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MONTEVIDEO---Uruguay will continue
welcoming Syrian refugees who are
fleeing from civil war, the foreign
minister said yesterday, overriding
concerns about the country's budget.
The announcement by Foreign
Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa came four
days after the head of Uruguay's
Human Rights Secretariat, Javier
Miranda, told lawmakers that budget
concerns were raising doubts about the
arrival of a second group of Syrians.
Since civil war broke out in Syria in
2011, more than four million Syrians
have sought refuge abroad, the largest
number from any crisis in almost 25
years, the United Nations has said.
"The national government is going to
honor its commitment and will not
enter a humanitarian default," "We
know it obviously costs money.
But I appeal to the sensibility and
solidarity of Uruguayans to understand
the drama being lived by these
families---a true hell on Earth," Nin said
at a press conference.
Nin said a second group of seven
families will arrive later this year.
He rejected criticism by some
Uruguayans who feel their country
should not welcome more refugees.
Uruguay to welcome more Syrian refugees
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez raises the Cuban flag over the country's new embassy in
Washington yesterday. AFP PHOTO
WASHINGTON---The Cuban flag
was raised over Havana s
embassy in Washington yester-
day for the first time in 54 years
as the United States and Cuba
formally restored relations,
opening a new chapter of
engagement between the former
Cold War foes.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodriguez presided over the rein-
auguration of the embassy, a mile-
stone in the diplomatic thaw that
began with an announcement by
US President Barack Obama and
Cuban President Raul Castro on
Serious differences remain
between the United States and
Cuba, and efforts toward full nor-
malisation of ties are expected to
proceed slowly. But the ceremony
carried enormous symbolism after
more than two years of negotia-
tions between governments that
had long shunned each other.
In a further sign of a desire to
move past a half-century of enmi-
ty, Secretary of State John Kerry
later hosted Rodriguez, the first
Cuban foreign minister to visit
Washington since the Cuban Rev-
olution, for talks at the State
While both men stressed the
momentous occasion, they also
sought to temper optimism fueled
by the day s festivities.
Earlier, a three-man honour
guard marched onto the front
lawn of the newly reopened
embassy in Washington where the
Cuban flag was hoisted while the
Cuban national anthem played.
There were competing chants
from the crowd outside the gates.
"Cuba si, embargo no!" shouted
one group. "Cuba si, Fidel no,"
yelled a much smaller contingent
In Havana, the US Embassy was
also reopened for business but
with much less fanfare.
A crowd of about 100 Cubans,
tourists and Cubans-Americans
gathered in front, many clutching
small US flags. One Cuban held
a banner that read, "Welcome
In Washington, more than 500
people, including Obama admin-
istration officials, US lawmakers
and a large visiting Cuban dele-
gation, attended the ceremony at
the nearly century-old mansion.
Cuba raises flag
A suspected Islamic State suicide
bomber killed at least 30 people,
mostly young students, in an attack
on a Turkish town near the Syrian
Bodies lay beneath trees after the
blast outside a cultural centre in the
mostly Kurdish town of Suruc in south-
eastern Turkey, some 10 km from the
Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish
fighters have been battling Islamic
Video footage showed young men
and women standing behind a banner
declaring support for Kobani, some
holding up small red flags. Suddenly
there was a huge explosion, apparently
from within the crowd, sending up a
column of flame.
It tore through a group of mostly
university-aged students from an
activist group as they gathered to make
a statement to the local press about a
trip they were planning to help rebuild
The students from the Federation of
Socialist Youth Associations had been
planning a trip to Kobani to build a
library, plant a forest and build a play-
ground, said Fatma Edemen, a member
of the group wounded in the blast.
"I was behind a banner so I couldn t
see the attacker, but we understand it
was a suicide attack. I was thrown to
the ground...I jumped up and began
running before I even realised I was
hurt," said Edemen, a 22-year-old
journalism student at Ankara Univer-
One witness, giving his name as
Mehmet, said he saw more than 20
bodies. "It was a huge explosion, we
The Hurriyet newspaper said the
attacker was an 18-year old woman,
but there was no confirmation.
Turkey s Kurds have been enraged
by what they see as the AKP party
government s failure to do more to stop
The PKK held Ankara responsible
for yesterday s attack, saying it had
"supported and cultivated" Islamic
State against the Kurds.
Isis suicide bomber
kills 30 in Turkey
Students injured in the explosion that killed dozens in the Turkish town of Suruc
are given assistance. AP PHOTO
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