Cuba challenges neighbors on poverty

Jan 29, 2014, 1:06 AM EST
Cuban President Raul Castro laughs during a meeting with East Timor's President, Taur Matan Ruak (out of frame), on September 27, 2013 during a meeting at Revolution Palace in Havana.
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Cuban President Raul Castro challenged Latin American leaders to show the political will to improve health care and education, then heard from his own critics after Cuban authorities stifled a protest outside the confines of a regional summit. Castro's speech also listed a series of Latin American grievances that directly or indirectly involve the United States, attempting to unify the 33 countries at the summit against their neighbor to the north, which was not invited.

Background:

Cuba challenges neighbors on poverty, then faces own critics [Reuters]

Cuba's Castro calls for integration free of U.S. [AP]

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