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Castro meets with Cuban intellectuals in 9-hour meeting

AVANA (Reuters) – Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro held his second lengthy public event in a week, this time a nine-hour session with writers and intellectuals, Cuban state media said on Saturday, in another showing he is doing well after serious health problems. “Fidel with intellectuals: More than nine hours…

Gingrich, Romney slam Havana to woo Cuban-Americans

MIAMI — Newt Gingrich was ahead in the rhetorical war among Republican presidential hopefuls on who could be toughest on Cuba’s communist regime, suggesting Wednesday he would bomb the island if there were a popular uprising. Both former House speaker Gingrich and his top rival, ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, were…

Fidel Castro: ‘Robot’ better than Obama or Republicans

HAVANA — Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro said Monday that a “robot” would be better in the White House than President Barack Obama — or any of the Republicans candidates in the 2012 election race. “Is it not obvious that the worst of all is the absence in the White…

Castro ‘laughs’ off Twitter rumors of death

HAVANA — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is “laughing” off rumors about his death that went viral on Twitter, an official Cuban blogger said Tuesday. “Fidel Castro studied, analyzed and is laughing at the rumors on Twitter,” wrote Yohandry Bloquera on his blog (www.yohandry.com). “The CIA tried to kill him…

Cuba to pardon nearly 3,000 prisoners

Cuban President Raul Castro has unveiled plans to pardon some 3,000 prisoners for “humanitarian reasons,” a group amnesty of unprecedented size, and “gradually” reform onerous laws restricting foreign travel. The pardons include 86 foreign nationals from 25 countries, and will take place “in the coming days,” Castro said in a…

Venezuela’s Chavez plays ball, mocks health scare

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ever-theatrical socialist leader Hugo Chavez sought to display his vigor on Thursday by playing sport in his palace grounds after mocking a U.S. media report that he was having emergency treatment. “I’m fine. Those who don’t love me and wish me ill, well bad luck!” a…

Cubans upset at video game that aims to kill Fidel Castro

Cuba’s state-run media and bloggers are not amused at “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” a new video game in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. “What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now…

House committee passes bill that would end Cuba travel ban

A bill to end the effective ban on US nationals’ travel to Cuba, and allow Havana to buy US goods on credit, has been moving through a legislative panel, though it still has a long way to go before it could actually take effect. The bill was passed in the…

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