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PARIS---French authorities have foiled a plot by
four would-be extremists to attack military bases,
the interior minister said yesterday.
The suspects, aged between 16 and 23, were
arrested Monday at four separate locations around
France, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
Cazeneuve said the group's leader had been under
surveillance after his online activities raised inves-
tigators' suspicions. He had also triggered alarms
by signalling his desire to travel to Syria, Cazeneuve
said. One of the suspects was a former member
of the French navy, Cazeneuve said.
The minister said authorities break up similar
plots every week in France, where more than 300
people have been implicated in jihadi activities
There are no known links between the suspects
arrested Monday and a double blast Tuesday at a
petrochemical plant in southern France, Cazeneuve
A total of 1,850 French citizens or permanent
residents are implicated in jihadi networks, and
500 are believed to be currently in Syria or Iraq,
Cazeneuve said. (AP)
France foils terror plot on military bases
Members of Cuba's National Assembly listen attentively during yesterday's session in Havana, Cuba. Cuba's
parliament opened one of its twice-annual regular sessions by live-tweeting the proceedings for the first
time and also carrying updates on Facebook. AP PHOTO
Cuba President Raul Castro, centre, speaks with vice president of the Council of
Ministers Marino Murillo, left, and Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura
before a National Assembly session in Havana, Cuba, yesterday. AP PHOTO
HAVANA---Cuba s parliament
opened one of its twice-annual
regular sessions yesterday with
a new twist: It reported the event
through the day with updates
on Twitter and Facebook.
President Raul Castro gave a
closing address at the gathering,
but his full speech was not
immediately available. They were
his first public remarks since the
United States and Cuba
announced they will re-establish
diplomatic relations on Monday
and reopen embassies in each
other's respective capitals.
State-run Web site Cubade-
bate posted a photograph of
workers at the Cuban Interests
Section in Washington removing
a plaque identifying it as such,
ahead of its ceremonial inaugu-
ration as an embassy next week.
At parliament, officials report-
ed that Cuba recorded economic
growth of 4.7 per cent in the
first half of the year. That was
up from a forecast of four per
cent offered last month; annual
growth is expected to come in
around four per cent.
"This is very good, taking into
account that last year we only
grew one per cent," Castro said,
according to Cubadebate.
"Nevertheless, in order to
achieve this hoped-for four per
cent, we must work hard and
with lots of discipline."
The National Assembly was
also signing off on a final budget
report for 2014.
Foreign journalists weren't
allowed access to the gathering
at a convention centre in western
Havana, and the meeting was
not televised. However proceed-
ings are usually broadcast on
state TV later in the day.
But on its recently activated
Twitter account and Facebook
page, both of which apparently
went live July 11, the National
Assembly published snippets
from yesterday's gathering.
Cubadebate confirmed the two
The early messages were not
dramatic. One reported parlia-
ment president Esteban Lazo
had called the body to order with
homages to 19th-century inde-
pendence figure Mariana Gra-
jales, known here as the "mother
It was a highly unusual use of
social media for a country that
has largely fallen behind much
of the world in terms of Internet
connectivity, and is unlikely to
be seen in real-time by many
on the island.
Cubans are increasingly using
the likes of Facebook and Twitter
as authorities slowly expand
connectivity options, but most
islanders who are able to connect
do so only sporadically and
briefly, limited by cost, avail-
ability and scant bandwidth.
Social media breakthrough first for Cuba
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