A new contingent of 4,000 Cuban doctors is currently arriving in Brazil adding to the 7,400 already working in the “More Doctors” program of President Dilma Rousseff. Back in January the Brazilian ambassador in Havana had announced his country’s intention to raise the number of Cuban doctors in the program to 11,000.
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An Iranian parliamentary delegation left Teheran for Havana Monday morning (March 3), according to a brief news item from IRNA the Iranian News Agency. The group is headed by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Assembly’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
The report of a major theft of valuable Cuban art from the island’s Fine Arts Museum was confirmed on Friday in a statement from the National Council of Cultural Heritage.
Cuban doctors sent to Brazil to work in that country’s “More Doctors” program for unattended populations received good news on Friday as their wages were increased considerably. Publicly voiced discontent among a small number of the doctors appears to have received a positive reply.
Nearly a hundred paintings have been stolen from Havana’s National Fine Arts Museum in what could well be the most serious misappropriation of Cuba’s artistic heritage of recent decades.
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived Monday in Havana as an envoy of the government of Dilma Rousseff, to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, said Café Fuerte.
The Banque Nacionale de Paris (BNP Paribas), France’s largest banking institution, has closed its branch in Havana following an investigation undertaken by US authorities prompted by alleged transactions in violation of the commercial bans on Cuba, Iran and Sudan.
The costly backlog of more than 8000 tons of sugar, by mid-February impedes compliance and a successful completion of this year’s harvest, states a report in the official Granma daily.
Besides their monthly quota of rice, sugar and a small amount of beans or chick peas, Havana residents also receive a monthly list of “protein products” with their ration booklet. Here is the official monthly distribution info for the period February 17-23.
The North Korean cargo ship “Chong Chon Gang”, released after paying a fine of $693,333 to the Panama Canal Authority, sailed today at 13:30 GMT from Colon City, in the Panamanian Caribbean, bound for Cuba.