Cuban prisoners have sentences commuted

HAVANA, April 30 (UPI) -- Cuban President Raul Castro says almost all of the communist island's prisoners sentenced to death would have their sentences commuted.

Castro announces pension reform

HAVANA, April 28 (UPI) -- Cuban President Raul Castro said he would increase state pensions by 20 percent and increase salaries for court employees, Granma newspaper reported Monday.

Cuba, U.S. in row over protest arrests

HAVANA, April 24 (UPI) -- Cuban and U.S. officials have exchanged heated words over Havana's recent crack down on a group of protesters, U.S. officials say.

Cuba arrests dissident protesters

HAVANA, April 22 (UPI) -- Cuban authorities arrested a group of women calling for the release of their dissident husbands from prison, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

More reforms could be on the way for Cuba

HAVANA, April 11 (UPI) -- Recent reforms to communist Cuba's agricultural sector could lead to further changes, Granma newspaper reported Friday online.

Cuban hotels opened to Cubans

HAVANA, March 31 (UPI) -- Cubans no longer are banned from staying at resort hotels on the communist island nation, Tourism Ministry officials say.

Cuba to lift cell phone ban

HAVANA, March 29 (UPI) -- Cuban President Raul Castro has lifted restrictions on personal cell phone ownership on the Caribbean island, the Communist Party daily Granma reported.

Cuba lifts cell phone ban

HAVANA, March 28 (UPI) -- Cubans can now own cell phones according to a decree by President Raul Castro, the latest in a series of reforms by the new leader of the communist island.

Cuba reconsidering travel restrictions

HAVANA, March 20 (UPI) -- Cuba is considering abolishing stringent laws dictating the travel of its citizens abroad, Granma newspaper reported Thursday.

Cuban farmers can now buy supplies

HAVANA, March 18 (UPI) -- Cuba has lifted its ban on farmers buying their own supplies and some equipment in hopes of improving the communist island nation's agricultural output.

Cuba may play role in hostage saga

MIAMI, March 16 (UPI) -- Cuba may be playing a role in efforts to release hostages taken by Colombian leftist rebels over the years, The Miami Herald reported Sunday.

Political detentions on the rise in Cuba

MIAMI, March 12 (UPI) -- Political detentions are on the rise in Cuba, with 200 people being arrested in January, the Cuban Democratic Directorate reported Wednesday in Miami.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 12, 2008.
By United Press International

Analysis: Cuban oil production down

MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Oil production in Cuba has fallen steadily over the last half decade from a production high of nearly 65,000 barrels per day in 2003, according to energy experts on the subject.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Castro's brother tabbed as Cuban leader

HAVANA, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Fidel Castro will be succeeded by his brother Raul as president of Cuba, the communist Caribbean country's lawmakers decided Sunday.
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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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