Rome.- Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin in a private audience in the Vatican next Wednesday, sources from the Holy See reported on Thursday.

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Washington.- The removal of Cuba from a U.S. list of nations that sponsor terrorism was among the most significant news in the United States and the world this week, making headlines in major publications in all five continents.

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Caracas.- A second recording in which Venezuelan right-wing opposition politicians talk in their prison cells detailing a violent plan for seizing power was broadcast on Venezuelan state television channel VTV on Wednesday.

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The Italian city of Venice was the venue of the 9th International Poetry Festival Word in the World this week with the attendance of poet Antonio Guerrero, who recently returned to the island after being unjustly locked in US jails for fighting terrorism.

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Washington.- Delegations from Cuba and the United States are putting the finishing touches today on a new round of talks, scheduled for Thursday in this capital, to advance in the reestablishment of diplomatic ties.


Paris.- The visit of French President, Francois Hollande to Cuba next May 11, is the logical result of a history of bilateral relations that arrived to this summit, stressed today an official source.


Damascus.- The United Nations will hold talks with representatives of Syrian rival sides in Geneva from May 4 to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict, local media reported.


Quito.- To provide a voice and plural to a region that speaks a multitude of languages is today one of the objectives of the nascent South American News Agency (Ansur).


Amsterdam.- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, today will pay an official visit to Netherlands, which closes a tour of several European nations.