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Cuban leadership changes, but that's all for now

Havana - Cuba's president may no longer be named Castro, but the communist system that Fidel and Raul cemented over the course of decades is not going anywhere, at least not soon.

Cubans have high hopes for their little-known new leader

Havana - Despite being in the upper echelons of Cuba's government for the past two decades, new President Miguel Diaz-Canel is not exactly well known.

Cuba's Raul Castro, the builder of Fidel's dreams

Havana - Raul Castro, who stepped down Thursday as Cuba's president, lived most of his life in the shadow of his iconic brother Fidel. But after taking over in 2006 he steered the island on a path of radical reform as only he could do.

Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

Havana - Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday became the country's first leader in nearly 60 years who is not named Castro, pledging continuity for the Caribbean island during the historic transition of power.

End of era in Cuba as Castro hands torch to Diaz-Canel

Havana - Cuba is poised for the end of an era on Thursday as President Raul Castro steps down, formally handing power to his long-time deputy Miguel Diaz-Canel -- and thereby ending his family's six-decade grip on the island.

Cuba: six decades of Castro power

Havana - The departure of Cuba's President Raul Castro brings to an end his family's six-decade grip on power, which began with his late brother and revolutionary hero Fidel.Here are some highlights.

Canada recall of diplomat families over mystery illness 'unjustified': Cuba

Havana - Cuba said Wednesday it saw no justification for Canada's decision to recall the families of its diplomatic staff on the island following a probe into an as-yet unexplained illness affecting US and Canadian envoys.

Castro rule nears end in Cuba, Diaz-Canel poised to take over

Havana - The Castro brothers' six-decade grip on power in Cuba approached its end Wednesday as the island's National Assembly named number two Miguel Diaz-Canel as the sole candidate for the presidency.

Diaz-Canel sole candidate to succeed Cuba's Castro: official

Havana - Miguel Diaz-Canel is the sole candidate to succeed Cuba's President Raul Castro, officials announced Wednesday on the eve of a vote in the National Assembly.

Cuba's National Assembly begins meeting to chose Castro successor

Havana - Cuba's National Assembly on Wednesday began a historic two-day meeting to elect a successor to President Raul Castro, whose departure will end his family's six-decade grip on power.

Cuba's Diaz-Canel: president for the post-Castro era

Havana - Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel, who formally replaced Raul Castro as president on Thursday, has the task of steering the communist island through a period of uncertainty as it turns the page on six decades of Castro rule.

Cuba's Raul Castro, the builder of Fidel's dreams

Havana - Raul Castro, who steps down Thursday as Cuba's president, lived most of his life in the shadow of Fidel, his iconic brother. But after taking over in 2006, he steered the island on a path of radical reform as only he could do.

Cuba: Castros, communism and cigars

Havana - Cuba opens a new chapter when Raul Castro steps down from the presidency on April 19, ending six decades of single-family rule launched by his brother Fidel.Here are some key facts about the island.

Cubans prepare to turn the page on Castro era

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro steps down Thursday, passing the baton to a new generation in a transition that brings to a close the Castro brothers' six-decade grip on power. "We have come a long way...

Cuba's Raul Castro: key dates

Havana - Here are key dates in the life of Cuba's outgoing President Raul Castro, the brother and successor of the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.- June 3, 1931: Born in Biran, a village in eastern Cuba.

Jaded Cuba dissidents eye fresh start with handover

Havana - On the eve of Cuba's historic presidential handover, Manuel Cuesta Morua is striving to find a new path for the island's outlawed and fractured opposition.

'What next?' Cubans wonder as Castro era draws to a close

Havana - They are farmers, musicians, dancers and fishermen and all of them hold different hopes for Cuba's future in the post-Castro era, where a new generation is preparing to take power for the first time in nearly 60 years.

Raul Castro's reforms in Cuba: a work in progress

Havana - In 2018, a Cuban can run his own business, surf the internet and travel abroad with fewer restrictions.

Castro will still hold key guiding role after handover

Havana - Cuba is preparing for the end of an era next week when Raul Castro steps down as president, ending his family's six-decade grip on power and paving the way for a younger leader.

As the Castro era wanes, Cuba's youth have doubts, and dreams

Havana - They are the children of the new millennium. Like their parents, they have known no leader but the Castro brothers. Now, on the eve of a historic generational change, Cuba's young people hold conflicting opinions about a future they will help to forge....
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