Latest Fidel Castro News

  • LatAm leftists hold summit in support of Venezuela
    LatAm leftists hold summit in support of Venezuela Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Leaders from leftist Latin American regional bloc ALBA gathered Tuesday for a summit in Caracas, a show of support for Venezuela in its mounting standoff with the United States. More »

  • Fidel Castro warns Venezuela is ready to confront US on sanctions
    Fidel Castro warns Venezuela is ready to confront US on sanctions Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Cuba's Fidel Castro warned Tuesday that Venezuela was prepared to confront US "threats and impositions," and said Washington could no longer count on the Venezuelan military to do its bidding. More »

  • EU's Mogherini to make first visit to Cuba to spur normalisation
    EU's Mogherini to make first visit to Cuba to spur normalisation Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is to visit Cuba later this month in a bid to spur talks aimed at normalising ties with the Communist-led island state, the first such trip by a top EU diplomat. More »

  • Cuba reconciling with Paris Club after long divorce
    Cuba reconciling with Paris Club after long divorce Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Tourism and the French Abroad Matthias Fekl (L) and French Treasury Director Bruno Bezard(R) during a visit to the Mariel special development zone, Cuba, on ... More »

  • US, Cuba re-establish direct phone link
    US, Cuba re-establish direct phone link Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    US flags near the capitol in Havana on January 23, 2015 More »

  • Cuba throws weight behind Venezuela in row with US
    Cuba throws weight behind Venezuela in row with US Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Cuba rallied behind Venezuela on Tuesday, offering its closest ally "unconditional support" after US President Barack Obama authorized new sanctions against officials of the turbulent South American oil producer. More »

  • China choosing Dalai Lama like Castro naming pope - Tibetan exile leader
    China choosing Dalai Lama like Castro naming pope - Tibetan exile leader Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    By Abhishek Madhukar DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - For China to find a successor to the Dalai Lama would be like former Cuban leader Fidel Castro choosing the pope, the political head of Tibet's exiles said on Tuesday, in response to comments by a senior Chinese official. The Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet on Monday accused the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader of blasphemy for suggesting he would not be reincarnated when he died. The governor, Padma Choling, repeated that Beijing had the right to decide. China says the tradition must continue and it must approve the next Dalai Lama. More »

  • Crisis-hit Venezuela pays tribute to Chavez, two years on
    Crisis-hit Venezuela pays tribute to Chavez, two years on Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Fireworks lit up the dawn skies as Venezuela paid tribute Thursday to leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez two years after his death, but the movement he founded faces its worst approval ratings ever amid a deepening economic crisis. More »

  • Fidel Castro meets spies freed by US
    Fidel Castro meets spies freed by US Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Cuba's Fidel Castro met this weekend with the three intelligence agents freed by the United States as part of last December's historic rapprochement, state media said Monday. More »

  • Fidel Castro finally meets the Cuban Five, spies turned heroes
    Fidel Castro finally meets the Cuban Five, spies turned heroes Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, finally met with all five of the Cuban spies who returned home as heroes after serving long prison terms in the United States, 73 days after the last of them were freed in a prisoner swap. It had been highly anticipated as a reunion of Cuba's most vaunted heroes. Castro goes by the title of "historic leader" in retirement and the five intelligence agents were recently honored as Heroes of the Republic for spying on anti-Castro extremist groups in the United States and withstanding prison, unjustly according to Cuba. "The five antiterrorist heroes, who never did any damage to the United States, were trying to prevent and impede terrorist acts against our people that, it is well known, were organized by U.S. intelligence services," Castro wrote. More »

  • US celebrity Paris Hilton visits Cuba
    US celebrity Paris Hilton visits Cuba Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    American socialite Paris Hilton is visiting Cuba, an island on which her family lost a hotel half a century ago after Fidel Castro came to power. More »

  • Cuban cigar festival lights up in Havana as lifted US trade embargo drives  …
    Cuban cigar festival lights up in Havana as lifted US trade embargo drives  … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Last year, the contest was won by Cuban Olivia Terri who managed to accumulate 6.6-inches (16.7 cm) of ash before it crumbled. The Festival del Habano takes place against a partial detente between Cuba and the US, allowing more Americans to travel to the island and legally bring back small quantities of the coveted cigars for the first time in decades. Cuban cigar manufacturers expect to double on-island sales of hand-rolled cigars, known as "habanos," from three million to six million this year. David Savona, Executive Editor of "Cigar Aficionado" magazine, said: "American cigar smokers have been denied the opportunity to legally buy a Cuban cigar for more than 50 years. More »

  • Spain blasts ex-PM meeting with Castro in Cuba
    Spain blasts ex-PM meeting with Castro in Cuba Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Spain's conservative government reacted angrily Thursday to a visit by former Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to Cuba and his meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, calling it disloyal. More »

  • 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 »