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Climate change threatens 1 in 4 natural heritage sites

Climate change threatens 1 in 4 natural heritage sites

A report released during the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, warns that climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites — nearly double the number from just three years ago. Among the ecosystems most threatened are coral reefs, which bleach as oceans heat up, as well as glaciers which melt.

Cuba seeks to increase trade, join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Cuba seeks to increase trade, join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Cuba seeks to increase trade with China and join the Belt and Road Initiative as a possible “regional node” for this plan to spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the island’s first deputy minister of foreign trade and investment said this week.

191-2 UN vote condemning blockade; Cuba’s foreign minister calls U.S. ambassador ‘disrespectful’

191-2 UN vote condemning blockade; Cuba’s foreign minister calls U.S. ambassador ‘disrespectful’

As expected the General Assembly of the United Nations voted 191-2 condemning the United States embargo against Cuba. The only votes against were from the U.S. and Israel. Acknowledging that the U.S. is alone in the world, a haughty Ambassador Haley said, “The United States does not fear isolation in this chamber or anywhere else.”

Finland to pay Cuban volleyball player $235,652 for wrongful imprisonment

Finland to pay Cuban volleyball player $235,652 for wrongful imprisonment

The Finnish government has agreed to indemnify one of six Cuban volleyball players who were arrested and tried last year on charges of raping a Finnish woman. Luis Tomás Sosa Sierra, 22, was released in late June of this year after a court of appeals determined that the charges against him could not be sustained.

Over 30 nations call for end to U.S. blockade against Cuba

Over 30 nations call for end to U.S. blockade against Cuba

A total of 12 heads of state from the Caribbean and Latin America, Africa and Asia demanded the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial siege on the Caribbean island on the only day of recess during the 72nd U.N. General Assembly held in New York City.

Anti-Cuban media overplay ‘acoustic attack’; Canada doesn’t assume a Cuban role

Anti-Cuban media overplay ‘acoustic attack’; Canada doesn’t assume a Cuban role

Maybe the news of the “acoustic attacks” will eventually rival the one published some years ago by the Weekly World News, with a headline saying ‘Cuba Launches Shark Attack Against U.S.’ next to a photograph of a dreadful white shark, jaws open, was the convincing subhead: “Castro’s evil plot to terrorize our beaches.”

The power of a good example

The power of a good example

It’s important for the president to set an example, so in 1979, I installed 32 solar panels on the roof of the White House. I made a public commitment in 1979 that by the year 2000 we would have at least 20 percent of the nation’s energy coming from renewable sources—from geothermal, or from the wind or the sunshine.

Canada not assuming Cuba was behind acoustic incidents

Canada not assuming Cuba was behind acoustic incidents

Canada is not automatically assuming that Cuba was behind an alleged “acoustic attack” against U.S. and Canadian personnel in Havana and has no plans to expel Cuban diplomats, an official said on Friday.

Cuban athlete reportedly sues Finland for reparations in sex case

Cuban athlete reportedly sues Finland for reparations in sex case

One of six Cuban volleyball players arrested in Finland last year on charges of raping a woman in the city of Tampere has sued the Finnish government for 381,000 euros (about $448,000), the Finnish news agency STT reported on Wednesday.

Trump’s intransigence leads Cuba, Russia to throw up their hands, not hold them out

Trump’s intransigence leads Cuba, Russia to throw up their hands, not hold them out

Both Cuba and Russia have decided that, as long as U.S. President Donald Trump maintains a bellicose stance toward both countries, further attempts to improve relations with Washington will be futile. Far better it will be — the thinking apparently goes — to strengthen the links between Havana and Moscow and move on.

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