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|HAVANA: U.S. President Barack Obama turns from sightseeing to state business on his historic Cuba trip on Monday puma heart satin gris , pressing President Raul Castro for economic and democratic reforms while hearing complaints about continued U.S. economic sanctions.
Obama and Castro will have their fourth meeting, likely their most substantial, at the Palace of the Revolution, where Castro and his predecessor puma basket heart patent blanc , older brother Fidel Castro, have led Cuba's resistance to U.S. pressure going back decades.
A U.S. presidential visit to the inner sanctum of Cuban power would have been unthinkable before Obama and Raul Castro's rapprochement 15 months ago, when they agreed to end a Cold War-era dispute that lasted five decades and continued even after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The two leaders have deep differences to discuss as they attempt to rebuild the bilateral relationship.
Obama is under pressure from critics at home to push Castro's government to allow dissent from political opponents and further open its Soviet-style command economy.
His aides have said Obama will encourage more economic reforms and greater access to the Internet for Cubans. His administration hopes such changes might come at a Communist Party congress next month but doubts any political opening will be forthcoming.
Still, Obama has promised to talk about freedom of speech and assembly in Cuba. "I will raise these issues directly with President Castro puma velvet creepers bordeaux ," he told the Cuban dissident group the Ladies in White in a March 10 letter.
Castro has said Cuba will not waver from its 57-year-old revolution and government officials say the United States needs to end its economic embargo and return the Guantanamo Bay naval base to Cuba before the two nations can enjoy normal relations.
Cuban police backed by hundreds of shouting pro-government demonstrators broke up a Ladies in White march on Sunday, detaining dozens of people just hours before Obama landed.
Obama has urged Congress to rescind the 54-year-old embargo but has been rejected by the Republican leadership. He now has both Democratic and Republican elected officials with him on his Cuba trip and hopes Congress may act after the Nov. 8 presidential election.
One Cuban yelled "Down with the embargo!" during Obama's tour of Old Havana, and the president responded by raising his right hand.
Thwarted by Congress on the embargo, Obama has instead used his executive authority to loosen restrictions on trade and travel with the Caribbean island.
Cuba has praised those measures but Castro will likely use the meeting on Monday to press Obama to go further.
"We think the U.S. government can take more steps to send clear and direct signals in this direction puma velvet creepers grise ," Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca told reporters on Sunday.
Obama and Castro met for half an hour during a regional summit in Panama last April and they also had brief encounters at Nelson Mandela's funeral in 2013 and at the U.N. General Assembly last September.
Traveling with his family, Obama was greeted by cheering crowds on the road from the airport and while on a walking tour of Old Havana on Sunday.
Besides meeting Castro, he also plans to visit a state-owned micro brewery and attend a state dinner on Monday.
On Tuesday, he will deliver a speech on live Cuban television and attend an exhibition game between Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba's national team.
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The movie’s plotline of Chinese soldiers saving war-ravaged Africans from Western baddies has resonated in China, and the film last week became the country’s top earner less than two weeks after its release.
The strength of those domestic receipts has now propelled the film onto industry monitor Box Office Mojo’s all-time 100 list, where it has knocked 1994’s “Forrest Gump” from the No. 100 spot.
Box Office Mojo said it had grossed US$682.1 million worldwide, nearly all of it in Chinese cinemas.
But it looked likely to climb still further up the list — latest figures from the official China Movie Data Information Network said it had raked in 4.75 billion yuan (US$710 million) in domestic sales as of yesterday.
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With special effects, stunts and explosions said to be worthy of Hollywood, “Wolf Warriors 2” boasts the tagline “whoever offends China will be hunted down no matter how far away they are.”
It depicts a Chinese former special forces operative’s foray into an African war zone to rescue compatriots and downtrodden locals from rebels and blood-thirsty Western mercenaries.
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“Wolf” is riding a wave of patriotic fervor. This summer has also seen the release of the film “The Founding of an Army,” which chronicles the origins of the People’s Liberation Army.
In an interview, Wu said: “I’ve only taken a match and lit up people’s patriotism with a spark.”
“Wolf Warriors 2” will have work to do to climb to the top ranks of the list, which is headed by “Avatar” at US$2.7 billion nike blazer basse rose femme , followed by “Titanic” and “Star Wars: the Force Awakens.”
Yusuke Takahashi of Japan competes during the men's singles quarterfinal match against Wu Yibing of China at the 2017 International Challenger Chengdu in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Aug. 4, 2017. Wu Yibing won 2-0. (XinhuaLiu Kun)
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