Hugo Chavez has 'severe' lung infection

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has breathing problems due to a "severe" lung infection after cancer surgery, the country's information minister said.

Chavez said in coma; Maduro: Ignore rumors

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma and on life support in a Havana hospital, sources told Spanish newspaper ABC.

Cuban oil plans irk Florida congresswoman

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said she was concerned about Cuba's commitment to energy safety now that a Russian company started oil work there.

Cuban travel restrictions to be eased

HAVANA, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Cuba has eased restrictions on its citizens who want to travel outside the country.

Cubans weigh backlash if Chavez loses poll

HAVANA, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Cuba is weighing a potential economic fallout if Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez fails to win a new term in Sunday's presidential election.

Cuba outage points to infrastructure flaws

HAVANA, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The worst power outage in recent Cuban history has spotlighted a flaw in the plan to wean Cuba from communism into a Chinese-style "socialist capitalism."

Report: Cuban VP's daughter living in Fla.

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo's daughter Glenda has defected and is living with relatives in Tampa, Fla., sources told El Nuevo Herald.
Arrests show Cuba not yet ready for reform

Arrests show Cuba not yet ready for reform

HAVANA, July 25 (UPI) -- Cuba's wide-scale crackdown on dissent that led to arrests at a funeral shows the Central American country is not yet ready for credible political reform despite its ambition to embrace a market economy.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 3, 2012.
By United Press International

Raul Castro's daughter to visit U.S.

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, is being allowed to visit the United States, officials say.

Chavez back in Cuba for cancer treatment

HAVANA, April 8 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Raul Castro greeted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Havana Sunday as Chavez returned for more cancer radiation treatment.
Pope wants Cubans to return to God, Catholic church

Pope wants Cubans to return to God, Catholic church

HAVANA, March 29 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict has told Cubans he hopes they won't forget God and religion while pursuing riches in the island's transition from communism to something akin to capitalism.
Benedict says he's 'pilgrim of charity'

Benedict says he's 'pilgrim of charity'

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, March 26 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI made no direct reference to Cuba's political system Monday in his first speech in the communist island country.
Benedict condemns 'evil' drug war

Benedict condemns 'evil' drug war

LEON, Mexico, March 23 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI condemned the "evil" drug war and its violence before landing in Mexico Friday for a six-day visit to Mexico and Cuba.

Summit plan clouded by flap over Cuba

BOGOTA, March 8 (UPI) -- Plans for a Latin American summit in Colombia are under threat of disarray after a diplomatic flap that means Cuba may be barred from taking part.
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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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