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Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro Gave Power Temporarily to Raúl Castro in 2006

Today in Latin American history, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro handed over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro in 2006. Raúl Castro was designated as the President of the Council of State in a temporary transfer of power due to Fidel Castro's illness. continue reading »

Cuba Will No Longer Have Dual Currency

The Cuban government announced Tuesday the beginning of a process to eliminate the unpopular dual-currency system that has prevailed on the island since 1994, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday. continue reading »

Raul Castro Urges Youth to Preserve Cuba’s Revolution

The Cuban Revolution remains a movement of young people, President Raul Castro said in Santiago Friday during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of an incident the Communist regime venerates as the start of the uprising that brought it to power in 1959. continue reading »

Cuba’s Community Party Calls for More Women in Military

The UJC, the youth wing of Cuba's ruling Communist Party, called for increasing the number of women in military service, the official daily Juventud Rebelde reported Tuesday. continue reading »

Cuban Government: Reform Will Not be Easy

The most complex and important parts of the reform plan launched in Cuba to update its socialist economic model are yet to come, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday. continue reading »

Rep. McGovern Says It’s Time for U.S. to Drop Cuba from Terror List

The United States should remove Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism as a gesture of goodwill so that progress can be made on a broad range of matters of bilateral interest, continue reading »

Raul Castro Jokes About Resigning with Reporters

Cuban President Raul Castro, soon to be confirmed by parliament for a second five-year term, joked on Friday about the possibility that he might resign because of being so advanced in years. continue reading »

Cuba’s Raul Castro Now President of Latin America’s CELAC Group

"Don't worry, it will only be one year," Cuban President Raul Castro said Monday as his country assumed the rotating presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or Celac, at the group's summit in Santiago. continue reading »

Cuban President Raul Castro, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy Meet in Chile

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Cuban President Raul Castro met for the first time at the CELAC-EU summit in Chile, Spanish officials said. continue reading »

Venezuelan V.P. Meets Raul Castro Before Seeing Hugo Chavez in Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro met with Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro upon his arrival on the island to see Hugo Chavez, still convalescing in Havana following his fourth operation for cancer, local media said. continue reading »

Cuba’s New Tax Law Takes Effect - Intended to Improve “Economic Conditions”

Cuba enacted this Jan. 1 a new Tax Law to continue the government's "modernization" of socialism with economic reforms that revamp the tax culture of a country where taxes have continue reading »

Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro said that Hurricane Sandy dealt a "really hard blow" to the eastern province of Santiago, the area of the island most affected by the storm. continue reading »

Cuba’s Health System Closed 465 Medical Centers in 2011 and Laid Off 16k Personnel

The Cuban public health system closed 465 medical centers during 2011 and laid off the personnel who worked there, a move made in keeping with the government's ongoing "readjustment" to reduce costs and more efficiently utilize resources. continue reading »

Fidel’s Son Says Castro is “Lucid and Working Hard”

The eldest son of former Cuban President Fidel Castro told Efe on Monday that his father is "lucid and working hard," despite having made no public appearance for several months. continue reading »

American Alan Gross Looses 100 Pounds While Imprisoned in Cuba

The wife of U.S. contractor Alan Gross expressed concerns about his health after visiting him in a Cuban prison. "I am devastated by his appearance," Judy Gross said in a statement released Tuesday. continue reading »

Massive Blackout HIts Cuba, Many Struggling Under Oppressive Heat

Power was restored Monday to several sections of Havana that were left without electricity for nearly six hours due to a problem over the weekend with a transmission line in central Cuba. continue reading »

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Turns 86

The former President of Cuba and brother of current President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro turns 86-years-old today. The ailing Castro’s last public appearance was when in March during Pope Benedict’s visit. continue reading »

Cuba Open to Discussing Human Rights with U.S.

Cuba is open to dialogue with the United States about all topics, including human rights, but only on the basis of equality, President Raul Castro said Thursday. continue reading »

Raul Castro Returns to Cuba After Trip Abroad

Cuban President Raul Castro returned to Havana after a 12-day tour of China, Vietnam and Russia aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and economic cooperation with those countries, the official daily Granma said Saturday. continue reading »

Raul Castro Continues International Trip With Stop in Vietnam

Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday began his official activities on a four-day visit to Vietnam aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two communist regimes. continue reading »