Raul Castro 'ready' to talk to the U.S.

HAVANA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Interim Cuban leader Raul Castro said Saturday his country is willing to hold talks when the United States is ready, but only if Cuba is treated as an equal.

Castro misses parade in his honor

HAVANA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro missed the military parade in his honor Saturday marking the 50th anniversary of his return from exile.

Cuba's Castro denies cancer reports

HAVANA, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro is not suffering from cancer, his brother and interim leader Raul Castro said, Granma newspaper reported Monday.

U.S. government says Castro has cancer

HAVANA, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. government officials say Cuban President Fidel Castro is suffering from terminal cancer, Time magazine reported.

Castro slams U.S. over Venezuela

HAVANA, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Former Cuban head of state Fidel Castro has condemned the detainment of Venezuela's foreign minister in New York, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

Fidel Castro absent from summit opening

HAVANA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro was not present Friday at the opening of a summit of more than 50 world leaders in Havana.

Bolivia's Morales visits Castro

HAVANA, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales made a one-day stop in Havana to visit ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Castro says his health no longer critical

HAVANA, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in a statement Tuesday he is recovering "at a satisfactory rhythm" from abdominal surgery, and he has lost 41 pounds.

Raúl Castro says he'd talk with U.S.

HAVANA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Raúl Castro's first public comments as Cuba's acting president focused on initiating dialogue with Washington, the Miami Herald said Saturday.

Raul Castro calls up Cuban militia

HAVANA, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Cuba has activated thousands of militia after the transfer of power from Fidel Castro to his younger brother Raul, the Granma state newspaper reported Friday.

Castro's daughter speaks on fathers 80th

PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Fidel Castro's daughter was not celebrating her father's 80th birthday Sunday, but planned to attend anti-Castro celebrations in Miami.

Castro makes birthday proclamation

HAVANA, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Long-time Cuban President Fidel Castro asked Cubans to be optimistic about his recovery from surgery, Granma newspaper reported Sunday.

U.S.: Castro has serious health issues

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro is facing serious health issues, U.S. State Department officials said Friday.

Cuban military controls weapons, economy

HAVANA, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Cuban military is not a repressive apparatus, it's a money machine that runs the tourism sector, sugar, naval and retail industries, a report says.

Fidel Castro reportedly recovering

HAVANA, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro is reportedly recovering from his recent surgery, Cuban news sources said Friday.
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Raul Castro
Cuban leader Raul Castro sits during a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the official residence Zavidovo, 75 miles northwest of Moscow, on January 29, 2009. Medvedev hosted Castro during his first visit to Russia in more than two decades. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz (born 3 June 1931) is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who has been President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008; he previously exercised presidential powers in an acting capacity from 2006 to 2008. Raúl Castro was a rebel commander during the 1950s; after his older brother, Fidel Castro, took power, Raúl Castro was one of the most important figures in the new regime, serving as Minister of the Armed Forces from 1959 to 2008. As President, he is Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and has also been First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) since 2011.

On 31 July 2006, Raúl Castro was designated as the President of the Council of State in a temporary transfer of power due to Fidel Castro's illness. According to the Cuban Constitution of 1976, Article 94, the First Vice President of the Council of State assumes presidential duties upon the illness or death of the president.

Raúl Castro was officially elected as President by the National Assembly on 24 February 2008, after Fidel Castro, who was still ailing, announced his intention not to stand for President again on 19 February 2008.

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