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Cuba expands list of allowed private sector jobs

Cuba on Thursday expanded the list of occupations open to the communist-ruled island's fledgling private sector as part of a gradual reform of its Soviet-style economy. The Communist Party daily Granma reported that among the 18 newly authorized private sector occupations is that of real estate agent, in keeping with an earlier decision to legalize private real estate transactions. Vendors of agricultural produce and telecommunications salespeople also have been added to the list.

Spanish, Chinese companies to build railway in central Bolivia

La Paz, Sep 20 (EFE).- A Spanish company and two Chinese firms will build a 148-kilometer (92-mile) railway in central Bolivia, a $250 million project financed by La Paz, President Evo Morales said. Jose Manuel Otero, president of Spanish construction firm Puentes y Calzadas, which leads the Yapilo consortium, signed one of the contracts Thursday in eastern Bolivia with the Andean nation's Public Works Ministry, spokespersons for that portfolio said.

Venezuela's president creates council to fight economic 'sabotage'

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launched a state council on Thursday he said would counter economic "sabotage" by opposition-linked business leaders he accuses of artificially creating product shortages. Starting next week, inspectors working for the "Superior Organ of the Economy" will begin visiting private companies, including warehouses and transport firms, involved in food and basic consumption goods, he said.

Bolivia invites Pope Francis to visit

Bolivia's President Evo Morales said Saturday he has received assurances from Pope Francis of an upcoming visit to his country, possibly in "2015 or 2016." Morales said he spoke Friday with Francis during his own stop at the Vatican, and extended an invitation to the pontiff to visit to Bolivia. "I invited him, I'd like him to visit us," Morales said in remarks made a short time after his return home.

Morales hails Pope Francis as 'brother'

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Friday hailed Pope Francis as a "brother" as the two discussed social inequality and the role of the Church in Bolivia. "For me you are brother Francis," Morales, a socialist, said at the start of the meeting, at which the pope responded: "That is how it should be". The Vatican said Morales discussed the "socioeconomic and religious situation" in Bolivia and "the fight against social inequality and poverty". Morales was first elected in 2006 and has had sometimes tense relations with the Catholic Church.

Irishman killed in Bolivia was executed

An Irishman who died in Bolivia in 2009 as police crushed a plot to assassinate President Evo Morales was actually arrested and then executed, another suspect says. Until now the official line was that Irishman Michael Dwyer, allegedly in on the plot, died in a shootout with police. The government has said the plot was financed by wealthy opposition figures in the city of Santa Cruz, a bastion of sentiment against the leftist Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president.

Fidel knew Chavez was dying, Ecuador's Correa says

Caracas, Jul 29 (EFE).- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa says Cuba's Fidel Castro told him in December 2012 that then-Venezuelan head of state Hugo Chavez would be dead within months. Chavez, 58, died March 5 after battling cancer for nearly two years. Castro "told us that the matter was very serious and that President Chavez's life had only a few months left, so we had to prepare ourselves for such a heavy blow," Correa said in an interview aired Monday on Caracas-based cable news network Telesur.

US still up for warming Venezuela ties after fresh row

The United States said Wednesday it is still open to improving ties with Venezuela after Caracas called off the rapprochement, accusing Washington of meddling in its internal affairs. The two nations -- which were often at odds during the 14-year rule of the recently deceased Hugo Chavez -- had hinted at warmer ties after a meeting of top diplomats last month.

Bolivia's Morales accepts European apologies for plane incident

La Paz, Jul 24 (EFE).- Bolivian President Evo Morales on Wednesday accepted apologies offered by France, Spain, Italy and Portugal for the forced rerouting of his flight home from Russia on July 2. He also announced that the Latin American ambassadors who had been called home for consultations over the incident would return to their posts. "We accept the apologies of the four countries as a first step, because we want to continue relations between our countries based on respect, relations based on complementarity and solidarity," Morales said in a statement to reporters.

Bolivia leader accepts European apologies over airspace block

Bolivian President Evo Morales Wednesday accepted apologies from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal for blocking his jet from their airspace over suspicions US fugitive Edward Snowden was on board. "I want to say that, while we are not completely satisfied, we accept the apologies of the four countries as a first step, because we want to continue relations with the countries," Morales said in a statement. The leftist president said he was now sending back the ambassadors he had recalled for consultations after the diplomatic row.
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