Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban entrepreneurs and artists are welcoming a series of government decisions to soften laws that they said would have sharply limited private enterprise and artistic expression.
The partial rollbacks announced last week may provide important clues to the governing style of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the first person from outside the Castro family to hold the country's top position since its 1959 revolution.
Cuban doctors land in Havana after program ends with Brazil
HAVANA (AP) — A first group of Cuban doctors who treated impoverished patients in Brazil returned to Havana on Friday as both countries end a program that saw thousands of doctors dispatched to underserved areas.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel greeted 211 doctors who had worked in the South American country in exchange for hundreds of millions in badly needed hard currency given to the government.
Vietnam and Cuba sign trade agreement, pledge to deepen ties
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The leaders of Vietnam and Cuba on Friday pledged to deepen relations between two of the world's few remaining communist countries.
President Nguyen Phu Trong and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel witnessed the signing of trade and finance agreements after an hourlong talk behind closed doors in Hanoi.
Cuban president meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel — both hoping to get out from under U.S. economic sanctions — have agreed to expand and strengthen their strategic relations, North Korea's state media reported Monday.
Russia and Cuba vow to expand their ‘strategic’ ties
MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their "strategic" ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.
In a joint statement issued after their talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced U.S. "interference into domestic affairs of sovereign nations" and spoke in support of closer integration between Russia and Latin American nations.
Cuban president arrives in Russia for economic talks
MOSCOW (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in Russia on Thursday for talks expected to focus on expanding economic ties between the two nations.
As part of his three-day state visit, Diaz-Canel is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul Castro's government in place, except for in the key post of economic reform.
Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media
HAVANA (AP) — Minutes after a plane carrying 113 people crashed on takeoff from Havana airport, Cuban state media filled with minute-by-minute updates, cellphone video from the accident and an interview from the scene with newly named President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
When Tropical Storm Alberto struck the island later in May, causing nearly a dozen deaths, state television broadcast unusually lengthy footage of meetings among ministers coordinating the response.
HAVANA (AP) — New President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday held his first official meeting with visitors from the U.S., discussing increased internet access for Cuba with Google executive Eric Schmidt and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban legislators took the first step Saturday toward drafting a new constitution.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel convened a special session of Cuba's parliament to propose a list of people to undertake a rewrite of the Soviet-era charter.
Delegates gave their approval for a commission presided over by former President Raul Castro and comprised of some 30 others, including Diaz-Canel.
HAVANA (AP) — For half a century Fidel Castro seemed to be everywhere in Cuba — inspecting factories, farms and offices, expounding to the press and zooming to the scenes of natural disasters to direct the minutest details of the response.
His brother Raul was a military man who operated from behind the scenes, rarely making speeches and going long stretches without appearing in public, even as he attempted historic reforms of Cuba's economy and foreign policy.
HAVANA (AP) — A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off from the Havana airport Friday, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades, officials said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Cuba to address the opening session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that during his visit to Havana, the secretary-general will also meet Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and other senior officials.
For the first time in 60 years, the Castro family on Thursday turned over leadership of Cuba to a non-Castro in an event that was historic but of uncertain importance for the impoverished communist island.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Saturday in his first official act as the country's leader.
Maduro is the first president to visit Diaz-Canel since he was selected by outgoing President Raul Castro to lead the island's government earlier this week.
HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel. The 86-year-old revolutionary departed from his prepared remarks, making jokes and reminiscing about the past. He talked about his great-grandchildren.
In short, he talked like a man heading into retirement.
HAVANA (AP) — Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as "neither a novice nor an improviser," high praise in a system dedicated to continuity over all.
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A look at Miguel Diaz-Canel, the new president of Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — A look at Miguel Diaz-Canel, the new president of Cuba:
— Full name: Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez
— Early life: Born April 20, 1960, and raised in central Villa Clara Province. He graduated from the local university in 1982 with a degree in electrical engineering.
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Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.
HAVANA (AP) — The latest on the meeting of Cuba's legislature and the scheduled end of Raul Castro's presidency (all times local):
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says the selection of Raul Castro's successor as president of Cuba is a "charade" that will not bring change to the island.
The Florida Republican said in a Wednesday statement that Cuba continues to be oppressed by a single-party system.
A look at the younger generation of Cuban leaders
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Diaz-Canel is expected to become the first non-Castro to hold Cuba's top office since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro and younger brother Raul.
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Cuba to start historic transition a day earlier
HAVANA (AP) — A legislative session that will see a historic political transition in Cuba is going to start one day earlier than expected.
Cuban state media reported Monday that the government moved up the start of a meeting of the National Assembly in which President Raul Castro plans to step down and hand over the office to a younger successor.
The session will now start Wednesday instead of Thursday.
Website Cubadebate said the session was moved up to prepare for a "session of such importance."
HAVANA (AP) — Fidel and Raul Castro were scruffy young guerrillas in 1959, when they descended from Cuba's eastern mountains, seized power and never relinquished it.
As they aged into their 80s and 90s, the Castros and their fellow fighters cast a shadow so deep that Cubans born in the first decades after the revolution became known as Cuba's "lost generation," men and women who spent their lives executing the orders of graying revolutionaries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and leader Raul Castro will attend the Summit of the Americas next week in Peru.
Peruvian ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Pareja says Trump and Castro are among the 14 leaders from the hemisphere that will be in the April 13-14 meeting, which will focus on democratic governance and corruption.
Pareja also expects that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to attend a related meeting of hundreds of CEOs from the region.
SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Cuba on Sunday took the final political step before a promised transition from the founders of the Communist state to a younger generation of officials.
Raul Castro’s exit delay puts Miguel Diaz-Canel’s Cuba succession in question
For the first time since 1959, Cubans will soon have a president not named Castro, but there is a surprisingly cloudy forecast over what comes next.
Cuba formally inaugurates US-sponsored statue honoring hero
HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro and his expected successor attended the formal unveiling of a U.S.-sponsored statue of independence hero Jose Marti on Sunday in a sign of Cuba's focus on maintaining ties with the United States despite a chill in relations under President Donald Trump.
Cuba’s expected next president starts to take higher profile
HAVANA (AP) — The man widely seen as Cuba's next president delivered a defiant rejection of demands for change in the island's single-party system as he participated Sunday in the first in a series of elections expected to end with his taking over from Raul Castro next year.
First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel said the voting will deliver a message to the world.
Cuba a year from getting new, non-Castro president
HAVANA (AP) — If all goes as expected, in exactly one year President Raul Castro will hand responsibility for Cuba's faltering economy and aging, disaffected population to a little-known, 57-year-old Communist Party official.
Chinese premier arrives in Cuba for official visit
HAVANA (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Cuba's capital for an official visit designed to deepen commercial and political ties between the two countries.
Li was greeted at Jose Marti International Airport by First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and other Cuban officials. The Chinese premier then attended a wreath-laying ceremony Saturday at the Monument to Jose Marti, overlooking the iconic Revolution Square in central Havana.