CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports on Pope Benedict's Havana Mass and his meetings with the Castro brothers.
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 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 to emotional homecomings ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 marked the 58th anniversary of the start of Fidel Castro's revolution Tuesday, without a speech from his younger brother, current President Raul Castro.
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 officially succeeds his older brother as Cuban Communist Party leader. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fidel Castro tells a U.S. journalist that the Cuban economic model no longer works. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 plans to cut 10% of its public workforce as part of its economic reform plan. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
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.
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.
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 is back in the limelight on his birthday, but is he making a comeback? CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
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 spoke to Cuba's Parliament in his first institutional appearance in years. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
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.
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.
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.
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 says private farmers can buy direct instead of having supplies allocated by the state. CNN's David Ariosto reports.
At a privately run farm west of Havana, Cuban farmer Jesus Rodriguez is looking for some changes.
Cuba's Roman Catholic cardinal says he's in talks with Cuban leader Raul Castro to free some jailed dissidents.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on the complex relationship between Cuba and President Obama.
The cake has been cut. The guests have all gone home. And now, even the honeymoon may be over.
The United States is out to destabilize Cuba, President Raul Castro charged Sunday in an address to the National Assembly.
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.
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.
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.
CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on the state of the Communist Party Congress in Cuba.
Cuban President Raul Castro says times are tough, but he doesn't blame only America. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports
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.
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.
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."
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.
CNN Radio's Steve Kastenbaum reports from Cuba on how life has changed for everyday Cubans.
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.
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.
Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, when Fidel Castro and a group of guerrillas toppled a longstanding U.S.-backed dictator.
On January 1st, Cuba celebrates the 50th anniversary of its revolution. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.
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 President Raúl Castro arrived in Venezuela on Saturday, making his first foreign state visit since being chosen president in February.
Communist officials decreed Friday that private farmers and cooperatives can use up to 100 acres (40 hectares) of idle government land
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.
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.
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.
As CNN's Morgan Neill reports, changes in the way Cuba runs farms could have a strong impact on reform.
Raul Castro lifting some restrictions on Cuban life. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.
In a sign of changes under Raul Castro, ordinary Cubans will be able to get cell phones. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports
President Raul Castro's government said Friday it is allowing cell phones for ordinary Cubans, a luxury previously reserved for a select few
Cuban President Raul Castro is taking over leadership of a country whose government believes its citizens are not working hard enough.
Raul Castro has been named the new president of Cuba. CNN's Morgan Neill reports
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.
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.
Now that Fidel Castro has resigned, his brother Raul is Cuba's new leader. But who is he? CNN's Morgan Neill reports.
Raúl Castro has lived all his life in the shadow of his older brother Fidel.
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.
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.
In a letter read on Cuban television, Fidel Castro says he won't block younger leaders. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports
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.
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.
Cuba's Fidel Castro appears in taped interview on state-run television. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.
A year without Fidel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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