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Senator Patrick Leahy and other lawmakers said yesterday’s meetings with Cuban leader Raul Castro and jailed contractor Alan Gross went well. He said he will relay the details of the meetings to President Obama. Mexican authorities are working to combat an outbreak of bird flu in the central state of Guanajuato. Almost 700,000 birds have been vaccinated and 300,000 contained. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced she will pour 400 million dollars into a renewed war on poverty. She says her goal is to lift about 2.5 million people in the country out of extreme poverty. The United Nations has declared Bolivian President Evo Morales the global ambassador for quinoa, the grain-like crop beloved by health enthusiasts. Bolivian farmers are scrambling to keep up with global demand.