Latest Fidel Castro News

  • Cuba honours 5 spies who served long prison terms in U.S.
    Cuba honours 5 spies who served long prison terms in U.S. Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba President Raul Castro on Tuesday pinned medals on five spies, declaring them national heroes for infiltrating right-wing exile groups that plotted against Havana and for then enduring long prison terms in the United States. The final three of the "Cuban Five" returned home in a prisoner exchange on Dec. 17 - the same day the United States and Cuba announced they would restore diplomatic ties and seek to end more than half a century of confrontation. All five received a standing ovation from Cuba's top political leaders, military officers and hundreds of dignitaries gathered in parliament. Besides being named Heroes of the Republic, the Cuban government's highest honour, they also received the Order of Playa Giron, the Cuban name for the Bay of Pigs invasion, in which Cuba defeated a U.S.-organised exile force in 1961. More »

  • Cuba's revolution generation: few regrets
    Cuba's revolution generation: few regrets Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Communist Cuba's revolution has held sway for so long -- 56 years -- that those who remember no other system are nearing retirement age with a mixture of fond memories, and just a few regrets. More »

  • Caracas mayor held over alleged coup plot in Venezuela
    Caracas mayor held over alleged coup plot in Venezuela Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Caracas mayor and opposition politician Antonio Ledezma remained in custody Saturday following his arrest over what Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro alleges is a coup plot financed by the United States. More »

  • US, Latin America worry over Venezuela tensions
    US, Latin America worry over Venezuela tensions Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The United States and Latin American nations voiced concerns Friday over political tensions in Venezuela after the socialist government arrested the opposition mayor of Caracas in an alleged coup plot. More »

  • Venezuelan leader steps up offensive against opposition
    Venezuelan leader steps up offensive against opposition Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro intensified his offensive against his most fervent opponents, sending the capital's mayor to jail as prosecutors planned Friday to charge him with a "violent" anti-government conspiracy. More »

  • Exclusive - U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April: off …
    Exclusive - U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April: off … Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    By Lesley Wroughton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the United States to quickly establish an official embassy for the first time in half a century could complicate talks between the Cold War foes, reflecting enduring mistrust as they move to end decades of confrontation. It would also mark the first major setback since President Barack Obama's historic shift in Cuba policy in December, suggesting one of the biggest foreign policy moves of his administration is struggling to achieve even its first goal. More »

  • Fidel Castro seen in photos for first time in months
    Fidel Castro seen in photos for first time in months Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Cuba's retired leader Fidel Castro has been seen in photographs for the first time in five months, meeting with a student leader in an apparent bid to scotch rumors about his health. More »

  • Baseball-Castro son named as federation's global ambassador Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    A son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was named a global ambassador by the World Baseball Softball Confederation on Tuesday, with the governing body hopeful that both sports can be included at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Antonio Castro, a fervent baseball supporter, has been involved in the sport's administration for years and has served as an executive committee member of the International Baseball Federation since 2009. He is one of Fidel Castro's better-known sons due to his role as team doctor for the national baseball squad on the communist-run island, where the game is a sporting obsession. "He will have an expanded role within the WBSC, particularly as the geopolitical landscape evolves, and will have a seat (without vote) on the WBSC Executive Board," it said in a statement. More »

  • New Pics Emerge Of Cuban Ex-Leader Fidel Castro
    New Pics Emerge Of Cuban Ex-Leader Fidel Castro Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The first pictures of Fidel Castro for more than five months have been published in Cuba. The country's main state media outlets published pictures showing the 88-year-old former leader having what appeared to be a lively conversation with university student Randy Perdomo Garcia. He said Mr Castro was keeping abreast of the news and performing daily exercises. The two men also discussed the release of three Cuban intelligence agents as part of the 17 December declaration by Cuba and the US to move to re-establish full diplomatic relations. More »

  • Cuba publishes photos of Fidel Castro to quiet rumors of poor health
    Cuba publishes photos of Fidel Castro to quiet rumors of poor health Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Cuban state media released the first photographs of former president Fidel Castro in nearly six months in a bid to quiet rumors that his health is failing. More »

  • Cuba's Fidel Castro appears in first photographs since August
    Cuba's Fidel Castro appears in first photographs since August Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Photographs of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in official media on Monday for the first time since August, showing him slightly hunched over while seated, but appearing animated as he spoke with a student leader. Speculation over Castro's health has intensified since the historic Dec. 17 announcement by his younger brother, and current president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama, that the two longtime adversaries would restore diplomatic ties. The pictures of Castro with student leader Randy Perdomo were taken on Jan. 23, according to Perdomo's account, which appeared with the photos on the website of the Communist Party newspaper Granma on Monday night. More »

  • Cuba and the IMF: towards a new chapter?
    Cuba and the IMF: towards a new chapter? Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    A woman wears leggings depicting the US flag in Havana on January 26, 2015 More »

  • Fidel Castro in good health, Brazilian visitor says
    Fidel Castro in good health, Brazilian visitor says Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met with him told official Cuban media on Wednesday. Castro, 88, who stepped down from power in 2008, has not been seen in public in a year and his photograph has not appeared in Cuban media since August, giving rise to speculation about his health. "The commander (Castro) enjoys very good health is in very good spirits," the writer and activist Carlos Alberto Libanio Christo, better known as Friar Betto, told Cuban state television on Wednesday after meeting Castro in Havana on Tuesday. Though Castro periodically writes a column, he went silent for several weeks after his younger brother and current president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 they would restore diplomatic ties. More »

  • Fidel Castro in 'very good health': Brazil activist
    Fidel Castro in 'very good health': Brazil activist Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Fidel Castro is "in very good health," a Brazilian activist said Wednesday, a day after meeting the former Cuban leader after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the 88-year-old's medical condition. More »

  • Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement
    Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Cuban leader Fidel Castro has broken his silence on a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana, implicitly endorsing it even as he expressed an abiding distrust of his old foe. More »

  • US: Castro message 'positive sign'
    US: Castro message 'positive sign' Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. More »

  • Fidel Castro Calls For Caution In US Talks
    Fidel Castro Calls For Caution In US Talks Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said he supports his country’s decision to enter into negotiations with the US even though he does not trust the politics of Cuba's neighbours. Illness forced Fidel Castro to step down from his duties as president, handing over leadership to his younger brother Raul. More »

  • Fidel Castro: 'I don't trust the US, nor have I spoken with them …
    Fidel Castro: 'I don't trust the US, nor have I spoken with them … Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Fidel Castro does not "trust the US, nor have I spoken with them," the revolutionary icon, 88, said in a letter attributed to him and read out on state television Monday. More »

  • Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with U.S
    Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with U.S Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties. "I don't trust the policy of the United States nor have I had an exchange with them, but this does not mean ... a rejection of a peaceful solution to conflicts or the dangers of war," Fidel Castro, 88, said in a statement published on the website of Cuba's Communist Party newspaper Granma. The United States and Cuba held historic high-level talks last week in Havana that are expected to lead to the re-establishment of diplomatic ties severed by Washington in 1961. More »

  • Queen and Castro had hoax calls
    Queen and Castro had hoax calls Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Hoax calls have a long history of embarrassing politicians and royalty - but can also end in tragedy when the joke gets out of hand. More »

  • Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents
    Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    By Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking U.S. government official to visit the island in nearly 40 years, held a breakfast meeting with the dissidents a day after talks with Cuban government officials. More »

  • Cubans look fondly to U.S. as talks to resume relations start Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    By David Adams HAVANA (Reuters) - Miguel Barnet, one of Cuba's most prominent Communist Party intellectuals, fondly recalls his teenage years in the 1950s, attending one of Havana's elite private schools, singing in the Episcopal church choir and performing in American musicals. "I love North American culture, I was shaped by it," Barnet, a 74-year-old noted poet and anthropologist who is also a member of Cuba's powerful Council of State, said at his office in Havana, where images of Cuba's revolutionary leaders, Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara, adorn the walls. After more than five decades of hostility from Washington, most Cubans firmly oppose U.S. policies and the long economic embargo against their communist-led country but they admire U.S. culture. Many have relatives living in the United States, Cuban teenagers listen more to rap and hip hop than to home-grown son and salsa, and baseball is the country's most popular sport. More »