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2006-08-22 16:57:17

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is relaxing for the first time in his life as he recovers from intestinal surgery free of his excessive workload, his older brother, Ramon Castro, said on Tuesday. Castro handed over the reins of power to his younger sibling Raul Castro on July 31 after undergoing emergency surgery to stop intestinal bleeding attributed by the Cuban authorities to his workaholic pace. "He is better. The problem was resolved quickly,"...

2006-08-18 14:11:44

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Acting President Raul Castro told Cubans on Friday that his brother Fidel Castro's recovery was "satisfactory and gradual" and signaled that Havana would be willing to discuss peace with the United States. In his first statements since he took over from his ailing brother last month, the younger Castro said he had mobilized Cuba's armed forces and tens of thousands of reservists to face the possible threat of a U.S. invasion in the hours after his...

2006-08-18 09:06:35

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering gradually, acting President Raul Castro said in an interview published on Friday, in his first statements since he took over from his ailing brother last month. The younger Castro said he mobilized Cuba's armed forces and tens of thousands of reservists to face the threat of a U.S. invasion in the crucial hours after his brother's illness was announced. "We could not rule out the risk of somebody going...

2006-08-18 05:28:29

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering gradually, acting President Raul Castro said in an interview published on Friday, his first statements since he took over from his ailing brother last month. The younger Castro said he mobilized Cuba's armed forces and tens of thousands of reservists to face the threat of a U.S. invasion in the crucial hours after the July 31 handover. "Absolute tranquillity is reigning in the country," he said in an...

2006-08-16 17:18:20

By Esteban Israel HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has carefully paced the release of information on Fidel Castro's health and the transfer of power to his brother Raul to ensure stability while keeping expectations low, experts and diplomats say. For two long weeks, Cuba and the world wondered if Castro was dead or alive until photographs and then video images of the frail communist leader in his hospital bed were released around his 80th birthday on Sunday. "They have been very efficient...

2006-08-15 16:48:14

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's armed forces, a one-time guerrilla outfit that became the communist country's most efficient and business-savvy institution, will play a crucial role whatever happens after Fidel Castro, experts on Cuba say. With their commander, Defense Minister Raul Castro, now taking over at least temporarily from his brother Fidel Castro as president, the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) are virtually running the country, they said. "We have the head...

2006-08-14 16:43:34

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Photos of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a hospital bed have brought home to Cubans the prospect that the man who has decided most aspects of their lives for 47 years may never be the same. Even if Castro recovers from surgery from intestinal bleeding, the tireless revolutionary will have to put his workaholic days behind him, a top Castro aide said. In messages to the nation, Castro has told Cubans to prepare for the worst. Government...

2006-08-14 17:14:20

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban state television on Monday showed the first images of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro receiving a bedside visit from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his brother Raul Castro. The video, further evidence that Castro is recovering from surgery for intestinal bleeding, showed Castro talking and smiling during the visit by Chavez on his 80th birthday on Sunday.

2006-08-14 13:31:03

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Cuban exiles in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood clung to hope on Monday that their old enemy was nearly gone, and said they suspected photos of Fidel Castro released this weekend were fakes. The sickroom photos showing the Cuban leader sitting up, holding a telephone, and chatting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez two weeks after surgery for intestinal bleeding were apparently released to reassure Cubans that Castro was recuperating. But some...

2006-08-14 10:17:05

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's ailing Fidel Castro received a bedside visit from his main ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Monday, as it published pictures of the two leftist leaders. The daily said Castro, who temporarily ceded power to his younger brother Raul Castro on July 31 due to surgery for intestinal bleeding, spent more than three hours with Chavez on Sunday in what a headline called "An Unforgettable...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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