By Sarah Marsh SANTIAGO, Cuba, Dec 4 – Fidel Castro will be laid to rest on Sunday alongside the mausoleum of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti, ensuring that the polarizing nature of Castro’s life will continue in death. Castro and his leftist revolutionaries claimed Marti’s mantle upon overthrowing a U.S.-backed regime in 1959 and later
By Sarah Marsh and Diego Oré SANTA CLARA, Havana, Dec 1 – One of history’s best known double acts was temporarily reunited on Wednesday, when Fidel Castro’s ashes arrived at a mausoleum housing the bones of his fellow revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, part of a three-day cortege for the Cuban leader. Castro was cremated after
The man who defied America, defeated by death BY Leila Hatoum At the age of 90, the man who defied 11 U.S. presidents, reportedly overcame over 600 assassination attempts by U.S. intelligence agencies, and brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war, finally succumbed to his death on November 25. With 49 years
SANAA, Nov 28 – Yemen’s powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the country’s dominant Houthi movement, has asked the United Nations Security Council to allow him to travel to Cuba to pay respects to former president Fidel Castro, according to a statement by his party. Saleh, a former counter-terrorism ally of the
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Nov 26 – Baptised as a Roman Catholic and educated by Jesuits, Fidel Castro became a persecutor of the Church after seizing power in Cuba in 1959. Nearly 40 years later, he began a rapprochement that was eventually to enable the Vatican to broker a historic resumption of ties between
By Roberta Rampton WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov 26 – U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump gave his first reaction to the death of Fidel Castro on Saturday, saying on Twitter, “Fidel Castro is dead!”, without elaborating. Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, threatened during his campaign that concerns about religious freedom in Cuba could
By Hugh Lawson Nov 26 – World leaders paid tribute on Saturday to Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States, but in death just as in life he divided opinion, and critics labelled him a “tyrant”. Castro died on Friday aged 90, his younger
By Matt Spetalnick, Daniel Trotta and Jeff Mason HAVANA, March 21 – President Barack Obama arrived to small but cheering crowds on Sunday at the start of a historic visit to Cuba that opened a new chapter in U.S. engagement with the island’s Communist government after decades of hostility between the former Cold War foes.