Díaz-Canel and Medvedev, Cuba and Russia talks

Havana, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel; and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, today head official talks between the governments of both countries.  The president of the Government of the Russian Federation arrived early this morning and was received by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez. He then honored the Cuban National Hero, José Martí, at the emblematic Revolution Square of this capital. Medvedev was then officially received by Díaz-Canel in a ceremony that included military honors at the State Council headquarters. Both rulers are expected to participate in the signing of collaboration agreements between the two countries, which maintain close economic ties and share positions on key issues on the international agenda.

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Holloway glides to gold as McLeod tumbles

DOHA (Reuters) – Grant Holloway of the United States blazed to his first 110 meters hurdles world title on Wednesday in a dramatic race in which defending champion Omar McLeod fell. The 21-year-old Holloway, who came into the championships with the season’s fastest run of 12.98 seconds, smoothly glided through 10 hurdles to cross the line in 13.10, five hundredths of a second ahead of Sergey Shubenkov. “The race was a blessing,” Holloway said. “My goal was just to come out here and execute each and every round. I felt like I did that.” Favorite to defend his title, Jamaican McLeod came out of the starting blocks fast but his race quickly turned sour as he knocked down hurdles and tumbled to the track before reaching the finish line. McLeod’s problems seemed to upset Diamond League champion Orlando Ortega in the next lane and he finished fifth in 13.30 seconds. McLeod said he had felt a hamstring strain in the warm-up and thought it would go away. “I was ready to go, I showed up ready,” McLeod said. “I put myself in the very best situation to defend my title.” Capitalizing on McLeod’s fall, Shubenkov, the 2015 world champion, took his second consecutive world silver with a technically sound run of 13.15 seconds. Holloway and Shubenkov said they had not no idea that chaos was unfolding in neighboring lanes. “In the replay I saw that one fell down… another was celebrating,” said Shubenkov. “I thought to myself ‘I missed everything’.”   Powered by: Reuters

Femicide crisis escalates in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Years go by and instead of decreasing, the number of femicides has escalated in Argentina, where so far this 2019, 203 such cases and a homicide every 32 hours have been reported nationwide. Male violence has become one of the major problems affecting a society in which headlines on missing women found dead a few days later are common in any part of the country, and in the majority of cases, the victim was murdered by her former partner or a person close to her. These statistics were published by the Women of the Latin American Motherland (Mumala), whose latest updated report on femicide this year shows that from January 1 to September 30, 203 homicides of women have been reported, leaving 175 children orphaned. According to this organization, 35 cases are under investigation and 40% of the homicides were committed by the victims’ partner, 28% by an ex-partner, 10% by a relative and 16% by men close to the victim. One of the most shocking pieces of data in the report is that nearly 45% of the murders were committed in the victim’s home. In terms of age, 47% of the victims were aged between 19 and 40, 10% were under 12 years old, and 6% were 13-18 years of age.   Powered by: Prensa Latina

Colombia: Controversy following escape of former congresswoman

Bogota, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) The controversy heightened this Wednesday in Colombia after the escape of former congresswoman Aida Merlano, sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crimes of aggravated criminal conspiracy, electoral fraud and illegal possession of weapons. The National Penitentiary and Prison Institute reported that the escape occurred while Merlano was at a dental appointment in a medical center in northern Bogota and that the investigation is advancing. Merlano, who was elected congresswoman by the Conservative Party for the period 2018-2022, but who did not take office, had been held since April 2018 in El Buen Pastor prison. The 15-year prison sentence was handed down three weeks ago. In September of last year, the State Council decreed her forfeiture of ther inauguration for exceeding the maximum expenses established by law for the financing of electoral campaigns.   Powered by: Prensa Latina

U.S. diplomat at center of Trump-Ukraine affair to meet with House committee staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A longtime U.S. diplomat who served as President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Ukraine will tell his story to congressional committee staff on Thursday as part of a Democratic-led impeachment probe of the Republican president. Kurt Volker resigned as special representative for Ukraine negotiations on Friday, the day after the public release of a whistleblower complaint that described him as trying to “contain the damage” from efforts by Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats. Volker’s meeting with the committee comes after an emotional day in the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, when Trump railed at journalists during a news conference, resorted to the use of an expletive on Twitter and called the probe “a hoax and a fraud” while pledging to cooperate.  Democratic lawmakers had said earlier on Wednesday they were prepared to subpoena White House records about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Charges that Trump pressured Zelenskiy in that call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading rival in Trump’s bid for re-election in 2020, helped prompt House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment investigation last week. On Thursday, staff from the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees will conduct a transcribed interview with Volker. The 54-year-old, who is also a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, is appearing voluntarily.   Powered by: Reuters

Dallas policewoman gets 10 years for murder; ‘I forgive you,’ victim’s brother says

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday by a Texas jury that found her guilty of murder for walking into a neighbor’s apartment thinking it was her own and shooting him as he ate ice cream. The jury came to its verdict in less than six hours on Tuesday, convicting Guyger, who is white, in the 2018 killing of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black PwC accountant. His death sparked street protests last year, particularly when prosecutors initially opted to bring the lesser charge of manslaughter against Guyger, 31. The sentence was less than the 28 years prosecutors had sought. Judge Tammy Kemp said the jury had imposed no fine. Lawyers for the victim’s family said they believed the verdict was the first time a white female police officer had been found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed black man.   Powered by: Reuters

Senator Bernie Sanders hospitalized after experiencing chest pains

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Bernie Sanders has halted campaigning for president after being hospitalized on Tuesday with chest pains that required doctors to insert two stents after finding a blockage in one artery, his campaign said on Wednesday. “Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits,” senior campaign advisor Jeff Weaver said in a statement. “He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

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Iran and Cuba will exchange technology of medical equipment

Tehran, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) Iran and Cuba followed up on a memorandum of understanding on technical and regulatory exchanges, as well as technology transfer of medical equipment manufactured in both countries. During the continuity ceremony for that agreement sealed last January, the director of the Department of Medical Equipment and Supplies of the Iranian Ministry of Health, Hossein Safavi, referred to the Cuban interest in acquiring equipment manufactured in Iran. After the start-up of production lines, he added, a technical and regulatory exchange for technology transfer will be encouraged. The signing of the agreement, he said, will facilitate the production and export of Iranian medical equipment to Cuba and Latin America. The general director of the National Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices of the Cuban Ministry of Health, Rafael Pérez Cristiano, advanced on the importation of Iranian pharmaceutical products, medicines, and raw materials. ‘In the field of formulating and preparing medicines, he added, we use imported raw materials, and one of the important areas for cooperation may be accessible to those produced by Iran,’ he said. The Islamic Republic is a power in the sector, exporting to 55 countries of 105 medical equipment and devices with international standards recognized by the European Union.

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With liberal bloc aging, Trump may get more Supreme Court appointments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With 86-year-old liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg enduring a series of health scares, the question of whether President Donald Trump will get to make yet another U.S. Supreme Court appointment before the 2020 election lingers as the nine justices prepare to begin their new term next week.

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Bob Marley house honoured with blue plaque

Reggae legend Bob Marley has been honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque at the London house he lived at when he finished recording the ground-breaking album Exodus. The plaque marks where Marley lived with his band the Wailers in 1977 at 42 Oakley Street, in Chelsea. It comes after a drive to uncover more addresses of ethnic minority figures. Marley and the Wailers’ famous Exodus album included hits such as Jamming, Three Little Birds and One Love. The plaque had been stuck in the planning process because Marley was not registered in phone directories or electoral registers. Marley also gave a different address during an arrest for cannabis possession in 1977 to prevent the police from searching the house in Oakley Street for drugs. English Heritage confirmed the house was the band’s headquarters and Marley’s primary address from contemporary reports.

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