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On Cuba's main holiday honoring the island's revolution, President Raul Castro declared once again that his government is ready to enter into talks with the United States.

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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.

Cuba sets Good Friday as holiday after pope's requestupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:11:00

Cuban President Raul Castro has granted Pope Benedict XVI's request to make Good Friday a holiday -- at least this year -- Cuban state media reported Saturday.

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.

Cubans return home ahead of pope's visitupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 20:40:00

Cubans return home to emotional homecomings ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

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.

Party leaders mull change in Cubaupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 19:59:00

Leading members of Cuba's Communist party on Saturday met to discuss the future of the island's revolution, including the possibility of term limits for top officials.

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.

Rights group: Cuban prisoner dies during hunger strikeupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 05:53:00

A Cuban prisoner who went on a hunger strike because he was not part of the government's recent mass pardon has died, a human rights leader said Tuesday.

Jailed contractor's wife 'heartbroken' over Cuban decisionupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 14:43:00

The wife of a U.S. subcontractor jailed in Cuba said Saturday she is devastated that Cuba is not including her husband among the nearly 3,000 prisoners being released on humanitarian grounds.

Cuba to release 2,900 prisonersupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 02:00:00

Cuba will pardon more than 2,900 prisoners, the government said Friday, though U.S. subcontractor Alan Gross is not among those who will be freed.

Cuban defense minister dies of heart attackupdated: Sat Sep 03 2011 19:30:00

Cuba's defense minister died suddenly Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 75, the Caribbean nation's state news service reported.

Cuba remembers start of revolution amid economic changesupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 12:10:00

Cuba marked the 58th anniversary of the start of Fidel Castro's revolution Tuesday, without a speech from his younger brother, current President Raul Castro.

Cuba further eases limits on private businessesupdated: Wed May 18 2011 00:04:00

The Cuban government has agreed to allow all private businesses to hire employees,­ something previously restricted to a limited number of occupations, state media said Tuesday.

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.

Micro-entrepreneurs emerge ahead of crucial Cuban congressupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 23:00:00

With a few taps of the hammer and some expertly placed glue, Elio Mendoza can extend the life of even the most well-worn shoes.

Castro says he resigned as Communist Party chief 5 years agoupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 05:48:00

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro said Tuesday he resigned as the head of the Communist Party five years ago and has never tried to resume the post -- one that he was thought to still hold.

2010: Castro: Cuba's system doesn't workupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 05:48:00

Fidel Castro tells a U.S. journalist that the Cuban economic model no longer works. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Mother of dead Cuban hunger striker releasedupdated: Sat Feb 19 2011 11:33:00

The mother of a Cuban political prisoner who died after a prolonged hunger strike a year ago was released Saturday after being briefly detained ahead of the first anniversary of her son's death.

Mother of dead Cuban hunger striker detained, family saysupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 18:23:00

The mother of a Cuban political prisoner who died after a prolonged hunger strike a year ago has been detained ahead of the first anniversary of his death, according to family.

Cuba sacks construction minister in reshuffleupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 12:28:00

Cuba announced a Cabinet reshuffle Friday, sacking the construction minister for undisclosed "errors" and removing the communications minister in order to give him broader oversight over various ministries.

Fidel Castro praises brother Raul's leadershipupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 13:36:00

Fidel Castro threw his support behind his younger brother and successor, President Raul Castro, in some of his most explicit comments yet about the state of affairs in Cuba.

Cuba's long-delayed Communist Party congress set for Aprilupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 21:56:00

Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Monday that the Communist Party will hold a long-delayed congress next April as the country struggles to reshape its Soviet economic model.

Cuba to lay off 500,000 in 6 months, allow private jobsupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 06:27:00

Cuba announced on Monday it would lay off "at least" half a million state workers over the next six months and simultaneously allow more jobs to be created in the private sector as the socialist economy struggles to get back on its feet.

Cuba to eliminate 500,000 jobsupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 06:27:00

Cuba plans to cut 10% of its public workforce as part of its economic reform plan. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

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.

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.

Castro addresses Cuba's parliament for first time in yearsupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 15:27:00

Wearing his signature olive green fatigues, former Cuban President Fidel Castro made his first institutional appearance in four years Saturday, addressing a special session of the communist nation's National Assembly.

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 president: More private enterprise will be allowedupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 19:33:00

Cuban President Raul Castro said Sunday that his government would allow more private businesses and make it easier for those businesses to hire workers, as the socialist economy struggles to get back on its feet and shed up to one million redundant state jobs.

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.

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.

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.

Cuban farmers to bypass bureaucracyupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 15:46:00

Cuba says private farmers can buy direct instead of having supplies allocated by the state. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Cuba's quiet revolutionupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 15:46:00

At a privately run farm west of Havana, Cuban farmer Jesus Rodriguez is looking for some changes.

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.

Castro sacks transport and sugar ministersupdated: Tue May 04 2010 16:58:00

Cuban President Raul Castro replaced two high-level government ministers Monday -- citing errors and incompetence -- in the latest round of replacements at top-level government posts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cuba's Castro sees tough timesupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 01:30:00

Cuban President Raul Castro says times are tough, but he doesn't blame only America. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports

Castro calls for tight finances in Cubaupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 01:30:00

Sunday was a day of commemoration in Cuba -- the 56th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution -- but the message from President Raul Castro was not all celebratory.

Alleged plot against Raul Castro draws skepticismupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 23:06:00

Some long-time Cuba watchers expressed skepticism Tuesday over a report by a former Mexican foreign minister that Communist leader Raul Castro removed two top-ranking officials earlier this month because they were plotting to overthrow him with the support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Castro: 'Honey of power' led top Cuban officials to 'unworthy role'updated: Tue Mar 03 2009 18:32:00

A day after a wholesale shake-up in the Cabinet of President Raul Castro, brother Fidel said Tuesday that two of the leaders were ousted after they became seduced by the "honey of power," which led them to an "unworthy role."

Raul Castro shakes up Cuban Cabinetupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 22:00:00

In a major shake-up the likes of which Cubans have not seen for decades, President Raul Castro on Monday reorganized his Cabinet, replacing longtime aides to his brother Fidel, who resigned from office a year ago, citing poor health.

Life under a different Castroupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 15:42:00

CNN Radio's Steve Kastenbaum reports from Cuba on how life has changed for everyday Cubans.

Cuban leader visits Russia in a first since Cold Warupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 12:33:00

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev welcomed Cuban President Raul Castro to Moscow on Thursday, marking the first time any Cuban leader has visited Russia's capital since Fidel Castro made a trip there 22 years ago at the end of the Cold War.

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.

At 50, Cuba's revolution showing its ageupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 09:52:00

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, when Fidel Castro and a group of guerrillas toppled a longstanding U.S.-backed dictator.

Cuban revolution turns 50updated: Fri Jan 02 2009 09:52:00

On January 1st, Cuba celebrates the 50th anniversary of its revolution. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Cuban leader leaves Venezuela after signing key trade pactupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 14:59:00

Cuban President Raul Castro concluded a three-day visit to Venezuela on Monday after signing a major trade accord with Cuba's closest ally in Latin America.

Cuban leader visits close ally Venezuelaupdated: Sat Dec 13 2008 20:39:00

Cuban President Raúl Castro arrived in Venezuela on Saturday, making his first foreign state visit since being chosen president in February. Cuba Allows More Land Ownershipupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 15:00:00

Communist officials decreed Friday that private farmers and cooperatives can use up to 100 acres (40 hectares) of idle government land

Computers go on sale to Cubansupdated: Fri May 02 2008 22:57:00

Computers went on sale Friday for Cubans' private use, the latest in a series of goods to become available under the communist government's new president.

Raul Castro pushes change for Cubansupdated: Sat Apr 26 2008 01:44:00

During his two months in power, Cuban President Raul Castro has implemented a series of changes affecting life in Cuba in a variety of ways.

Cuban leader looks to boost food productionupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 01:33:00

President Raúl Castro has moved quickly since taking the reins of power from his ailing brother, Fidel, last year to boost food production by putting more land into the hands of profit-earning farmers.

Changes in Cuban farmingupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 01:33:00

As CNN's Morgan Neill reports, changes in the way Cuba runs farms could have a strong impact on reform.

Raul Castro's first movesupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 01:53:00

Raul Castro lifting some restrictions on Cuban life. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Cubans get cell phonesupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 16:06:00

In a sign of changes under Raul Castro, ordinary Cubans will be able to get cell phones. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports Ordinary Cubans Get Cell Phonesupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 13:00:00

President Raul Castro's government said Friday it is allowing cell phones for ordinary Cubans, a luxury previously reserved for a select few

Castro's brother faces big challenges in Cubaupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 20:48:00

Cuban President Raul Castro is taking over leadership of a country whose government believes its citizens are not working hard enough.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

Castro: Bush pushes world to WWIIIupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 05:26:00

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro accused U.S. President George W. Bush of pushing the world to the brink of World War III and widespread famine in an essay that appeared in Cuban state media Tuesday.

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.

A year without Fidelupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 03:50:00

A year without Fidel

Castro on Cuban TV with Vietnamese officialupdated: Sun Jun 03 2007 02:01:00

For the first time in four months, Cuban leader Fidel Castro was shown standing and talking in video footage that aired on state-run Cuban TV.

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.

Castro makes TV appearance from bedupdated: Mon Aug 14 2006 20:03:00

Cubans got their first glimpse Monday of Fidel Castro since he underwent surgery last week, with state-run television broadcasting video of the Cuban leader talking from his bed with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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.

Castro vows he'd 'die fighting' any U.S. invasionupdated: Fri Jan 30 2004 08:21:00

Cuban President Fidel Castro repeated Friday what has become a theme of his in the last few months -- that he would not take a possible U.S. invasion lying down.

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