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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...

2006-08-17 15:42:33

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Long held in check by President Fidel Castro, Cuban entrepreneurs ranging from plumbers to pizza makers hope to enjoy some slack while his brother Raul is in charge. But the self-employed tradesmen and owners of family businesses in the communist-run country do not expect Cuba's economy to embrace the private sector overnight. "Paladares," family restaurants that can only seat 12 people at a time, and bed-and-breakfast inns still face multiple...

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...

2006-08-16 11:44:04

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - With President Fidel Castro ill, and acting President Raul Castro 75 years old, the era of those who won the 1959 revolution is ending and the ascendancy of a new generation is about to begin, Cuba experts say. A video of Fidel Castro, 80, in a hospital bed after surgery two weeks ago for intestinal bleeding quashed rumors he may have died and his brother's public appearance at the weekend may have settled the question who is in control for now. But...

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 19:20:09

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - An alert, but bedridden Fidel Castro laughed, joked and snacked with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the first video images of the ailing Cuban leader since he temporarily gave up power following surgery two weeks ago. He appeared frail, but in good spirits during the brief video, aired on Monday on Cuban state television in what appeared to be an attempt to allay uncertainty about his recovery. The only disclosure about Castro's health has...

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 17:33:30

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban state television on Monday showed the first video images of ailing leader Fidel Castro, as he received 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 about two weeks ago, showed a bed-ridden but alert Castro talking and smiling with Chavez on his 80th birthday on Sunday. Still frail from his operation, he was shown...

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...


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