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Brother says Castro getting stronger
Fidel Castro remains on the mend, gaining weight, exercising twice a day and continuing to help make the Cuban government's top decisions, his brother Raúl Castro says. The island's acting president gave the first clues about his brother's health in weeks, saying during a Monday speech that he has a "healthier mentality, full use of his mental faculties with some small physical limitations."

26 Dec 2007 by admin

Cubans on patrol for smugglers
On a calm weather day, with blue skies and a flat sea, a Cuban Border Guard patrol boat made its way along the coastline near the capitol city.

Increasingly, the mission for the officers and crew aboard this vessel is to try to stop the hundreds of smugglers who come here illegally from Florida each year to pick up thousands of Cuban passengers and sneak them into the United States, often through Mexico.

27 Oct 2007 by admin

Cubans wonder where their Web access went
At a government-run Internet cafe inside a Havana post office, the 1,942 Cubans signed up to use the computers were left with a question this summer: Why had the government abruptly cut their Internet access, leaving them only with e-mail on a state account?

At this and three other public centers in Havana no longer on the Web, managers and clientele could only speculate why:

Did demand exceed the woeful infrastructure? Or was it the latest example of information control in the communist nation, as Internet rumors abound about Fidel Castro's illness and prognosis? Did the communications minister make good on a February pronouncement that the Internet "can and must be controlled"?

26 Oct 2007 by admin

Long-absent Castro speaks live on TV
Cubans heard their ailing President Fidel Castro joking and chattering as he spoke live for the first time in months on a television show hosted by his Venezuelan ally Hugo Chavez.

In his first live broadcast in Cuba since he was sidelined by an unspecified illness 15 months ago, Castro spoke by telephone for an hour and 22 minutes on a variety of topics, including the state of his health and the challenges of life in the shadow of the United States.

26 Oct 2007 by admin

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