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Romney wants Castro 'off this planet'updated: Tue Feb 07 2012 05:25:00

Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for easing relations between the U.S. and Cuba and talks tough about Fidel Castro.

Cuban TV airs Fidel Castro book-release partyupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 05:25:00

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro once again dominated his country's airwaves Monday during the televised presentation of an event for his new memoir, "Fidel Castro: Guerrilla of Time."

Fidel Castro unveils 1,000-page memoirupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 16:23:00

Fidel Castro has released a previously unannounced two-volume memoir of his life, Cuban state-run media reported Saturday.

Twitterer denies his account is source of Castro death rumorupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 09:26:00

Cuban state media this week expressed outrage at a rumor of the death of Fidel Castro, and even pinpointed the Twitter account they say sparked the fuss. But the account's owner, a Spaniard named David Fernandez, says Cuba has it wrong.

Obama applauds freedom's progress at U.N.updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 10:29:00

President Obama said that the the world stands at a crossroads and must work to create a lasting peace.

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.

New Fidel Castro photos aim to dispel health rumorsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 12:46:00

New pictures of former Cuban President Fidel Castro emerged in Venezuelan state media on Thursday in an effort to dispel rumors that the health of Castro, 85, had taken a turn for the worse.

Cuba celebrates Castro's 85th birthday without himupdated: Sat Aug 13 2011 21:07:00

Fidel Castro's 85th birthday passed quietly Saturday -- in stark contrast to the week of celebration that preceded it.

Cubans focus on economy as Raul Castro turns 80updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 06:20:00

Cuban President Raul Castro turns 80 on Friday, vowing to rejuvenate the country's aging leadership and its sagging economy.

Cuba sentences ex-Fidel Castro confidant to 20 yearsupdated: Thu May 05 2011 12:58:00

A Cuban court has sentenced a Chilean businessman who was once a close friend of Fidel Castro to 20 years in prison, state media said Thursday.

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.

Fidel Castro praises brother amid historic changesupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 16:14:00

Fidel Castro, Cuba's historic leader, gave his successor and younger brother Raul a vote of confidence on Sunday with praise for a speech promoting a radical overhaul of the economy and term limits for political offices.

Cuba's Fidel Castro hails 'Egyptian Revolution'updated: Mon Feb 14 2011 11:08:00

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro threw his support behind Egyptian protesters Monday, hailing the "defeat of the United States' principal ally in the bosom of Arab countries."

Castro says Obama has been underhanded in Egyptupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 11:59:00

Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro accused U.S. President Barack Obama of underhanded dealings with Egypt, saying Monday that while Washington provided the government with arms, the United States Agency for International Development financed the opposition.

Castro weighs in on Arizona shootingupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 16:18:00

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro weighed in on the Arizona mass shooting that killed six and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a column distributed Monday.

Cuban president says economic changes will help sustain socialismupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 10:54:00

Cuban President Raul Castro told legislators Saturday that the country's economy would undergo significant change in the coming year, but added that the measures aimed to bolster socialism -- not make Cuba a capitalist nation.

U.S. diplomatic cables say Castro rejected colostomyupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 12:50:00

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro initially rejected a colostomy procedure when he fell ill in 2006, putting his own life at risk, according to an unnamed medical source quoted by U.S. diplomats in cables released by WikiLeaks.

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.

Fidel Castro says his comment on Cuban model was misunderstoodupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 13:40:00

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro said Friday that he was misinterpreted when he recently told an American journalist that the Cuban model no longer works.

Fidel Castro casts doubt on 'Cuban model'updated: Thu Sep 09 2010 11:33:00

Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that the "Cuban model" no longer works, an apparent admission of failings in the communist economic model introduced by his revolution more than 50 years ago.

Fidel Castro warns university students of nuclear war dangerupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 10:01:00

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro led his first open-air rally Friday since a near-death illness four years ago, urging thousands of students packed on the steps at the University of Havana entrance to help prevent a nuclear war.

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.

Fidel Castro says he was 'at death's door'updated: Mon Aug 30 2010 16:10:00

In a rare interview, Fidel Castro gives new details about his health four years ago when emergency surgery forced him out of power, saying he didn't think he would make it and still has difficulty walking.

Fidel Castro back in the spotlight as he turns 84updated: Fri Aug 13 2010 08:26:00

More than five decades ago, a 32-year-old Cuban guerrilla fighter named Fidel Castro led a triumphant column of bearded revolutionaries into the Cuban capital.

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 back in spotlight, calls congressional special sessionupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 18:32:00

In case anyone questioned the permanence of Fidel Castro's recent return to the national stage, this should answer doubts: The former Cuban leader has called the National Assembly into special session Saturday.

Revolution Day in Cubaupdated: Sat Jul 31 2010 03:30:00

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports that Fidel Castro has not appeared for Revolutionary Day celebrations in Cuba.

Castro accuses U.S. of torturing spyupdated: Sat Jul 31 2010 03:30:00

Fidel Castro on Friday accused the United States of "torturing" a Cuban agent imprisoned there, saying Cuba is being pressured to release its spies.

Fidel Castro to publish new book in Augustupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 16:22:00

Cuba's Fidel Castro on Tuesday said he would publish a new book in August on the fighting more than 50 years ago between his ragtag rebels and the 10,000-strong army under former dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Fidel Castro dons olive green again, state-run website reportsupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 21:02:00

Fidel Castro appeared publicly in his trademark olive green shirt on Saturday for the first time since he fell ill and renounced power four years ago, according to a state-run website.

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.

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.

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.

Thousands mourn Cuban revolutionaryupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 10:25:00

Thousands gathered in the Cuban capital on Sunday to pay their respects to one of Cuba's few remaining original revolutionaries, Juan Almeida, who according to state media died of a heart attack Friday evening.

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.

New images show healthier Fidel Castroupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 09:31:00

A new video and a photo of ailing Communist leader Fidel Castro surfaced on Sunday, revealing a healthier-looking man than in previous photos.

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.

Commentary: Let's end our hypocrisy on Cubaupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 13:57:00

It is amazing to watch politicians and activists try as hard as they can to rip into Fidel Castro and Cuba with the fury of a hurricane, yet sound like a whimpering dog when you bring up China and America's absolute double standard when dealing with that communist country.

Castro wants more from Obama on Cubaupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 04:00:00

The U.S. policy shift toward Cuba makes no mention of the "harshest of measures" -- the economic blockade -- former Cuban leader Fidel Castro says.

U.S. lawmakers meet with Fidel Castroupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 04:33:00

Fidel Castro, the longtime Communist leader of Cuba, met with visiting members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, a day after his brother, Raul, who succeeded him as president, did the same, according to a U.S. official in Havana.

Castro reflects on health, praises Obamaupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 10:57:00

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro said Thursday he doubts he'll still have the "privilege" of observing world events in four years, cryptically indicating awareness that he is drawing ever closer to death.

Castro watched inauguration, Argentine leader saysupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 10:56:00

Fidel Castro appeared "very well" during a meeting this week with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, telling her that he watched President Obama's inauguration on television, Argentina's official news agency reported.

Memories of boyhood in the heat of the Cuban revolutionupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 09:53:00

I was 5 years old and my dad and I were on our way to the neighborhood bakery to buy a loaf of bread. It was early on the morning of January 1, 1959. A stranger stopped us on the deserted street right outside our second-floor apartment.

Time.com: Storms Beat Cuba: Where's Castro?updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 19:00:00

The 77-year-old Raul Castro has not addressed the nation or appeared in public during the past three weeks -- even though a tropical storm and two monster hurricanes have battered the island over the same period

Time.com: Castro Defends Athlete Who Kicked Judgeupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 14:25:00

Fidel Castro defended the Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked a judge in the face at the Beijing Olympics

Ailing Castro appears on TVupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 22:18:00

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro appeared Tuesday in a video broadcast on Cuban television, the first scenes of the ailing revolutionary leader released since January.

Castro chats with Chavezupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 22:18:00

Cuban television shows images of Fidel Castro chatting in a garden with Hugo Chavez in Havana Tuesday.

CNN.com readers react to Castro's resignationupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 16:03:00

On Tuesday, February 19, after almost 50 years of rule, Fidel Castro announced that he will step down as Cuba's president and commander in chief. Known for leading the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship, embracing communism and carrying on tense relations with the United States, which led to a strict embargo, Castro is a highly contentious figure.

Castro's daughter: 'He is still behind the scenes'updated: Mon Feb 25 2008 10:46:00

Fidel Castro will continue to have a hand in shaping Cuba's future, but his brother and successor will remain in firm control of the government, Castro's daughter said Monday.

New Cuban presidentupdated: Sun Feb 24 2008 23:21:00

Raul Castro has been named the new president of Cuba. CNN's Morgan Neill reports

Raul Castro chosen as Cuba's new presidentupdated: Sun Feb 24 2008 23:21:00

Fidel Castro's nearly five decades of rule ended Sunday when Cuba's National Assembly chose his younger brother Raul to be the country's new president.

Time.com: Raul Castro Becomes Cuba's Leaderupdated: Sun Feb 24 2008 16:00:00

Nearly a half century of rule by Fidel Castro was ending Sunday as Cuban lawmakers chose his replacement, his younger brother Raul

Parliament likely to tap Raul Castro to lead Cubaupdated: Sun Feb 24 2008 11:14:00

Cuba's National Assembly convened Sunday to choose a head of state -- and for the first time since the 1950s, it won't be longtime leader Fidel Castro.

Who is Raul Castro?updated: Wed Feb 20 2008 14:58:00

Now that Fidel Castro has resigned, his brother Raul is Cuba's new leader. But who is he? CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Younger Castro hints at 'more democratic' Cubaupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 14:58:00

Raúl Castro has lived all his life in the shadow of his older brother Fidel.

Cuba quiet after Castro announces resignationupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 22:45:00

Although the news that one of the longest-serving leaders in the world was officially stepping down sent ripples around the globe, Fidel Castro's resignation announcement barely registered in Cuba.

Bush on Castro resignationupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 21:37:00

U.S. President Bush comments on Fidel Castro's resignation as Cuban leader from a press conference in Rwanda.

Castro's resignation won't change U.S. policy, official saysupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 21:37:00

The U.S. embargo on Cuba will remain in place despite Fidel Castro's announcement that he's resigning as Cuba's leader, Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Tuesday.

Impact of Castro's resignationupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 19:26:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour discusses the impact of the resignation of Fidel Castro after a half-century in charge of Cuba.

Assassination plots and schemes: Castro in the crosshairsupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 19:26:00

Before disappearing from public life in 2006 and officially stepping down as Cuba's president Tuesday, Fidel Castro ruled the country with an iron fist, despite numerous attempts by his enemies to do away with him.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: Fidel Castro Resignsupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 19:20:00

Students will investigate Fidel Castro's rise to power and his impact on U.S.-Cuban relations.

CNNMoney: How to profit from Castro's resignationupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 14:07:00

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro announced his resignation Tuesday, sending stocks that could do more business in Cuba surging amidst hopes that the four-decade-long trade embargo against the Communist nation might finally be lifted.

Analysts: Castro still in political pictureupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 13:13:00

Fidel Castro's resignation does not mean the longtime ruler is bowing out of Cuba's political life, analysts say.

Time.com: Will Castro's Exit Change Cuba?updated: Tue Feb 19 2008 07:00:00

Fidel Castro's resignation brings an end to nearly 50 years of rule and looks likely to see his brother named as President

Castro won't 'cling to office'updated: Mon Dec 17 2007 23:29:00

In a letter read on Cuban television, Fidel Castro says he won't block younger leaders. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports

Fidel Castro letter: I won't 'cling to office'updated: Mon Dec 17 2007 23:29:00

A Cuban television news anchor read a letter on air Monday that was reportedly written by Fidel Castro promising he would not "cling to office" or be an impediment to rising young leaders.

Castro phones Chavez's showupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 09:20:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broadcasts a rare live phone call from Cuba?s Fidel Castro. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Castro appears in first new video in monthsupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 21:12:00

Looking gaunt -- but appearing lucid -- ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro spoke about a variety of issues in a taped interview that aired on Cuban state television Friday.

Castro appears on Cuban TVupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 21:12:00

Cuba's Fidel Castro appears in taped interview on state-run television. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Castro: Clinton-Obama ticket 'invincible'updated: Tue Aug 28 2007 22:58:00

Add another name to the list of political observers who think a Clinton-Obama ticket would be unbeatable: Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Castro signs essay, keeps mum on death rumorsupdated: Sun Aug 26 2007 05:01:00

Fidel Castro signed a lengthy essay published Sunday saluting a Cuban political figure but the 81-year-old gave no hint of how he is feeling, even amid rampant rumors of his death.

Castro talks of illness for first timeupdated: Wed May 23 2007 21:28:00

Cuban leader Fidel Castro discussed details of his recent health problems for the first time Wednesday, telling his countrymen in a written message that he underwent several operations, some of which were unsuccessful, but that his condition has now stabilized.

Fortune: CASTRO'S REVENGEupdated: Mon Apr 02 2007 00:01:00

SOMETIME LATER this year, less than 70 miles from Florida, a consortium of Spanish, Indian, and Norwegian companies will probably start drilling for oil. It could mark the beginning of a Cuban oil ...

Castro up and talking in new Cuban videoupdated: Tue Jan 30 2007 19:28:00

Cuban television Tuesday broadcast scenes of what it said was ailing leader Fidel Castro meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez: Castro 'fighting for his life,' progressing slowlyupdated: Sat Jan 20 2007 00:23:00

Cuban leader Fidel Castro is "fighting for his life," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday.

Tyrrell: Castro shuffling in placeupdated: Fri Jan 19 2007 14:51:00

In these last months of Fidel Castro's moribundity, there is delicious irony in the film clip of him that is repeatedly shown on cable television. Wearing a clownishly incongruous jogging suit, the fabled maestro of revolution and progress is filmed shuffling metronomically, gray and feeble, blank-faced and apparently going no place. Maybe he is on a treadmill that we cannot see. Maybe he is merely picking up his tired feet and putting them back down with no forward motion. Possibly this whole idiotic scene is a fabrication created by our CIA. Well, if so, it is a job well done. There is poetry here.

Surgeon disputes El Pais report, says Castro improvingupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 01:31:00

The Spanish surgeon who examined Fidel Castro last December in Cuba told CNN Wednesday that a Spanish newspaper's reports this week about his health were based on rumors and that the Cuban president's current condition shows "some progressive improvement."

Spanish newspaper: Castro prognosis 'very grave'updated: Mon Jan 15 2007 21:49:00

An infection of the large intestine, at least three failed operations and complications have left Fidel Castro's prognosis "very grave," a Spanish newspaper reported Tuesday, citing medical sources from the Hospital Gregorio Maranon de Madrid.

Spanish surgeon: Castro doesn't have cancer updated: Tue Dec 26 2006 08:50:00

Cuban President Fidel Castro is recovering from his ailments and does not have cancer, according to a Spanish surgeon who has met with him and consulted with the leader's medical team.

Spanish doctor examines Castro, diagnosis undisclosedupdated: Sun Dec 24 2006 15:07:00

A Spanish surgeon has traveled to Havana to consider what steps should be taken to halt the deterioration of Cuban President Fidel Castro's health, a Spanish newspaper reported Sunday.

CNNMoney: Betting odds not good for Fidelupdated: Thu Aug 03 2006 06:24:00

Betting odds suggest Fidel Castro will die sooner rather than later, according to a report published Thursday.

Sister says Castro getting betterupdated: Wed Aug 02 2006 18:53:00

Fidel Castro is still "very sick" but no longer in intensive care, and he is expected to recover and take back the reins of Cuba, his sister Juanita said in Florida on Wednesday.

Greenfield: Castro outlasting them allupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 16:51:00

If age and illness are in fact ending Fidel Castro's reign, then nature will have accomplished something that 10 American presidents have tried and failed to do through a remarkable history that stretches back almost half a century.

U.S.: No plan to reach out to Raul Castroupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 14:16:00

The White House said Tuesday that the administration has no plans to reach out to Raul Castro, who has temporarily replaced his brother, Cuban President Fidel Castro, due to health problems.

Castro relationship with U.S. has long been rockyupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 04:28:00

Long before Cuban President Fidel Castro's intestinal surgery, his latest foe in the White House was already preparing for the aftermath of his eventual death in the hemisphere's only communist state.

Cuban TV: Castro says health 'stable'updated: Tue Aug 01 2006 01:32:00

Fidel Castro's health situation is "stable" and he is in "good spirits," according to a message attributed to him and read on Cuban television Tuesday evening.

Castro's brother always by his sideupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 22:00:00

Smaller, less of an ideologue and less charismatic than Fidel Castro, Raul Castro has nonetheless known for years that he was the man designated to take over from his older brother.

Castro hands power to brother during surgeryupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 21:26:00

Cuban President Fidel Castro was undergoing intestinal surgery and provisionally handed over power in the Communist island nation to his younger brother Raul, according to a statement read on Cuban television Monday night.

Report: Get ready for post-Castro Cubaupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 19:45:00

The U.S. should have assistance in Cuba within weeks of President Fidel Castro's death to support a transitional government and help move the country toward democracy, a government report recommends.

Castro: U.S. hasn't responded to Katrina offerupdated: Mon Sep 05 2005 10:57:00

Cuban President Fidel Castro told more than 1,500 doctors Sunday night that American officials had made "absolutely no response" to his offer to send them to the U.S. Gulf Coast to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Castro offers medical aid to U.S. updated: Sat Sep 03 2005 03:01:00

Cuban President Fidel Castro has offered to send help to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Cuban dissidents rally in Havanaupdated: Fri May 20 2005 11:16:00

In what organizers called an unprecedented event, dissidents from groups opposed to Fidel Castro's communist regime gathered publicly Friday and chanted "Down with Fidel."

Alleged anti-Castro terrorist Posada arrestedupdated: Tue May 17 2005 16:46:00

Federal agents arrested notorious Cuban exile leader Luis Posada Carriles near Miami Tuesday afternoon. He is reported to have been planning to leave the country.

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