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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.

Op-Ed: U.S. opens relations with Cuba after 53 years Special

Havana - President Barack Obama’s administration and Havana announced Wednesday that they were opening relations after 53 years. Some, but not all political prisoners were being released, including American Alan Gross, whose case had drawn wide attention.

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.

Castro holds court on sidelines of Havana summit

Havana - Fidel Castro, the 87-year-old father of the Cuban revolution, held court on the sidelines of a regional summit here this week, looking alert and well in his numerous meetings with foreign leaders.

Pope says Mass in Cuba's Revolution Plaza

Many thousands of Cubans turned out to hear the Pope say Mass in Havana, Cuba's capital city, with President Raul Castro sitting in the front row. Many worshippers had waited hours to see the Pontiff.

Cuba to release 2,900 prisoners as goodwill gesture

Havana - New just in: The Cuban government has stated that it will release 2,900 prisoners, including some convicted of political activity, within the next few days.

Op-Ed: Human rights a foreign phrase to Cuban government

Cuba is an example of an international subject with a Texas tie-in, and particularly the Houston/Galveston area, which includes ShadeyHill Ranch, where we have a sizeable Cuban population. In fact, the guy who makes my hand-rolled cigars is Cuban.

WikiLeaks: Castro almost died in 2006 

Cuban leader Fidel Castro came very close to dying in 2006 from a perforated intestine, a new WikiLeaks cable reveals. Castro recently praised WikiLeaks and it's founder Julian Assange.

Fidel Castro speaks to Cuban parliament

Havana - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro spoke to parliament for the first time in more than four years, warning of a nuclear war involving the US and Iran.

Senator Menendez speaks against bill's Cuban debt 'blackmail'

Protesting a Cuban provision that was inserted into the $447 billion omnibus bill, Senator Menendez highlighted the irresponsible behaviors of the Cuban regime with regard to its global debt obligations.

Castro's sister admits history of working with CIA

On the eve of the launching of her book, Fidel Castro's younger sister Juanita revealed she worked with the CIA during the early years of his brother's regime.

Honduras Vows to 'Stop Zelaya Plane' UPDATE: Flight Diverted

Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya is scheduled to fly out of DC to Honduras today, accompanied by the leaders of Argentina and Ecuador. In response, the interim Honduran government says it will refuse landing rights to any plane carrying Zelaya.

Op-Ed: Was Honduran President Manuel Zelaya's Overthrow Legal?

According to news reports, Honduran President Zelaya was ousted from office by orders of the Supreme Court, AG and Congress, after he repeatedly engaged in violations of Honduras' Constitution. Are Obama, the EU and the UN wrong in condemning Honduras?

Fidel Castro Speaks on US Spy Arrests

The arrest on Friday of an American couple in their 70s on charges of spying on behalf of the Cuban government took a fresh twist yesterday when Fidel Castro, the 82 year old former President of Cuba, spoke out on the matter.

Castro Takes Cheney to Task Over 'Torture'

In an essay posted on a Cuban government web site, Fidel Castro criticized former United States Vice President Dick Cheney's stance on American interrogation techniques.

Change in Cuban Government

The face of Cuban government is changing, with no more Fidel-Castro-loyalists enjoying the trappings of power, according to reports.

Obama's Honeymoon with Castro Ends Abruptly

After several weeks of heaping words of praise upon President Barack Obama, Cuba's ailing leader, Fidel Castro has come out swinging on a number of topics he considers important to his island.

Castro 'reflects' on health, praises Obama

On Thursday Fidel Castro said that he doubts he'll still have the privilege of observing world events in four years, indicating awareness that he is nearing death.
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Former Cuban President  87-year-old Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at the opening of an...
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