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Raul Castro Signs Financial Cooperation Accords with China

Cuban President Raul Castro concluded Saturday his four-day visit to China after signing a number of significant accords, particularly on financial cooperation, and having met with the current leaders and their successors, the Xinhua state-run news agency reported. continue reading »

Raul Castro Visiting China Seeking Support for Cuba’s Economic Reforms

Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in this capital Wednesday for his first official visit to China as head of state, a trip on which he will meet with the present and future leaders of the Asian giant to seek support for the communist island's economic reform process. continue reading »

Conflict Arises Over Mariela Castro Being Granted U.S. Visa for California Conference

Now that Raul Castro's daughter has received a U.S. visa to attend an academic event in California some are protesting. Mariela Castro was granted a visa by Secretary of State Hilary Clin continue reading »

Alan Gross Calls Offer to Fly Terminally Ill Mother to Cuba “Baloney”

U.S. contractor Alan Gross, behind bars in Cuba since December 2009, termed an alleged offer by the island's authorities to fly in his terminally ill mother "baloney." continue reading »

Cuban Pres. Raul Castro Remains on Predators of Press Freedom List

Cuban President Raul Castro remains on the global list of predators of freedom of information, Reporters Without Borders said here Thursday in a report coinciding with World Press Freedom Day. continue reading »

First Meeting of “Cubans Living in U.S.” Held in Cuba

The Cuban government this weekend broached the issue of immigration reform on the island during a videoconference held between Cuba and the United States as part of the first Meeting of Cubans Living in the United States. continue reading »

As Mother’s Health Deteriorates, Jailed US Contractor Alan Gross Asks Cuban Officials for Furlough

U.S. contractor Alan Gross, jailed in Cuba since December 2009, has asked the Cuban government for leave to travel to the United States for two weeks to visit his ailing mother, his lawyer said. continue reading »

Older Sister of Fidel and Raul Castro Dies in Cuba

Angela Castro Ruiz, the older sister of Fidel and Raul, died this Tuesday in Havana, Cuba at the age of 88 due to a deadly combination of cancer and Alzheimer's disease. continue reading »

U.S. Lawmakers Meet with Raul Castro in Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro met here with two members of a visiting delegation of U.S. lawmakers, Communist Party daily Granma said Friday. continue reading »

Brazil’s President Rousseff in Cuba Chatting with Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro received Tuesday his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff at the Palace of the Revolution, where they discussed the bilateral agenda continue reading »

2.7 Million Tourists Visited Cuba in 2011

Cuba greeted more than 2.7 million tourists in 2011, a figure confirmed by official media and said to set a record for the sector, the island's second biggest source of revenue in foreign currencies. continue reading »

Daughter of Cuban President Expects Communist Party to Accept LGBT Rights

The sexologist daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro expects the upcoming assembly of the ruling Communist Party to help clear the way for a bill on transsexual and gay rights. continue reading »

Cuba to Pardon 2,900 Prisoners-No Mention of American Alan Gross

Cuban President Raul Castro says his government will pardon nearly 3,000 prisoners in the coming days for humanitarian reasons. Castro made the announcement Friday in a speech to lawmakers. He said 86 foreigners from 25 countries would be among the 2,900 inmates slated for release. continue reading »

Attorney for Imprisoned US Contractor Alan Gross Accuses Cuba of Misrepresentation

The attorney for the family of Alan Gross on Monday accused the Cuban government of "misrepresenting" what the U.S. subcontractor was doing on the island when he was arrested two years ago, and he called Havana's explanation for his imprisonment "preposterous." continue reading »

Raul Castro Asking About Detained U.S. Contractor Alan Gross’ Health

The general secretary of the U.S. National Council of Churches expressed hope here Friday that the Cuban government will give weight to humanitarian considerations in the case of American aid contractor Alan Gross, who has spent two years in custody on the Communist-ruled island. continue reading »

Mother of U.S. Constractor Being Held in Cuba Makes Video Appeal to Raul Castro

The mother of Alan Gross, the U.S. aid contractor being held in a Cuban prison, released on Thursday a video message to Cuba's President Raul Castro urging him to free her son on humanitarian grounds. continue reading »

Cuba Creates its Own Facebook-Like Social Network

“Redsocial,” The Cuban carbon copy of Mark Zuckerberg’s social network Facebook, is the island’s new “Virtual meeting point for Cuban Universities.” continue reading »

‘You Lied’ Says Cuba to Former Governor Bill Richardson

To hear former New Mexican Governor Bill Richardson tell it, he was invited to Cuba by the Raul Castro government to discuss the Alan Gross matter. continue reading »

First-of-Its-Kind Wedding in Cuba – Gay Man Weds Transsexual Woman

In honor or in scorn of Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday, depending on who you ask, a gay man and a transsexual woman wed in a first-of-its-kind wedding. Though gay marriage is not allowed in Cuba the government sanctioned wedding was seen my many gay Cuban’s as a step out of the shadows. continue reading »

Chavez Returns to Cuba for Another Round of Chemotherapy

Earlier today, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba to resume his chemotherapy treatment for cancer discovered in June. Chavez noted: "There will be several rounds in order to win this battle and eliminate all risk of malignant cells," he said. continue reading »