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2006-08-11 13:13:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba's Communist government may redouble its efforts to assert control and assure the successful transition from Fidel to Raul Castro, but the plan won't work in the end, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. "While we might be at a moment of great change, we might also be at a moment of actually the regime hardening as it attempts to assert its control," Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters. "Ultimately, this transfer won't work,"...

2006-08-11 12:20:06

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Supporters of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, anxious to see him reappear after an unprecedented absence, are preparing to celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday with or without him. Castro has not been seen in public since July 26 and he stunned the country five days later by ceding power to his brother after complicated stomach surgery. "We are hoping Fidel will say something to us on Sunday. I'm sure he will appear at some point," said pensioner...

2006-08-11 10:47:49

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - A lot more than the treacherous Florida Straits separates Miami's Cuban exiles from their homeland just 90 miles off the southern tip of Florida. But the handover of power by ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has many thinking about change on the communist-ruled island and the day, perhaps soon, when barriers between Cubans and staunchly anti-Castro Cuban Americans may finally come tumbling down. "In the long run it's going to be impossible to separate...

2006-08-10 20:45:57

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday he had exchanged letters with his friend and ally Fidel Castro, who is recovering from abdominal surgery. Chavez, who has described the ailing Cuban leader as a father for Latin American socialists, said during a ceremony in eastern Venezuela that he received a letter from Castro on Wednesday. "I received a message from Fidel yesterday," Chavez said on Thursday. "An emissary brought me a message that...

2006-08-10 20:42:42

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday he had exchanged letters with his friend and ally Fidel Castro, who is recovering from abdominal surgery. Chavez, who has described the ailing Cuban leader as a father for Latin American socialists, said during a ceremony in eastern Venezuela that he received a letter from Castro on Wednesday. "I received a message from Fidel yesterday," Chavez said on Thursday. "An emissary brought me a message that...

2006-08-10 16:50:37

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has upheld the convictions of five Cuban men for spying on behalf of Fidel Castro's government, ruling a lower court was right not to move their trial out of Miami despite claims of a biased jury pool. The men, known as the "Cuban Five," were found guilty in 2001 of being part of a ring that infiltrated U.S. military bases and Cuban exile groups and fed information to Havana. In a 10-2 decision issued on Wednesday, the 11th U.S....

2006-08-10 13:38:35

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has upheld the convictions of five Cuban men for spying on behalf of Fidel Castro's government, ruling a lower court was right not to move their trial out of Miami despite claims of a biased jury pool. The men, known as the "Cuban Five," were found guilty in 2001 of being part of a ring that infiltrated U.S. military bases and Cuban exile groups and fed information to Havana. In a 10-2 decision issued on Wednesday, the 11th U.S....

2006-08-10 05:01:05

By Pascal Fletcher DAKAR (Reuters) - As the world wonders about Fidel Castro's health, Africa remembers him as the foreign leader who most invested his personal effort -- and Cuban lives -- to help end colonialism and apartheid. Throughout the veteran Comandante's 47-year rule, the world's poorest continent has loomed large in his global outlook and it was the scene of his most ambitious overseas adventures. From the deserts of Algeria and Ethiopia to the jungles of Guinea Bissau...

2006-08-09 22:32:23

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's government signaled a crackdown on Wednesday on black-market satellite dishes on which its citizens get news from the United States, nine days after ailing President Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother. The Communist Party newspaper Granma warned that the dishes, on which many Cubans receive Spanish-language TV programs from the exile bastion of Miami, could be used by the U.S. government to broadcast subversive...

2006-08-09 17:55:57

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's government signaled a crackdown on Wednesday on black-market satellite dishes on which its citizens get news from the United States, nine days after ailing President Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother. The Communist Party newspaper Granma warned that the dishes, on which many Cubans receive Spanish-language TV programs from the exile bastion of Miami, could be used by the U.S. government to broadcast subversive...


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  • 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.