Raul Castro retires as Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades, and handing control of the party to first civilian leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel.
A 39-year-old Boeing 737 with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off for a domestic flight, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades.
The recent Summit of the Americas and the transition of power in Cuba are just two events among a number of political shifts taking place in Latin America. Do the shifts indicate that the region can prevent another lost decade?
Miguel Diaz-Canel, a 57-year-old Communist Party official and currently the first vice president, is expected to be confirmed as successor to the presidency on Thursday.
On April 19, the long awaited generational shift in Cuban politics will happen: none of the leaders of the Communist-ruled island’s next government are likely to be elderly former fighters from the 1959 leftist revolution.
Not since the U.S. government's initiation of Radio Martí in 1980 has such a broad opportunity for uncensored information been available to Cubans. The difference now is that instead of attempting to prohibit access, the government is increasing it.
Fidel Castro's ashes will be interred on Sunday morning in Santiago de Cuba, where he launched his revolutionary movement in 1953.
A much maligned figure seen by some as a dictator, and loved by many others who referred to him endearingly as Fidel. He is remarkable for his very survival in a world that sought to eliminate young black, indigenous, and third world revolutionaries
The former communist leader celebrated his 90th birthday on August 13.
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