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Cuba disputes reports of jailed American's failing healthupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 21:21:00

Cuba's government Friday disputed claims made by the attorney for imprisoned State Department contractor Alan Gross that his client's health is declining rapidly in a Cuban jail.

Cuban dissident testifies, disappearsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 12:24:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the arrest and disappearance of a Cuban dissident after he testified before Congress.

For Venezuela's president, a year of health strugglesupdated: Wed May 09 2012 05:04:00

It started with an unscheduled phone call to an evening TV show.

Significant dates in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health struggleupdated: Wed May 09 2012 00:09:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is battling cancer. Health problems began to pop up for him a year ago. Here are some key dates, according to government statements, local media accounts and CNN reporting:

Raul Castro reportedly replaces two Fidel loyalists with younger leadersupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 20:44:00

Cuba President Raul Castro removed two longtime government leaders loyal to his brother Fidel and promoted younger technocrats, according to state-run media and a U.S. analyst.

Cuban dissident dies after hunger strikeupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 12:41:00

A Cuban prisoner who went on hunger strike to protest his arrest for taking part in a demonstration died Thursday, according to other dissidents in the country.

Exiles plan fireworks show for Cuba -- at seaupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 11:33:00

A group of Cuban exiles will host a fireworks show for Cubans on Friday night, but supporters of the Cuban leaders see it as a U.S.-backed attempt to destabilize the communist island.

Behind the scenes of the GOP debateupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 12:27:00

CNN's Political Team has insider tips on what to watch for at the debates preceding the 2012 presidential election.

Mexico, Cuba, Brazil: Why Latin America matters for U.S. national securityupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 12:27:00

It used to be said that if the American economy sneezed, Latin America and the Caribbean would catch a cold.

Gadhafi's friend to the death, Chavez calls Libyan leader 'a martyr'updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 20:02:00

It was the year 2000. Standing at attention, a relatively unknown Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, only 18 months after taking office, was positioned right next to one of the world's most-controversial dictators.

Hugo Chavez makes public appearanceupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 05:47:00

CNN's Hala Gorani talks to Eric Farnsworth about the recent public appearance of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Cuban leader criticizes Obama U.N. speechupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 10:29:00

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended a long writing hiatus Monday, penning a three-page essay printed in state media slamming U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations last week.

Recuperating Chavez says he is eating well, in 'good spirits'updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 23:06:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, said Friday he is recuperating and thankful that former Cuban President Fidel Castro pushed him to seek additional care.

Analysts: Chavez illness sparks power struggle in Venezuelaupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 09:10:00

With no heir-apparent to Venezuela's presidency waiting in the wings, politicians are jockeying for power as President Hugo Chavez undergoes medical treatment in Cuba, analysts said.

Chavez says doctors removed cancerous tumor from his bodyupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 09:10:00

Doctors in Cuba detected and removed a cancerous tumor from Hugo Chavez's body, the Venezuelan president announced in a speech broadcast on state-run VTV Thursday night.

Venezuelan state TV airs first video of Chavez since surgeryupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 07:15:00

Venezuela's state-run television network aired video images Tuesday of President Hugo Chavez meeting with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Cuba's Raul Castro turns 80updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 06:20:00

Cuban leader Raul Castro vows to rejuvenate leadership and the economy. Shasta Darlington reports.

Cuba denies dissident beaten by police before deathupdated: Tue May 10 2011 06:11:00

Cuba denied on Monday that the recent death of a dissident was caused by a police beating and accused "counterrevolutionaries" and the foreign media of "fabricating lies."

Raul Castro to lead Cuba's Communistsupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 07:16:00

Raul Castro officially succeeds his older brother as Cuban Communist Party leader. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Raul Castro to lead Cuba's Communist Partyupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 07:16:00

Cuba's Communist Party elected President Raul Castro on Tuesday to succeed his older brother Fidel Castro as head of the country's highest political body and only legal party.

Cuba's Castro proposes setting limits for public officeupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 16:23:00

Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday proposed setting term limits for public office in a country where two brothers have ruled for more than 50 years.

Venezuela expresses indignation at Cuban exile's acquittalupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 12:15:00

Venezuela has dismissed as "farce" a Texas jury's decision to acquit Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles on charges of lying to U.S. immigration officials.

Carter visits jailed American in Cubaupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 21:07:00

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter urges the Cuban government to free an American contractor sentenced to jail in Cuba.

Church: 10 Cuban dissidents, including Nobel nominee, to be releasedupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 06:47:00

Ten Cuban prisoners -- including a doctor nominated last month for the Nobel Peace Prize -- will be released from prison, the Roman Catholic Church said .

Remembering hunger striker who diedupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 21:16:00

Cuban dissidents remember hunger striker on first anniversary of his death. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Cuba's economic overhaulupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 10:12:00

In October, CNN's Max Foster talked to Shasta Darlington about Cuba's attempts to revitalize its economy.

An opening in Cuba? U.S. must step upupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 10:12:00

As Havana prepares for its first Communist Party Congress in 14 years in April, the United States should seize the opportunity to positively influence the economic blueprint the party is expected to approve.

Fidel Castro marks 50 years of neighborhood watch groupupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 13:06:00

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro marked the 50th anniversary of the country's neighborhood watch-dog network on Tuesday with an hour long speech in front of tens of thousands of cheering onlookers in the Cuban capital.

Castro admits 'injustice' for gays and lesbians during revolutionupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 13:10:00

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said he acknowledges the persecution of gays and lesbians during the Revolution in his country, according to a newspaper interview published Tuesday.

Richardson scheduled to leave Cuba after trade missionupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 00:49:00

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to leave Havana on Friday after a series of meetings with Cuban officials, including the country's foreign minister.

Richardson presses Cuba to free American contractorupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 15:32:00

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson wrapped up a week-long trade mission to Cuba Thursday, a trip in which he also pursued another goal -- bringing about the release of a jailed U.S. contractor.

Fidel Castro trying a comeback?updated: Fri Aug 13 2010 08:26:00

Fidel Castro is back in the limelight on his birthday, but is he making a comeback? CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Fidel Castro returns to spotlightupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 15:27:00

Fidel Castro spoke to Cuba's Parliament in his first institutional appearance in years. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Cuban leader does not speak at anniversary commemoration ceremonyupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 11:28:00

Cuba commemorated the 57th anniversary Monday of the attack that started Fidel Castro's revolution, but President Raul Castro did not speak, unlike in the previous three years.

Back on TV, Fidel Castro sticks to familiar themesupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 22:21:00

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appeared on the island's state-run television for the second time in less than a week on Friday, using the forum to again blast U.S. arms policy.

Castro blames U.S. for stoking nuclear tensionsupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 09:04:00

The United States is pushing for what would become nuclear wars against Iran and North Korea, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in a rare televised interview Monday.

Cuba's Castro makes rare TV appearanceupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 09:04:00

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro appears on state-run TV in a rare appearance.

Photos of Fidel Castro published on pro-government blogupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 22:22:00

Images appearing to show former Cuban President Fidel Castro surfaced Saturday on a pro-government blog, which claims the photos were taken Wednesday.

Cuban dissident's hunger strike overupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 17:24:00

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas ends his months-long hunger strike. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Cuban church identifies 12 more dissidents for releaseupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 17:24:00

Cuba's Roman Catholic church has identified 12 more jailed dissidents who are expected to be freed in what would be the largest Cuban prisoner release in more than a decade.

Cuban dissident ends hunger strike; Spain to take Cuban prisonersupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 11:18:00

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas said Thursday he ended his months-long hunger strike after the nation's Roman Catholic Church announced Wednesday that the Cuban government will soon release 52 political prisoners.

Cuban political prisoners drop to 167updated: Tue Jul 06 2010 10:15:00

The number of political prisoners held in Cuba has dropped by 34 inmates since January, the island's unofficial commission on human rights and national reconciliation reported Monday.

Amnesty blasts Cuba's 'climate of fear'updated: Thu Jul 01 2010 18:46:00

Amnesty International report accuses Cuba of creating a climate of fear among journalists. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Amnesty urges Cuba to end political repressionupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 18:46:00

Cuba has created a "climate of fear" among political activists and journalists working on the island nation, according to a report released Wednesday by the human rights group Amnesty International.

Freed dissident talks with CNNupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 12:51:00

Cuban authorities released political dissident Darsi Ferrer this week. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Fidel Castro's sister battling cancerupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 20:06:00

Juanita Castro Ruz, sister of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro, is undergoing radiation treatment in Miami, Florida, for lung cancer, her spokeswoman told CNN.

Cuba transfers political prisonersupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 07:26:00

CNN's David Ariosto reports on Cuba moving jailed dissidents to prisons closer to their families.

Rights activist: Cuba starts relocating jailed dissidentsupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 07:26:00

Cuba has begun moving some of its jailed dissidents to prisons that are closer to their homes, according to Elizardo Sanchez, head of Cuba's independent Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

Cardinal in talks with Raul Castroupdated: Fri May 21 2010 12:55:00

Cuba's Roman Catholic cardinal says he's in talks with Cuban leader Raul Castro to free some jailed dissidents.

Cuba reports worst sugar harvest since 1905updated: Thu May 06 2010 12:19:00

Cuba's sugar harvest this year is the worst it's been since 1905, the country's state-run daily newspaper reported.

Workers hit streets on May Day in Cubaupdated: Mon May 03 2010 03:58:00

Thousands packed Havana's Revolution Square on Saturday for International Workers' Day, drawing hordes of Cuban demonstrators, spectators, and trade unionists from around the world -- including the United States and the United Kingdom.

Church warns Cuban leaders to heed call for changeupdated: Tue Apr 20 2010 06:01:00

The head of Cuba's Catholic Church urged Havana to reconcile differences with its nemesis Washington as one step in averting the worst crisis that has befallen the communist island in recent times.

Castro: Cuba won't 'give in to blackmail'updated: Mon Apr 05 2010 08:57:00

Faced with international criticism over hunger-striking dissidents, President Raul Castro on Sunday said Cuba refused to give in to blackmail and accused the United States and Europe of launching "the most ferocious" media campaign against the island nation in decades.

Pro-government demonstrators swarm human rights march in Cubaupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 17:30:00

Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators in Havana, Cuba, chanted "this street belongs to Fidel" as they surrounded a slow-moving march of human rights protesters Thursday.

Cuba's Tropicana still goingupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 07:25:00

Cuba's Tropicana cabaret is still going strong 70 years later. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

U.S. and Cuba should work together to help Haitiupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 13:21:00

In Latin America, Cuba stands out as one of the most effective deployers of soft power. Rather than exporting revolution, Cuba today exports doctors -- with more than 30,000 Cuban doctors working in more than 100 underdeveloped countries around the world.

Cuba considers Obamaupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 10:43:00

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on the complex relationship between Cuba and President Obama.

Obama-Cuba honeymoon may be overupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 10:43:00

The cake has been cut. The guests have all gone home. And now, even the honeymoon may be over.

U.S. church group briefly held in Cubaupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 20:43:00

The brief detention in Havana, Cuba, last week of a Portland, Oregon, church group comes on the heels of the detention of an American contractor and could indicate an increasingly chilly reception for some American visitors, according to the church travelers.

U.S. diplomats visit detained American in Cubaupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 15:20:00

U.S. diplomats gained access this week to an American subcontractor detained earlier this month by Cuban authorities, the U.S. Interests Section in Havana said Tuesday.

Cuba accuses U.S.updated: Mon Dec 21 2009 12:31:00

Cuba's president is accusing Washington of trying to undermine the Cuban government. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Castro: U.S. trying to destabilize Cubaupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 12:31:00

The United States is out to destabilize Cuba, President Raul Castro charged Sunday in an address to the National Assembly.

Fidel Castro: U.S. is on offensiveupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 21:44:00

Latin America's leftist leaders ended a two-day summit in Havana with some tough words for the United States.

American subcontractor for U.S. company detained in Cubaupdated: Sat Dec 12 2009 18:23:00

An American citizen has been detained in Cuba for the past week, the U.S. State Department said Saturday.

Protesters mark Human Rights Day in Cubaupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 03:27:00

A few hundred pro-government demonstrators swarmed Havana's streets on Thursday, encircling a small group of female protesters marching in support of International Human Rights Day.

Cuba defends race recordupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 01:57:00

CNN's Shasta Darlington takes a look at complex race relations in Cuba.

African-Americans: Blacks in Cuba 'treated with callous disregard'updated: Wed Dec 09 2009 01:57:00

A group of prominent African-Americans has challenged Cuba's race record, accusing the island nation of harassing its black citizens and cracking down on civil rights activists.

Cuba cuts benefits amid crisisupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 04:40:00

Cuba's Communist government scales back subsidies as the economic crisis hits home. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Cubans face up to life without free lunchesupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 04:40:00

Since it was created in 1962 the ration book has been an integral part of life for millions of Cubans giving them access to cheap food basics which they would otherwise be unable to afford.

Cuba wraps up military maneuvers aimed at preventing U.S. invasionupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 12:15:00

Cuba is wrapping up its biggest military exercises in five years, saying it wants to be prepared in the event of a U.S. invasion.

World's relations with Cubaupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 20:26:00

Christiane Amanpour looks how things are changing between the U.S. and Europe's policies toward Cuba.

EU official suggests shift in policy on Cubaupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 20:26:00

A European Union commissioner Monday told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Europe's policy toward Cuba in the future will place less emphasis on human rights in the island nation than now.

Ex-U.S. official, wife plead guilty in Cuba spy caseupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 17:31:00

A former State Department employee and his wife, accused of illegally aiding the government of Cuba for nearly 30 years, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges.

Softball diplomacy with Cubaupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 20:17:00

Veteran American softball players fly to Havana for some sports diplomacy. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Cuba continues repression, rights group saysupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 13:58:00

Raul Castro's government in Cuba continues to repress civil rights and persecute dissenters three years after he became the communist nation's top leader, Human Rights Watch says in a report released Wednesday.

Accused U.S. spies for Cuba in courtupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 09:55:00

A former State Department analyst and his wife have a court date Thursday as a federal judge reviews their possible trial on charges of spying for Cuba.

U.N. again condemns U.S. embargo against Cubaupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 17:50:00

For the 18th year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday voted to condemn the 47-year embargo against Cuba by the United States.

Castro's sister: She helped CIA against Cuban leadersupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 02:18:00

Juanita Castro, the younger sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, worked for the CIA during some crucial years of the Cold War, she says in her new memoir.

No cars, no traffic in Cubaupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 02:18:00

Fidel Castro's moratorium on car purchases means no clutter on Havana's streets. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Cuba won't let blogger leaveupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 09:55:00

Cuba denies blogger permission to travel to U.S. to get a journalism prize. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Senior U.S. official holds talks in Cubaupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 21:47:00

A senior American diplomat had high-level talks with the Cuban government in Havana, the State Department said Tuesday.

Cuba's Concert for Peaceupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 22:01:00

CNN's Soledad Obrien is in Havana for a concert with top Latin music stars. The message: Peace.

New Mexico governor urges U.S., Cuba to improve tiesupdated: Sat Aug 29 2009 03:56:00

The United States and Cuba should show some flexibility and take steps to improve relations, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Friday during a weeklong trade mission to the island nation.

Richardson in Cubaupdated: Sat Aug 29 2009 03:56:00

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's week-long trip to Cuba.

Castro reviews Obama's performanceupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 16:52:00

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro criticized President Obama for expanding the war effort in Afghanistan, but Castro also mildly praised Obama's domestic initiatives, such as health care reform.

Communism's future in Cubaupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 02:55:00

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on the state of the Communist Party Congress in Cuba.

Cuban president vows to defend socialismupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 02:55:00

Havana is ready and willing to start a dialogue with Washington, Cuban President Raul Castro said in a speech to parliament Saturday, but warned that political and regime change are not up for negotiation.

Cuba postpones Communist Party Congressupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 12:38:00

Cuban President Raúl Castro has postponed what would be the first Communist Party Congress since 1997, state media reported Friday.

U.S.-Cuba migration talks set to resumeupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 11:47:00

Talks on migration between the United States and Cuba will resume Tuesday in New York, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

Judge cites concern over joint lawyers in Cuban spy caseupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 16:00:00

A federal judge Wednesday questioned a decision by a former U.S. State Department employee and his wife to use the same team of attorneys to fight charges of spying for Cuba.

Couple accused of spying for Cuba ordered held without bailupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 13:19:00

A former State Department employee and his wife, who are accused of spying for Cuba for nearly 30 years, will remain in jail as they await trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Cuba rejects OAS membership, official saysupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 20:11:00

Cuba will not rejoin the Organization of American States, even though the multinational organization has lifted the 47-year-old suspension of the country's membership, a Cuban official said Thursday.

U.S. offers to renew talks with Cuba on immigrationupdated: Fri May 22 2009 23:11:00

The U.S. has offered to resume immigration talks with the government of Cuba, a State Department official said Friday.

Is trade embargo with Cuba hurting U.S. interests?updated: Mon May 04 2009 16:48:00

If Americans wonder what it's like to travel to Cuba, just ask a Canadian.

Cuban embargo politicsupdated: Mon May 04 2009 16:48:00

Is the 47 year embargo on Cuba working against U.S. interests? CNN's Jim Acosta reports from Havana.

Obama misreads Cuban offer, Fidel Castro saysupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 14:05:00

President Obama misinterpreted Cuban President Raúl Castro's offer to start talks with the United States, Castro's brother Fidel said Wednesday, appearing to dismiss the U.S. leader's call for Cuba to release political prisoners.

'A new beginning with Cuba'updated: Fri Apr 17 2009 22:35:00

At the Summit of the Americas, President Obama signals a desire to move US-Cuban relations in a new direction.

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