Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in nine months, attending an art gallery opening near his home.

Fidel Castro warns of nuclear war

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Emerging from seclusion, Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro sits down for his first television interview in years.

Fidel Castro warns of nuclear war

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Fidel Castro meets with the corps of ambassadors to Cuba and issues another warning about impending nuclear war.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine near Russian border

MH17 crash site

Nick Ralston A Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.

Dino Bouterse and the plot to build a Hezbollah base in Suriname

Dino Bouterse: facing a life sentence plus 15 years.

William Rosenau How a president's son and some Mexican drug smugglers tried to help Islamic terrorists attack the United States.

'Cuban Twitter'?: Four more bizarre ways the US tried to topple Castro

Steve Lillebuen Cuban Twitter may seem an absurd plan, but here are four even more bizarre ways the US have tried to topple the Cuban regime - and its former leader Fidel Castro - in the past.

American newscaster Barbara Walters announces her retirement

Michael Idato First Leno, then Letterman ... now Barbara?

In Ronald Reagan era, Mandela was branded a terrorist

'Constructive engagement': Former US president Ronald Reagan, pictured in 1987, had close ties to the apartheid-era government.

Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON - The outpouring of acclaim for Nelson Mandela from across the American ideological spectrum contrasts with the history of an earlier era, when many politicians and others derided the late...

Obama-Castro handshake - a sign of Mandela-like reconciliation?

barack obama, raul castro

Rosa-Tania Valdes For sure it's just what Mandela would have wanted, but does it amount to more than that?

Obama-Castro handshake jolts US-Cuba issue to life

Barack Obama and Raul Castro

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama’s tribute to Nelson Mandela at the memorial service in South Africa has been overwhelmed in America by discussion of his handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro, a nation...

Al-Qaeda leader vows to break out Muslims held in Guantanamo following similar terror jail breaks in Middle East

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Carol J. Williams Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has vowed in a video released Wednesday to break out Muslim prisoners from US penitentiaries and the heavily fortified compound for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo...

Nicolas Maduro's claims of plots against his life dismissed


A senior Barack Obama administration official is disputing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s claim that plots against his life by former United States government officials forced him to cancel a...

Mandela, the myth and the man

Man of the people: Nelson Mandela greets crowds in 1994.

Neil McMahon In the years after Nelson Mandela's release from prison, Australian journalist Neil McMahon observed the Mandela phenomenon up close as a foreign correspondent.

Chavez in his toughest election battle

Girish Gupta Caracas HUNDREDS of thousands of adoring supporters descended on Caracas for a mass rally called by Hugo Chavez before the toughest election of his 14-year rule.

Castro recruited former Nazis

Cuban leader Fidel Castro gives a speech in Cuba circa October 22, 1962 during the Cold War Cuban Missile Crisis. Fifty years after the Cuban missile crisis, Havana remains virulently hostile to the United States, which reciprocates by maintaining a crippling economic embargo against the communist-ruled Caribbean island. AFP PHOTO

Fiona Govan Fidel Castro recruited former members of the Nazi SS Waffen to train his troops at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, declassified German intelligence files show.

Castro picture of health

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been photographed with former Venezuelan vice-president Elias Jaua, contradicting rumours he is in poor health.

Photo belies Castro health rumours

Venezuela's former Vice President Elias Jaua shows a picture of himself and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

HAVANA: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been photographed with former Venezuelan vice-president Elias Jaua, contradicting rumours he is in poor health.


1524 Spanish surrender Milan to the French.

Hugo Chavez names successor after cancer relapse

Hugo Chavez

After 14 years in power, the seemingly indefatigable Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced a relapse of his cancer and designated vice president Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent.