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Satellite lets Bolivia cut cost of Web, cellular connections

La Paz, Apr 2 (EFE).- President Evo Morales inaugurated commercial services from Bolivia's first telecommunications satellite and announced a significant reduction in rates for Internet and cellular connections. State-owned telecommunications company Entel will also use the cost savings made possible by the satellite to cut rural customers' bills for cable television and radio, the president said.

Cuba: obstacle course for foreign investors

Foreign investors still face an obstacle course in Cuba despite the passage of a new, more liberal law aimed at attracting capital from outside the communist-ruled island. Cuba's National Assembly unanimously approved the law on Saturday, offering tax and other incentives to foreign investors, who are seen as crucial to reviving the country's stagnant economy. But even as he pitched the new law, Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca acknowledged to lawmakers many impediments to foreign investment remain.

Cuba seeks foreign investment in key sectors

Havana, Apr 1 (EFE).- Cuba's new law regulating foreign investment will give priority to 11 economic sectors, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday. The list includes the areas of agriculture and forestry, the food industry, energy and mines, the sugar industry, iron and steel, chemicals and electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, wholesale trade, health, construction, tourism and transport, officials told the newspaper.

Cuban opposition group says political arrests declined in March

Havana, Apr 1 (EFE).- The opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported Tuesday a decline in the number of political arrests in March compared with earlier months, a situation it attributed to the Communist government's interest in showing "a better image" with an eye toward its talks with the European Union. In its monthly report, the commission reported slightly more than 800 "arbitrary arrests for political motives" during March, a lower figure than the more than 1,000 per month in December, January and February.

Disgraced China military officer sold 'hundreds' of posts: sources

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - A disgraced senior Chinese army officer is accused of selling hundreds of military positions, raking in millions of dollars, sources with ties to the leadership or military told Reuters, in what is likely China's biggest military scandal in two decades. In a renewed campaign on graft, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after both powerful "tigers" and lowly "flies", warning that the issue is so severe it threatens the ruling Communist Party's survival.

Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban

Japan on Tuesday lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports, introducing new rules covering the arms trade in a move supporters say will boost Tokyo's global role, but which could unnerve China. The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a new plan that replaces the 1967 blanket ban, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. Under the policy, arms sales are banned to conflict-plagued countries or nations that could undermine international peace and security, the sales must contribute to international peace and they must boost Japan's security.

Cuba's athletes get pay raises

Havana, Mar 31 (EFE).- Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain. Athletes' income has been structured into six categories, with base pay that varies from around $18 a month for second-string baseball players to roughly $60 a month for Olympic medalists. In addition to those base salaries, athletes are also eligible to receive bonuses for outstanding results in competitions.

Cuba's athletes get pay raises

Havana, Mar 31 (EFE).- Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain. Athletes' income has been structured into six categories, with base pay that varies from around $18 a month for second-string baseball players to roughly $60 a month for Olympic medalists. In addition to those base salaries, athletes are also eligible to receive bonuses for outstanding results in competitions.

China, Japan spar over Xi's comments on Nanjing Massacre

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it was extremely unhappy with Japan for lodging a protest over comments in Germany by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who recalled Japan's wartime invasion of the city of Nanjing and resulting massacre. Xi, in a speech in Berlin on Friday, said that such atrocities were "still fresh in our memory" and referred to the Chinese figure of 300,000 being killed.

Factbox: What's changed in Cuba's new foreign investment law

(Reuters) - Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday unanimously approved a new foreign investment law that the communist-run country hopes will attract badly needed capital, improve growth and create jobs. Accompanying regulations, which may differ from previous rules, will not be published for 90 days. Following are some differences between the current and the new law, and a summary of what remains unchanged. NEGOTIATION
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