January 8, 2013 The announcement by the government confirms suspicions the president's illness will keep him in Cuba past Thursday when he was scheduled to be sworn in. Chavez underwent his fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba last month.
Luis La Rosa, left, and Harry Henry on one of their last days at work on the U.S. Naval Station Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
December 18, 2012 For more than 50 years, the men traveled from their homes in the communist nation to jobs on the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. "Sometimes you feel like you are living in two worlds," says one. The men just retired.
Cuba has relaxed some business rules, allowing street vendors to sell produce and a large wholesale produce market to open at night on the edge of Havana.
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December 7, 2012 Farmers in the communist nation were once banned from freely selling their crops. As the country struggles to feed itself, the government has begun to accept a greater role for the profit motive. Now each night, in a muddy vacant lot on the edge of Havana, a market appears after sundown.
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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro in March, when Pope Benedict XVI visited Havana.
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October 18, 2012 In government-run media, a letter he reportedly signed congratulates a medical school on its 50th anniversary and takes some shots at the U.S. Castro is now 86 years old.
October 16, 2012 The new law means most citizens will be allowed to leave without seeking permission from the government. Doctors and critics of the state seem to be exempt from the new law.
Cuba has tight advertising restrictions, so Cedric Fernando uses his British-made 1955 MG convertible to spread the word about his Indian restaurant, Bollywood, in Havana.
August 22, 2012 In a land of mainly fried and mildly spiced foods, Cedric Fernando is hoping to perk up the Cuban palate by opening the island nation's first Indian restaurant. But he's still got a business back in London, just in case.
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Back dropped by an image of Cuba's revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful from his popemobile as arrives at Revolution Square for a Mass in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday.
March 28, 2012 Amnesty International says more than 150 opposition activists have been arrested.
Lobster salad, pineapple sorbet and truffle oil-infused black sesame seeds, as prepared by Cuban Chef Luis Alberto Alfonso PÃ©rez.
January 27, 2012 Cuban food has evolved very little since Fidel Castro came into power — the U.S. embargo has made it hard to import ingredients from abroad and few citizens have been permitted to travel. But a handful of Cuban chefs, including one who recently visited Washington, D.C., is determined to modernize the cuisine.
November 3, 2011 The move is a major act of reform instituted by President Raúl Castro. It nudges the island toward a more free-market system.
October 27, 2011 Sen. Marco Rubio blamed the news media Thursday for making too much of his differing versions of the story behind his parents' immigration from Cuba in the 1950s.
U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad gives a press conference to announce her swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida, in Havana, Cuba, on Friday.
September 25, 2011 The 62-year-old endurance swimmer gave up her attempt after more than 40 hours of swimming. The cause: Painful man o' war stings, which medics warned could be life-threatening.
Fidel Castro, left, and his brother Raul at today's Communist Party Congress in Havana.
April 19, 2011 Raul Castro's longtime confidante Jose Ramon Machado Ventura will be No. 2 in the leadership, and Vice President Ramiro Valdes is No. 3.
Delta says it is already licensed to operate charter flights to Cuba and could begin nonstop service from Atlanta as early as May or June.
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March 8, 2011 Travelers authorized to visit Cuba from the United States will now have more departure-city options. The U.S. government has added eight airports to the list cities allowed to handle direct flights between the two countries.
March 4, 2011 The trial of a U.S. aid contractor begins today in Cuba, where the man had been working to give Internet access to Jewish organizations. But Cuba says that the work that Alan Gross did for the U.S. Agency for International Development was subversive.
Tourists and locals sit on a wall along the waterfront in Havana; Aug. 25, 2010.
December 14, 2010 The lifting of travel restrictions for those with family members on the island has led to an explosion in travel. It's expected that the number of visitors from the U.S. this year will be five times that of the year before rules were eased.
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