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Cuban steel official defects, Spain says

A senior Cuban official has defected in Spain, Interior Ministry sources said.

They said Luis Negrete, director of a state-owned steel plant, entered Spain last month and applied for refugee status in a police station. His request was being considered. The sources said Mr. Negrete apparently wanted to join relatives in the United States. They said he had come to Spain many times as a member of official Cuban trade missions.

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