Raul Castro

Raúl Castro is shown wearing a dark suit and red tie with his left arm raised and finger pointing.

A retiring Castro to bring younger face to Cuba’s communists

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Six years after the death of Fidel Castro, his brother and fellow leader of the island’s 1959 revolution, Raúl Castro, is being watched to see if he fulfills his commitment to give up the reins of the only political organization permitted in the country of 11 million people.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, is shown wearing a light colored blazer with his hands handcuffed behind his back.

Pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai sentenced in Hong Kong

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Cuba's President Raul Castro (C) and First Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel (R) are seen on a TV screen inside a restaurant during a session of the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, April 18, 2018. Díaz-Canel became Cuba's president on Wednesday.

Castro steps down as Díaz-Canel assumes Cuban presidency

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Cuba's First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel and his wife Lis Cuesta stand in line before Diaz-Canel casts his vote during an election of candidates for the national and provincial assemblies.

Cuba’s Communist Party admits errors, slowdown in reforms

Fighters from Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),stand in line during the opening of ceremony congress at the camp where they prepare for ratifying a peace deal with the government, near El Diamante in Yari Plains, Colombia, September 17, 2016.

Colombian government and FARC leaders sign a historic peace deal

US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro gesture after a news conference as part of President Obama's three-day visit to Cuba. In Havana March 21, 2016.

Freedom of the press ‘rattled’ Raúl Castro, causing him to answer a question with a lie


In Cuba, basic aspects of democracy as they exist in the US are rarely seen. So when the communist leader was faced with a free press questioning him about political prisoners on the island, he just said there were none.

Air Force One carrying US President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana's international airport, March 20, 2016.

Forget your stereotypes. Here’s a young Cuban American who opposes rapprochement, and an older one who supports it.

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Politics among Cuban Americans are not as simple as data makes them seem. These two voices from Miami represent the opinions that polls can’t reflect.

Pope Francis and Cuba's President Raul Castro confer in Havana on Sunday.

Cuban artists ask why their government won’t let them create


On his trip to Cuba Pope Francis met two Castros, but zero dissidents.

The Bella ll Health and Beauty Institute, a beauty salon in Havana

Cuban cooperatives present a new economic model


Over the last few years, the Cuban government has been experimenting with turning state enterprises into cooperatives and letting the workers own and run them. They’re seen by some as a way of opening the country up to capitalism and privatization while maintaining some of the revolution’s collectivist ideals. And so far, Cubans seem to like them.

Vintage Postcard of Cruise from Miami to Havana

No cigar just yet: Many obstacles remain before complete normalization with Cuba

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President Barack Obama’s December 17 announcement that he would begin normalizing relations with Cuba sparked hot debate on both sides of the Florida Strait. It also began a political process that won’t end until a highly fractious Congress can agree on new legislation, not likely to happen any time soon. Among other obstacles is the long-questioned human rights record of the Castro regime. Independent watchdog organization Freedom House says Cuba falls just shy of its “worst of the worst list” for denying its citizens political rights and civil liberties.