Monday, November 21, 2011

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Egypt protests and Arab Spring: live

Live rolling coverage from Egypt as the country's interim government offers its resignations in the wake of widespread protests around Tahrir Square.

Protesters run from riot police firing tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. Cairo's main morgue at Zainhum hospital has received 33 corpses from those killed in clashes between protesters and security forces, medical sources said on Monday. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Protesters run from riot police firing tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic 

Cuba to let farmers sell directly to tourist sector

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban farmers can bypass the state and start selling products directly to businesses catering to tourists, state-run media said on Monday in announcing the latest market-oriented reform in the one of the world's last communist countries.
Communist Party newspaper Granma said the change, which takes effect on December 1, was aimed at improving the variety and quality of food to the tourist sector, cutting transportation costs and reducing food losses that have plagued the country because of inefficiencies in getting harvested products to market.
The changes will allow the development of ways to "better take advantage of the potentialities ... at the local scale," the newspaper said.
Tourism is one of Cuba's most important sources of foreign exchange, with 2.7 million visitors expected to the Caribbean island this year, but poor food and service are frequently cited as reasons for tourists coming once and not returning.
The new regulations break from the past by reducing the state's role as the middle-man in getting farm products to the tourist industry and by allowing buyers and sellers to set their own prices.
The change follows recent moves to allow Cubans to more freely buy and sell houses and cars, both of which were severely restricted after Fidel Castro took power in a 1959 revolution, and other reforms aimed at modernizing the island's state-dominated Soviet-style economy.
President Raul Castro, who succeeded older brother Fidel Castro in 2008, is trying to revive Cuba's moribund economy to ensure the survival of communism once the current generation of leaders is gone.
(Reporting by Jeff Franks; Editing by Vicki Allen)


Iran arrests President Ahmadinejad's press adviser: report

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's media adviser was arrested on Monday in his office by the judiciary, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported, without giving a reason for his arrest.
"A few minutes ago Ali Akbar Javanfekr was arrested after holding a news conference with local media," Mehr said.
Iranian media reported on Sunday that Javanfekr was sentenced to a year in jail and banned from journalism over a publication which was deemed to have offended public decency.
Javanfekr is also the head of Iran's state news agency IRNA.
Witnesses said "security forces fired tear gas inside the building of the state-run Iran newspaper," where Javanfekr was giving the news conference.
Iranian authorities shut down reformist Etemad newspaper on Sunday after it published a scathing attack by Javanfekr on the president's rival conservatives. The daily is banned from publishing for two months for "disseminating lies and insults to officials in the establishment."
Iran's conservatives accuse Ahmadinejad of being in the thrall of a "deviant current" of advisers seeking to undermine the authority of the clergy in the Islamic Republic's system of government.
(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Rosalind Russell)