White House: Obama-Castro handshake not pre-planned

2013-12-10 21:55

President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuba's President Raul Castro at a memorial for former president Nelson Mandela was not "pre-planned", a US official has said.

Cuba, US together is 'exciting' - Mantashe

2013-12-10 11:33

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says he was interested in the dynamics of some of the country representatives gathering at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, eNCA reports.

Cuban revolution marks 60th anniversary

2013-07-26 22:29

Cuba has commemorated the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro's failed attack on a military army barracks, which is considered the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

Castro scolds islanders for bad behaviour

2013-07-08 09:01

Raul Castro has spent the lion's share of a prominent speech scolding his countrymen for everything from corruption and theft to public urination and the raising of pigs in cities.

Venezuela signs $1bn agreement with Cuba

2013-04-29 14:10

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has wrapped up a two-day visit to Cuba in which the two allies reaffirmed their strategic alliance, signing $1bn in co-operation agreements.

Cuba welcomes new Venezuela head

2013-04-15 22:15

Cubans were relieved by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, has been elected Venezuela's new president.

Chavez death: Cuba has lost 'best friend'

2013-03-11 16:25

Cuba's Fidel Castro has praised the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a champion of the poor and has said Cubans have lost their best friend ever.

Venezuelans flock to see Chavez

2013-03-08 09:00

Venezuelans have flocked to see President Hugo Chavez lying in state, with his political heir revealing he will be embalmed "like Lenin" and displayed in the barracks where he plotted a failed coup.

Chavez a 'true son' to Cuba's Fidel

2013-03-06 10:02

Cuba has declared three days of national mourning after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Communist nation's closest regional ally and main economic support.

Castro picks 'young' heir

2013-02-25 09:02

Cuban President Raul Castro has won re-election in what will be his last term, and finally unveiled a 52-year-old political heir to take the regime into the future.

Chavez had 'complications' but recovering

2012-12-14 08:22

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has experienced "complications", including bleeding, during his cancer surgery, but is showing positive signs of recovery, say senior aides.

Fidel Castro statement issued amid rumours

2012-10-18 09:42

The first public statement in almost four months from Fidel Castro has appeared in Cuba's state media, as rumours persist about the 86-year-old revolutionary icon's health.

Mariela Castro blasts 'Cuban mafia'

2012-05-24 11:00

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro says "a Cuban Mafia" made up of migrs "who have no scruples" are holding the American people hostage.

Restriciton-free travel hopes for Cuba

2012-05-02 14:05

After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions.

Pope meets Cuba president

2012-03-28 08:12

Pope Benedict XVI has met President Raul Castro after calling for a more "open society" in Cuba - and a top official said the island had no political reform plans.

Castro daughter, blogger clash on Twitter

2011-11-09 11:38

Social media moved into a new real in technologically backward Cuba when President Raul Castro's controversial daughter Mariela clashed with dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez.

Castro explains quitting comments

2011-03-23 18:30

Fidel Castro has sought to explain his peculiar revelation that he has not been in charge of Cuba's Communist Party for the past five years - a role he was thought to still hold.

Fidel 'happy' with direction of Cuba

2010-11-19 09:18

Fidel Castro says he is happy with the direction Cuba is taking under the leadership of his brother Raul.

Cuban hunger striker near death

2010-07-06 14:07

Cuban hunger striker Guillermo Farinas has said in an online statement that he is near death and that, should he die, the Castro brothers will be responsible.

Castro book in 'bad taste'

2009-11-03 15:20

An official Cuban publication has dismissed as "a bad taste commercial operation" a memoir by the younger sister of Fidel and Raul Castro.

Castro to meet Angolan leader

2009-07-21 13:22

Cuban leader Raul Castro is set to meet with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on his second state visit this year, media reports say.

NAM summit opens in Egypt

2009-07-15 14:03

A summit of the Non-Aligned Movement has opened in Egypt with a call from the Cuban leader for a new international financial system to shield developing nations from the global recession.


Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro

2013-12-10 14:13

US President Barack Obama has shaken hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, which is focusing on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation.

Castro's role offstage as he turns 87

2013-08-13 07:26

Fidel Castro turns 87, largely out of the spotlight, as many of his policies are reconsidered under the leadership of his younger brother Raul.

Cuba backs Snowden asylum bid

2013-07-09 08:02

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has won support from Cuba for his bid to seek asylum in Latin America, as he embarked on his third week in limbo at a Moscow airport.

Cuba not safe for Snowden - analysts

2013-06-27 17:21

Cuba would not be a safe place for US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, according to analysts, who say Havana does not want to strain relations with Washington.

US won't allow Castro's daughter to visit

2013-04-26 10:01

The daughter of Cuba President Raul Castro cannot visit Philadelphia to receive an award because the State Department has denied her permission to travel there, officials say.

Capriles vows to end 'giveaways' to Cuba

2013-03-19 10:00

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has vowed to end the nation's shipments of oil to Cuba, slamming acting President Nicolas Maduro as a puppet of Havana.

Cuba gives Chavez 21-gun salute

2013-03-08 22:12

The blast of cannons has echoed through Havana as Cuba honoured Hugo Chavez with a 21-gun salute on the day of his funeral in Venezuela.

Cuba gives Chavez hero's send-off

2013-03-07 22:19

Cuba's leaders have given Hugo Chavez a send-off fit for one of their own, with huge crowds turning out to pay homage to the late Venezuelan leader in Havana and Santiago.

Tepid response over Castro retirement

2013-02-26 10:03

Cuban-Americans in Miami have reacted with a collective shrug over the news that Raul Castro plans to retire from Cuba's presidency within five years.

Castro meets US lawmakers in Cuba

2013-02-20 11:04

President Raul Castro has welcomed a delegation of US lawmakers, the first to come to Communist Cuba since US President Barack Obama's re-election, state media reports.

'Fit' Fidel Castro appears in public

2012-10-22 10:21

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has reappeared in public, meeting at a Havana hotel with a Venezuelan politician - squashing swelling rumours that the former leader was on his death bed.

Cuba willing to sit down with US

2012-07-26 19:19

Raul Castro has reiterated a willingness to sit down with the US as Cuba marks Revolution Day.

Romney slams US visa for Castro daughter

2012-05-23 12:01

Republican Mitt Romney says he is "greatly disturbed" that President Barack Obama's administration has granted a visitor's visa to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro.

Pope ends Latin America trip

2012-03-29 08:27

Pope Benedict XVI has left Cuba, heading home at the end of his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America which also included a visit to Mexico.

Post-surgery recovery 'rough' for Chavez

2012-03-07 14:03

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his first week after undergoing cancer surgery was a bit difficult but that he is recovering smoothly.

Raul Castro takes over in Cuba

2011-04-19 22:18

Raul Castro ha been named first secretary of Cuba's Communist Party, with his aging brother Fidel not included in the leadership for the first time since the party's creation 46 years ago.

Jacob Zuma receives award from Cuba

2010-12-07 08:23

President Jacob Zuma says he is humbled and honoured to receive Cuba's highest award, which was presented to him by President Raul Castro Ruz.

New photos of smiling Castro

2010-07-11 14:33

New photographs of a smiling, tracksuit-clad Fidel Castro greeting workers at a scientific think tank have been published.

Cloud-seeding to battle drought

2009-11-29 18:11

Hugo Chavez says he is going out to "bomb" clouds now that Cuba has provided Venezuela with cloud-seeding help in an effort to produce rain and alleviate the effects of a severe drought.

Angola: Cuba sends more docs

2009-07-22 13:36

Cuban President Raul Castro has wound up his second visit to the oil-rich southern African nation of Angola where he has agreed to send more doctors to aid the country's health sector.

NAM focuses on meltdown

2009-07-16 09:33

Non-Aligned Movement nations meeting in Egypt have called for an international system that better takes into account developing countries' interests as the global recession captures the spotlight.

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