The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
By United Press International

Havana summit calls for independent Puerto Rico

HAVANA, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Latin American states arrayed in opposition to U.S. influence in the region want an independent Puerto Rico to formalize its membership of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

Raul Castro opens Havana summit criticizing 'outside interference'

HAVANA, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Cuban President Raul Castro warned against "external influences" seeking to keep control of the resources that Latin America and the Caribbean region offer.

Fidel Castro praises brother's handshake with President Obama

HAVANA, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Thursday praised his brother and successor for his handshake with U.S. President Barack Obama in South Africa.

Obama gets more heat for Castro handshake

Dec. 11 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama continues to receive flak over his handshake with Cuba's President Raul Castro, as Cuban American lawmakers have joined in the criticism.
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McCain blasts Obama-Castro handshake

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- In what the White House called an unplanned moment, U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during a Nelson Mandela memorial.
Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at memorial service

Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at memorial service

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama shook hands today with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.
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Nelson Mandela's life, legacy remembered at memorial service

Nelson Mandela's life, legacy remembered at memorial service

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela showed the power of "taking risks on behalf of our ideals," U.S. President Obama said at a memorial service Tuesday for the anti-apartheid hero.

Raul Castro attacks modern Cuban society as lawless

HAVANA, July 24 (UPI) -- Cuban President Raul Castro, in a speech to the National Assembly, gave a withering assessment of negative changes in life on the Communist island.

Snowden predicted his demonization, indictment

LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- U.S. surveillance leaker Edward Snowden a month ago predicted Washington would demonize him and charge him with espionage, a newly released interview indicated.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, June 3, 2013.
By United Press International

Mariela Castro wins gay-rights award

PHILADELPHIA, May 5 (UPI) -- Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, won an award in Philadelphia for her gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy work, organizers said.

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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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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