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Op-Ed: Obama repeals special treatment law for Cuban refugee claimants

Washington - Obama repealed a long-standing U.S. policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to be able to stay in the U.S. and become a legal resident, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

Cuba signs first exports to US in half a century

Havana - Two firms signed a deal Thursday for the first commercial exports in half a century from Cuba to the United States, a new step in the countries' historic rapprochement.

Cuba dissidents say arbitrary arrests soared in 2016

Havana - Cuban opposition activists said Thursday that the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents on the communist island soared to nearly 10,000 last year.

Cuba marks revolution with military parade for Fidel Castro

Havana - Cuba paid tribute to late leader Fidel Castro on Monday with a military parade to mark the 58th anniversary of the revolution that brought him to power.

Cuba reports banner tourism year in 2016

Havana - Cuba welcomed a record four million tourists in 2016, up 13 percent over last year, with much of the increase thanks to a crush of visitors from the US and Europe, officials said on Saturday.

Three generations under the Cuban Revolution

Havana - In the Hernandez family, every generation has its own perspective on the Cuban revolution.Luis Hernandez was one of Fidel Castro's comrades-in-arms as he fought to overthrow the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Cuba outlaws 'cult of personality' after Fidel death

Havana - There will be no Fidel Castro streets or plazas in Cuba, in keeping with the late revolutionary leader's wishes, as spelled out in a law Cuban legislators passed on Tuesday.

Cuba cracks down on dissidents after Castro death

Havana - Authorities across Cuba have cracked down on dissidents, arresting dozens, keeping others from marching in Havana, and detaining an American human rights lawyer, activists said Sunday.

Latin American left struggles post-Castro and pre-Trump

Havana - It's been a bad year for the Latin American left, which lost its spiritual leader Fidel Castro, saw its "pink tide" ebb to new lows and now faces the menace of Donald Trump.

Cuba signs deal with Google for faster access

Havana - Cuba signed a deal with Google Monday to enable faster access to content from the US tech giant on the communist island, where internet service is notoriously limited and slow.

Film on Cuba's gay intolerance pulled from Havana festival

Havana - Drama spilled beyond movie plotlines and into real life Thursday at the opening of a Latin American film festival in Havana, where the authorities have excluded a movie touching on Cuba's intolerance toward gays under Fidel Castro.

After Castro death, Raul successor waits in the wings

Havana - After burying Fidel Castro, Cuba is 15 months away from seeing his brother, Raul, give up the presidency. For the first time in almost 60 years, the president won't be named Castro.

No statues for Fidel Castro, but his image is everywhere

Havana - While Cuban President Raul Castro has promised that no monument will be erected in memory of Fidel, his brother's image has been plastered across state media since his death.

Killing Castro: Poisoned cigars, explosive seashells

Havana - Mobsters, poisoned cigars, exploding seashells, a contaminated diving suit: The CIA's imagination ran wild in its plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.

In Cuba, French minister defends Castro's rights record

Santiago De Cuba - French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader's human rights record, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents.

Cubans hold one more massive rally for Castro

Santiago De Cuba - Tens of thousands of Cubans rallied on Saturday to pay one more tribute to the late leader Fidel Castro before his ashes are buried in the cradle of his revolution.

In rural Cuba, economy stuck in time after Castro

Camag - A convoy is carrying Fidel Castro's ashes across a Cuban countryside stuck in the bleak economy he left behind: Farmers plowing with oxen, people traveling in horse carts and stores lacking basic goods.Crowds have been chanting "viva Fidel!

With Castro gone, US presence in Cuba grows

Havana - Fidel Castro spent his life combating US capitalism, but by the time he died, American cruise ships, regular flights and even the embassy had returned to the communist-ruled island.

A Cuban veteran remembers 'Che' and Fidel Castro

Santa Clara - Luis Monteagudo, a hardened Cuban military veteran, remembers with pride fighting alongside revolution icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara and watching maximum leader Fidel Castro fire a gun.

Barefoot and brave: Castro's ranch life

Santiago De Cuba - Nobody in Fidel Castro's village expected the boy who liked to walk barefoot and jump in the river to leave the comforts of his family's ranch to launch a revolution.
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