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

HAVANA: Cubans go to the polls today 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. The government depicts the vote, which takes place every five years and in which Cubans are asked to endorse two official lists of candidates for the national and provincial assemblies, as a symbolic show of unity. This year, though, the newly-seated national assembly will on…

Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide

HAVANA: The popular eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro committed suicide on Thursday, state media reported. He was 68 years old. "Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning," Cuba's official newspaper Granma reported. "Fidelito" -- as he was known on Caribbean island nation -- had initially been hospitalized for his condition and then continued with outpatient follow-ups. Born on September 1, 1949, he was…

Cuba honours Fidel Castro one year after his death

HAVANA: With little fanfare, Cuba on Saturday commemorated the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro as it prepares to move into the post-Castro era. Since his death at the age of 90 on November 25 last year, Castro's wishes have been respected. No street, square or building bears his name, and no statue or monument has been erected in his honour. But Castro remains present in the minds of Cubans, and state media daily recalls his exploits, speeches and writings. The most important…

Cubans pay tribute to ‘Che’ on 50th anniversary of his death

SANTA CLARA, CUBA: Tens of thousands of Cubans turned out on Sunday to pay tribute to Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader, on the 50th anniversary of his death. An estimated 70,000 people thronged the streets outside a mausoleum in this town 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of the capital Havana which houses the remains of Guevara and of some of his former comrades. President Raul Castro, dressed in his general's uniform, was among those attending the ceremony in Santa…

Castro’s last goal? A football field for neighborhood kids

HAVANA: Fidel Castro is remembered around the world as a charismatic revolutionary or a ruthless tyrant, but in his neighborhood he was also a friendly old man who used his influence to build a soccer field for kids two weeks before his death. Castro, who led Cuba's 1959 revolution and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Nov. 25 at age 90, a decade after ceding power to his brother Raul Castro. Castro lived on the western edge of Havana in a large complex hidden from view by trees and adjacent…

Cuba’s Raul Castro vows to defend brother Fidel’s legacy in final tribute

SANTIAGO, CUBA: President Raul Castro led tens of thousands of Cubans on Saturday in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro, who died last week aged 90 and will be interred in the city where they launched the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro's image will not be immortalized with statues nor will public places be named after him, Raul Castro said, in keeping with his older brother's wishes. "This is the unconquered Fidel who calls us with his example," the president, dressed in his four-star…

What was Castro’s last goal?

HAVANA, Cuba: Fidel Castro is remembered around the world as a charismatic revolutionary, but in his neighborhood he was also a friendly old man who used his influence to build a soccer field for kids two weeks before his death. Castro, who led Cuba's 1959 revolution and for five decades defied US efforts to topple him, died on Nov 25 at age 90, a decade after ceding power to his brother Raul Castro. Castro lived on the western edge of Havana in a large complex hidden from view by trees and adjacent to a typical Cuban…

Ali’s boxing gloves, Fidel Castro cigars highlight auction

NEW YORK: Muhammad Ali's fight gloves and a box of cigars signed by the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro are among some of the highlights in an auction of memorabilia steeped in sporting history. Ali's gloves from the 1970 match at Madison Square Gardens in which he defeated Oscar Bonavena are expected to fetch upwards of $60,000, auctioneer Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions said. "They are really important gloves, because obviously they are fight-worn gloves, but also, a lot of his fight-worn items don't come…

Reunited in death: Fidel Castro’s remains rest at Che Guevara mausoleum

SANTA CLARA, HAVANA: One of the 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 he died on Friday aged 90. His ashes are being driven in a military caravan that reverses the route from Santiago de Cuba to Havana taken by his band of guerrillas in a fight to topple a US-backed president in 1959. A few…

Cubans hold mass rally for late leader Fidel Castro

HAVANA: Hundreds of thousands of Cubans packed Havana's Revolution Square on Tuesday for a massive rally in honor of late leader Fidel Castro. The crowd chanted "long live the revolution!" and "Fidel! Fidel!" as Castro's leftist Latin American allies and other leaders from the region and Africa joined the commemoration. A giant picture of a young, bearded Castro in his guerrilla uniform and rifle hung on the National Library as his brother and successor, Raul Castro, waved at the crowd. Castro -- who ruled from 1959…