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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.

Castro's ashes resume trip after stop at 'Che' Guevara monument

Santa Clara - A convoy carrying the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro resumed an island-wide tour on Thursday after spending a symbolic night at the mausoleum of his comrade-in-arms Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

To kill or defend Fidel: the Bay of Pigs from both sides

Miami - In Miami, Julio Gonzalez Rebull ruminates over the failed attempt to invade Cuba in 1961. In Havana, Alberto Casanova boasts of the victory won by the Revolution. One wanted to kill Fidel Castro, the other wanted to protect him.

No music or rum for tourists after Castro death

Havana - Tourists looking to drink daiquiris at El Floridita, a favorite haunt of legendary US author Ernest Hemingway in Havana, found the entrance gated shut.

Cubans hold mass rally for late leader Fidel Castro

Havana - Hundreds of thousands of Cubans packed Havana's Revolution Square on Tuesday for a massive rally in honor of late leader Fidel Castro.The crowd chanted "long live the revolution!" and "Fidel! Fidel!

Presidents attending, skipping Castro's funeral rites

Havana - African and Latin American heads of state will attend funeral rites for Cuba's communist icon Fidel Castro on Tuesday, but US President Barack Obama and several European leaders are staying away.

Fidel Castro and his (many) women

Havana - With his rugged rebel look and seductive charisma, Fidel Castro was known not only as a giant of 20th century history, but also as quite the ladies' man.

Cubans sign 'oath' to Castro's revolution

Havana - In hundreds of schools, hospitals and public buildings, Cubans signed a "solemn oath" on Monday to defend the revolution following the death of communist leader Fidel Castro.

N. Korea mourns Castro: A distant 'comrade'

Pyongyang - North Korea began three days of official mourning on Monday for late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, remembering him as a "close friend" and heroic ally in a joint struggle against US aggression.

Cubans pay homage to Fidel Castro as week-long farewell begins

Havana - Throngs of Cubans began streaming to Havana's iconic Revolution Square to pay tribute to Fidel Castro on Monday, kicking off an emotional, week-long farewell to the divisive Cold War titan.

Cuban dissidents fear repression after Castro death

Havana - While Cuban-Americans partied in the streets of Miami after Fidel Castro died, dissidents in Cuba stayed home, fearing more repression though some hope his brother Raul will enact reforms.

Cuban dissidents lie low after Castro's death

Havana - Cuban dissidents called off a regular protest on Sunday as the communist island prepared for days of tributes to the late revolutionary icon Fidel Castro.

Castro's Cuba, beacon in Latin America's leftist tide

Havana - Beyond his native Caribbean island, Fidel Castro's revolutionary fire set alight much of Latin America, helping drive numerous leftist allies to power in a tide that is now turning.

Spanish hometown of Castro's father proud of place in history

L - Historians will debate Fidel Castro's legacy for years, but the remote Spanish village of Lancara is proud to be the birthplace of the late Cuban president's father.

Cuba set for farewell for historic leader Fidel Castro

Havana - Nightclubs closed, baseball games were suspended and booze was banned Sunday as Cuba prepared to send off revolutionary leader Fidel Castro with days of tributes and a cross-country funeral procession.

Raul Castro, stepping from Fidel's towering shadow

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro has proved far more pragmatic than his late brother Fidel, ushering in a gradual opening on the communist island and a historic thaw with the United States.Now, he finally steps out of his big brother's shadow for good.

Cuban missile crisis among Castro legacies

Havana - Fidel Castro was the last of the three main protagonists in one of the Cold War's scariest episodes: The 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which raised fears of a global nuclear war.

Fidel Castro: a life in six snapshots

Havana - After surviving more than 600 assassination attempts, defying 11 US presidents and shaping half a century of history, Fidel Castro has died at age 90.

What next for Cuba after Fidel Castro?

Havana - A page in Cuba's history has turned with the death of its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. So what happens now on the communist island?The Caribbean nation is at a crossroads.

Trump says Castro was 'brutal dictator' who oppressed his people

Palm Beach - President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday called Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro a "brutal dictator," but made no overt mention of earlier threats to roll back a historic rapprochement with the communist island nation.

World reacts to death of Cuba's Fidel Castro

Paris - The death of Cuba's Fidel Castro prompted reaction across the spectrum Saturday with some world leaders describing him as a friend and ally, while rights groups recalled his repression of basic freedoms.

In Havana, music stops as Cubans mourn 'father' Castro

Havana - Cubans will likely forever remember where they were when Fidel Castro's death was announced. The music stopped across the dance-happy city and people rushed to awaken loved ones with the news.
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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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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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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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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
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
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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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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