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Cuban Communist party leader Raul Castro(AP Photo)

US planned to assassinate Raul Castro in 1960: Declassified documents

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 05:55 AM IST
"These documents remind us of a dark and sinister past in US operations against the Cuban revolution," National Security Archive analyst Peter Kornbluh told AFP.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) holds up the arm of his brother, Raul Castro, first secretary of Cuba's communist party.(Reuters / File Photo)
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) holds up the arm of his brother, Raul Castro, first secretary of Cuba's communist party.(Reuters / File Photo)

Cuba's Raul Castro to step down, ending 60 years of family monopoly

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 07:17 AM IST
On Friday, an 89-year-old Raul Castro will relinquish the country's most powerful position -- that of party first secretary -- to 60-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's president.
Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, named as Cuba's first prime minister(Reuters file photo)
Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, named as Cuba's first prime minister(Reuters file photo)

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2019 08:39 AM IST
The appointment of Marrero, 56, as head of government is part of a process of decentralization and generational change from the revolutionary old guard that is aimed at extending and protecting Communist Party rule.
The island received 4.75 million tourists last year.(Unsplash)
The island received 4.75 million tourists last year.(Unsplash)

Havana at 500: A city in four portraits

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 03:43 PM IST
As Havana celebrate its 500th anniversary on November 16, four Havana residents reflect upon the city’s historic sites, street art and how Havana people are cheerful. Read on.
So revered is Alicia Alonso in Cuba - where a perfume carries her name and the huge Coppelia ice cream parlour is named after one of her signature roles.(Instagram)
So revered is Alicia Alonso in Cuba - where a perfume carries her name and the huge Coppelia ice cream parlour is named after one of her signature roles.(Instagram)

Alicia Alonso, the ballet legend from Cuba, dies at age 98

Cuba | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 01:29 PM IST
One of the greatest 20th century ballerinas, Alonso used her star power to make a sometimes elitist art form popular on her Caribbean island, forging the world’s largest ballet school with a unique bravura style.
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Cuba falls in love with beards again - and it’s not about Fidel Castro

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2019 03:38 PM IST
Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro’s revolution, but after falling out of favour, facial hair is back - and this time, it’s not political.
Ernesto Che Guevara with VK Krishna Menon on July 3, 1959.(HT archives)
Ernesto Che Guevara with VK Krishna Menon on July 3, 1959.(HT archives)

In India on 60 years of Cuban revolution, Che’s daughter says world needs more people like him

Hindustan Times, NEW DELHI | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 09:53 AM IST
Che was assassinated when she was just six years old.
Like everything else in communist Cuba, beaches are a political issue.(Unsplash)
Like everything else in communist Cuba, beaches are a political issue.(Unsplash)

For Cubans, a day at the beach is no easy task

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse, Havana
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 01:02 PM IST
Another reason Cubans are kept off their island’s beaches is tourism. Last year’s 4.75 million visitors brought in $3.3 billion — money the Cuban government sorely needs as it struggles under crippling US sanctions.
In this file photo taken on January 04, 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro (C) is seen shortly after toppling dictator Fulgencio Batista during the revolutionary triumph, in Cienfuegos, 04 January 1959.(AFP)
In this file photo taken on January 04, 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro (C) is seen shortly after toppling dictator Fulgencio Batista during the revolutionary triumph, in Cienfuegos, 04 January 1959.(AFP)

Cuba around the world: 60 years of weapons and white coats

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2018 12:35 PM IST
Cuba offered its support to several African independence movements in a decade in which most of the continent shook off the shackles of European colonialism.
Cuba's First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel stands in line before casting his vote during an election of candidates for the national and provincial assemblies, in Santa Clara, Cuba March 11, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Cuba's First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel stands in line before casting his vote during an election of candidates for the national and provincial assemblies, in Santa Clara, Cuba March 11, 2018.(Reuters Photo)

Miguel Diaz-Canel set to be Cuba’s first non-Castro president in six decades

Associated Press, Havana | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 10:53 PM IST
Raul Castro will stay head of the Communist Party, remaining as the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being
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