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Progress towards a free trading environment between Cuba and the US proceeds incrementally, shown in our lead story, followed by news of a US activist group wanting things to move faster. However, earlier, Cuban authorities unequivocally stated that the normalization of ties presupposed the lifting of the economic, financial and commercial blockade and the return of the Guantanamo naval base.
Meanwhile the Serbs, Mexicans and Angolans are making favourable diplomatic overtures, the WHO director general is talking to Cuba’s health minister, Cuban doctors treated more than a 1 000 patients in earthquake torn Nepal, we explore Cuba’s human milk bank arrangements for last week’s World Breast milk Donation Day, share newborn nursing experiences with Mexico, show off our highly successful anti-amputation serum for diabetics at a symposium in Holland, and report on Ukraine where the continuing effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident prompt requests for the recall of Cuban medical support — 24 000 children were treated free of charge in Cuba in the late 1980s — Cuban cardinal Jaime Ortega was the first to arrive in El Salvador for the beatification of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero.
Under Travel & Tourism Air France is scheduling more flights and Inside Cuba covers the first regatta between US and Cuba sailing clubs for 15 years, as well as stories of earthquake preparedness drills and the 19th Cubadisco Beethoven concert featuring