Cuba reports of a slowdown in the economy

Cuba says it has suffered one of the most difficult years since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Economy Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez said that Cuba’s economy had grown by 4.3% in the past year, dropping below 8% forecast by the government.

President Raúl Castro called for austerity measures including reductions in official travel and bonuses.

Cuba was affected by Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma this year, with estimated losses of nearly $ 10bn (£ 6.7bn).
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Obama Visit Hawaii Sea Life Park

Waimanalo, Hawaii – A vacationing President-elect Barack Obama slipped away from the pool of traveling press that follows him wherever he goes, taking her two young daughters, family members and friends at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.

The group caught a dolphin show on Friday before visiting a touch pool and the sea lion exhibit, where food is the time.

In addition to daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, the group included Obama of the half-sister Maya Sotero-Ng, her husband, daughter and friend Eric Whitaker.

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2008 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2008 FIFA Club World Cup was a football tournament that was played in Japan from 11 December – 21 December 2008. It was the fifth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. Manchester United won the competition, defeating LDU Quito 1–0 in the final.

The fifth-place match, dropped for the 2007 edition, was reintroduced for this edition, with the total prize money being increased by US$500,000 to US$16.5 million. The winners will take away US$5 million, the losing finalists US$4 million, the third-placed team US$2.5 million, the fourth-placed team US$2 million, the fifth-placed team US$1.5 million, the sixth-placed team US$1 million and the seventh-placed team US$500,000.

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Milan Will Play With Werder Bremen in The UEFA Cup

Italian giants AC Milan will face Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup as they continue in their quest to win the only European trophy that has so far eluded them.

Milan have been European champions seven times and has won two Cup Winners’ Cups and five Super Cups – and the UEFA Cup is the only major title that Continental had not yet claim.
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‘American Taliban’ asks Bush to commute the sentence of imprisonment

The man nicknamed the “American Taliban” is asking the president to commute the remaining years of his sentence in federal prison, according to a statement released by his lawyers on Wednesday.

John Walker Lindh, a 27-year-old from California, has served seven years from 20 years in prison after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001.

He joined the Taliban to fight in the civil war one month before the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, according to the statement.

He originally was indicted on 10 counts, including conspiracy to kill American citizens, but U.S. Department of Justice dismissed the terrorism-related charges in 2002.
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UK Retail Sales Surprisingly Raised

Total sales volumes rose 0.3% in November from the previous month, the Office for UK National Statistics said. Sales increased by 1.5% from a year ago.

Analysts have expected sales to fall in November, and recent studies have suggested trading is weak.

The increase in monthly sales was led by household goods, which were up by 3.9% in November – its largest monthly increase since July 2007.

Sales of food rose by 0.2% during the month, while those of clothing and footwear fell by 0.1%.
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