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Cuban economist and dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe dies in Madrid

Cuban-born economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a former member of Havana’s revolutionary government who later became a fierce critic, died in exile Monday in Madrid, his widow told AFP. Espinosa had been in Spain since March to receive medical treatment for a chronic liver ailment, according his wife Miriam Leiva, who…

Fidel Castro’s son pushing to restore baseball and softball to Summer Olympics

Antonio Castro, son of long-time former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, told AFP on Friday that his battle to get baseball and softball restored to the Olympic Games sport roster came from “deep inside me and my soul.” Antonio Castro, who ironically became an orthopaedic surgeon after his nascent baseball career…

Fidel Castro denies Cuba refused Edward Snowden asylum

Fidel Castro said in remarks published Wednesday that no Cuban official should have denied US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden entry to the communist-run island, as alleged by a Russian newspaper. The former longtime leader said he didn’t know whether anyone linked to Havana had actually spoken to the fugitive former…

New volume of Fidel Castro memoirs to be published

Former president Fidel Castro will be the subject of a new volume of memoirs about his life as a Cuban revolutionary, the country’s larger-than-life leader and a longtime nemesis of the United States. In the twilight of his life, the latest tome about Castro will be written by Katiuska Blanco,…

Fidel Castro attends school ribbon-cutting in Cuba

Leaders inaugurating public works projects is a staple of Cuba, and a surprisingly spry-looking 86-year-old Fidel Castro has done it for the first time since stepping aside as president in 2006, media here reported on Thursday. The elder of the Castro brothers opened the Havana school for 140 children that…

Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba

Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance in Havana Sunday to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo. Castro’s visit to the voting precinct in Havana’s El Vedado neighborhood was the main event in Sunday’s elections, during which Cubans…

Twitter hoaxer comes clean and says: I did it to expose weak media

Tommaso De Benedetti faked the identities of world leaders and fooled editors into publishing false stories First it was the death of the pope – tweeted to the world from an account that belonged to the holy father’s number two. Later came tweets announcing the deaths of Fidel Castro and…

Pope meets revolutionary icon Fidel Castro

Pope Benedict XVI met Wednesday with Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro on the last day of his trip to bolster the Roman Catholic church’s ties with Cuba’s Communist leaders. Shortly after celebrating mass before 500,000 people in the heart of Havana, Benedict met with the 85-year-old Castro for about 30…

Fidel Castro may have known of Oswald plot to kill JFK, ex-CIA officer claims

Retired CIA officer says Cuban leader ordered intelligence officer to listen for news from Texas on morning of shooting. It is one of history’s most enduring mysteries and has kept conspiracy theorists buzzing for half a century: did Fidel Castro have a hand in the assassination of President John F…

Pope wants to see Fidel Castro on Cuba trip: source

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict wants to see Fidel Castro on his trip to Cuba next month but the meeting will depend on the health of the communist country’s revolutionary leader, a senior Vatican official told Reuters on Saturday. The official, speaking of the sidelines of a ceremony after…

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