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Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amongst challenges and change

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:30 AM

For the first time, Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution without a revolutionary fighter leading the government

NEW CUBA. This file photo, handout from the official Cuban website, shows, then Cuban President Raul Castro (left) and First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on April 18, 2018. Diaz-Canel has since been named new president. Handout/

Cuba's new president Diaz-Canel vows to 'continue' revolution

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:19 PM

'I have come to work, and not to make promises,' Miguel Diaz-Canel tells the Cuban National Assembly, whose 605 delegates elected him to a 5-year-term

NEW RULER. Handout picture released by Cuban official website showing outgoing Cuban President Raul Castro (right) raising the arm of Cuba's new President Miguel Diaz-Canel after he was formally named by the National Assembly, in Havana on April 19, 2018. Handout photo/ / AFP

Cuba vote opens final chapter of Castro era

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The new members of the National Assembly will be tasked with choosing a successor to 86-year-old President Raul Castro when he steps down next month

Fidel Castro's eldest son commits suicide – Cuba state media

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:19 PM

'Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,' Cuba's official newspaper Granma reports

File photo taken on June 1, 2016 of Cuban Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

Cuba stages last May Day parade under Castro

May 02, 2017 - 7:36 AM

It is not clear who will take Raul Castro s place next year as president

MAY DAY IN HAVANA. Cubans take part in the May Day rally – the last to be overseen by President Raul Castro and the first without his late brother and revolutionary predecessor Fidel – at Revolution Square of Havana, on May 1, 2017. Adalberto Roque/AFP

Cuba buries Castro, entering post-Fidel era

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:46 PM

UPDATED Fidel Castro is laid to rest near the mausoleum of 19th century independence icon Jose Marti and comrades of his rebellion in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba

GOODBYE, COMANDANTE. View from a distance of the burial ceremony of Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, on December 4, 2016. Yamil Lage/AFP

Fidel Castro's dying wish: No monuments in his name

Dec 04, 2016 - 11:08 AM

The national assembly will introduce legislation at its next session later this month so that his wish is fulfilled Raul Castro tells a massive rally for his brother

People pay homage to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the last ceremony before his burial in Santiago de Cuba -the cradle of his revolution- on December 3, 2016. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Raul Castro vows to defend Fidel's revolution

Dec 03, 2016 - 2:59 PM

UPDATED Cuban President Raul Castro promises to uphold his brother Fidel s revolution at a massive final rally in honor of the communist icon before his burial

MOURNING. The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the streets of Bayamo, on December 2, 2016 during its 4-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. File photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

'Viva Fidel!': Castro takes final voyage across Cuba

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:05 AM

Castro s ashes are taking the reverse route that his band of guerrilla fighters took between January 2 8 1959 to celebrate their defeat of US backed dictator Fulgencio Batista

FINAL JOURNEY. The urn with the ashes of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is driven through Matanzas, Cuba, starting a 4-day journey across the island, on November 30, 2016. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

'I am Fidel!': Cuba, leftist leaders rally for Castro

Nov 30, 2016 - 8:29 AM

UPDATED Ecuador s Correa: We will keep fighting for these ideas We swear

People hold Cuban national flags as they arrive to pay their last respects to late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at Revolution Square in Havana, on November 29, 2016. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Cubans begin tearful farewell to Fidel Castro

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:48 AM

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans flock to Havana s iconic Revolution Square in a tearful and nostalgic tribute to Fidel Castro launching a week long farewell

People holding a Cuban national flag queue to enter Jose Marti's memorial to pay their last respects to Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro at Revolution Square in Havana, on November 28, 2016. Ronald Schemidt/AFP

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Nov 28, 2016 - 10:30 PM

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Throngs to pay homage to Cuba's Fidel Castro

Nov 28, 2016 - 2:39 PM

After two days of commemorations in the capital Castro s ashes will go on a 4 day island wide procession before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba

View of the facade of the Cuban national library with the Cuban flag at half mast and a picture of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at the Revolution Square in Havana, on November 27, 2016, two days after he died aged 90. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Miami Cubans party relentlessly after Fidel Castro's death

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:39 AM

I m not tired of celebrating because I can t believe it I never thought that this moment would arrive

Cuban Americans celebrate the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro on the streets in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami Florida on November 27, 2016. Rhona Wise/AFP

Grief and joy erupt at Fidel Castro's death

Nov 27, 2016 - 9:13 AM

UPDATED Mourning descends on Havana and celebrations erupt in Miami at the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro

Cuban Americans celebrate the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro on the streets in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami Florida on November 26, 2016. Rhona Wise/AFP

5 hal tentang mantan Presiden Kuba Fidel Castro

Nov 26, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Fidel Castro meninggal dunia pada Jumat 25 November di usia 90 tahun

Fidel Castro leaves behind unique legacy in Cuba

Nov 26, 2016 - 2:54 PM

The former Cuban president who died aged 90 on Friday said he would never retire from politics

EL COMANDANTE. In this handout picture released by Cuban newspaper Granma, former President Fidel Castro (R) is seen during a meeting with Japanese Prime Ministro Shinzo Abe (L), in Havana on September 22, 2016. AFP/Alex Castro

Mantan Presiden Kuba, Fidel Castro meninggal di usia 90 tahun

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:47 PM

Selama masih hidup Fidel Castro diketahui memiliki hubungan yang akrab dengan Soekarno

WAFAT. Mantan Presiden Kuba, Fidel Castro meninggal di usia 90 tahun pada Jumat, 25 November. Foto oleh AFP

End of era in Cuba as revolutionary Fidel Castro dies

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:36 PM

4th UPDATE Castro s ashes will be buried in the southeastern city of Santiago on December 4 after a four day procession through the country

REVOLUTIONARY. (FILE PHOTO) This file handout picture released by Cuban Agency ACN taken on April 19, 2016 shows Cuban Former President Fidel Castro applauding during the closing ceremony of VII Congress of Cuban Communist Party (PCC) at Convention Palace in Havana. Fidel Castro died on November 26, 2016 according to a statement from the President of Cuba, Raul Castro. AFP/Omara Garcia Mederos

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Aug 14, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Castro makes a rare public appearance at a gala organized by a children s theater company

In this image grab from the Cubavision TV station, former Cuban President Fidel Castro (C), Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro (L) are seen attending the celebration of Fidel's 90th birthday at the Karl Marx theatre in Havana on August 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Cubavision / HO / XGTY/ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE-MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/CUBAVISION" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS-DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-GETTY OUT

Cuba old guard to flank Raul Castro until 2018

Apr 20, 2016 - 8:31 AM

The Communist party s congress ends without sweeping leadership changes leaving to another day the question of who will run Cuba when the old guard bows out

A handout picture provided by Cubadebate shows former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) holding the hand of his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro (C), during the closure of the VII Cuban Communist Party Congress (PCC) at Conventions Palace in Havana, Cuba, April 19, 2016. Ismael Francisco/EPA

Fidel Castro blasts Obama's Cuba trip

Mar 29, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Castro: We don t need any gifts from the empire

'EL HERMANO OBAMA' A general view of the front pages of national newspapers showing the printed article of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro entitled 'El hermano Obama' (Brother Obama), in Havana, Cuba, on March 28, 2016. Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Cuba 'has no need of gifts from the empire': Fidel Castro

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Cuba s Fidel Castro signals continued resistance to rapprochement between Washington and Havana writing in an opinion piece that his country has no need of gifts from the United States

BROTHER OBAMA. US President Barack Obama talks to tourists and Cubans at his arrival to the Havana Cathedral, on March 20, 2016. Photo by Yami Lage / AFP

Luxembourg duchess seeks return to Cuba to develop microfinance

Mar 07, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Havana born Grand Duchess Maria Teresa says it is her dream to help poor families set up businesses

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY VERONIQUE POUJOL AND PHILIPPE AGRET Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Maria Teresa gives an exclusive interview to Agence France-Presse (AFP) at the Berg Castle, the Grand Ducal residence in Berg, on February 23, 2016. The monarchy must adapt to the reality of his time and the operation of the grand ducal court to be more "transparent" and "authentic" said the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, wife of king Henry of Luxembourg in a exclusive interview she gave to AFP from the residence of the sovereign Luxembourg Berg Castle. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND

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

Feb 24, 2016 - 2:54 PM

The eldest brother a farmer who was not a member of the government nonetheless influenced agricultural policies after the 1959 revolution

Ramon 'Mongo' Castro, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro's eldest brother, attends the 9th Session of Cuba's National Assembly in Havana on June 29, 2007. Adalberto Roque/AFP

Children of Cuban revolution recall exodus to US

Dec 26, 2015 - 3:35 PM

It was very hard but from a good perspective I would not be the person I am today without having gone through this crisis

Pope praises Church 'sacrifices' in Cuba

Sep 22, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Cuba s Roman Catholic Church is winning the space to do charitable works on the island after years of hostilities with former leader Fidel Castro s regime which was officially atheist for more than three decades

THE POPE IN CUBA. Pope Francis waves during upon his arrival at the Revolution Plaza to hold a mass in Havana, Cuba, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Orlando Barria/EPA

Pope meets Castros after mass on iconic Havana square

Sep 21, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The pope chats with former leader Fidel Castro at his home in Havana then holds a closed door meeting with current president Raul at government headquarters

FRANCIS AND FIDEL A handout picture released by Cubadebate shows Pope Francis (L) meeting Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, September 20, 2015. Photo by Alex Castro/Cubadebate/EPA

Pope to give mass on Havana's Revolution Square

Sep 20, 2015 - 2:48 PM

The pope will address the crowd beside a towering sculpture of his fellow Argentine Che Guevara s iconic silhouette following in the footsteps of his predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI

WAITING FOR THE POPE. A group of nuns wait to see Pope Francis pass in the Popemobile after his arrival to Havana, Cuba, 19 September 2015. Photo by Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:06 PM

He did not go into detail on precisely how much money he reckons Washington owes Havana

Fidel Castro seen in rare public outing

Jul 05, 2015 - 11:13 AM

The 88 year old was shown seated at a panel organized by the Food Industry Ministry s research institute on Friday July 3 speaking at length with cheese masters

RARE APPEARANCE. A handout picture provided by Cubadebate on 04 July 2015 showing Cuban leader and former President Fidel Castro (L), who met for more than four hours with Cheese Masters of the island at the Institute of Research of the Food Industry, according to official media, Havana, Cuba, on 03 July 2015. Estudios Revolucion/Cubadebate/Handout/EPA

Fidel Castro meets Japan's foreign minister in Havana

May 03, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida says Japan supports US and Cuban efforts to normalize relations

RARE APPEARANCES. This handout picture by the official Cuban website shows Randy Garcia Perdomo (L), the leader of a students' union, speaking with former Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) during a visit to Castro's residence on January 23, 2015 in Havana. Photo by

US-Cuba thaw: Progress but long way to go

Apr 11, 2015 - 11:16 PM

While the meeting between presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro will mark a milestone they remain a long way from untangling decades of hostile ties

OBAMA, CASTRO MEET. A handout picture made available by the Panamanian Presidency shows US President Barack Obama (L) shaking hands with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro (C), as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) looks on, during the official inauguration of the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, 10 April 2015. Panama Presidency/EPA

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in 14 months

Apr 05, 2015 - 7:05 AM

Granma publishes on its website four photographs of the 88 year old father of the Cuban Revolution inside a bus or van and shaking the hands of supporters leaning in through the vehicle s windows

OUT AND ABOUT. A handout picture provided on 04 April 2015 by Cubadebate shows former Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) greeting Venezuelan tourists during a visit to a school in Havana, Cuba, 30 March 2015. Cubadebate/Handout/EPA

Cuba publishes first photos of Fidel Castro in nearly 6 months

Feb 03, 2015 - 1:13 PM

The images show the 88 year old Castro at his home with the leader of a students union

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Cuba's Castro to US: End embargo to mend ties

Jan 29, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Raul Castro: The establishment of diplomatic relations is the beginning of a process toward the normalization of bilateral relations but this won t be possible as long as the blockade exists

PATRIOTIC RALLY. Young Cubans participate in a rally to pay homage to national hero Jose Marti at the Revolution square in Havana, Cuba, 28 January 2015.  Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:42 PM

UPDATED Castro s letter read out on state television reflects both skepticism of and tacit support for the decision by his brother Raul to normalize ties with the US

An old American car with an image of Cuban former President Fidel Castro is seen in a street of Havana, on January 19, 2015.  Yamil Lage/AFP

Maduro congratulates Castro brothers on new ties with US

Dec 27, 2014 - 8:48 AM

The Venezuelan president and frequent critic of the US hails Cuba s rapprochement with Washington

The Cuban flag, on October 18, 2012 in Havana. Stringer/AFP

US, Cuba move to end Cold War stand-off

Dec 18, 2014 - 12:20 AM

UPDATED The United States and Cuba bring their bitter Cold War stand off towards a historic close agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a 5 decade US trade embargo

The Cuban flag, on October 18, 2012 in Havana. Stringer/AFP

Fidel Castro wins China's 'Confucius Peace Prize'

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The Cuban revolutionary icon is chosen by 9 judges out of a group of 16 experts and scholars

FIDEL CASTRO. A group of people gather in a coffee shop with revolutionary banners in Havana, Cuba, 12 August 2014. Photo by Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Dusty home town remembers Garcia Marquez with plenty of rum

Apr 20, 2014 - 7:33 AM

In Gabo s home town of Aracataca friends and admirers react to his death not with sobbing sadness or mourning

Garcia Marquez and Castro: A controversial friendship

Apr 18, 2014 - 12:35 PM

The warm friendship between the two was often criticized by Garcia Marquez fellow writers but it endured for years and was even instrumental in US Cuban relations

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Apr 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Nobel writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most popular Latin American novelists in the world and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil

#PugadBaboy: Seeing red punchline 3

Aug 09, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Ice trays household obligations and Communism in Cuba

Fidel Castro urges calm in N. Korea crisis

Apr 05, 2013 - 10:29 PM

Communist icon calls on North Korea and the US to avoid confrontation and work toward peace

PEACE DUTIES. Communist icon calls on North Korea and the US to avoid confrontation and work toward peace. Photo by AFP

Bolivia's Morales refused permission to see ailing Hugo Chavez

Feb 21, 2013 - 3:16 PM

Doctors for ailing Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez refused to let Bolivian President Evo Morales see his close ally when he went to Caracas this week Morales said Wednesday

Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba

Feb 05, 2013 - 7:40 AM

The 86 year old Castro cast his ballot at a school in Havana s El Vedado neighborhood on Sunday February 3 engaging in an animated give and take with reporters at the polling station and voters for more than an hour

This handout photo from AIN taken and received on February 3, 2013 shows former Cuban president Fidel Castro talks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Havana. AFP PHOTO / Marcelino VAZQUEZ HERNANDEZ / AIN

Italian teacher 'kills' celebrities on Twitter

Jan 05, 2013 - 4:42 PM

Fidel Castro Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope Benedict XVI Italian Tommasso Debenedetti has killed them all in fake tweets aimed at exposing shoddy journalism that have earned him global notoriety

Fidel Castro appears in public after health rumors

Oct 22, 2012 - 7:47 AM

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has reappeared in public meeting at a Havana hotel with a Venezuelan politician quashing swirling rumors that the former leader was on his death bed

An image of former Cuban President Fidel Castro (3-L) is held up by former Venezuelan Vice-President Elias Jaua in La Havana on October 21, 2012. The photograph shows the former Cuban leader alongside Jaua (R), as well as Cuban National Hotel director, Antonio Martinez (C), Castro´s wife, Dalia Soto del Valle (2-R), and an unidentified woman and child. According to Jaua, Castro conversed with him for many hours and is in very good health. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE

Cuba, US still at odds 50 years after missile crisis

Oct 10, 2012 - 2:19 PM

Fifty years after the Cuban missile crisis Havana remains virulently hostile to the United States which reciprocates by maintaining a crippling economic embargo against the communist ruled island