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2006-09-01 16:32:41

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said he visited Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday and that his close ally was doing well after intestinal surgery. The Venezuelan leader, a self-described revolutionary at odds with Washington, said he made a brief stop in Cuba after visiting China, Syria and Angola where he signed cooperation deals he says are aimed at countering U.S. influence. "Fidel has recovered well from the ailment from which he was suffering,"...

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...

2006-08-25 15:22:08

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will hold a summit of 116 developing nations in two weeks, but the man who championed their cause for decades, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, is not expected to host the event. Diplomats in Havana believe Castro is under doctors' orders to stay in bed after intestinal surgery in late July and will not be strong enough to meet 40 to 50 heads of state expected for the meeting. His younger brother, Raul Castro, Cuba's acting president since July...

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...

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...


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