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  • Former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro, 96, was recently detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona. (Associated Press)

    CARDENAS: Raul Castro’s spurious offer to talk with U.S.

    With the Cuban government under increasing pressure last week to explain the suspicious death of a prominent dissident, Raul Castro did what any cornered dictator would do: He tried to change the subject.


  • Cardinal Jaime Ortega attends a procession honoring the nation's patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, in Havana on Nov. 10. A political cartoon that appeared in Miami's El Nuevo Herald showed the cardinal and a military-clad Cuban President Raul Castro singing a love song together, implying that the religious leader was a Castro lackey. (Associated Press)

    Cuban prelate under fire as cozy with Castro

    For months, Cuban Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been under fire called a lackey and political ally of President Raul Castro's communist government, asked to resign over his treatment of protesters, and ridiculed in Miami as a snobby elitist.


  • XXX DON'T USE THIS CAPTION XXX In this June 4, 2009 file photo, Cuban coast guards, right, stop men from trying to migrate illegally to the U.S. on a foam raft near Havana's Malecon. Cuba's government appears on the verge of a momentous decision that could end a half-century of travel restrictions that make it difficult to leave the Communist-run island, even for vacation. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

    Travel may free up for Cubans

    After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a decision to lift many travel restrictions.


  • ** FILE ** Travelers line up to check with migration officials before departing from the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, in July 2010, while at right a TV screen displays an image of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

    After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely

    After controlling its citizens' comings and goings for five decades, Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to end many travel restrictions, with one senior official saying a "radical and profound" change is weeks away.


  • Pope Benedict XVI (left) speaks with Cuban President Raul Castro at the end of an open-air Mass in Revolution Square in Havana on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Pope wrapping up Cuba visit with Mass, meeting with Fidel Castro

    Pope Benedict XVI, denouncing "fanaticism" that tries to impose its truth on others, demanded greater freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba during Mass before hundreds of thousands of people Wednesday in the shrine of the island's communist revolution.


  • Nuns wait with others in the crowd gathered for the pope's arrival at Revolution Square. The pontiff urged greater freedom of religion for Cubans.

    Pope warns Cuba about 'fanaticism'

    Pope Benedict XVI demanded greater freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba during Mass before hundreds of thousands of people Wednesday in the shrine of the island's communist revolution, denouncing "fanaticism" that tries to impose its truth on others.


  • Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by children during his visit to the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, Cuba's patron saint, in the little town of El Cobre, outside of Santiago, on Tuesday. Benedict is on the second day of his Cuban tour. (Associated Press)

    Cuban economic czar rules out political reform during pope's visit

    Pope Benedict XVI stressed themes of freedom and change as he prayed before a powerful symbol of the Cuban nation ahead of a visit with the island's president on Tuesday.


  • A car drives past a billboard in Havana in 2006 that reads in Spanish "70 percent of Cubans have been born under the embargo." Cuba updates its estimate of how much the embargo has cost it using a complicated - and some say flawed - calculus. (Associated Press)

    U.S. embargo on Cuba firmly in place

    When it started, American teenagers were doing "The Twist." The United States had yet to put a man into orbit around the Earth, and a first-class U.S. postage stamp cost 4 cents.


  • ** FILE ** A billboard in Havana in 2006 reads in English: "70 percent of Cubans have been born under the embargo." The U.S. economic embargo on communist-run Cuba turns 50 on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

    No cigar: Economic embargo on Cuba turns 50

    When it started, American teenagers were doing the twist, the United States had yet to put a man into orbit around the Earth, and a first-class U.S. postage stamp cost 4 cents.


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