World Press Archive
2009-01-16 / AFP - Agence France-Presse
Lack of Fidel Castro sightings fuel health-crisis rumor mill
MIAMI (AFP) — It has been two months since he was photographed greeting Chinese President Hu Jintao and with ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro off the political radar, rumors he is dying or dead are in full swirl here.
The health of Fidel Castro, 82 -- who was sidelined in July 2006 by major intestinal surgery after almost 50 years at communist Cuba's helm -- is front-page news in Miami, home to the bulk of the Cuban-American community.
Last February his brother Raul Castro, 76, officially took over as president.
Meanwhile the elder Castro, who had appeared stabilized if frail, was writing regular editorials in official media.
He has not run one recently. ...more
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday...more
2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more