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Cuba wants 20 years for former Castro pal

HAVANA | Cuban prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison term for a Chilean businessman and one-time confidant of Fidel Castro. Max Marambio recently was tried in absentia on bribery and fraud charges.

The Communist Party newspaper Granma reports that prosecutors also want a 15-year sentence for former Food Minister Alejandro Roca Iglesias, who was removed from his post in March 2009.

The newspaper’s report Thursday did not say when the trial began, how long it lasted or what evidence was presented.

Mr. Marambio was a longtime friend of Mr. Castro’s who became a prominent businessman in Cuba. His Rio Zaza company made juices and other products that were ubiquitous on the island.


North Koreans to talk with ex-U.S. envoys

BERLIN | An American think tank says senior North Korean officials will meet with former U.S. officials in Germany this weekend.

Aspen Institute Executive Director Charles King Mallory said Thursday that the two sides would talk about denuclearization and bilateral relations. He wouldn’t give further details on the meeting, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

The State Department says there is no U.S. government involvement.

From wire dispatches and staff reports