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Castro warns Cubans to brace for shortages

HAVANA (AP) — Communist Party leader Raúl Castro warned Cubans on Wednesday that they should brace for worsening shortages due to Trump administration policies, but said the island won’t return to the extreme deprivation of the post-Soviet period. In his first speech to the nation in more than three months, …

Cuba to begin constitutional reforms to formalise ”opening-up’ – BBC News

Presidential term limits and the legalisation of same-sex marriage are on the agenda in Cuba. Presidential term limits and the legalisation of same-sex marriage are amongst reforms being proposed by Cuba’s national assembly. The intention is to constitutionally formalise the island’s economic and social opening-up while maintaining the “irrevocable nature …

Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems

FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Cuba’s President Raul Castro looks at his watch as he walks with Cuba’s Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, right, and National Assembly of People’s Power President Esteban Lazo Hernandez, left, to the unveiling of a replica of a statue of Cuba’s …

Cuba to start historic transition a day earlier

FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2014 file photo, Cuba’s President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, at the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba. HAVANA (AP) — A legislative session that will see a historic political transition in Cuba …

Cuba’s ‘lost generation’ prepares to take power next week

FILE – In this April 19, 2011 file photo, Fidel Castro, left, raises his brother’s hand, Cuba’s President Raul Castro, center, as they sing the anthem of international socialism during the 6th Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba. HAVANA (AP) — Fidel and Raul Castro were scruffy young guerrillas in …

Cuba holds one-party vote as post-Castro era looms

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans go to the polls on Sunday in a one-party vote that marks the penultimate step in a political process that will culminate next month with the selection of the Communist-ruled island’s first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.    Cuba’s President Raul Castro (L) and Cuba’s …

Tougher Trump line toward Cuba delights hardliners on island

HAVANA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s announcement of a tougher line toward Cuba has delighted hardliners on the island, who say it reveals the long-held U.S. aim of imposing American will on Cuba and justifies their wariness toward Washington. The president’s speech to Cuban exiles in Miami has also dismayed …