MEXICO: Cuba solidarity leader Jesús Escamilla said today that the 18th National Rally of Solidarity with Cuba will be held over the weekend in Mexico City and is expected to be attended by over 500 delegates.
Mr Escamilla said that delegations from over 20 Mexican states will attend and discuss the struggle against the "criminal" US blockade on Cuba.
Another issue will be the campaign for the release of the Miami Five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters.
MEXICO: Gunmen have attacked a newspaper in the northern city of Torreon for the third consecutive day, killing a bystander and wounding two federal police officers guarding the building.
The attack on the offices of El Siglo de Torreon happened on Wednesday afternoon.
Just hours earlier the newspaper had published a story detailing an attack on Tuesday in which gunmen wielding automatic rifles fired at least 30 shots at the building's main door.
BELGIUM: Construction equipment maker Caterpillar said today it is to cut more than one in three jobs at its Belgian plant because of high labour costs and sluggish growth in its European market.
Caterpillar plans to cut 1,400 of the 3,400 jobs at its Gosselies plant south of Brussels.
The plant is one of Caterpillar's largest globally.
SOUTH AFRICA: The police watchdog is investigating the death of a man after video footage emerged of him tied to a police van and dragged through streets.
Moses Dlamini of the independent police investigative directorate said that he was "shocked" by the incident and a murder probe was underway.
Reports said the man was a Mozambican taxi driver who had been approached by police east of Johannesburg.
He died in custody.
NETHERLANDS: Government deficit spending is set to break European limits in both 2013 and 2014.
This may compel Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem to go to opposition parties to seek approval for new tax rises or spending cuts.
The Central Planning Bureau estimates the country's deficit will amount to 3.4 per cent of GDP this year and 3.3 per cent in 2014.
CUBA: Dissidents Guillermo Farinas and Jose Daniel Ferrer have joined forces to create a "more powerful opposition" as Raul Castro celebrates his re-election.
The new group will take the name of Mr Ferrer's Patriotic Union of Cuba, the pair said, expressing confidence that other opposition groups will sign up as well.
But Mr Farinas admitted that this marked the twelfth time he has tried to launch a new opposition group.
SWITZERLAND: Researcher Sylvia Abrahat has been freed by kidnappers in Yemen after almost a year and has been flown to Qatar.
Ms Abrahat was kidnapped in March 2012 in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida where she worked as a researcher at an institute.
At the time Yemeni security officials said she had been abducted by tribesmen, but they denied holding her.
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