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World Reacts to Death of Cuba's Fidel Castro

The death of Cuba's Fidel Castro prompted reaction across the spectrum Saturday with some world leaders describing him as a friend and ally, while rights groups recalled his repression of basic freedoms.

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40 Years after His Father, Canada PM Trudeau Travels to Cuba

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Cuba Tuesday as the breakthrough in U.S. relations with the communist regime hangs in the balance following Donald Trump's presidential election win.

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Obama Names First Ambassador to Cuba in Five Decades

The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America's top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades.

"The appointment of an ambassador is a commonsense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

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Fidel Castro Seen in State Media for Third Time in a Week

Fidel Castro appeared in state-run media Monday for the third time in less than a week, which is extremely rare for the father of the Cuban revolution.

Castro, 90, who ceded power to his brother Raul in 2006, received visiting Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at home on Sunday.

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Iran's President in Cuba, Meets Castros

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba Monday where he met with his counterpart, Raul Castro, and the Cuban president's older brother and predecessor, Fidel Castro.

Rouhani had said ahead of the one-day visit that he wanted to stop in Cuba, a "friendly and revolutionary country," on his way to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Castro Hits Out at U.S. in Public Appearance for 90th Birthday

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance as he turned 90 on Saturday in an island transformed from the one he led for half a century.

Dressed in a white track jacket, Castro sat between his brother and successor, Raul, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, at a gala organized by a children's theater company, a live broadcast on local television showed.

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Cuba Dissidents Present Slate of Candidates for 2017 Election

Opposition leaders said Thursday they plan to present a slate of candidates for next year's legislative and local elections, an act of political defiance in communist-governed Cuba.

The move, technically illegal in this one-party state, comes the same year that President Raul Castro leaves office, a post he has held since February 2008.

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Closed Central America Borders Won't Stop us, Say U.S.-Bound Cubans

Cubans eager to reach the United States will keep leaving the island despite a decision by several Central American countries to close their borders to them, some Cubans in Panama told AFP on Tuesday.

Panama this week became the latest country in the region to slam shut its door to Cubans without visas, following the same policy implemented first by Nicaragua in November then by Costa Rica in December.

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First U.S. Cruise Ship in Half-Century Docks in Cuba

The first U.S. cruise ship to travel to Cuba in half a century docked in Havana on Monday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between the old Cold War foes.

A crowd of onlookers waved Cuban flags and filmed with their cell phones as the Adonia, a Carnival cruiseliner, sailed into port in Havana after setting off Sunday from Miami, the heart of the Cuban diaspora in the United States.

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Fidel Castro Says Cuba 'Has No Need of Gifts from the Empire'

Cuba's Fidel Castro signaled continued resistance to rapprochement between Washington and Havana, writing in an opinion piece on Monday that his country "has no need of gifts" from the United States.

The former president, 89, remained out of sight during last week's historic visit to the communist island by U.S. President Barack Obama which aimed to cement normalization.

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