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Cuban president's daughter can't attend Philly gay rights conference

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro has been denied permission to attend a gay rights conference in Philadelphia, U.S. officials said.

Cuba anxious about post-Chavez Venezuela

HAVANA, March 14 (UPI) -- Cuba is fervently hoping the death of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not disturb the status quo in the Caribbean island's lucrative relationship with oil-rich government in Caracas.

Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.

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Cuba: After Raul Castro is a 52-year-old

HAVANA, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Raul Castro, who said the five-year term he has just begun will be his last, has a man 29 years his junior poised to succeed him.

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Raul Castro says will step down in 5 years

HAVANA, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Raul Castro said the second five-year term as Cuba's president to which he was elected Sunday would be his last.

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Cuba to settle $30 billion debt to Russia

HAVANA, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Russia and Cuba will sign an agreement to settle a $30 billion Cuban debt by the end of 2013, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Friday.

Cuba to buy $650M in planes from Russia

HAVANA, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Friday Cuba signed agreements to purchase $650 million worth of aircraft from Russia.

Bolivia take-over spurs compensation calls

LA PAZ, Bolivia, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Bolivia's ties with Spain are beginning to nosedive after President Evo Morales ordered a third nationalization of Spanish commercial interests in the Latin American country in less than a year.

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Fidel Castro votes in Cuba's elections

HAVANA, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro voted in the country's parliamentary elections, his first public appearance in months, Cuba's state media reported Monday.

Chile to confront Cuba over terrorists

SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The government of Chile says it will challenge the Cuban government about its harboring of alleged Chilean terrorists.
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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)
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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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