Cuba's Fidel Castro wants Obama meeting

HAVANA, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has offered to meet with President-elect Barack Obama, the communist island's state media reported.

Medvedev, Fidel Castro meet in Cuba

HAVANA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro met in Havana Saturday, discussing further ties between the countries, officials said.

Russian president signs deals with Cuba

HAVANA, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Friday signed mining and oil exploration deals with Cuban leader Raul Castro, Granma reported online.

Russian president visits Cuba

HAVANA, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is visiting Cuba as the final stop on his tour of Latin America, officials said.

Cuban rock dissident is fined

HAVANA, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A Cuban punk rocker whose lyrics often blasted the Castro government that rules the communist island has been fined but freed, says a human rights activist.

Cuba to legalize private taxis

HAVANA, July 10 (UPI) -- Cuba said it would lift its ban on private taxis, a move that would legitimate thousands of unlicensed cabs on the communist island.
Elian Gonzalez joins young communists

Elian Gonzalez joins young communists

HAVANA, June 16 (UPI) -- Elian Gonzalez, whose Miami relatives lost a battle to keep him in the United States, has joined Cuba's Young Communist Union, a Cuban newspaper says.

Cuba: Police break up dissident meeting

HAVANA, May 27 (UPI) -- Cuban authorities broke up a meeting of dissidents last the weekend, leaving at least two people injured, opposition groups said Tuesday.
Clinton outlines Cuba policy

Clinton outlines Cuba policy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 26 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton outlined her position on Cuba, saying she would intensify efforts to support "a civil society" in the country.

Obama calls for diplomacy with Cuba

MIAMI, May 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Cuban-Americans at an independence day banquet in Miami Friday that he supports "direct diplomacy" with Havana.
Bush allows cell phones to be sent to Cuba

Bush allows cell phones to be sent to Cuba

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- President George Bush marked a day of solidarity with the Cuban people by allowing U.S. residents to send cell phones to their families in Cuba.

Bush lauds Cuban citizens, derides Castro

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush derided Raul Castro's reforms in Cuba Wednesday, saying if the regime were serious, it would initiate meaningful actions.

McCain says he sees a free Cuba

MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he envisioned a Cuba destined to be free and an ally to the United States, he said in a speech in Miami.
Obama policy on Cuba draws criticism

Obama policy on Cuba draws criticism

MIAMI, May 18 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has drawn criticism from some Cuban Americans who disagree with his policy on negotiating with U.S. enemies.

Cuba allows sale of home computers

HAVANA, May 3 (UPI) -- Cuba's government, while keeping an iron grip on access to the Internet, finally has allowed the sale of home computers, Havana residents said.
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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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