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Raul Castro Addresses Cuban Union Leaders


Cuba's acting president, Raul Castro, has urged the country's union leaders to continue the fight against corruption as the country battles economic troubles.

Mr. Castro spoke to a meeting of the Central Organization of Cuban Workers Wednesday in Havana. He acknowledged Cuba's economic struggles since losing the support of the Soviet Union, which dissolved in 1991. He called for Cuban workers to increase production with better order, organization, and discipline.

State media said a report produced by the group called for an increase in training defense workers because of what it called "barbaric forays" by the U.S. into other parts of the world.

Mr. Castro has been acting president of Cuba while his brother, Fidel Castro, recovers from surgery. Little information is available on Fidel Castro's condition.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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