National news

Havana_ The Communist Party of Cuba’s first secretary, Raúl Castro, expressed yesterday the need to develop the country's economy even with the effects of the genocidal blockade imposed by the United States, Prensa Latina reports.

Guantánamo_ Latin American scholars praised the close link established by Cuban universities with the community and the contributions of these institutions to local development in the territories where they are located, Prensa Latina publishes.

Brussels_ Cuba's Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto, participated in this capital in a panel convened by the European Commission, in which he highlighted the social integration of Cuban women and, specifically, their role in artistic creation, Prensa Latina reports.

Havana_ The Swiss hotel group Kempinski expressed its intention to expand its business and investments in this Island, undoubtedly from the Cuban tourist development, Prensa Latina publishes.

Havana_ The Cuban capital will host the coming July 15-17 the XXIV Annual Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, a space where left-wing parties and progressive movements of the region will meet, convened by the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Radio Havana Cuba reports.

Guantánamo, Cuba_ Teachers and students from Cuban and Latin American universities will debate today about the influence of these educational institutions in the community and their contributions to local development, Prensa Latina reports.