Fidel Castro appears on Cuban TV

HAVANA, June 5 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro appeared on state-run television Tuesday for the first time in nearly a year since his illness prompted him to step aside.

Cuba's Castro meets Vietnamese leader

HAVANA, June 3 (UPI) -- Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro held talks in Havana recently with Vietnamese Communist Party leader Nong Duc Manh.

Official: Castro almost fully recovered

HAVANA, June 1 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Ricardo Alarcon said Friday that Fidel Castro is almost fully recovered from his long-term gastro-intestinal illness.

Castro says he's getting better

HAVANA, May 23 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro claimed Wednesday his health is improving though initial operations for a gastro-intestinal ailment were unsuccessful.

Cuba's Fidel Castro skips May Day

HAVANA, May 1 (UPI) -- Long-time Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a no show at Tuesday's May Day parade in Havana due to the ongoing illness that prompted him to step down in July. Leading the celebration honoring workers worldwide was Fidel's younger brother, Raul Castro, Cuba's

Castro's recovery dampens opposition hope

HAVANA, April 29 (UPI) -- After nine months of grave illness, Cuban President Fidel Castro is making a comeback, much to the dismay of would-be reformers.

Cuba imprisons journalist

HAVANA, April 19 (UPI) -- Cuba has imprisoned another journalist for being what officials called a "pre-criminal social danger," bringing to 26 the number of reporters incarcerated.

Castro won't attend Lat Am summit

HAVANA, April 18 (UPI) -- Venezuela will host a summit of leftist Latin American leaders that was originally to be held in Cuba, ending speculation that Fidel Castro would attend.

Chavez says Castro almost all better

CARACAS, Venezuela, April 13 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro is almost "completely recovered" from an illness that required surgery last July, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday.

Cuban official: Castro ready to return

HAVANA, March 16 (UPI) -- Cuba's Fidel Castro is in good enough shape to return from illness to run for re-election to Parliament next year, said the head of the National Assembly.

Fidel Castro says he's feeling well

HAVANA, March 14 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro claims he is feeling much better, months after undergoing gastrointestinal surgery, Granma newspaper reported Wednesday.

Cuba says it wants normal U.S. relations

HAVANA, March 12 (UPI) -- Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Monday he would like "normal and respectful relations with the United States," EFE news agency reported.

Castro could return soon, says official

HAVANA, March 2 (UPI) -- Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro "could return to work" soon, said Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

Castro comes out on Venezuelan radio

HAVANA, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro spoke Tuesday on a Venezuelan radio show, the first time the ailing leader made a live address since falling ill in July.

Pentagon planning for Cuban exodus

MIAMI, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Pentagon reportedly plans on spending $18 million to prepare the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay to harbor Cubans migrants.

Castro getting his appetite back

HAVANA, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro has begun to get his appetite back, Venezuela's ambassador to Cuba said.

Castro appears in new video with Chavez

HAVANA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Cuban state television Tuesday aired a video of Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Lawmakers support easing Cuba travel ban

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Republican and Democratic lawmakers banded together Thursday to introduce legislation that would lift the ban on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., c

Raul Castro in control, says intelligence

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Cuba will remain relatively stable after the death of Fidel Castro, a military intelligence official told a Senate panel, the Miami Herald reported Friday.

Cuban condemns Saddam hanging

HAVANA, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Cuban officials have condemned the hanging death of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, state-run newspaper Granma reported Tuesday.

Castro sends 'revolutionary' message

HAVANA, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro Monday marked the 48th anniversary of the revolution that brought him to power by asserting he is recovering well.

Castro insists he's involved in government

HAVANA, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro insists he remains "in the loop" on matters of state despite his prolonged illness, the Granma newspaper reported Sunday.

Doctor says Castro doesn't have cancer

MADRID, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Spanish senior surgeon who examined Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana announced Tuesday that the 80-year-old president does not have cancer.

Raul Castro calls Fidel 'irreplaceable'

HAVANA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Raul Castro said his brother and longtime Cuban President Fidel Castro was "irreplaceable" and denied he would emulate Fidel's leadership style.

Cuban officials: Fidel Castro is not dying

HAVANA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro isn't suffering from a terminal illness, Cuban officials told U.S. lawmakers visiting the communist island over the weekend.
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