US pressured Norway to arrest & extradite Snowden, seize all devices – documents.

US pressured Norway to arrest & extradite Snowden, seize all devices – documents

Published time: 28 Aug, 2015 03:44Edited time: 28 Aug, 2015 03:45

Edward Snowden © Vincent Kessler

US repeatedly asked Norway to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he tried to enter its territory in the aftermath of his leaks on mass US global surveillance, Norwegian media revealed citing formals requests.

Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs received the first letter from Washington shortly after the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor’s revelations went public when he was stranded in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

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Cruising around Cuba’s southern coast.

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Cruising around Cuba’s southern coast

August 26, 2015 | Comment

Tomorrow is tomorrow, says the Cuban sailor Gines Chavez Perez.

Thank God, I think, for tonight has outstayed its welcome. Our boat is a cork tossed about on the swell somewhere out in the great Gulf of Cazones​ that separates Cuba’s coast from the Canarreos Archipelago scattered to its south.

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The 5 Things that we should all do in Trinidad, Cuba by @claudioula.

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The 5 Things that we should all do in Trinidad, Cuba by @claudioula

August 26, 2015 | Comment

It is my firm belief that one can’t visit Cuba without going to Trinidad. Sure, it is the most touristy place in the country, and there is no way to avoid the hordes of visitors. It is also the most expensive city in Cuba, where one may blow one’s budget. But it is a beautifully kept colonial city, where one literally gets lost in time, and the atmosphere is magical. The center has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, so cars can’t access it – although it is not uncommon to see a cart pulled by donkeys! With all this in mind, I decided that for as expensive and touristy as it may be, I would still want to visit it. Continue reading

Over 1.7 Million Students to Attend New School Year in Cuba.

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Over 1.7 Million Students to Attend New School Year in Cuba

Havana, Aug 25.- The 2015-2016 school year opens September 1 with a registration of 1 million 792 thousand 600 students who will be guaranteed the necessary resources for their studies.

Education minister Ena Elsa Velazquez told reporters that all conditions created thus far are better than last year, including school items, resources and the number of teachers. Continue reading

Cuban troops will join parade in Beijing marking end of WW2.

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Cuban troops will join parade in Beijing marking end of WW2

Cuban troops will join parade in Beijing marking end of WW2

A Cuban military unit numbering 75 men will take part in a massive parade on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Sept. 3, marking the 70th anniversary of China’s victory over Japan, the Chinese press agency Xinhua reported Tuesday (Aug. 25.) The agency did not specify which unit. Continue reading

Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria – Putin.

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Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during their meeting in Moscow, August 26, 2015 © Alexey Druzhinin / Reuters
Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi.

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The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria.

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The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria

A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

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Cuba to Start New Center for Coffee Patrimony.

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Cuba to Start New Center for Coffee Patrimony

August 24, 2015 | Comment

 

 

 

 
Santiago de Cuba, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) A center for the promotion, interpretation and investigation on the coffee partimony in Cuba will be started in the next days in this Cuban eastern city, according to sources by an international project, called Los Caminos del Cafe (Coffee Ways). Continue reading

Kayaking Cuba Part Three: Guajimico and Hanabanilla.

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Kayaking Cuba Part Three: Guajimico and Hanabanilla

August 24, 2015 | Comment

Southeast of Cienfuegos the mountains push up to the coast and the geography changes dramatically from that we had been paddling in. We turned off the highway to Trinidad onto a short gravel road that dropped fast into a thin strip of land along a diminutive estuary, Guajimico. At its upper end, hidden from the highway and casual viewers, a minute stream enters the sea from amongst the brush. A fine sandy beach that has resulted from its action lies at the head of the estuary. The sloshing of the incoming swells against the rocky sides of the inlet on their way to the sand was music to our ears, and we eagerly climbed the many steps from the parking area to a place where the full sweep of the estuary was visible as it meets sea beyond. Yes, this would be a different type of paddling. Continue reading

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