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  • Fidel Castro 'dismayed' by Garcia Marquez's death

    Fidel Castro was hit hard by last week's death of longtime friend and Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cuba's No. 2 leader said Friday.

  • FILE - This undated file photo of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is seen in an unknown location. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. (AP Photo/Hamilton, File)

    Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

  • Cuban-Americans react to secret Twitter project

    Cuban-Americans are divided over the revelation by The Associated Press that the U.S. government spent millions of dollars to secretly create a "Cuban Twitter" designed to undermine the island's communist government.

  • FILE - In this Tuesday Nov. 12, 2002 file photo, old single engine airplane are seen at a Cuban airport in Los Palacios, near Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Cuban pilot Nemencio Carlos Alonso Guerra stole a small plane, similar to these shown, and flew to Florida with seven relatives. At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 - two by hijackers, one by its pilot - all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File)

    Hijacked Cuban planes still caught in limbo

    At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 - two by hijackers, one by its pilot - all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S.

  • FILE - In this Tuesday Nov. 12, 2002 file photo, old single engine airplane are seen at a Cuban airport in Los Palacios, near Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Cuban pilot Nemencio Carlos Alonso Guerra stole a small plane, similar to these shown, and flew to Florida with seven relatives. At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 - two by hijackers, one by its pilot - all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File)

    Hijacked Cuban planes still caught in limbo

    At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 - two by hijackers, one by its pilot - all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S.

  • FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo, Huber Matos poses at his home in Miami. Matos, a Cuban revolutionary, had a falling out with Castro over the direction of the revolution and was jailed for 20 years before his release in 1979. Matos died of a heart attack at a Miami area hospital. He was 95. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Matos, Cuban rebel leader turned Castro foe, dies

    Huber Matos Benitez, who helped lead the Cuban Revolution as one of Fidel Castro's key lieutenants before his efforts to resign from the burgeoning communist government landed him in prison for 20 years, has died. He was 95.

  • Among exile elite, a shift over Cuba-US policy

    When Miami's new art museum opened in December, namesake Jorge Perez spoke easily about a once-taboo topic among Cuban-American powerbrokers: his desire to increase artistic exchanges with those on the communist island.

  • Elian Gonzalez attends an official event with Cuba's President Raul Castro, unseen, in Havana, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Castro and a now 16-year-old Gonzalez attended an official event marking the 10-year anniversary of the time when the former cast away child whose mother died at sea became the center of a politically-charged international custody battle, ending with his repatriation to Cuba and his father. (AP Photo/Adalberto Roque, Pool)

    Elian Gonzalez makes first trip outside Cuba since custody battle

    Elian Gonzalez, who was embroiled in a international custody dispute after he was rescued at sea as a boy more than a decade ago, has traveled outside his native Cuba for the first time since being returned by U.S. authorities.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    KEENE: Kennedy, the man and the myth

    Most Americans of my generation can remember where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been fatally shot 50 years ago because it was traumatic and it all but took place on television.

  • ** FILE ** Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaks during a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile)

    Fidel Castro applauds Russian proposal on Syria

    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has published an article applauding a Russian-backed proposal to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons. The U.S. and Russia reached agreement Saturday to implement the plan amid an ongoing civil war in the Middle Eastern country.

  • ** FILE ** President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on  Jan. 20, 1961 (AP Photo, File)

    Trove of JFK assassination probe files still sealed 5 decades later

    Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known — and intriguing — and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    CARDENAS: The 'Cubanization' of Venezuela

    One of the greatest ironies of the late strongman Hugo Chavez's rule was that even as he attempted to personify Venezuelan nationalism, he was quietly outsourcing more and more of the country's sovereignty to the Castro brothers in Cuba.

  • Associated Press

    FONTOVA: Beyonce, Jay-Z and the racists

    Beyonce and Jay-Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week as official guests of a regime that busily beat and arrested black civil rights activists known as the "Rosa Parks Civil Rights Movement."

  • The Miami Marlins relieved manager Ozzie Guillen of his duties Tuesday after a year that saw the team go 69-93 and finish last in the National League East. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Ozzie Guillen fired as Marlins' manager

    Ozzie Guillen was fired Tuesday after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash.

  • Ozzie Guillen fired as Marlins' manager

    Ozzie Guillen has been fired after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash.

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