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In brief: Mariela Castro given visa to attend events in U.S.

Fri., May 18, 2012, midnight

Havana – Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro has been granted a U.S. visa to attend events in San Francisco and New York, sparking a firestorm of criticism from Cuban-American politicians who called her an enemy of democracy and a shill for the communist government her family has led for decades.

The trip kicks off next week, when Castro is due to chair a panel on sexual diversity at a conference organized by the Latin American Studies Association.

Castro, 50, is a noted advocate of gay rights and head of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education.

It will not be Mariela Castro’s first visit to the United States. She was granted a visa to attend an event in Los Angeles in 2002, during Republican President George W. Bush’s administration, and also made stops in Virginia and Washington.

Mladic war crimes trial on hold over disclosure error

The Hague, Netherlands – The war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military leader during the Balkans war of the 1990s, was suspended Thursday after the judge declared that the prosecution had failed to hand over evidence to the defense.

Presiding Judge Alfons Orie told the court in The Hague, Netherlands, that “in light of the prosecution’s significant disclosure errors … the chamber hereby informs the parties that it has decided to suspend the start of the presentation of evidence.”

He said the court would review “the scope and the full impact of this error” and would announce a restart date for the 2-day-old trial “as soon as possible.”


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