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World leaders need little policing in Castro’s Cuba

Impenetrable cordons of gun-toting police and soldiers mark most meetings of world leaders, but only handfuls of nonchalant, lightly-armed cops patrol the non-aligned nations summit in laid-back Havana. The message is clear: the communist island, ruled by Fidel Castro since 1959, has permanently tight law and order. “There is no need for security. There are 11 million of us Cubans, four million people and seven million police,” joked a recent law graduate, sipping a mojito in a bar. He wished to be known only as “Juan”. Deputy Foreign Minister Manuel Aguilera has declared Havana offers “exceptionally safe” conditions for the summit. Full Story

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