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2006-08-04 13:38:56

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering after surgery and "will be back with us soon," the country's health minister said on Friday. "We know Comandante Fidel will recover soon and will be back with us soon," Jose Ramon Balaguer said during a visit to Guatemala.

2006-08-04 15:17:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will broadcast a "message of support" to Cubans on Friday, urging them to stay on the island and work for a peaceful transition of power, the State Department said. Cuban President Fidel Castro temporarily handed over control of the country to his brother Raul Castro this week while he is recovering from intestinal surgery, raising questions over whether Castro's rule was coming to an end. "It reflects our continued...

2006-08-04 14:31:28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Friday the United States was willing and eager to help Cuba if there is a real change in leadership from that of ailing Fidel Castro. "Hopefully this is the beginning of real change," Gutierrez said while responding during a telephone interview to questions about the situation in Cuba where Castro handed over power temporarily four days ago to his younger brother after surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding....

2006-08-04 12:36:30

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban state media said on Friday Raul Castro had firm control of the communist-ruled island while his brother Fidel Castro was in hospital but uncertainty over Cuba's future grew as both men stayed out of public view. "Raul is firmly at the helm of the nation and the armed forces," the Communist Party newspaper Granma said. But it provided no new details on Fidel Castro's condition four days after he handed over power temporarily to his younger...

2006-08-04 10:41:36

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban state media said on Friday Raul Castro had firm control of the communist-ruled island while his brother Fidel Castro was in hospital but uncertainty over Cuba's future grew as both men stayed out of public view. "Raul is firmly at the helm of the nation and the armed forces," the Communist Party newspaper Granma said. But it provided no new details on Fidel Castro's condition four days after he handed over power temporarily to his younger...

2006-08-04 10:32:08

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's communist government said on Friday that Raul Castro was firmly in charge of the country but uncertainty over its political future grew as the new acting president still did not appear in public. The ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma provided no new details on the condition of ailing leader Fidel Castro four days after he handed over power temporarily to his brother after surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding. "Raul is firmly at the...

2006-08-03 23:53:34

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba bristled at U.S. President George W. Bush's call for democracy for the Communist island amid growing uncertainty after ailing President Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to brother Raul. With neither Castro brother appearing in public, it was left to a Cuban television commentator to denounce Bush's statement urging the Cuban people to form a transitional government after 47 years under Castro. "I urge the Cuban people to work for...

2006-08-03 17:23:48

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush called on Cubans on Thursday to work for democratic change in their communist-ruled country, in an overt call for change after Fidel Castro ceded power to his brother because of illness. Bush's first public statement since the temporary hand-over to Raul Castro on Monday was bound to anger Cuba's Communist Party, which has long accused the United States of interference in Cuban affairs. The U.S. president promised full and...

2006-08-03 17:50:50

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush called for democratic change on Thursday in light of Fidel Castro's illness but a U.S. desire for regime change in Cuba may be tempered by concerns about instability and a possible immigration surge. Castro's decision to temporarily cede power to his brother, Raul, because of stomach surgery stirred celebration among many Cuban exiles in Miami who speculated it was the beginning of the end of the 79-year-old Castro's...

2006-08-03 14:15:08

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has long had a goal of hastening Cuban President Fidel Castro's departure but fears of instability and an immigration surge are likely to temper U.S. enthusiasm for sudden regime change. Castro's decision to temporarily cede power to his brother, Raul, because of stomach surgery stirred celebration among many Cuban exiles in Miami who speculated it was the beginning of the end of the 79-year-old Castro's rule. At the...


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