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In the nineties a certain joke became very popular in the streets and homes of Cuba. It began with Pepito -- the mischievous boy of our national humor -- and told how his teacher, brandishing a photo of the U.S. president, launches into a harsh diatribe against him.

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Pope Benedict XVI's Mass in Havanaupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:11:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports on Pope Benedict's Havana Mass and his meetings with the Castro brothers.

Pope calls for greater freedoms in Cuba as he ends two-country tourupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 05:57:00

Greeted by throngs of Catholic worshipers from across the region, Pope Benedict XVI ended his two-country tour in Havana's Revolution Plaza with a reference to what he described as a need for "authentic freedom."

Cuba vows to keep its political system despite pope's commentsupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 10:08:00

A top Cuban official told reporters in Havana on Tuesday that his country's political system is "sustainable" and that it will not change.

Pope's Havana visit raises questions of whom he'll meetupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 23:57:00

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Havana on Tuesday amid speculation over whether he will meet with the island's former president, Fidel Castro, and how far he'll press the country for greater political and religious freedoms.

8 top Caribbean townsupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 10:26:00

Life's not always a beach. The Caribbean may win hearts for its white-sand beaches on perfect turquoise coves and high-end villas with moored yachts, but there's another part of the story: its towns.

Cuban authorities release 'Ladies in White' marchers, dissident saysupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 12:01:00

Cuban authorities have released dozens of members of the "Ladies in White" group after detaining them, a dissident said Monday.

'Ladies in White' marchers detained in Havana, group member saysupdated: Sun Mar 18 2012 22:41:00

Dozens of members of the group "Ladies in White" were detained Sunday in Havana and several -- including the group's leader -- were unaccounted for and believed to be under arrest, a group member said.

Chavez to Venezuelans: 'I'm doing well'updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 22:26:00

In his first live public comments since undergoing surgery here on Tuesday to remove a tumor from his abdomen, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he was on the path to recovery.

State media: 3 dead in Cuba collapseupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 07:14:00

Three people were killed and six were critically injured when a residential building collapsed in Havana, state television reported Wednesday.

15 hotels to stay in before you dieupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 08:19:00

Whether it's balanced on the rim of a volcano or made of crystallized salt, the right hotel can provide you with a good year's worth of bragging material. These are the kinds of places you have to go at least once, if only to say you have.

Obsessions: We'll always have 'Havana Nights'updated: Fri Aug 12 2011 13:03:00

I believe in remakes. "Father of the Bride," "Ocean's Eleven," "The Parent Trap"... Each version was a classic in its own time.

Cubans to be allowed to sell homesupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 05:49:00

For the first time in 50 years, Cubans will be allowed to buy and sell their homes, as CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Home sales nearing reality in Communist Cubaupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 05:49:00

Olivia Sersute and her sister have shared the same home on the second floor of a faded Havana mansion since they were children and even after getting married and having kids of their own.

A CNN insider's guide to Havana, Cubaupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 22:27:00

What is your favorite neighborhood? Why?

Tracing the slaves who shaped Americaupdated: Thu May 26 2011 07:05:00

Just who are the Africans who helped shape the Americas, and where did they come from?

Salsa dancing draws tourists to Cubaupdated: Mon May 09 2011 10:45:00

Young and old burn up the dance floor at Havana's Las Canitas nightclub every weekend. On a recent Saturday night, half of the dancers twirling to the latest salsa hits were from Switzerland.

For workers in Havana, May Day highlights uncertaintyupdated: Sun May 01 2011 20:26:00

The wide avenues of Havana became a colorful mosaic of the faces and flags of throngs of Cuban people -- 600,000 of them, according to state media -- as people gathered to commemorate International Workers' Day, or May Day, on Sunday.

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.

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.

Four more Cuban prisoners bound for Spainupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 18:09:00

Another four Cuban political prisoners are expected to leave Havana for Madrid, Spain, no later than Wednesday, the head of Cuba's independent Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation told CNN.

Sources: Spain to accept released Cuban prisonersupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 10:39:00

Spain's foreign minister has agreed to take in the 52 Cuban political prisoners who are set for release, Spanish diplomatic sources said Thursday.

Church: Cuba to free political prisonersupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 09:51:00

Fifty-two Cuban political prisoners are set to be freed and will be allowed to leave the country, Cuba's Roman Catholic church announced Wednesday in a written statement. It would be one of Cuba's largest prisoner releases in recent history.

Gulf oil spill could foul Cuban watersupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:59:00

Fisherman Mario Lopez has relied on the waters off Cuba's northern coasts for decades.

Cuba faces possible oil threatupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:59:00

Fears over oil spill reach Cuba as fishermen and natural habitats face potential threats. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Cuban migrants illegal in their own countryupdated: Thu May 20 2010 14:44:00

"I was caught because I was an illegal," explained a bicycle taxi driver as he gripped the rusted blue handle-bars of his vehicle in Havana's Central Park. "And because I'd been here several times before, I was deported back."

Cubans illegal in Cubaupdated: Thu May 20 2010 14:44:00

CNN's David Ariosto reports on a Cuban law that has led to the deportation of thousands from Havana.

Thousands mark May Day in Havanaupdated: Mon May 03 2010 03:58:00

Tens of Thousands have turned out to celebrate International Workes Day in Cuba.

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.

Cubans take to the polls amid criticism and protestupdated: Sun Apr 25 2010 22:00:00

Cubans hit the polls across the country Sunday, voting in municipal assembly elections that the government hopes will soften criticism about democracy -- or lack thereof -- in the communist nation.

Cuban cigars for womenupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 23:04:00

Cuban cigar makers battle sales slump with new smoke for women. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Cuba looks to women for cigar salesupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 23:04:00

Faced with a two-year slump in sales, Cuban cigar makers have unveiled a new weapon in the hunt for consumers: Julieta, a slim smoke made just for her.

One dissident's vowupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 10:33:00

A Cuban dissident says he will starve himself to death unless the government releases 26 political prisoners.

Cuban dissidents kept from political prisoner's funeral, activists sayupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 10:33:00

Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday he regretted the death of a prisoner after a prolonged hunger strike, even as human rights activists reported 30 people were detained on the way to the dissident's funeral.

Jailed Cuban dissident dies after prolonged hunger strikeupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 21:01:00

Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died Tuesday after an 80-day hunger strike to demand better jail conditions, according to dissidents.

Havana hot spot still dazzles after 70 yearsupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 07:25:00

Clad in a gold sequined bikini and topped with a feathered headdress, a curvy cabaret dancer strutted onstage.

Carlos Acosta in Havana: Part 1updated: Wed Jan 13 2010 10:05:00

International ballet star Carlos Acosta takes My City_My Life on a tour of Havana.

Carlos Acosta: Havana is where the heart isupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 10:05:00

Carlos Acosta has gone from breakdancing in the backstreets of Havana to principal dancer with the biggest ballet companies in the world. Now based in London, he takes CNN on a tour of the Cuban capital and talks about his enduring love for the city.

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.

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.

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.

Spinning with the new sounds of Havanaupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 11:23:00

"It's soul, man!" pronounces Gilles Peterson, his face lighting up as he takes a sip into his chilled mojito. "Cuban music is from the heart, it's free, there are less rules somehow," the DJ extraordinaire tells CNN about the endless energy of the island's music.

U.S. vendors look to Cuban marketupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 15:45:00

Richard Waltzer has a pitch for Cuba: Miller beer and Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

Baseball World Cup big news in Cuba, no matter the outcomeupdated: Sun Sep 27 2009 23:16:00

A man named Ernesto pressed an old-fashioned radio to his ear, listening to a baseball game roughly 5,000 miles away.

European envoys visit jailed Cuban's familyupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 14:53:00

European diplomats visited the family of a jailed Cuban dissident Thursday over concern the government has arrested him on criminal charges in a bid to block his political activities.

In Havana, U.S. turns off sign critical of Cuban governmentupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 11:18:00

It was the U.S. government's version of the ticker in New York's Times Square, blasting Havana's main seaside strip with anti-Cuba slogans in 5-foot high crimson letters. It symbolized the tit-for-tat diplomatic row between Washington and Havana.

Young Cuban boxers aim for goldupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 12:41:00

CNN's Shasta Darlington visits one of Havana's most famous boxing halls and talks to aspiring young sluggers.

New generation keeps Buena Vista kickingupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 05:53:00

Sultry voices floated across a leafy park in Havana during an afternoon jam session, punctuated by trumpet blasts and the rhythmic pounding of timbales.

Old star gets new bloodupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 05:53:00

Its oldest stars have died, but Buena Vista Social Club plays on. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Which cities would you like to see on My City_My Life?updated: Thu Jun 04 2009 11:05:00

My City_My Life has followed celebrities around Moscow, Johannesburg, Havana, Mumbai, Malmo, Miami, Seattle, Tokyo, Copenhagen, London, Berlin, Paris and Florence. Jon Heyman: Adenhart's rapid maturation ends in senseless fashionupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 14:38:00

The thing everyone keeps saying about Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was how far he had come, and how fast.

U.S. art scene builds bridges with Cubaupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 05:43:00

An exhibition of American artworks has just opened in Havana -- the first major American group show in Cuba for over 20 years.

An insider's guide to Havanaupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 12:30:00

Part of Havana's charm is that it plays by its own rules -- these tips will help you play along.

Meeting Carlos Acosta, the 'Flying Cuban'updated: Mon Mar 16 2009 09:14:00

Waiting for news about my flight, I started to read the fascinating autobiography of Carlos Acosta, the man I was trying to meet half way round the world.

Carlos Acosta: From backstreets to balletupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 06:21:00

Carlos Acosta is the ballet dancer who breaks all the rules. Perhaps the most famous dancer of his generation, his is a career that wasn't meant to be -- a tough kid from the backstreets of Havana who was forced to study ballet and became a reluctant star.

Havana: Living in a time-capsule worldupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 06:18:00

The seductive port of Havana is an unlikely accident of geography and history, a rum-tinged cocktail of Caribbean exotica, colonial Spanish elegance and Cold War-era politics.

Living in "sassy, sensuous" Havanaupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 12:31:00

Circles Robinson is a 55-year-old American who has lived in Havana with his family since 2001. He works revising English translations for official Cuban media online publications and in his spare time he writes his own blog and manages the Havana Times Web site.

Fiesta time in the Cuban capitalupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 12:28:00

Havana has a thriving cultural scene and is the setting for world-class ballet and film festivals. But it's also a city of music, sunshine and rum, and Havana knows how to throw a damn fine party. Here are some of the city's biggest and best annual events.

'Che' film gets thumbs up in Cubaupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 12:53:00

"Che" the movie met Che the myth in Cuba this weekend, and the lengthy biopic of the Argentinean revolutionary won acclaim from among those who know his story best.

Hurricanes sweep food shortages back into Cubans' livesupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 04:47:00

Many Cubans thought they'd left behind forever the grim, hungry days that were the norm just after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and, with it, the loss of billions of dollars in subsidies for the Communist state. Ike Sweeps Across Gulf Toward Texasupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 11:00:00

Hurricane Ike barreled across the warm, energizing waters of the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday on its way toward the Texas coast after crashing through Cuba's tobacco country Ike Rakes Cuba, May Hit Havana Hard updated: Mon Sep 08 2008 03:00:00

Hurricane Ike's winds and massive storm surge ripped apart houses and toppled trees as the deadly storm roared across Cuba Grant Wahl: Donovan confident as U.S.-Cuba qualifier in Havana loomsupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 17:48:00

It was pushing midnight on Saturday when U.S. forward Landon Donovan and I arrived at Cuban Revolution, a kitschy hipster hangout in downtown Providence, R.I., with huge pop-art murals on the walls -- Castro, JFK, Che -- and the lefty singer Manu Chao blasting on the stereo. Raul Castro's First Guest: The Vaticanupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 11:00:00

The Pope's Secretary of State is the first important figure to visit Cuba, part of the Catholic Church's attempt to mediate a post-Fidel transition The Raul Castro Era Begins
updated: Tue Feb 19 2008 11:25:00

Now that Fidel has resigned, expect a freer economy, a more pragmatic agenda and perhaps other reforms as well

Learning to dance the salsa, Cuban-styleupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 09:49:00

I've been in Havana for more than a week and what's evident is that life here isn't focused on material wealth.

Tiempo Libre has Grammy dreamsupdated: Fri Feb 09 2007 10:35:00

Tiempo Libre named their new CD "What You've Been Waiting For/Lo Que Esperabas." And this week, the guesswork is easy: The seven members of Tiempo Libre are waiting for their Grammy.

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.

Q & A: David Bailey interview (part 2)updated: Thu Nov 02 2006 06:12:00

TS: What is it about a photographer that makes you notice them?

Biography: David Baileyupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 05:39:00

With a streetwise swagger, David Bailey burst onto the London scene to inspire and document the Swinging Sixties with his iconic black and white photographs.

Havana: City overviewupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 05:15:00

Nowadays both Lenin and Lennon are commemorated in statue in Havana. It's perhaps not surprising; after all, music and politics are synonymous with Cuba and its famous capital. Cuba may be one of the last bastions of Communism, but Castro's twilight years have seen the Caribbean island adopt a more friendly face after its long, lonely years as a Cold War warrior. The country that once almost pitched the world into atomic conflict is now happy to accept tourist dollars. These days Che Guevara, the poster boy of the Revolution, is as much a photogenic salesman for Caribbean beach holidays and Havana city breaks as countercultural icon. Ever since "Buena Vista Social Club" and its spinoffs launched Cuban artists into the mainstream, the island has also reaped the rewards of its rich musical heritage with groups such as Buena Fe among its most successful exports. Narrowly separated from the mainland U.S. by the Florida Straits, Cuba was an American obsession long before the 1959 Revolution. Theodore Roosevelt

Buena Feupdated: Tue Jun 06 2006 09:55:00

I arrive in Cuba via Nassau from Miami. This is a much more complex process than you would have thought.

Buena Feupdated: Fri May 05 2006 07:36:00

Buena Fe are Cuba's most popular group, fusing the island's traditional musical styles such as trova (ballads) and salsa with a more contemporary pop sound.

Havana Forumupdated: Thu May 04 2006 13:12:00

Where's the best place to hang out in Havana? Who's your favorite Cuban musician? Send us your comments and we'll publish them below.

Havana Insider Tipsupdated: Thu May 04 2006 09:56:00

Do you have an inside tip on the Cuban capital? Send us your ideas and suggestions below.

Havana City Guideupdated: Thu May 04 2006 09:50:00

Check out our recommendations for the Cuban capital and send us your ideas and suggestions below.

CNNMoney: Helping others is a family traditionupdated: Thu Jul 21 2005 15:19:00

"My mother taught me you don't need to be rich to share your wealth."

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."

Money Magazine: The Kid & The Con Man Last September the SEC went after Jonathan Lebed, the teenager who made $800,000 pumping and dumping supdated: Thu Mar 01 2001 00:01:00

Last fall the Securities and Exchange Commission made 15-year-old Jonathan Lebed a teen celebrity.

Fortune: Playlistupdated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

DAVID GRAY White Ladder (ATO) A Welsh singer/song-writer with a reedy rasp and a blue streak of melancholia, Gray descends from Brit folkies like Nick Drake and John Martyn. His songs are somehow b...

Fortune: Playlistupdated: Mon May 29 2000 00:01:00

OMARA PORTUONDO Buena Vista Social Club Presents ... (World Circuit/Nonesuch) If the Social Club is Havana's version of the Rat Pack, tropical songbird Portuondo is its Shirley MacLaine--a graceful...

Fortune: The Transoceanic In-Flight Playlistupdated: Mon Dec 06 1999 00:01:00

As the '90s come to a close, here's a look back at some of the decade's finest music. (Part one in a series.)

Fortune: Up With Preservation...Behind Havana Cola...Goodbye, Mr. Muskupdated: Mon Nov 08 1999 00:01:00

History lesson: Preservationists who delight in the past are often portrayed as woefully ignorant of today's free-enterprise realities. But historic preservation, it turns out, is an awesome econom...

Fortune: Now What? The Post-Trial GOPupdated: Mon Mar 15 1999 00:01:00

Listen up, Republicans. It's time to change the subject. Trying to drive Clinton from office ended up driving people away from the GOP. What you need now is less Cotton Mather and more Ronald Reaga...

Fortune: Feed Your Face Like Fidelupdated: Mon Jul 06 1998 00:01:00

Since our government's nostalgic embargo keeps most of us away from Cuba, finding a plateful of honest-to-god ropa vieja is like finding a Foggy Bottom bureaucrat with a mind of his own. But a few ...

Fortune: CUBA: PUSHING FOR CHANGE Its economy is dying, its people restless. U.S. policy makes things worse: Treating Castro like a Cold updated: Mon Aug 26 1991 00:01:00

THE FEUD that has trapped the U.S. and Cuba in a time warp for a whole generation is living its last days. On one side of the Gulf Stream sits the 32-year-old regime of Fidel Castro still pretendin...

Fortune: STALKING ROBERT VESCO Once America's most famous rascal, the fugitive embezzler now lives in Havana in modest seclusion, surrounupdated: Mon Nov 24 1986 00:01:00

WHATEVER HAPPENED to Robert Vesco? For years he was a fixture on evening news broadcasts: the fugitive financier, heavyweight champion of embezzlers. Back in 1970 he took over Investors Overseas Se...

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