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La Paz, July 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s joining the Southern Common Market ( MERCOSUR) will allow it to link and be a gateway between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and will strengthen trade, Deputy Trade and Integration Minister Benjamin Blanco said Tuesday.

Havana, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Despite the blockade and financial persecution of the United States, Cuba is working to attract foreign capital for prioritized projects, the government said Tuesday.

Havana, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) After almost seven years out of service, the biggest Cuban distillery, Alcoholes Finos de Caña S.A. (ALFICSA) began taking new steps on Tuesday after an investment and modernization process.

Santo Domingo, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The trial of the six implicated in the Odebrecht case in the Dominican Republic will begin on September 12, judicial sources said Tuesday.

Lima, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) A general strike entered Tuesday its second day in the Peruvian province of Islay against the Tia Maria mining project, rejected because social organizations consider it a threat to the environment and agriculture.

Santiago de Chile, July 16 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Sebastián Piñera will travel tomorrow to Argentina to attend the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) Summit in the city of Santa Fe.

Bogota, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) The Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH), Cuba, and the University of Cundinamarca, Colombia, strengthened ties with the signing of an agreement as part of the Agropexpo fair Bogota.

La Paz, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian government commemorated this Monday the 210th anniversary of the liberation of La Paz and announced that some 1.994 billion dollars will be allocated until 2020 to boost the economic and social development of the department.

Lima, July 15 (Prensa Latina) Calm and tension and a high level of fulfillment characterize this Monday the beginning of the general strike in the Peruvian province of Islay, against the Tia Maria project, of Southern transnational, of Mexican capital.

Beijing, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) China said on Monday that it will sever all ties with US companies that sell arms to Taiwan, in addition to imposing sanctions for attempting against national sovereignty and security.

London, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban residents in the United Kingdom condemned the new escalation of sanctions by the United States against Cuba, and called on the British Government to comply with its own laws against Washington''s extraterritorial measures.