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Clinton says Syria deal means Assad must go

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday strongly endorsed a new international plan for a political transition in Syria, saying it would send a clear message to President Bashar al-Assad that he must step down.
"Assad will still have to go," Clinton told a news conference after international mediator Kofi Annan announced that major powers including Russia and the United States had reached a deal that calls for a transitional unity government to take power in Syria.
"What we have done here is to strip away the fiction that he and those with blood on their hands can stay in power," Clinton said.
(Reporting by Andrew Quinn)

Obama discusses July 4, London Olympics, with national security team

The Olympic Torch makes its way to London (Yui Mok/AP/LOCOG)

President Barack Obama huddled late Thursday with his national security team to discuss precautions ahead of July 4th and the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in London, the White House says.
"The President directed all to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep the American people safe and to continue close cooperation on the Olympics with our British counterparts," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in an emailed statement on Friday.
The meeting came as Britain's The Telegraph newspaper reported that authorities there had arrested two Muslim converts on suspicion of plotting an attack against the canoeing venue for the games.
The White House announced one week ago that First Lady Michelle Obama would lead the American delegation to the opening ceremony of the games.
Authorities are aware that the athletic competition could present a tempting target — and have deployed vast resources to thwart a potential attack. The Associated Press recently took a look at some of the precautions and noted: "Not since World War II have Britain and the United States teamed up for such a massive security operation on British soil."

Cuba Beverage Company Announces Production Run of 27,000 Cases of its All Natural Energy Drink


SAN DIEGO, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cuba Beverage Company (CUBV.PK), a manufacturer and innovator of all-natural, herbal energy drinks, announced today it has finalized the details for its upcoming production run, which is to scheduled to occur in July, 2012.  The final production date will be determined by the receipt of the 12 oz. slim cans from Rexam, the leading manufacturing of packaged goods.  Full payments have been made with Rexam and Wild Flavors for this production run.
The Company has contracted with Krier Foods, Inc., a prominent beverage bottler located in Wisconsin, to produce its first production run of 2012. Founded in 1913, Krier has a long history of bottling and canning beverage products and has strong relationships with the nation's best-known beverage producers.  Krier's innovative processes have helped Cuba Beverage keep its packaging costs low as the Company launches production of its three-flavored tier of all-natural herbal energy drinks.
"Cuba Beverage is pleased to have contracted with Krier Foods for its first production run of 2012.  Obviously, we are excited to be able to re-launch our three-flavored product line and even more pleased to be working with Krier, a customer service orientated packager of assorted beverages whose commitment to quality production makes them an invaluable service provider for the Company," said Alex Procopio, Cuba Beverage CEO.
This production run will generate 27,000 cases of product for Cuba Beverage Company.  The Company has received distribution commitments for nearly two-thirds for this production run and is already planning for additional production to follow in August of this year.
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About Cuba Beverage CompanyCuba Beverage Company is at the forefront of creating a unique category for Herbal Energy Juices in the global energy beverage market, valued at $17 billion in sales in North America alone. Developed over the past four years with leading industry scientists, CUBA Herbal Energy Juice® is the first ready-to-drink beverage by Cuba Beverage Company that offers a healthy, natural alternative to conventional energy drinks. Several countries have banned the sale of energy drinks, which contain a high dosage of stimulants, including taurine and other artificial ingredients that can increase blood pressure and heart rate, cause joint pain, depression and sleeplessness as well as many other negative health effects. CUBA Herbal Energy Juice® is rapidly setting a new industry standard with its all-natural ingredients. It contains no caffeine, no taurine, no high fructose corn syrups and/or artificial sugars, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients.
The product is available in three unique flavors: Pomegranate-Cranberry, Wild Berry and Passion Fruit-Orange. BevNet, the beverage industry's go-to source for product reviews, stated, "CUBA is a superb tasting product. Unlike other juice infused energy products, this one ('Cuba') has a low level of sweetness and its boost is derived entirely from natural sources as opposed to added caffeine... it is one of the more innovative energy drinks we've seen in a while." For more information, visit
Safe Harbor: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.
Cuba Beverage Company
Alex Procopio - President
866-431-CUBA (2822)

Paraguay will not face Mercosur economic sanctions

MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's President said Friday the Mercosur trade bloc has suspended Paraguay from the trade bloc but will not slap economic sanctions against the South American country after the ousting of its president.
Fernando Lugo was impeached by the Paraguayan Congress a week ago in a fast trial triggered by a land eviction that killed 17 people in clashes between police and landless peasants. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez told other heads of state that the "democratic order was broken" in Paraguay because it carried out a two-hour trial where Lugo was not allowed a proper defense. But Fernandez said the grouping does not believe "in economic sanctions because they never hurt governments. They always hurt the people."
Paraguay is among South America's poorest nations and any economic sanction by the grouping would have been disastrous since half its trade is with fellow Mercosur founding members - Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Mercosur barred Lugo's replacement, former Vice President Federico Franco, from attending the meetings. Franco says the transition of power in Paraguay was carried out according to the law and that the current ban on his government attending the summit is punishment enough.
Lugo said at first he would attend the meet in order to plead his case with regional leaders but later changed his mind. He then spoke out against retaliatory economic sanctions, which he said would only hurt ordinary Paraguayans.
The landlocked country is highly dependent on beef and soybean exports and is already suffering from a recent drought that parched soy fields and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease last year that forced the slaughter of hundreds of cattle heads to prevent the spread of the contagious disease.
Paraguay, a country of red-clay earth and formidable soccer players, still remains a mystery to most outsiders. It is one of the world's top producers of marijuana and has bared a long history of dictatorships and fragile democracies.
But the removal of Lugo, a former bishop whose presidency was eclipsed by a cancer diagnosis and several paternity scandals, plunged the country into a deep political crisis and became a top priority for regional leaders. Several governments called back their ambassadors and some called his ouster a coup.
"We're sorry about the absence of Paraguay due to not having a legitimate government!" Venecuelan President Hugo Chavez said on his Twitter account.
At the summit, Fernandez also announced that Venezuela will become a full member of the trade bloc starting July 31. Venezuela, an associate member, had been trying to get full status for years, but the move had been blocked by Paraguayan lawmakers. The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) will hold an emergency meeting Friday and could also suspend Paraguay from its organization, arguing that Lugo was not granted the defense that he deserved.
Associated Press writers Luis Andres Henao reported from Mendoza, Argentina. Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Ian James in Carcas, Venezuela contributed to this report.