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Cuba and EU seize opportunity from Trump and approve first-ever trade deal

Cuba and EU seize opportunity from Trump and approve first-ever trade deal

In an apparent snub to U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Parliament has approved a pact with Cuba that would expand trade and dialogue channels with the island nation. The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement was approved in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday.

Poland is world volleyball champion, beating Cuba, 3-0; Russia takes bronze against Brazil

Poland is world volleyball champion, beating Cuba, 3-0; Russia takes bronze against Brazil

The Polish Under-21 volleyball team defeated the Cuban team on Sunday, 3 sets to none, and took the gold medal in the world youth tournament, played in Brno, Czech Republic. The Poles had been world champions twice before, in 1997 and 2003.

Cuba upsets Russia in Under-21 volleyball tourney; will face Poland in final

Cuba upsets Russia in Under-21 volleyball tourney; will face Poland in final

The Cuban men’s volleyball team defeated the Russian team, 3 sets to 1, in a semifinal of the World Youth Championship played Saturday in Brno, Czech Republic. The Russians, who had won six previous matches, had been the favorites to enter the final.

Finnish court lowers sentences of Cuban athletes in rape case

Finnish court lowers sentences of Cuban athletes in rape case

Four Cuban volleyball players sentenced last year in Finland on charges of raping a Finnish woman had their sentences reduced and a fifth one had his charges dismissed. The reductions were made by an appeals court in the city of Turku on Thursday.

Immigrants get the job done

Immigrants get the job done

Lin-Manuel Miranda debuted the powerful new video for “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done),” a cut off The Hamilton Mixtape. Inspired by a lyric in the Hamilton song “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down),” the video focuses on the refugees’ plight — from war-torn situations to ICE raids — as well as their indispensable contributions upon immigrating to America.

Ford foils Trump, shifts production to China

Ford foils Trump, shifts production to China

Ford now plans to make the Focus in China and the Trump administrations response is, essentially, whatever? Economic reality is stubborn and goes to show that government subsidy can’t overcome fundamental market dynamics.

Police department(s) racism (Video)

Police department(s) racism (Video)

In response to the police shooting death of Philando Castile, Trevor Noah shares his own experience as a black man facing law enforcement discrimination in America.

Obama’s Cuba opening more popular in Florida than Trump’s new measures

Obama’s Cuba opening more popular in Florida than Trump’s new measures

President Trump visited Miami last week and committed to much of the same old nonsense that has been uttered time and again over the past almost 60 years. A poll conducted right after the Trump speech shows that Barack Obama’s opening with the island nation is more popular in Florida than Trump’s hardline Cold War rhetoric.

Trump spokesman fudges; Cuban minister answers straight

Trump spokesman fudges; Cuban minister answers straight

At Monday’s White House press briefing, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer was asked two questions about Cuba, specifically about American fugitives living on the island. He answered neither, sidestepping the issue. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, on the other hand, said Monday in Vienna offered the reasons why Cuba gave the American fugitives asylum in the first place.

Marazul: President Trump’s June 16 speech and its effects on ‘individual’ travel to Cuba

Marazul: President Trump’s June 16 speech and its effects on ‘individual’ travel to Cuba

Marazul offers guidelines for those planning to travel to Cuba in the near future. There are June 16 before and after rules, especially when dealing with individual travel.

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