Caracas.- Speaking to a women’s conference on Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed Venezuelan authorities had captured three heads of paramilitary organizations as part of a border security operation that began this month.

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Caracas.- President of the Parliament of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, denounced the intention of the US State Department today to award the non-governmental organization (NGO) Venezuelan Penal Forum, which according to him is related to violent demonstrations.

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Pretoria.- The Deputy International Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zanele Matebula, said everything is ready here to receive the five Cubans imprisoned in the USA for fighting terrorism, who will arrive here on Sunday, June 21.

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Rome.- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, spoke today with Pope Francisco for 47 minutes in a warm and friendly atmosphere in the library of the Holy Father, Vatican sources said.

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Recife, Brazil.- The 22nd National Convention of Solidarity with Cuba opened its second journey today with various lectures and discussions on the progress of the economy of the island and the medical cooperation in Brazil.


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.


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.


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.


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.