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2008-09-22 00:00:20

By Phil Davison Director who told the stories of Cuba's struggles under Castro As a child of Fidel Castro's revolution, the Cuban film director Humberto Sols had to walk a fine line in his craft but he walked it well. He became one of the country's most internationally-respected film-makers, helping drag Cuban film out of early 20th century Hollywood exploitation, through communist censorship and patriotic self-censorship, to its current status as a leading light in Latin American film....

2008-07-27 12:00:39

By Mauricio Claver-Carone The energy debate in the United States introduces one more powerful argument in support of current U.S. policy toward Cuba: environmental protection. For years the Castro brothers have been courting foreign oil companies, and in recent years none have been courted more assiduously than China's Sinopec. Why Sinopec? The answer is simple: If the Chinese were to start drilling in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cuba - so very close to the coast of Florida -...

2008-06-19 21:00:10

The European Union is set to take the largely symbolic action of lifting sanctions on Cuba, officials said. The sanctions were imposed in 2003 in reaction to the jailing of about 70 dissidents, but were suspended, though not entirely removed, two years later. After the first day of an EU summit in Brussels, EU External Relations Commissioner made the announcement, the BBC reported. The plan to lift the sanctions is in defiance of U.S. policy. A decades-old U.S. trade embargo remains....

2008-06-18 03:00:04

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared on television for the first time in five months. The ailing Castro was seen Tuesday on a video shown on state-run television speaking with his younger brother and current Cuban leader Raul Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Granma newspaper reported online. The 81-year-old Fidel turned over authority to his brother Raul in July 2006 after announcing he was suffering from an undisclosed gastro-intestinal illness. He was last seen on...

2008-06-15 18:00:03

The late Meet the Press host Tim Russert was a father to many journalists during his time on the U.S. TV news series, journalist Maria Shriver said Sunday. Appearing on the popular NBC program, Shriver said Russert was always prepared to offer younger journalists advice, such as the time she went to interview then-Cuban President Fidel Castro. Well, I think it's so poignant that we're talking about Tim on Father's Day, because he was a father to so many of us, Shriver told guest host Tim...

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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...

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2007-04-22 16:35:00

HAVANA -- "Fidel: 80 More Years," proclaim the good wishes still hanging on storefront and balcony banners months after Cubans celebrated their leader's 80th birthday. Fidel Castro may be ailing, but he's a living example of something Cubans take pride in - an average life expectancy roughly similar to that of the United States. They ascribe it to free medical care, mild climate, and a low-stress Caribbean lifestyle, which they believe make up for the hardships and shortages they suffer....

2006-09-05 07:15:30

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro said he has put the worst of his health crisis behind him and will be able to receive foreign dignitaries in private during a summit of developing nations next week. But the left-wing firebrand said in a statement published on Tuesday that a full recovery from the undisclosed illness that forced him to turn over power to his brother will take a long time. Castro, 80, said he lost 41 lbs (18.6 kg) in a few days after...

2006-09-05 04:10:56

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro said the worst is over and he is recovering well from intestinal surgery one month ago despite losing 41 lbs (18.6 kg), a statement published on Tuesday said. But the left-wing firebrand said a full recovery from his undisclosed illness will take a long time. Castro, 80, said the last of his stitches was removed after 34 days of convalescence since his operation to stop intestinal surgery that forced him to turn over power to his younger...


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