CUBAN DIPLO­MATS LEAV­ING U.S. POSTS

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HA­VANA» The pub­lic face of Cuba’s diplo­matic open­ing with the United States is leav­ing her post to be­come am­bas­sador to Canada, of­fi­cials said Sun­day. Jose­fina Vi­dal was sworn in to her new role at a cer­e­mony presided over by Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro. Of­fi­cials said Vi­dal’s deputy Gus­tavo Machin would also leave the di­vi­sion of U.S. af­fairs to be­come am­bas­sador to Spain.

In a gov­ern­ment renowned for its opac­ity, Vi­dal and Machin were given un­usual rein to talk pub­licly about Cuba’s re­la­tions with Washington. They of­fered reg­u­lar brief­ings to jour­nal­ists about the state of diplo­matic ties, which were re-es­tab­lished two years ago. Un­der their watch, the Cuban gov­ern­ment of­ten spoke more openly than the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion about the state of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

Kush­ner to face both in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tees this week.

WASHINGTON» Con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tors will ques­tion se­nior White House ad­viser Jared Kush­ner on Mon­day, as the mul­ti­ple probes into con­tacts be­tween Rus­sia and the Trump cam­paign in­ten­sify and fo­cus more di­rectly on those clos­est to the pres­i­dent. Kush­ner is sched­uled to meet be­hind closed doors with the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee on Mon­day, then be ques­tioned — again in pri­vate — by the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee the fol­low­ing day.

Poles protest for eighth day over con­tentious ju­di­cial changes.

WAR­SAW,

Poles protested in cities and towns across Poland for the eighth day Sun­day over new rules passed by the rul­ing party that would dras­ti­cally limit the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary.

Pro­test­ers see moves by the gov­ern­ing Law and Jus­tice party as an as­sault on the coun­try’s demo­cratic sys­tem of checks and bal­ances, ac­cus­ing party leader Jaroslaw Kaczyn­ski of be­hav­ing in an au­thor­i­tar­ian way to ce­ment his power.

Peo­ple waved flags of the Euro­pean Union and Poland as they gath­ered in the evening in front of the pres­i­den­tial palace and the Supreme Court in War­saw. They called on Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda to veto three con­tentious bills that would put the Supreme Court and other ar­eas of the ju­di­ciary un­der the party’s con­trol.

Venezuelan op­po­si­tion calls 48-hour strike this week.

Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion party is call­ing for a 48-hour gen­eral strike in Caracas on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in a con­tin­u­a­tion of protests over Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s plan to elect a new assem­bly next week­end and re­write the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion.

Deputy Si­mon Calzadilla, speak­ing for Unidad Demo­crat­ica, urged Venezue­lans to go to their elec­toral cen­ters at 10 a.m. Mon­day to place ban­ners and protest signs that say “in my vot­ing place there won’t be con­stituent assem­bly.”

With the oil-ex­port­ing econ­omy al­ready in a tail­spin, in­vestors say some sort of ban on crude ex­ports from Venezuela may force the coun­try into de­fault on its debt.

Al­co­hol poi­son­ing kills three, hos­pi­tal­izes 48 in south­ern Iran.

Iran’s semi-of­fi­cial ISNA news agency re­ported that al­co­hol poi­son­ing has killed three and left nearly 50 peo­ple hos­pi­tal­ized in south­ern Iran.

Au­thor­i­ties are try­ing to iden­tify and ar­rest the distrib­u­tors of the al­co­holic bev­er­age in the south­ern Ker­man prov­ince. Drink­ing al­co­hol is il­le­gal and con­sid­ered sin­ful un­der Is­lamic law in Iran. How­ever, home­made brews tend to be avail­able for cheap on the black mar­ket.

“Won­der Woman” sequel gets a ti­tle.

DIEGO» Won­der Woman has a few SAN rea­sons to cel­e­brate. As of Sun­day, the su­per­hero pic is now the high­est-gross­ing film of the sum­mer, with $398 mil­lion from North Amer­i­can the­aters, and the sequel is of­fi­cial. Warner Bros. is not say­ing much about the in­evitable fol­lowup to the smash hit, but the stu­dio did flash a ti­tle card with the words “Won­der Woman II” dur­ing its Comic-Con pre­sen­ta­tion Satur­day.

Vic­tory for “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” at the box of­fice.

It was vic­tory for “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” at the box of­fice dur­ing the week­end. Both orig­i­nal and well-re­viewed films smashed ex­pec­ta­tions and en­ticed di­verse au­di­ences to the the­aters.

Christo­pher Nolan’s World War II epic brought in an es­ti­mated $50.5 mil­lion to top the charts, ac­cord­ing to Warner Bros., while the com­edy “Girls Trip” broke the R-rated com­edy slump of 2017 with $30.4 mil­lion to take sec­ond place. “Dunkirk” was far from an in­evitable sum­mer suc­cess.

But stel­lar re­views, awards buzz and hype around the film’s large-scale pro­duc­tion helped drive peo­ple to the theater and large-for­mat screens.

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