FIDEL CASTRO

  • I'd interview Putin to show the point of view that Americans don't want to hear about: Oliver Stone November 8, 2014

    Moscow: Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, who has previously documented former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, has expressed a desire to make a documentary about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Stone is currently in Russia to finalise a documentary on US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who...
  • 8yearold boy who dresses like Fidel Castro gets an invitation from his idol to chat at the Cuban leader's house! August 26, 2014

    Cuba: All that's missing is the beard. An 8yearold Cuban boy who likes to dress up as Fidel Castro got to meet his idol after Cuba's 88yearold retired leader invited him and his family to his Havana home for a chat. "I felt a lot of emotion upon seeing Fidel," Marlon Mendez...
  • Ansari concludes threenation trip, leaves for India November 2, 2013

    London: Vice President Hamid Ansari left for India on Saturday after concluding his 8day official tour that took him to Peru, Cuba and Britain. Ansari left for Delhi soon after delivering a lecture on "Citizenship and identity" at the prestigious Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He arrived here last night from...
  • Didn't expect to live to 87: Cuba's Fidel Castro August 15, 2013

    Havana: Fidel Castro says he didn't expect he'd live long enough to turn 87 this week after grave illness forced him from office in 2006, according to an essay carried by official media on Wednesday. In a long, wideranging article taking up three pages of Communist Party newspaper Granma, Castro, whose...
  • Cuban revolution video game 'Gesta Final' lets users play Che Guevara March 29, 2013

    Havana: Fight your way through mangrove swamps shouldertoshoulder with bearded guerrillas clad in the olive green of Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Your mission: Topple 1950s Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Out to foil you are helmeted Batista soldiers and police in mustardyellow uniforms who pop out from behind trees and...
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro surprises with Parliament appearance February 25, 2013

    Havana: Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance Sunday by joining the opening session of the National Assembly, state media reported amid speculation the gathering could give clues on planning for a future leadership succession. Since falling ill in 2006 and ceding the presidency to his brother, Fidel...
  • Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer surgery in Cuba February 19, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba on Monday, more than two months after surgery for cancer that has jeopardized his 14year rule of the South American OPEC nation. The middleofthenight homecoming implies some medical improvement at least enough to handle a flight of several...
  • Ailing Chavez names potential successor December 9, 2012

    Caracas: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba on Sunday for more surgery after a recurrence of cancer led him to name a successor for the first time in a sign the disease may force an end to his 14year rule. Supporters prepared to gather in city squares across the...
  • Fidel Castro reportedly makes first public appearance in months October 21, 2012

    Havana: Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in months, a top hotel executive told The Associated Press on Sunday, challenging persistent rumors that the aging revolutionary is near death. The 86yearold leader dropped off a Venezuelan guest at the Hotel Nacional on Saturday afternoon, then stayed...
  • Cuba criticises Twitter for Fidel death rumour January 5, 2012

    Havana: State media on Wednesday accused the social networking site Twitter of helping spread a rumour that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died, and criticised antiCastro expatriates it dubbed "necrophiliac counterrevolutionaries" for jumping on the story. An article on the staterun Cubadebate website accused Twitter of allowing an account holder...
  • Castro turns 85 quietly but still a force in Cuba August 13, 2011

    Havana: Fidel Castro marked his 85th birthday outside of the public spotlight on Saturday, with little fanfare around the aging revolutionary icon who is rarely seen in public these days but still casts a long shadow over Cuban society. There were no announced celebrations of Castro's birthday, though the previous night...
  • Fidel Castro steps down as Cuba party head April 19, 2011

    Havana: Cuba's Communist Party elected President Raul Castro on Tuesday to succeed his older brother Fidel Castro as head of the country's highest political body and only legal party. Fidel Castro made an unexpected appearance on the last day of the crucial Communist Party congress that also approved sweeping economic reforms. The...
  • I was dead but then resurrected: Fidel Castro August 31, 2010

    Mexico City: Cuban leader Fidel Castro describes the illness that caused him to step down from power in nearreligious terms a 'calvary' and his recovery a sort of resurrection. Castro, 84, made the remarks in an interview with a Mexican daily. "I was dead," Castro said in the interview. "I no...
  • Castro addresses Cuban parliament after 4 years August 8, 2010

    Havana: Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Saturday delivered a speech on the Iranian nuclear issue before the country's parliament, his first official appearance in four years. Dressed in his trademark olive green military uniform, the 83yearold leader was greeted with applause as he walked in, Xinhua reported. Castro warned...
  • A rebel remembers: Castro tells his tale August 3, 2010

    Havana: Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has released his book The Strategic Victory, a memoir of the victory of his rebel forces against the country's dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. "It's something special to remember all that," the Cuban leader said while launching the 896page memoir at a televised ceremony held...
  • Obama lives in fantasy world, says Fidel Castro June 3, 2010

    Havana: Fidel Castro speculated on Wednesday that a nuclear strike on Iran might help President Barack Obama win a second term in the White House and also suggested the United States could attack North Korea. The former leader of Cuba, who has not been seen in public for nearly four...
  • 'Obama's presidency is losing its virginity' February 8, 2009

    Havana: Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said that US President Barack Obama's politics was "losing its virginity", Spanish news agency EFE reported on Saturday. In the third article in two weeks criticising the actions of the new US president, Cuba's expresident commented on White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's statement...
  • 50 years of Cuban revolution celebrated on Jan 1 January 2, 2009

    January first wasnt just New Years Day for Cuba, it also marked the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. In 1959 former leader Fidel Castro and his army rolled into Havana and ousted the ruling government. CNN's Morgan Neill has more ...
  • Fidel Castro, the latest celeb on the blog! August 3, 2008

    Havana: For almost fifty years, Fidel Castro rallied marches, railed against his enemies and thundered from every TV set in Cuba. Two years ago, he disappeared from the public stage. Now, Cubans only see him in official photos and videos, looking frail and saying little. But he gets his message out....
  • Ice cream parlor built by Castro draws attention July 16, 2008

    In Cuba, especially during the summer, lines of people wait outside a popular ice cream parlor built by Fidel Castro. ...
  • Castro urges FARC rebels to release all hostages July 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has urged Colombia's FARC rebel group to release all it's hostages. Castro's comment follows the rescue of over a dozen hostages, including former Columbian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, last week. Castro wants the MarxistLeninist guerrillas to unconditionally free all hostages and prisoners under their...
  • I began revolution with 82 men: Castro February 19, 2008

    New Delhi: Cuban President and Commanderinchief Fidel Castro has resigned. I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I had to do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of...
  • Fidel Castro's letter announcing his retirement February 19, 2008

    The text of a letter from Fidel Castro published by the staterun newspaper Granma. Message from the CommanderinChief Dear compatriots: Last Friday, February 15, I promised you that in my next reflection I would deal with an issue of interest to many compatriots. Thus, this now is rather a message. The moment has come...
  • Fidel Castro steps down as Cuban president | The letter February 19, 2008

    Havana: Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commanderinchief of Cuba's military on Tuesday, according to a letter published in the staterun newspaper, Granma. The resignation ends nearly a halfcentury of ironfisted rule that inspired revolutionaries but frustrated 10 U.S. presidents. Castro revealed his plans without advance notice...
  • Fidel Castro may finally retire after five decades December 19, 2007

    Havana: For nearly five decades President Fidel Castro has been at the helm of Cuban politics. But now, in a surprising message, the Cuban leader says it may finally be time to let the younger generation take over. Before starting his daily talkshow, one of Cuba's bestknown anchors Randy Alonso, read...
  • Fidel Castro letter: I won't 'cling to office' December 18, 2007

    Havana: A Cuban television news anchor read a letter on air Monday that was reportedly written by Fidel Castro promising he would not "cling to office" or be an impediment to rising young leaders. "My basic duty is not to cling to office, much less to obstruct the rise of younger...
  • Is ailing Castro fit to contest Cuba elections? November 22, 2007

    New Delhi: Is the ailing Cuban leader Fidel ready to call it a day? Castro has not been seen in public since handing over power to brother Raul in May last year. He later underwent stomach surgery. With elections due next January, there is growing speculation over whether Castro will be a...
  • Castro shows up on TV to prove he's not dying September 22, 2007

    New Delhi: Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro made a rare appearance on national television, in a move aimed to dispel speculation that he was dying. The 81yearold looked healthier than he did in his last television appearance three months ago, and responded defiantly to questions about his health by saying,...
  • Chavez surprises ailing Castro June 13, 2007

    New Delhi: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise visit to Cuba on Tuesday to meet convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro. "Long live Cuba! Long live Fidel!" Chavez shouted on arrival at the Havana airport. This is Chavez's sixth visit since the longtime Cuban President fell ill in July 2006. Last...
  • World wipes: What's making news June 4, 2007

    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvas India visits raised expectations of increase in trade; Cuban Leader Fidel Castro makes his first television appearance in four months and Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju is dead. Brazilian President visits IndiaBrazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is on a threeday visit to...