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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.

US airlines launch direct flights to Cuba's Havana

Miami - The United States and Cuba expanded air links on Monday, kicking off direct flights to Havana for the first time in more than 50 years.

Trump threatens to end US-Cuba thaw without 'better deal'

New York - President-elect Donald Trump on Monday threatened to end the US thaw with Cuba unless Havana makes concessions on human rights and opening up its economy.

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.

White House extends 'hand of friendship' to Cuban people after Castro death

Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday said the United States is extending "a hand of friendship to the Cuban people" following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

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.

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.

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.

Trump hails Castro's death in tweet

Washington - President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday weighed in on the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, tweeting simply "Fidel Castro is dead!"Castro died Friday aged 90 after defying the United States during a half-century of iron-fisted rule.
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