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# raul-castro - Thursday 19 April, 2018

Cuba nominates Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro as president

Diaz-Canel will become Cuba’s first leader in 60 years who is not named Castro.

# raul-castro - Tuesday 17 April, 2018

Cuba on the cusp of new era as Castro to relinquish power this week

It’ll be the first time in nearly 60 years a Castro has not ruled Cuba.

# raul-castro - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

After praising Fidel Castro, Michael D Higgins becomes first Irish statesman to visit Cuba today

The president was criticised for his tribute in praise of Fidel Castro when he died aged 90 last November.

# raul-castro - Saturday 26 November, 2016

Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90 RIP

Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90

The revolutionary leader shaped Cuba for more than 50 years.

# raul-castro - Saturday 13 August, 2016

600 assassination attempts and still going strong - Fidel Castro turns 90 today

The ‘father of the Cuban Revolution’ has recently re-emerged into the public eye after a decade in the shadows.

# raul-castro - Saturday 26 March, 2016

Delirious scenes as the Rolling Stones play to half a million fans in Cuba's first mega-concert

Until recently rock music was banned in the communist island state.

# raul-castro - Sunday 20 March, 2016

Obama aims to end decades of hostility with historic visit to Cuba

It’s the first time a US president has visited the Communist country in almost 90 years.

# raul-castro - Saturday 11 April, 2015

Raul Castro declares Barack Obama "an honest man"

The pair’s meeting was a significant occasion.

# raul-castro - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

End of an era: After more than 50 years, the US and Cuba are talking again

“These 50 years have shown that isolation hasn’t worked. It’s time for a new approach,” said Barack Obama.

# raul-castro - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

PHOTO: Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro

The moment is a significant one in US-Cuban relations.

# raul-castro - Monday 25 February, 2013

No surprises: Raul Castro re-elected president of Cuba

This is the second five year term for the 81-year-old Raul Castro who officially took over from his brother Fidel in 2008.

# raul-castro - Friday 22 February, 2013

Raul Castro raises possibility of retiring as Cuban president

The 81-year-old is due to be installed for another five-year term on Sunday – but may not see it through.

# raul-castro - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

Pope meets Fidel Castro in Cuba

The Pope gave an unusually political speech before hundreds of thousands of people in Cuba today.

# raul-castro - Monday 26 March, 2012

Pope arrives in Cuba for three-day visit

The Pope was welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro, who told him that his country favours complete religious freedom.

# raul-castro - Sunday 25 March, 2012

Poll: Should a statue of Che Guevara be erected in Galway? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should a statue of Che Guevara be erected in Galway?

A US politician has written to the Taoiseach urging him to stop the statue being built – but supporters of the project say the statue will commemorate Che’s Irish heritage. What do you think?

# raul-castro - Monday 27 February, 2012

Hugo Chavez flies to Cuba for 'urgent' cancer treatment

The Venezuelan leader says he will still run in October’s presidential election despite the recurrence of his illness.

# raul-castro - Thursday 26 January, 2012

Castro on US presidential hopefuls: 'A contest of idiocy and ignorance'

The former Cuban leader has slammed the Republican Party candidates vying for the nomination to face Barack Obama in the autumn.

# raul-castro - Friday 20 January, 2012

Cuban hunger striker dies in prison

The 31-year-old was protesting a four-year prison sentence imposed for his part in a demonstration.

# raul-castro - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Iranian president: 'The capitalist system is in decay'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on a friendly trip around Latin America visiting leftist leaders who share his animosity towards the US.

# raul-castro - Sunday 25 December, 2011

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The 9 at 9: Christmas Day

Nine things to know this Christmas morning…

# raul-castro - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Cuba to allow citizens to buy and sell property

The move is part of a series of free-market changes introduced by Raul Castro since he took over from Fidel.

# raul-castro - Sunday 26 June, 2011

Where is Hugo Chavez?

The Venezuelan president reappeared on Twitter on Friday, but he hasn’t been seen in public for two weeks after undergoing surgery in Cuba.

# raul-castro - Tuesday 19 April, 2011

Cuban leaders fail to follow through on promises to give way to fresh faces

The ailing leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance at Communist Party Congress, where delegates elected party veterans to key positions.

# raul-castro - Sunday 17 April, 2011

Castro considers introducing 10-year term limit for Cuban leaders

Raul Castro says top politicians should be limited to two five-year terms – signalling a possible withdrawal from public life.

# raul-castro - Thursday 16 December, 2010

Fidel Castro 'refused colostomy after swollen colon' - WikiLeaks

The Cuban leader needed convincing to have surgery after being diagnosed with a perforated intestine in 2006, and nearly died.