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Cuba to Export Cancer Vaccine to US, New York Governor Confirms
22 April 2015 (TeleSUR English)
The New York government and business delegation to Cuba also hope to pressure the U.S. Congress to end its blockade on Cuba. The Cuban Immunology Center and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute of New York signed an agreement Tuesday for the U.S. to import a therapeutic vaccine against
lung cancer developed by Cuba.
“Signing this agreement means we can immerse ourselves in clinical trials when we return to New York,” said Candance Johnson, director of the U.S.-based Roswell Park institute.
The agreement was signed as part of a business delegation visit to Cuba headed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We are very excited to be able to bring the vaccine to the U.S. and to treat patients,” Candance said.
Cuba created the vaccine in 2011 after 15 years of research. Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are currently applying to have access to the vaccine, while the U.K and Australia have already carried out their own clinical trials.
The business delegation also saw an agreement between New York company Infor, and a Cuban organization. “We are surprised by the level and experience that there is in Cuba in health and technology,” company representative Charles Phillips stated.
Cuomo and Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel also talked about relations betwen Cuba and the U.S. “Through a complete relationship we can have dialogue where we can discuss any isuse and reach an agreement,” Cuomo said.
The visit by the governor and businesses represented the first state-based visit to Cuba after dialogue began between the two countries to normalize relations.
Pope describes Armenian WWI killings as 'genocide'
Apr 12, 2015 (PressTV)
Pope Francis has described as “genocide” the mass killings of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire era in World War I. “In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies,” he said during a Sunday solemn mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica to mark the mass killings.
Referring to a statement signed by John Paul II and the Armenian patriarch in 2001, he added that “the first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the 20th century’, struck your own Armenian people.”
Ankara rejects the term “genocide” and instead says the 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians, and at least as many Turks, who perished between 1915 and 1917 were the casualties of World War I. Armenia, however, says that up to 1.5 million of its people were killed and demands that their death must be recognized as genocide.
The 78-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church added, “We recall the centenary of that tragic event, that immense and senseless slaughter whose cruelty your forebears had to endure.” “It is necessary, and indeed a duty, to honor their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester,” Francis said.
Armenia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Russia and Uruguay formally recognize the incident as genocide.
Obama balks faced to union of peoples, admits that Venezuela is not a threat
10 April, 2015
(Venezuelan National Radio RNV)
The President of the U.S., Barack Obama, admitted on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the EFE news agency, that Venezuela is not a threat to the national security of his country.
These are statements that contradict the decree signed last March 9 by the US president. On the eve of the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, Obama began a diplomatic and media offensive that seeks to minimize the deep international condemnation that caused such imperialist claims about Venezuela.
In this sense, the Bolivarian Revolution has become the hub of South American integration and which defends its full sovereignty and political and economic independence, which is at odds with the interests of the United States of
appropriating the largest oil reserves in the world, which are located on Venezuelan soil.
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