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Michelle Obama wears Kashmiri gown in Cuba

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New York:  Michelle Obama chose a floral gown made of Kashmiri fabric and embroidery by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan for dinner on the concluding day of the Obamas’ visit to Cuba on Tuesday.

The dress Michelle Obama selected for the Cuban dinner was in a Kashmiri fabric.

It was embroidered with an Indian floral motif and was similar to one in the same fabric from the designer’s pre-fall collection.

The embroidery on the gown was Kashmir’s traditional “Ari work”.

The dinner’s dress code was “casual cocktail”.

Celebrated designer Khan told the media “after what America has done for me, coming from India, I need to give back to this country”.

“She (Michelle Obama) has made my brand and put America back in fashion,” he said. “I would do anything for her.”

Barack Obama is the first US President since 1928 to undertake a three-day visit to Cuba along with his wife Michelle Obama and senior officials. He arrived in Cuba on Sunday.(IANS)

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Cuba Invites United Nations human rights Investigator for first time in decade regarding Human Trafficking

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, will visit the Caribbean island nation from April 10-14

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Geneva, April 7, 2017: Cuba has agreed to a visit by a United Nations human rights investigator for the first time in decade, inviting an expert on human trafficking this month, a U.N. statement said on Thursday.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, will visit the Caribbean island nation from April 10-14, making stops in Havana, Matanzas and Artemisa.

“Her visit will be the first to the country in 10 years by an independent expert of the U.N. Human Rights Council,” the statement said.

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Authorities in communist-run Cuba have long resisted what they regard as external interference in their human rights record.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama initiated secret negotiations leading to normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations in 2015 after decades of enmity.

U.S. organizations that worked closely on the effort have called on the Trump administration not to act rashly toward Cuba, saying that the policy has improved human rights and internet access there.

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Giammarinaro, an Italian judge and trafficking expert serving in the independent post since June 2017, said she would meet Cuban authorities and activists to discuss challenges in addressing trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation.

“Particular attention will be paid to measures in place and those planned to prevent trafficking, to protect victims and provide them with access to effective remedies,” she said.

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The last U.N. human rights expert to visit Cuba was the then U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, Swiss expert Jean Ziegler, in November 2007. (VOA)

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Former US President Barack Obama shares ‘inspirational’ letter by Indian-American woman on International Women’s Day

In her letter, Sindhu, a 38-year-old Indian-American woman, thanked Michelle Obama for inspiring her years ago

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Washington, March 9, 2017: Former US President Barack Obama shared a letter by an Indian-American woman on the occasion of International Women’s Day, urging others to read about her “inspiring” story.

“When Michelle and I came back from vacation, we found this note from a woman named Sindhu waiting for us. I’m proud of Michelle for the difference she made in this young woman’s life, and I’m inspired by Sindhu’s story, so I thought I’d share it with you today,” Obama wrote in a blog post.

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In her letter, Sindhu, a 38-year-old Indian-American woman, thanked Michelle Obama for inspiring her years ago, reported American Bazaar Online.

“One day in Fall 1966, an idealistic 17-year old Indian girl was inspired while sitting in a chapel. She didn’t remember the name of the woman who spoke. But she will never forget the fire that was lit to make something of her life, and to use that life to serve others,” the letter read.

Sindhu wrote that after that speech, she signed up to be a volunteer at a hospital and signed up for an after-school programme teaching creative writing and literature for underserved children in the community.

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“I later found out that the inspirational powerhouse of a woman who spoke was Michelle Obama,” she wrote.

“Thank you to both of you for your profound levels of activism within our community, leading up to a historic event that I did not think I would witness in my lifetime. Thank you for how you treated children, both your own and all of Americans, with kindness, humour, and spontaneity,” she wrote, thanking the former first couple.

“The ways in which you have impacted the world have left me expecting so much more from our world. And I know that this is not an expectation I can have without being part of that change,” Sindhu added.

The letter ends with the Indian-American woman telling the Obamas that “she’s in” for changing the world for better once they come back from their vacation. (IANS)

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama sign book deal with Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House acquired world rights to the books, and worldwide sales are expected to be significantly great

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Washington, March 1, 2017: In a significant deal, the forthcoming books by former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama will be published by Penguin Random House.

The announcement was made by the publisher late on Tuesday night, following an intense and much-anticipated auction among several prominent publishers.

Represented by Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams and Connolly (one of America’s premiere litigation firms), the terms of the agreement were not disclosed by the Obamas.

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Publishing industry insiders, however, expect this deal to be among the highest made till date, stretching into tens of millions of dollars.

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs Obama. With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same,” the Chief Executive of Penguin Random House, Markus Dohle, said in a statement.

“Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance,” he added.

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Penguin Random House acquired world rights to the books, and worldwide sales are expected to be significantly great.

The Obamas plan to donate a portion of their advances to charity, it was revealed.

The publisher also plans to donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book, a Penguin Random House nonprofit partner, and the Washington-based partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative, Open eBooks. (IANS)