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Few South Florida journalists given OK to cover papal visit from Cuba

Email Print Order Reprint Share This Share Text tool name tool goes here By JUAN O. TAMAYO – McClatchy Newspapers By JUAN O. TAMAYO MIAMI — The Cuban government has issued thousands of visas to pilgrims and journalists who want to witness Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the island – but virtually shut out South Florida reporters and photographers. None ...

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Pope Benedict receives enthusiastic welcome in Cuba

SANTIAGO, Cuba — Tens of thousands of Cuban well wishers greeted Pope Benedict XVI Monday on the first leg of his whirlwind tour of this communist island, a visit aimed at building on the spiritual gains that his predecessor, John Paul II, made during a historic visit 14 years ago. Thousands lined the road from the airport to catch a ...

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Chatterjee Group chief meet Mamata ahead of HPL board meet

Kolkata, March 26 (IANS) The Chatterjee Group (TCG) chairman and co-promoter of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) Purnendu Chatterjee Monday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the eve of a crucial board meeting of the cash-starved…

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Angela Merkel: Greek Euro exit would be ‘catastrophic’

In an interview for tonight’s edition of BBC television’s Newsnight, she said it would be "catastrophic" to ask the country to leave the 17-nation group of single currency member states. After two multibillion-pound bail-outs for Greece – largely funded by Germany – and amid fears that Athens will not be able to stick to severe austerity measures which have triggered ...

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UN special rapporteur on human rights arrives in Srinagar

Srinagar, March 26 (IANS) The United Nations’ special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit Monday. Addressing a media conference after his arrival here, Heyns said: ‘My mandate is to visit different countries and report back on the people’s…

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Senegal votes in new president

Macky Sall wins as incumbent Abdoulaye Wade conceded after preliminary results showed a landslide for opposition Senegalese opposition candidate Macky Sall casts his ballot in the presidential election run-off in Dakar. President Wade conceded defeat on Sunday. Photograph: EPA President Abdoulaye Wade conceded defeat to his former protege Macky Sall after preliminary results showed the opposition candidate had trounced the ...

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UN envoy in Moscow to push for Syrian peace plan

MICHAEL JANSEN in Beirut UN-ARAB League peace envoy Kofi Annan has met Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow as Syrian troops fought rebels in Homs, Deraa and Deir al-Zor and rebels reportedly fired rocket-propelled grenades at a military base near Damascus. Mr Medvedev yesterday warned that Mr Annan’s mission “may be the last chance for Syria to avoid a protracted ...

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Duronto Express running almost empty — and with losses

Introduced in August last year, the Duronto Express between Chandigarh and Amritsar, which is part of the pet project of former railway minister and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is running huge losses — the total operational…

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Gov’t weighs incentives to expand ship registry

BY GENIVI FACTAO The government is weighing granting incentives for foreign-owned vessels – such as replacing withholding taxes with cheaper tonnage dues – that list with the Philippine ship registry as they provide employment to Filipino seafarers. Gilberto Asuque, assistant secretary for ocean concerns of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said the Philippine ship registry must be competitive and attractive ...

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Make PH ‘must experience’ spot

IN ORDER for the country to achieve its goal of 10 million foreign tourists by 2016, government and private tourism stakeholders should work together, said an official from the Department of Tourism. In his visit to Cebu last Friday for the Visayas consultation of the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP), DOT Undersecretary for tourism planning and promotion Daniel Corpuz said ...

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