Latest Raul Castro News

Cuba's new leader breaks from past with public appearances

May. 22, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — For half a century Fidel Castro seemed to be everywhere in Cuba — inspecting factories, farms and offices, expounding to the press and zooming to the scenes of natural disasters to direct the minutest details of the response. His brother Raul was a military man who operated from behind...

The Latest: Cuba state media says Castro had hernia surgery

May. 18, 2018 8:22 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the plane crash in Havana (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Cuban state media say Communist Party leader Raul Castro is recovering from a hernia operation. State television said on its evening broadcast that the 86-year-old leader who stepped down as president last month was...

Raul Castro's daughter to push for gay marriage in Cuba

May. 4, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, says she will push for gay marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July. The reform is expected to encompass a wide range of modernizing changes to Cuba's 1976...

Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies

May. 1, 2018 3:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Workers and activists around the world marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies and other events to press their governments to address labor issues. International Workers' Day is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to...

Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

Apr. 21, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Saturday in his first official act as the country's leader. Maduro is the first president to visit Diaz-Canel since he was selected by outgoing President Raul Castro to lead the island's government earlier...

Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclear

Apr. 20, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel. The 86-year-old revolutionary departed from his prepared remarks, making jokes and reminiscing about the past. He talked about his great-grandchildren. In short,...

First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

Apr. 20, 2018 9:55 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as "neither a novice nor an improviser," high praise in a system dedicated to continuity...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Apr. 20, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency to 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, who Castro says will hold power until 2031. The 86-year-old...

The Latest: Pence tweets response to Cuba's Raul Castro

Apr. 19, 2018 11:33 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on Raul Castro's handover of Cuba's presidency (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is responding to outgoing Cuban leader Raul Castro, telling him on Twitter that "we're here standing with the Cuban people." Pence tweeted in response to a quote from Castro, who...

Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Apr. 19, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island. Castro's...