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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
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Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in months

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in months

Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Cuba's ailing former leader stepped out in Havana Wednesday, appearing in public for the first time in months.
Gabrielle Levy

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
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Fidel Castro praises brother's handshake with President Obama

HAVANA, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Thursday praised his brother and successor for his handshake with U.S. President Barack Obama in South Africa.

Obama gets more heat for Castro handshake

Dec. 11 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama continues to receive flak over his handshake with Cuba's President Raul Castro, as Cuban American lawmakers have joined in the criticism.
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McCain blasts Obama-Castro handshake

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- In what the White House called an unplanned moment, U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during a Nelson Mandela memorial.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.
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Kennedy assassination: 50 years later, the mystery endures

Kennedy assassination: 50 years later, the mystery endures

Nov. 22, 1963: U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated en route to a political speech at the Dallas Business and Trade Mart to shore up support for the Democratic ticket in Texas, especially support for his vice president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the story was transmitted to the world by United Press International.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
The Issue: The Kennedy assassination -- did the mob do it?

The Issue: The Kennedy assassination -- did the mob do it?

It's been nearly 50 years since bullets were fired at the presidential motorcade as it wended its way through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, killing U.S. President John F. Kennedy and spawning decades of speculation on whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or was part of -- or victim of -- a conspiracy with tentacles in Havana, Washington and perhaps Moscow.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
61 percent of Americans: JFK's death was part of a conspiracy

61 percent of Americans: JFK's death was part of a conspiracy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Sixty-one percent of Americans say President John F. Kennedy's death was the product of a conspiracy, a poll indicates.
Ted Cruz: Dad's remark about Obama birthplace was 'ill-advised joke'

Ted Cruz: Dad's remark about Obama birthplace was 'ill-advised joke'

DALLAS, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says his father made "an ill-advised joke" when he told an audience President Barack Obama should go back to Chicago or Kenya.
Egyptian and Arab democracy uber alles?

Egyptian and Arab democracy uber alles?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Insanity has been described as constantly repeating the same mistake and expecting a different outcome. That characterization sadly applies to U.S. attitudes and policies toward much of what is happening in Egypt and the Arab and Islamic worlds.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (Spanish: ; born August 13, 1926) is a Cuban revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration Cuba was converted into a one-party socialist state, with industry being nationalised under state ownership and socialist reforms implemented in all areas of society.

Born the illegitimate son of a wealthy farmer, Castro became involved in leftist and anti-imperialist politics whilst studying law at the University of Havana. Subsequently involving himself in several armed rebellions against rightist governments in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, he went on to conclude that the U.S.-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, who was widely seen as a dictator, had to be overthrown. To this end he led an armed attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953, but this failed and he was imprisoned. Getting out of prison after a year, he travelled to Mexico, and with the aid of his brother Raúl Castro and friend Che Guevara, he assembled together a group of Cuban revolutionaries, the July 26 Movement. Returning with them to Cuba, he took a key role in the Cuban Revolution, leading a successful guerilla war against Batista's forces, with Batista himself fleeing into exile in 1959.

Castro subsequently came to power and shortly thereafter became Prime Minister of Cuba. His anti-imperialist views alarmed the United States, who through the CIA organised the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 to overthrow his government, before proceeding to orchestrate repeated assassination attempts against him and implement an illegal economic blockade of Cuba. This only served to turn him further against the U.S., instead forging an alliance with the Soviet Union and allowing them to store nuclear weapons on the island, leading to the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Adopting Marxism-Leninism as his guiding ideology, in 1961 he proclaimed the socialist nature of the Cuban revolution, and in 1965 became First Secretary of the newly founded Communist Party of Cuba, with all other parties being abolished. He then led the transformation of Cuba into a socialist republic, nationalising industry and introducing free healthcare and education for all.

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