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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/ www.cubadebate.cu/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Cuban leader defends Maduro on 1st foreign visit

May 31, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel says the main reason for his visit to Venezuela is to show solidarity with Nicolas Maduro after his May 20 reelection was widely dismissed as a sham by the US, EU, and 13 other Latin American states

SOLIDARITY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) bestows the Simon Bolivar Order on Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 30, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

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 www.cubadebate.cu 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/ www.cubadebate.cu / AFP

End of era in Cuba as Castro hands torch to Diaz-Canel

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Miguel Diaz-Canel will become the island's first leader born after the 1959 revolution, and the first in 60 years who is not named Castro

END OF ERA. In this file handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu on July 8, 2016, Cuban President Raul Castro (L) talks with First Vice-Presidente Miguel Diaz-Canel during the First Annual Session of the Cuban Parliament at the Convention Palace in Havana. The Castro brothers' six-decade grip on power in Cuba approached its end on April 18, 2018 as the country's National Assembly named number two Miguel Diaz-Canel as the sole candidate for the presidency. Diaz-Canel, a 57-year-old Communist Party official and the current first vice president, is due to be confirmed Thursday as the successor to Raul Castro, who himself succeeded his elder brother Fidel. File photo from www.cubadebate.cu/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

Raul Castro to step down as Cuba's president in April 2018

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:25 AM

The 86-year-old will hand over power to the winner of the April 2018 elections

Cubans vote in municipal elections with eye to leadership change

Nov 27, 2017 - 1:19 PM

It is the first step in a Communist Party-supervised process meant to culminate next year with the election of a successor to President Raul Castro

AT THE POLLING CENTER. This TV grab from Cuban Television taken on November 26, 2017 shows Cuban President Raul Castro (2-R) preparing to cast his vote at a polling station in Playa neighborhood in Havana, during municipal elections. Cuban Television/AFP

Raul Castro warns of 'a setback' in U.S.-Cuba relations

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:17 AM

Cuban President Raul Castro criticizes Donald Trump s partial rollback of his predecessor Barack Obama s rapprochement with the communist island

SETBACK. Cuban President Raul Castro participates in the Permanent Working Committees of the National Assembly of the People's Power in Havana, on July 14, 2017. Photo by Jorge Beltran/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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obama thrills Cubans with call for change

Mar 22, 2016 - 11:19 PM

UPDATED Despite the charm offensive which included references to the countries shared enthusiasm for baseball and Cuban singers Obama s speech was laced with stinging critiques of Castro s control over the Caribbean island

BELIEVING IN CUBA. US President Barack Obama addresses the people of Cuba at the El Gran Teatro de Havana, in Havana, Cuba, 22 March 2016. Obama is on an official visit to Cuba from 20 to 22 March 2016, the first US president to visit since Calvin Coolidge 88 years ago. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

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Mar 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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Obama, Castro hail 'new day' for US-Cuba relations

Mar 22, 2016 - 12:03 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro meet in Havana s Palace of the Revolution for groundbreaking talks on ending the standoff between the two neighbors

US President Barack Obama greets President of Cuba Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, 21 March 2016. UPhoto by Michael Reynolds / EPA

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Mar 21, 2016 - 1:53 PM

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'What's up Cuba?' Obama starts historic visit

Mar 21, 2016 - 6:52 AM

UPDATED Obama is not only the first sitting US president since Fidel Castro s guerrillas overthrew the US backed government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 but the first since President Calvin Coolidge in 1928

HOLA CUBA. US President Barack Obama waves before walking off the 'Air Force One' plane upon arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, March 20, 2016. Michael Reynolds/EPA

When a US vs Cuba baseball game is bigger than politics

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Cuba s national baseball team is lining up for perhaps its most important not to mention stressful game ever with visiting US President Barack Obama and possibly President Raul Castro in the stadium

PLAY BALL. A general view of the baseball stadium being prepared for the match between the Cuban baseball national team and the Tampa Bay Rays in Havana, Cuba. EPA/ERNESTO MASTRASCUSA

Obama looks to seal Cuba engagement on landmark trip

Mar 18, 2016 - 1:48 PM

His visit is the culmination of 18 months of secret negotiations that led to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the reopening of the US embassy in Havana last August

OBAMA VISIT. A man in a bici-cab adorned with American and Cuban national flags waits for costumers in Havana, Cuba, March 15, 2016. File photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Cuba says Obama 'welcome' but shouldn't expect much

Mar 10, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Obama will visit the island on March 21 and 22 – a symbolically charged capstone to the rapprochement that he and Cuban leader Raul Castro announced in December 2014

OBAMA. US President Barack Obama speaks at an event to honor the City of Milwaukee and celebrate the city's victory in the Healthy Communities Challenge, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, March 3, 2016. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

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

'Untarnished image,' Obama’s Cuba trip, Russia's Mars plan | 6PM wRap

Feb 19, 2016 - 7:26 PM

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Cuba decorates Russia patriarch after pope visit

Feb 14, 2016 - 8:57 AM

Cuba s president Raul Castro hands the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church the Order of Jose Marti a Cuban national hero in the governmental Palace of the Revolution in Havana

Cuban President Raul Castro (R) decorates the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, with the Jose Marti Order at Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, February 13. Photo by Yamil Lage/EPA

Pope, patriarch urge Christian unity at historic talks

Feb 13, 2016 - 8:18 AM

The Orthodox Church s refusal to accept the primacy of the Roman pontiff has long been the primary barrier to a rapprochement between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches

CHRISTIAN UNITY. Pope Francis (L) and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill (R), held a historic meeting in Havana's international airport. The two leaders signed a memorandum, which focused on ecumenism, or efforts to reunite Christian churches, common Christian values, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Cuba's Castro in France for historic visit

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:24 PM

UPDATED Castro s state visit is an indication of Cuba s improved ties with major powers following last year s restoration of relations with the United States

CASTRO IN PARIS. Cuba's President Raul Castro (2-R), and French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal (2-L) at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, 01 February 2016. Photo by Jacky Naegelen / Pool MAXPPP Out / EPA

Unilever to begin Cuba operations in 2017

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Unilever Suchel SA gets the backing of President Raul Castro s government to build a plant in the mega port of Mariel

UNILEVER IN CUBA. Responsible of company Unilever in Cuba Fernando Solarzano (right) and Representative of Intersuchel Pedro Fraga (left) sign documents during a visit by Dutch Minister of Exterior Commerce and Development Cooperation Lilianna Ploumen (not pictured) at Port of Mariel, in Artemisa, Cuba, January 11, 2016. ALEJANDRO ERNESTO / EPA

Qatar emir set for Cuba visit – state media

Nov 21, 2015 - 11:08 PM

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is going to hold official talks with Cuban President Raul Castro

STATE VISIT. A file photo dated December 24, 2012 shows Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani attending the opening session of the 33rd Gulf leaders summit in Sakhir Palace, South of Manama, Bahrain. Photo by EPA/STR

Obama to meet Cuba's Raul Castro September 29

Sep 28, 2015 - 12:22 AM

It will be the second meeting between the two leaders after a first historic encounter in Panama in April

MEETING AGAIN. In this file handout picture provided by official media Estudios Revolucion showing US President, Barack Obama (R), talking with Cuban President, Raul Castro (L), during their meeting held at the VII Americas Summit held in Panama City, Panama, on 11 April 2015. EPA/Estudios Revolucion/CUBADEBATE

Cuba's Castro at UN calls for end to US embargo

Sep 27, 2015 - 12:54 AM

Cuban President Raul Castro describes the decades long embargo as the main obstacle to his country s economic development

CASTRO IN UN. Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, delivers his address during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit which is taking place for three days before the start of the 70th session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 26 September 2015. Andrew Gombert/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

Pope arrives in Havana with call for further US-Cuba thaw

Sep 20, 2015 - 7:05 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis calls on Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama not to falter on the road to closer ties

Pope Francis (L) waves as he arrives, accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro, at the airport in Havana, Cuba, 19 September 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Cuba at the start of an historic nine-day trip that is also set to take him to the USA. Cuban President Raul Castro, a Marxist and atheist who has said in the past that he is a great admirer of the Argentinian-born Francis, greeted the pontiff at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Photo by Tony Gentle/EPA

Pope Francis starts historic trip to Cuba, US

Sep 20, 2015 - 4:02 AM

UPDATED Speaking to journalists on the plane Francis says the world is thirsty for peace

WELCOME TO CUBA. Pope Francis (C-L) is welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro (C-R) and Havana's Archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Ortega (C), upon landing at Havana's international airport on September 19, 2015, on the first leg of a high-profile trip that will also take him to the United States. Yamil Lage/AFP

Pope prepares to take US bow after Cuba stopover

Sep 19, 2015 - 1:30 PM

This visit has added significance as it comes in the aftermath of a historic Cuba US rapprochement which has allowed diplomatic relations to be restored

POPE FRANCIS IN CUBA. A vintage car rushes by a billboard with the portrait of Pope Francis in Havana, Cuba, September 18, 2015, on the eve of the upcoming visit of the Pope to the island. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Kerry calls for democracy in Cuba as US flag raised

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:27 AM

John Kerry the first secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945 says the shift in US policy does not mean Washington would stop pressing for change on the communist island

FLAG-RAISING. US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) watches the US flag being hoisted, during the flag-raising ceremony at the reinaugurated US embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

US, Cuba restore ties, open embassies after 54 years

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:26 PM

UPDATED The historic turnaround between two bitter foes has come about at breakneck pace in just a matter of months since the two sides agreed to bury the hatchet and work together as equals

TIES RENEWED. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez (L) shake hands at a news conference following their meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA, July 20, 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Raul Castro calls on Obama to dismantle Cuba embargo

Jul 16, 2015 - 8:43 AM

Castro calls the embargo in place since 1962 the main stumbling block towards normalization between the two nations

STARS AND STRIPES IN HAVANA. A US flag flutters from a bicy-taxi in a street of Havana, Cuba, April 15, 2015. Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Obama to unveil deal with Cuba to reopen embassies

Jul 01, 2015 - 10:49 PM

UPDATED Reopening of the embassies which Obama is expected to announce at roughly 11:00 am local time marks the end of a more than 50 year rupture in relations

EMBASSY REOPENING. In this file photo, Cuban president Raul Castro attends the closing session of Cuban Assembly in Havana, Cuba, 20 December 2014. Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move

May 30, 2015 - 8:44 AM

The move has deep political significance as the Cold War foes grapple for a rapprochement

US-CUBA TIES. National flags of Cuba and US fly at the International Nautical Club Hemingway of Cuba during a press conference in Havana, Cuba, May 15, 2015. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

No US-Cuba deal on embassies, talks to go on

May 23, 2015 - 11:06 AM

This round of talks was highly productive We will persist inspired by the conviction that engagement and not isolation are the keys to moving forward says top US diplomat for Latin America Roberta Jacobson

PROGRESS. Handout picture provided by Cubadebate agency showing the Cuban delegation, from right to left, Director General of the U.S. Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Josefina Vidal, Cuban officials, Jose Ramon CabaÒas, Lianys Torres and Alejandro Garcia, during the fourth round of negociations for reestablishing diplomatic ties between US and Cuba, the first encounter since the high meeting between US President, Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro, at the State Department facility in Washington DC, on May 21, 2015. Handout photo by Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate/EPA

In Cuba, France's Hollande urges US to end embargo

May 12, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Hollande says France will do whatever possible to see that the measures that have so badly harmed Cuba s development can finally be lifted repealed

BILATERAL TALKS. Cuban President Raul Castro (R) and French President Francois Hollande (L) meet at the Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, May 11, 2015. Adalberto Roque/Pool/EPA

Castro at Vatican thanks pope for mediation role with US

May 10, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Cuban President Raul Castro offers the pontiff a painting by Cuban artist Kcho inspired by the plight of illegal immigrants stranded at sea

At Vatican, Castro to thank pope for mediation role with US

May 10, 2015 - 2:13 PM

The Vatican said Sunday s meeting will be strictly private ; Pope expected to reiterate Pope John Paul II s message to let Cuba open itself to the world and let the world open itself to Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro speaks during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, 07 May 2015. Anatoly Maltsev/Pool/EPA