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Cuba old guard to flank Raul Castro until 2018

Havana - Fidel Castro appeared alongside brother Raul at a Communist party congress that ended without sweeping leadership changes, leaving to another day the question of who will run Cuba when the old guard bows out.

Fidel makes second outing in two weeks at Communist Party meeting

Havana - Fidel Castro made an appearance Tuesday at Cuba's Communist Party Congress, his second public outing in less than two weeks, state-run media reported.

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in nine months

Havana - Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in nine months, chatting with school children and criticizing Barack Obama's recent visit.

Fidel Castro blasts Obama's Cuba trip

Havana - Fidel Castro laid into Barack Obama after the US president's historic visit to Cuba in a testy newspaper column Monday, saying the communist island doesn't need any "gifts from the empire.

Rolling Stones thrill Cuba with free two-hour Havana concert

Havana - Rock-and-roll icons the Rolling Stones rocked Havana, Cuba, on Friday with a free concert in the city's Sports City complex.

Castro says end of U.S. 'blockade,' Gitmo return needed to normalize ties

Havana - Cuba's Communist President Raul Castro on Monday stood next to Barack Obama and hailed his opposition to a long-standing economic "blockade," but said it would need to end before ties are fully normalized.

Obama arrives in Havana for historic visit with former enemy

Havana - U.S. President Barack Obama and his family landed in Havana on Sunday for an historic visit that highlights newly warming relations between Cuba and the United States, two longtime Cold War adversaries.

Raul Castro: The revolutionary who made peace

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro has proved far more pragmatic than his brother, iconic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, ushering in a historic thaw in relations with the United States while managing to preserve the communist regime.

Ramon Castro, farmer big brother of Fidel and Raul, dies at 91

Havana - Ramon Castro, the eldest brother of President Raul Castro and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 91, official media reported Tuesday.

Cuba's Raul Castro to visit Paris in February

Paris - Cuban President Raul Castro will make an official visit to Paris in February, the French government said Wednesday."Raul Castro will be in Paris in February," French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll.

Cuba's Castro consoles ally Maduro after Venezuela vote setback

Havana - Cuba's President Raul Castro consoled his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Monday, following a historic election defeat which handed control of Congress to the opposition.

Obama, Castro call for end to Cuba embargo at UN

New York - US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro both called for an end to the US embargo on Havana at the United Nations Monday, on the eve of their scheduled meeting in New York.

White House officials still plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Existing prison facilities at Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C., are possible locations for where overseas terror suspects may be imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when that prison closes sometime next year.

Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions

Havana - Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" because of the half-century-old American trade embargo.

Cuba and United States resume full diplomatic relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations Monday in one of the most-obvious signs of change since Barack Obama was elected president and Fidel Castro left office.

France's Hollande to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba visit: office

Havana - French President Francois Hollande will meet Cuba's Fidel Castro Monday during his historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

Castro tells Obama diplomatic thaw requires patience

Panama - Cuban President Raul Castro told US counterpart Barack Obama during historic face-to-face talks Saturday that negotiations to restore diplomatic ties will require much patience.

Cuba's Castro says Obama is 'an honest man'

Panama - Cuban President Raul Castro told the Summit of the Americas on Saturday that US President Barack Obama, who was in attendance, is an "honest man" as the leaders seek to restore diplomatic ties.

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in 14 months

Havana - Former president Fidel Castro appeared in public last week for the first time in 14 months at a school in Havana, media in Cuba reported Friday.

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in 14 months

Havana - Cuba's former president and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance in 14 months, local media reported Saturday.

Fidel Castro meets spies freed by U.S.

Havana - Cuba's Fidel Castro met this weekend with the three intelligence agents freed by the United States as part of last December's historic rapprochement, state media said Monday.

Fidel Castro seen in photos for first time in months

Havana - Cuba's retired leader Fidel Castro has been seen in photographs for the first time in five months, meeting with a student leader in an apparent bid to scotch rumors about his health.

Cuba publishes photos of Fidel Castro to quiet rumors of poor health

Havana - Cuban state media released the first photographs of former president Fidel Castro in nearly six months in a bid to quiet rumors that his health is failing.

Fidel Castro in 'very good health': Brazil activist

Havana - Fidel Castro is "in very good health," a Brazilian activist said Wednesday, a day after meeting the former Cuban leader after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the 88-year-old's medical condition.

Cuban leader demands end of US embargo to renew ties

- Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday demanded an end to the US embargo against his country in order to make progress in talks to normalize relations.

Amid rumors over health, Fidel Castro sends letter to Maradona

Havana - Fidel Castro has written a letter to Argentine football great Diego Maradona that appears to show the 88-year-old Cuban leader is alive despite a year-long absence from public view, a television network reported Monday.

Cuba denies convening foreign media amid reports Fidel Castro sick

Havana - Cuba on Friday denied reports it had summoned foreign media to a press conference amid reports that 88-year-old Fidel Castro's health is deteriorating.

After year without seeing Castro, Cubans ask questions

Havana - You'd think the time is ripe for some pomp and drama from Fidel Castro, as Cuba and the US plan a resumption of ties ending decades of enmity.

Cuba to 'reestablish diplomatic relations' with US: Castro

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday that Cuba had agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties with Cold War enemy the United States after a prisoner swap paved the way to a historic breakthrough."We have agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties.

Fidel, Chavez moment after failed 2002 coup captured

Havana - Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez shared their amazement and joy upon the triumphal return to power of the late Venezuelan leader after a brief coup in 2002, an exchange vividly captured in a transcript released Friday.
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LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president  Luiz Ináci...
LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in 2005.
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CROWDED: The departure lounge at Havana Airport will be getting substantially more crowded now that ...
CROWDED: The departure lounge at Havana Airport will be getting substantially more crowded now that U.S. airlines have permission to schedule regular flights in keeping with a gradual lessening of diplomatic tensions that began in 2014.
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Inside the Castro Theater for the 9th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival Jan. 12 to Jan. 30  20...
Inside the Castro Theater for the 9th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival Jan. 12 to Jan. 30, 2011
STRUCTURE: Cuba s capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
STRUCTURE: Cuba's capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
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Former Cuban President  87-year-old Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at the opening of an...
Former Cuban President, 87-year-old Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at the opening of an arts studio in Havana, January 9, 2014.
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Violent political repression against the group of womens Ladies in White who stage street peaceful marches demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing former Cuban president ...
Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing former Cuban president Fidel Castro (R) talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) on July 11, 2014 in Havana
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ISLAND: Building housing Havana s unofficial diplomatic team in Washington  D.C.  will be Cuba s new...
ISLAND: Building housing Havana's unofficial diplomatic team in Washington, D.C., will be Cuba's new embassy now that the two countries have restored full diplomatic relations.
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James Godsoe a native to the SF Bay Area was one of the many season pass holders for the 9th Annual ...
James Godsoe a native to the SF Bay Area was one of the many season pass holders for the 9th Annual SF Film Noir Festival Jan. 2011