Venezuela president asks for U.N. mediation in Guyana border controversy

President Nicolas Maduro yesterday said he had asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for U.N. mediation in his country’s century-old border controversy with Guyana, Reuters reported.

His request follows an international campaign mounted by the Granger administration to expose a maritime decree issued by Venezuela on May 26, 2015 seeking to swallow up a large portion of Guyana’s Atlantic sea front.


Chelsea Clinton in Haiti to visit family foundation projects

Clinton on Tuesday encouraged women to educate themselves and learn how to be more independent during a trip to Haiti to oversee projects financed by the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton met with local entrepreneurs as she traveled to businesses in the capital of Port-au-Prince with a group of investors and philanthropists as part of the two-day trip. She also hosted a meeting with foundation President Donna Shalala to talk about women’s roles in the Haitian workforce and their access to markets.

“We need programs … to help close the gap so that girls and young women who haven’t had the chance to get educated don’t live with the burden of illiteracy their whole lives,” said Clinton, who is the foundation’s vice chair.

The Clinton Foundation says it has helped raise more than $30 million for Haiti since a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Cuba removed from US human trafficking list

Cuban embassy ceremony in Washington, 20 July 15

On 20 July, Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington after more than five decades of strained relations.

The American embassy in Havana will be reopened next week.

Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro surprised the world in December with the announcement that the two countries had decided to cease hostilities.

Several measures have been taken over the past seven months to mend relations.


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