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Cuba accused the United States of fomenting a campaign to damage its vital sugar economy by fabricating news stories. The official newspaper Granma cited a December report by a Miami-based anti-Cuban radio station that said a so-called Fiji disease in Cuba’s sugar cane fields “will bring the sugar output to a standstill, force the burning of plantations and stop harvesting for many years.” Granma discounted the claim, saying the disease is confined to Southeast Asia and Oceania. The paper accused the author of the radio report, Cuban-born journalist Tomas Regalado, of being a CIA agent.


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