Fulgencio Batista - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Fulgencio Batista Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony in east Cuba SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — A wooden box containing Fidel Castro's ashes was placed by his brother and successor on Sunday into the side of a granite boulder that has become Cuba's only official monument to the charismatic bearded rebel who seized control of a U.S.-allied Caribbean island and transformed it into a western outpost of Soviet-style communism that he ruled with absolu... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:19:00 GMT 2016-12-05T03:19:00Z Cuban family reveals complex reaction to Castro death SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — When Nancy Belcourt was a girl, two of her uncles fled their home in the central Cuban countryside to join rebels fighting a counter-revolution against Fidel Castro. One was shot to death by firing squad, his bones found by Belcourt's family many years later. Another was shot and killed while fighting Castro's men in the Escambray mountains in 1963. ... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:21:00 GMT 2016-12-01T17:21:00Z Fidel Castro ashes complete first leg of cross-country trip SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Fidel Castro's ashes are completing the first leg of a more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) journey across Cuba, traveling in a flag-draped cedar coffin through small towns and cities where his rebel army fought its way to power nearly 60 years ago. Just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday, an honor guard placed the coffin under a glass box o... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:37:00 GMT 2016-12-01T05:37:00Z Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro's ashes begin journey HAVANA (AP) — Surrounded by white roses and drawn by a green military jeep, Fidel Castro's ashes began a more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) journey on Wednesday across the country he ruled for nearly 50 years. Just after 7 a.m, an honor guard placed a small, flag-draped cedar coffin under a glass dome on a trailer behind the Russian jeep. Thousands of sol... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:10:00 GMT 2016-11-30T19:10:00Z Castro's death is bittersweet for nostalgic Cuban exiles MIAMI (AP) — Joaquin Palacio adored his grandfather's tobacco farm in Cuba's lush Pinar Del Rio province. As a boy he learned to plow the land, grow crops and ride his black horse, Centella. Before Fidel Castro, it was a place for vacations from the family's home in Havana, and a classroom for learning responsibility and hard work. "It ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:56:00 GMT 2016-11-29T20:56:00Z Trek to Castro's final resting spot traces revolution's past HAVANA (AP) — After his band of bearded rebels won power in 1959, Fidel Castro embarked on a victory tour delivering speeches to cheering crowds stretching from the eastern Cuban city of Santiago to Havana. Starting Wednesday, his ashes will retrace that journey in a solemn procession to his final resting spot. The trip is fraught with symbolism as the is... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:04:00 GMT 2016-11-29T14:04:00Z Cuban-American millennials anticipate role in evolving Cuba MIAMI (AP) — When 25-year-old illustrator Michelle Alfonso traveled to Cuba this year, she became the first in her family to go back to their ancestral homeland in more than a half-century — and it made her feel "whole again." Alfonso, a New Yorker, says more Cuban-Americans should make the trip, especially now that the nation's longtime leader and the ne... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:23:00 GMT 2016-11-28T19:23:00Z Castro shunned statues, monuments but still became icon There are no statues of Fidel Castro in Cuba. No school, street, government building or city bears his name. And while his likeness stares back from billboards and official portraits, it is absent from pesos and postage stamps. As the island's unchallenged leader for nearly a half-century before falling ill in 2006, Castro forbade monuments in his honor m... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:37:00 GMT 2016-11-28T00:37:00Z Imagining Cuba's human rights situation after Fidel Castro HAVANA (AP) — He overthrew a strongman, brought his country free health care and education, and enlisted Cubans in what he called fights for freedom from Central America to South Africa. Fidel Castro also maintained a steel grip at home, jailing dissidents and gays, controlling freedom of travel and expression and declaring virtually any activity outside his control to be il... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:09:00 GMT 2016-11-27T21:09:00Z Miami's joyous Cubans hope for change with Castro's death MIAMI (AP) — Wearing his "Bay of Pigs Veteran" shirt, 80-year-old Rafael Torre stood amid hundreds of Cuban-Americans celebrating the death of Fidel Castro and marveled that he remained in power for so long. Cuban exiles such as Torre tried numerous ways to dislodge Castro after he took control in 1959, including the failed 1961 CIA-backed invasion memori... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:02:00 GMT 2016-11-27T20:02:00Z Key dates in Fidel Castro's government in Cuba Key events in Cuba under Fidel Castro: Jan. 1, 1959 — Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba. June 1960 — Cuba nationalizes U.S.-owned oil refineries after they refuse to process Soviet oil. Nearly all other U.S. businesses expropriated by October. October 1960 — Washington bans exports to... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:07:00 GMT 2016-11-26T21:07:00Z Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90 in Cuba HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died at 10:29 p.m. Friday. He ended the ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:35:00 GMT 2016-11-26T18:35:00Z Castro clan torn by dysfunction and disagreements HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro's rule of nearly five decades split many a Cuban family between exile and solidarity with the communist revolution — including his own. While brother Raul was his closest confidant and successor as president, sister Juana, exiled in south Florida, called Fidel a "monster" to whom she hadn't spoken in more than four decades. ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:58:00 GMT 2016-11-26T06:58:00Z A look at the life of Fidel Castro NAME: Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz. TITLES: Former president of Council of State and Council of Ministers, first secretary of Communist Party of Cuba, commander in chief of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces. Before resigning Feb. 19, 2008, he was the world's longest-ruling head of government, and leader of one of world's last five communist states. Had been off public stage fo... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:22:00 GMT 2016-11-26T06:22:00Z