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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As in the worst times of the Cold War, tensions between Washington and Havana have escalated in recent days amid the coronavirus pandemic.

First, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo harshly attacked Cuban cooperation in several countries, accusing the island of "taking advantage" of the epidemic "to continue its exploitation of Cuban medical workers".

So far, nothing new - except that in his attack on Wednesday, Pompeo criticized two partner nations, Qatar and South Africa, for hiring almost 450 health professionals from the island in order to confront the Covid-19 in their territories.

Cuban President Miguel D . . .

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