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Beijing, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Shahida Azfar, praised China's crackdown on progress in improving maternal and child health, local press reported.

Mexico, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 800 pieces and fragments of pre-Hispanic origin were recovered in the lands where the New Mexico International Airport (NAIM) is being built today.

Buenos Aires, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The service has been interrupted for 56 days and the workers of the Argentine state news agency Telam are still fighting today for the reinstatement of more than 350 colleagues.

Brasilia, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Members of Brazilian popular movements who are demanding that the Supreme Federal Court (STE) do justice and release former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have staged a hunger strike for three weeks.

Riyadh, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) More than two million Muslims are estimated to have started the annual Hajj or pilgrimage to sacred sites of Islam located in the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina.

Cairo, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Egyptian navy has developed joint exercises with its counterparts from Italy, South Korea and Greece in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, the army reported today in this capital.

Caracas, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Monetary reconversión announced by the government as part of the plan for economic recovery will be effective as of today in Venezuela with the circulation of the Sovereign Bolivar.

Havana, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) After one week that the debates on the new Draft Constitution began, the analyzes of the document approved by the People''s Power National Assembly (Parliament) continue today in Cuba.

Berlin, April 19 (Prensa Latina) Major German news media are highlighting today the results of Saturday''s meeting between Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in particular their opinions on the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

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Brasilia, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The probable absence of former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in the polls would turn the next presidential elections in Brazil into a big farce, the sociologist Jesse Souza said in statements published today.

Havana, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The only survivor of the plane crash in Cuba on May 18, Mailen Diaz Almaguer, is continuing his recovery and has started rehabilitation at the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital in this capital.