Vice-President Rogozin, Nikita S. Anisimov.

The Cuban side included Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers; Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Economy and Planning, and Emilio Lozada García, ambassador to the Russian Federation.

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