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Fidel Castro dead at age 90

Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Castro’s death – which would once have thrown a question mark over Cuba’s future – seems unlikely to trigger a crisis as Raul Castro is firmly ensconced in power.

November 26, 2016
Cuba's President Raul Castro (C) stands as Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (L) and FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, better known by the nom de guerre Timochenko, shake hands in Havana, September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Colombia And FARC Sign Historic Ceasefire Deal

Negotiators signed the cease-fire agreement on Thursday in the presence of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londono at a ceremony in Havana.

June 24, 2016
Barack Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro

Cuban Government Officials Call Obama Visit ‘An Attack’

Cuban officials aren’t taking Obama’s visit as a good-faith gesture.

April 21, 2016
A tour guide raises a Cuban national flag to regroup foreign visitors she is taking through Old Havana

Cuba: First Obama, then Mick Jagger

An American president is being welcomed, and his words are expected to be broadcast directly to the Cuban people. Such a thing was inconceivable not so long ago. No less historic is the Cuban regime allowing huge throngs to gather and rock out.

March 22, 2016
Air Force One carrying Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana's international airport

Obama Arrives In Havana For Historic Visit To Former Cold War Foe

The three-day trip, the first by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years, is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in December 2014, ending a Cold War-era estrangement that began when the Cuban revolution ousted a pro-American government in 1959.

March 20, 2016

Cuba Issues Bristling Editorial Ahead Of Obama Visit

State newspaper: U.S. “should abandon the pretense of fabricating an internal political opposition, paid for with money from U.S. taxpayers.”

March 9, 2016

N.J. Mayor Is Mulling A Political Run In Cuba

“Within five years, if there is a need, I would love to go over to Cuba and make a difference.”

February 26, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Obama, Our Man in Havana

Former diplomat and Truman National Security Fellow Amanda Mattingly marks another step forward in U.S.-Cuba relations: “The tsunami of change is coming to Cuba.”

February 19, 2016
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6 Things That Happened At The U.N. This Week That Weren’t About Syria

Cuba, Palestine, Iran, Ukraine, Yemen.

October 2, 2015

U.S. Removes Cuba From Terror Blacklist

“While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation.”

May 29, 2015

Top Reads: ‘Before Night Falls’

‘Before Night Falls’ chronicles Arenas’ imprisonment, and makes a stirring case that the crimes of Castro’s government should not go unanswered.

April 12, 2015

Castro, Obama Shake Hands In Panama, Set Meeting For Saturday In U.S.-Cuba Thaw

The thaw in the lengthy diplomatic freeze between the United States and Cuba quickened Friday, with President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro shaking hands at an evening reception ahead of a more substantive face-to-face meeting set for Saturday.

April 11, 2015

Obama, Castro Head Toward Historic Encounter

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will break bread with other Americas leaders at a historic summit Friday, a potent symbol of their efforts to end decades of animosity.

April 10, 2015

Many Cubans Optimistic — And Cautious — About New U.S. Ties

In Havana, many questions remain over the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

December 22, 2014
US President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House, on December 17, 2014, announcing plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba

Cuban Embargo Is Way Past Its Usefulness

Morally and politically, opening up to Cuba is the right move.

December 20, 2014

Cartoon: The Americans Are Coming!

Fidel Castro heads for the hills once again.

December 18, 2014

Deal Between U.S., Cuba Culminated 18 Months Of Secret Talks

Wednesday’s shocking announcement on Cuba was years in the making.

December 18, 2014
Supporters of imprisioned US citizen Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban prison, rally for his release on December 3, 2013

Cuba To Free 53 Political Prisoners: U.S. Official

Alan Gross isn’t the only prisoner to be released by Cuba on Wednesday.

December 17, 2014
President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation on December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC (AFP/Doug Mills)

Obama Announces ‘New Chapter’ In U.S.-Cuba Ties

President Obama announced a historic breakthrough with Cuba on Wednesday.

December 17, 2014
Supporters of imprisioned US citizen Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban prison, rally for his release on December 3, 2013

U.S., Cuba To Begin Talks On Normalizing Relations, Official Says

U.S.-Cuba relations could be on the verge of a massive shift.

December 17, 2014