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2008-04-15 00:50:00

Cuba's new president, Raul Castro, has quickly dispensed with many of the small but infuriating restrictions put in place by former President Fidel Castro.   Raul Castro took over as president of Cuba in February, after Fidel formally stepped down amid failing health.  Under Fidel's government, citizens of Cuba had only limited access to modern conveniences such as cell phones, kitchen appliances, hotels and other luxuries. The restrictions were an attempt to create economic...

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2008-02-25 09:00:00

Nearly 50 years of rule by Fidel Castro ended in Cuba on Sunday, as parliament chose his brother Raul to replace him as president. But two WVU professors and a few area residents don't think it will make much difference. "I don't think it will change anything," said Mitch Liston, 31, of Morgantown. "It's his brother, so Raul will try to live up to his brother's ideals." Roger Hollis, 70, of Morgantown, remembers when a naval blockade of Cuba nearly started a nuclear war in 1962, during the...

2006-09-03 16:33:03

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is now able to write notes and give orders as he recovers from surgery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday. Castro temporarily handed power to his brother Raul on July 31 to recover from intestinal surgery after nearly 50 years of uninterrupted rule over the communist island. "He's writing already, (before) he couldn't even write, he was in recovery," Chavez said during his weekly Sunday broadcast, showing a...

2006-09-03 16:23:12

Corrects to remove reference to Castro wanting to go back to work in lead, removes paragraph five CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is now able to write notes and give orders as he recovers from surgery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday. Castro temporarily handed power to his brother Raul on July 31 to recover from intestinal surgery after nearly 50 years of uninterrupted rule over the communist island. "He's writing already, (before) he...

2006-09-02 12:00:47

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - New video footage showed an improving Fidel Castro but Cubans said on Saturday it was clear their felled leader was still ailing a month after he temporarily ceded power following intestinal surgery. Castro's careful crafted image of invincibility since sweeping to power in a 1959 revolution and entering into battle with the United States has been broken by two government broadcast videos showing him vulnerable and ailing at age 80. "Fidel looked...

2006-09-01 18:47:57

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - A clearly recovering Cuban President Fidel Castro was shown on television on Friday meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and brother Raul Castro, to whom he temporarily ceded power a month ago to have abdominal surgery. The video should put to rest rumors Castro was near death and out of public life for good after ruling the Caribbean island for more than 47 years. The seven-minute clip first showed a smiling, if gray, Castro in bed...

2006-09-01 00:54:07

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - The most visible change in Cuba since an ailing Fidel Castro handed power to his brother is that there are fewer speeches, but a discreet transfer from personal to institutional rule is underway, led by acting president Raul Castro, Cuba experts say. Cubans, accustomed to knowing only what they are told about the inner workings of the government, have gone about life calmly despite a lack of news about the future since Castro relinquished power...

2006-08-31 17:11:04

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - The most visible change in Cuba since an ailing Fidel Castro handed power to his brother is that there are fewer speeches, but a discreet transfer from personal to institutional rule is underway, led by acting president Raul Castro, Cuba experts say. Cubans, accustomed to knowing only what they are told about the inner workings of the government, have gone about life calmly despite a lack of news about the future since Castro relinquished power...

2006-08-24 16:28:55

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Their glory is faded and marble stripped, but the mansions and buildings of Cubans who fled Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution will one day be the center of a thorny property rights dispute. Emigres in Miami have been dusting off title deeds to properties, sensing the end of Cuba's communist government is close after Castro temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul Castro due to intestinal surgery three weeks ago. Many of the now dilapidated...

2006-08-23 12:25:27

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - The highest-level U.S. delegation to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro handed over power left the island on Wednesday with a historic deal on trade between the communist country and a Navajo agribusiness but no message for Washington. New Mexico Rep. Tom Udall, a Democrat, said his delegation had met neither the ailing Cuban leader nor acting President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro's younger brother. "If they had wanted to talk I would have been willing to...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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