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November 29, 2016 7:05 AM Leftist allies fly in to pay tribute to Cuba's Castro at mass rally

HAVANA Leaders of Cuba's leftist allies and other developing countries descend on Havana on Tuesday for a mass rally commemorating Fidel Castro, the rebel who seized power in a 1959 revolution and ruled the island for half a century. Castro, who ceded control to his younger brother Raul Castro a decade ago due to poor health, died on Friday at the age of 90, leaving 9

November 29, 2016 12:10 AM Fidel Castro's legacy casts dark shadow in Cuba

The Cuban leader repressed basic freedoms and created a climate of fear in the country. In remembering Fidel Castro, it is easy for Canadians to forget the many ways the Cuban leader ruthlessly repressed basic freedoms and created a climate of fear and control over all aspects of people’s lives. For many Canadians, Cuba is, after all, a sunny holiday 43

November 28, 2016 7:36 PM Trump threatens to terminate US-Cuba thaw

Donald Trump says he will end the thaw between the US and Cuba if the country does not offer a "better deal". President Barack Obama has worked to improve relations with the communist government in Havana, culminating in his historic visit in March 2016. The president-elect threatened in a tweet to put an end to the detente following the death of Fidel 13

November 28, 2016 2:47 PM US companies positioning for Cuba's rising fortunes after Fidel Castro

Despite such obstacles, select companies have already used unconventional routes to access Cuban consumers. Dutch brewing giant Heineken, for example, brought refrigerated trucks to the island and handed them to Cuba's Ministry of Trade, essentially ceding control of distribution, according to BCG. Heineken's existing brand presence on the island could 2

November 28, 2016 5:45 AM Cubans to throng Revolution Square in mourning for Fidel Castro

HAVANA Cubans will begin massing on Havana's Revolution Square from Monday for a week-long commemoration of Fidel Castro, the communist guerrilla leader who led a revolution in 1959 and ruled the Caribbean island for half a century. Castro died on Friday at the age of 90, a decade after stepping down due to poor health and ceding power to his brother 20

November 28, 2016 5:08 AM Cuba bids farewell to Fidel Castro, ruler for half-century

HAVANA (AP) — A nine-story portrait of a young Fidel Castro has joined the towering images of fallen guerrillas overlooking Havana's Plaza of the Revolution, the massive square where Cuba on Monday begins bidding farewell to the man who ruled the island for nearly half a century. After 10 years of leadership by Castro's younger brother Raul, a relatively 12 1

November 27, 2016 9:34 PM 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 4

November 27, 2016 8:48 PM Cuba Begins Week of Mourning Castro as World Reaction Mixed

Cubans are mourning Fidel Castro, the country's revolutionary leader whose death was announced Saturday. Flags are flying at half-staff across the country, as Cuba enters a week filled with memorials to mark his passing. The socialist revolutionary, who had long been ill, died late Friday at the age of 90. A cause of death has not been announced. A series 11

November 27, 2016 5:56 AM Looking back at the life of Fidel Castro, who defied the U.S. for 50-plus years

The former Cuban president, who died late Friday at age 90, brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere and sparked a nuclear-armed crisis. Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 U.S. presidents 67

November 26, 2016 7:23 AM Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, dead at 90

Fidel Castro, the bearded revolutionary icon who imposed socialism on Cuba and survived assassination attempts, an invasion, and isolation as the stubborn nemesis of 10 US presidents, has died, according to an official announcement by Cuban state television late Friday. Mr. Castro was 90. Mr. Castro seized power in 1959 in an insurgency that ousted the corrupt 38