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2006-08-07 11:51:17

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has set in motion a peaceful political succession, dashing U.S. government expectations of chaos following Fidel Castro's hand-over of power to his brother, a leading Cuban intellectual and government member, Roberto Fernandez Retamar, said on Monday. "They (the U.S. government) had not expected that a peaceful succession was possible. A peaceful succession has taken place in Cuba," Fernandez Retamar said at a news conference. The writer and member of the...

2006-08-07 11:09:50

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush said on Monday that Cubans on the communist-ruled island should decide the future of Cuba once President Fidel Castro passes from the scene and not Cuban exiles in the United States. Bush, at a news conference at his Texas ranch, said he knew little about Castro's condition because Cuba "is not a very transparent society." "The only thing I know is what is speculated and that is that on the one hand he's very ill, on the other hand he's...

2006-08-07 10:03:29

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday he did not know the condition of Cuba's ailing leader Fidel Castro and that it was up to Cubans on the communist-ruled island to decide their form of government. "The only thing I know is what is speculated and that is that on the one hand he's very ill, on the other hand he's coming out of the hospital. I don't know. I really don't know," Bush told reporters. Castro is believed to be recovering from stomach surgery,...

2006-08-07 10:04:32

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - As the world ponders whether the Cuban Revolution will outlive Fidel Castro, the changes his most implacable foes brought to Miami seem irreversible. The first wave of Cubans fleeing the 1959 revolution were derided as worthless "gusanos" or "worms" by the bearded leader, whose grip on Cuba now appears to be weakening after his surgery and provisional handover of power to his brother. But they came largely from the island's upper and middle classes and...

2006-08-07 04:57:00

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - A week after surgery forced him to put his brother in charge of the island he has dominated for 47 years, Cuban leader Fidel Castro remained out of sight and out of power, but was said to be on the road to recovery. Cuban officials and Latin American allies said the 79-year-old former guerrilla fighter was recuperating from gastric surgery but faced weeks of convalescence. Their statements were short on detail and appeared aimed at ending speculation...

2006-08-07 01:30:35

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - A week after surgery forced him to put his brother in charge of the island he has dominated for 47 years, Cuban leader Fidel Castro remained out of sight and out of power, but was said to be on the road to recovery. Cuban officials and Latin American allies said the 79-year-old former guerrilla fighter was recuperating from gastric surgery but faced weeks of convalescence. Their statements were short on detail and appeared aimed at ending speculation...

2006-08-06 18:54:28

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is said to be out of bed and talking as he recovers from surgery that has raised questions about his future and that of the island nation he has ruled for 47 years. Cuban officials and allies kept up a steady stream of assurances on Sunday that the communist leader is on the mend from stomach surgery and soon will retake power he relinquished to brother Raul on Monday. But neither of the septuagenarian Castro brothers has...

2006-08-06 14:38:26

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro was recovering well from surgery on Sunday, officials said, but it remained unclear whether he would ever be strong enough to return to full power. A week after the 79-year-old Castro's unprecedented provisional handover of power to his younger brother Raul, his exact whereabouts and condition remained a mystery to ordinary Cubans. Senior Cuban officials, seeking to allay suspicions that long-time U.S. foe Castro had...

2006-08-06 09:17:19

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Word filtered through the ranks of the Cuban Communist Party and government that President Fidel Castro was recovering from surgery, but his location and exact condition remained a mystery on Sunday nearly a week after his unprecedented handover of power. Senior Cuban officials, seeking to allay suspicions the 79-year-old Castro had lost his grip on the island nation he took over in a 1959 revolution, insisted in brief public statements that he was...

2006-08-05 23:27:05

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban officials said an aging and ailing Fidel Castro was recovering and could return to power in a few weeks, even though he remained out of sight five days after surgery that forced him to put his brother in charge of the country. They tried to allay suspicions the 79-year-old Communist leader had lost his grip on the island nation he took over in a 1959 revolution, but admitted his health may require him to reduce his workload. Government sources...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.