Jitters in Havana as great patron departs

Miami Herald The death of Hugo Chavez has given free rein to fears that Cuba will plunge into an economic abyss again if Caracas halts its subsidies, estimated at well above the massive aid that the Soviet Union...

Ernest Hemingway's Cuba logs could be source for deep-sea fish data

John Hemingway (left) and Patrick Hemingway (right), grandsons of the US author Ernest Hemingway, pay tribute to their grandfather at his statue in Cojimar village, Havana.

Michael Weissenstein Along with a team of US researchers, Hemingway's grandsons on a five-day mission to leverage their famous name to encourage closer ties between the US and Cuba and open the way for scientists to gain...

Russia to reopen spying post in Cuba

Lourdes Signals Intelligence facility in Cuba.

Andrew Kramer Russia has decided to reopen an electronic eavesdropping post in Cuba that it closed more than a decade ago, reaching out for a one-time symbol of its global superpower status, Russian officials and...

Vladimir Putin denies reports that Russia plans to reopen Cuban spy base

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro in Havana.

Juan Tamayo Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying reports that his government had reached an agreement to reopen the Lourdes electronic eavesdropping base in Cuba, which once monitored a broad range of US...

US government contractor jailed in Cuba ends hunger strike

A US contractor imprisoned in Cuba ended a hunger strike on Friday after eight days of protesting against his treatment by the Cuban and US governments while serving a 15-year term for illegally...

Teen stowaway survives flight from California to Hawaii in aircraft wheel well

A 16-year-old boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii is loaded into an ambulance.

Joseph Serna A teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii and survived did not know where the plane was headed when he climbed aboard, FBI officials said Monday.

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?

Cuba lets citizens buy new cars

Vintage cars in Havana.

Marc Frank For the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cubans will have the right to buy new vehicles without government permission.

Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance

Rare appearance: Former Cuban president Fidel Castro.

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

Gangster Al Capone's mansion on the market

Notorious American gangster Al Capone, pictured at a football game in 1931.

Zachary Fagenson The sprawling, waterfront compound where notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone died after being released from Alcatraz is for sale.

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.

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...

US spying on our neighbours through embassies

Philip Dorling The United States is tapping telephones and monitoring communications networks from electronic surveillance facilities in US embassies and consulates across east and south-east Asia, according to...

Date set for end of Cuba's Castro era

Raul Castro

HAVANA:Raul Castro has accepted a new five-year term and says it will be his last as Cuba's president, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era.

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.

Chavez admits cancer relapse, designates heir apparent

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admitted a relapse of his cancer on Saturday and designated vice president Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent in case "something happened" to him.

Chavez 'fighting for his life'

Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has not been seen in public for more than a month, is "fighting for his life" after cancer surgery in Cuba, former vice president Elias Jaua says.