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Rajnath leaves for Havana to pay last respects to Fidel Castro

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi [India], Nov. 29 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh left for Cuban capital Havana this morning to pay last respects to the country's former president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro who passed away on Friday.

Singh is among the various world leaders who will attend the mass commemorative event at Revolution Square in the city. An Indian delegation is accompanying the Home Minister.

The week-long commemoration began yesterday at the Square where thousands of people are paying their respects to the departed leader.

Simultaneous 21-gun salutes were fired to mark the beginning of the commemoration in Havana and the south-eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, from where Castro launched the revolution in 1953.

Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader Fidel Castro no more

Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader Fidel Castro no more

New York [United States], Nov. 26 : Cuba's revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90.

The news of his death was announced by Cuban President Raul Castro, who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier, Cuban state media reports.

Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for president Jimmy Carter, had said in 2012 that there are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba.

"He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good. Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died," Pastor said.

Fidel Castro opens school in rare public appearance

Fidel-CastroHavana, April 12 : Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro opened a school in Havana in a rare public appearance since his retirement in 2006, the official Granma daily reported.

Castro, 86, spoke for two hours with the students and teachers at the school about climate change, weapons of mass destruction, economic crisis, high fuel prices and many other issues, reported Granma Thursday.

"In these circumstances, life on earth is difficult," he was quoted as saying.

It was Castro's idea to build the 140-student facility in a Havana district, reported Xinhua citing Granma.

Chavez was Cubans' best friend: Fidel Castro

Chavez was Cubans' best friend: Fidel CastroHavana, March 12 - Former Cuban president Fidel Castro said here Monday that the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was the "best friend" the Cuban people had in history.

In his first public statement after Chavez's death, the 86-year-old retired Cuban leader in an article published by the official media, said the news of Chavez's death was a bitter hit, Xinhua reported.

Fidel Castro amused by speculations about his death

Fidel Castro amused by speculations about his deathCaracas, Sep 11 : Former Cuban head of state Fidel Castro said he's "amused" that there are people speculating about his death, according to a voice recording aired on Venezuelan state television.

Castro also said that he stopped writing his "Reflections" two months ago because he doesn't like to "waste time" and is working on more "important" and "useful" things. He also said that he is "serene" and "happy".

Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance

Fidel CastroHavana, July 11 : A Cuban website published photographs over the weekend of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro making his first public appearance since he resigned as president in mid-2006.

The official Cubadebate website ran five photographs taken by Castro's son, Alex, during a visit Wednesday to the National Scientific Research Centre.

The former president, 83, commemorated the 45th anniversary of the centre's founding in sports attire and held animated conversations with the managers and workers, the website said.

Sean Penn to ''interview Fidel Castro’

Sean Penn to ''interview Fidel Castro’Washington, Oct 26 : Sean Penn has flown all the way to Cuba to interview politician Fidel Castro for a magazine article, according to reports.

The Oscar winner has been criticised for his support of the anti-U. S. revolutionary and his president brother Raul.

And now, he is said to have jetted to the communist country to discuss how U. S. President Barack Obama''s administration has affected Cuba.

Reports have suggested that the interview with the former leader will be used for an article Penn is writing for America''s Vanity Fair magazine.

Fidel Castro fathered at least 10 children by a string of women, says book

Fidel Castro fathered at least 10 children by a string of women, says bookLondon, September 27 : Cuban leader Fidel Castro has at least 10 children from his relationships with a string of women, if a new book is to be believed.

Even though discussing his womanising ways is strictly taboo on the Caribbean communist outpost, journalist Ann Louise Bardach has thrown light on Castro’s philandering in her book ‘Without Fidel’.

To be published by Scribner, the book chronicles the lives of Castro and his brother Raul, reports the Telegraph.

Castro appears on Cuban television for first time in a year

Castro appears on Cuban television for first time in a year Havana  - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro appeared on state-run television over the weekend for the first time in more than a year, during a meeting with Venezuelan students that showed him in good health and humour.

The six-minute video was recorded on Saturday, according to an announcer, during a discussion with recent graduates of the law school of Carabobo University, which is named after the retired Cuban leader.

New photo shows Fidel Castro in better health

New photo shows Fidel Castro in better health Havana - Cuba displayed what it said is a recent photo of Fidel Castro, Cuba's retired revolutionary ruler who formally gave up power last year and turned 83 Thursday.

In the photo released late Wednesday, Castro appeared to be in better health than in images taken in the past three years since he stepped aside from the presidency because of illness.

The photograph is part of a Havana exhibit on Castro mounted for his birthday and was taken this summer by Castro's son Alex, who is a professional photographer.

New photo shows Fidel Castro in better health

New photo shows Fidel Castro in better healthHavana  - Cuba is displaying what it said is a recent photo of Fidel Castro on the occasion of his 83rd birthday that shows a healthier-looking former president.

Castro appeared to be in better health than in images taken in the past three years since he stepped aside from the presidency because of illness.

The photograph is part of a Havana exhibit on Castro mounted for his birthday Thursday and was taken by Castro's son Alex, who is a professional photographer.

It shows the revolutionary with a cropped beard and wearing a baseball cap and jersey.

Fidel Castro’s son duped by fake ladylove on Internet

Fidel Castro’s son duped by fake ladylove on InternetLondon, June 15 : Love turned rather shameful for former Cuban ruler Fidel Castro''s son Antonio, who was fooled by a man presenting himself as a sexy Colombian woman on the internet.

Known for his reputation with women, Antonio fell to the charms of his Internet ladylove Claudia, who was smitten by his wealth and power and was keen to travel to Cuba to meet the man of her dreams.

Castro chides summit secrecy, but likes Obama's sleep habits

Castro chides summit secrecy, but likes Obama's sleep habits Havana  - Traditional Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday complained that the weekend Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago was held in "secret."

But at the same time, amid a dawning - though as yet far from complete - thaw in US-Cuban relations, Castro had some praise for US President Barack Obama.

"His predecessor (George W Bush) went to sleep early and slept many hours. It seems that Obama works a lot and sleeps little," he quipped in an article published on the website Cubadebate.

Castro accuses Brown of treating Obama with disdain

Castro accuses Brown of treating Obama with disdain Havana  - Historic Cuban leader Fidel Castro accused British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of treating peers, including US President Barack Obama, "with prejudice" during the recent Group of 20 summit in London.

In an article that the Cuban Communist Party daily Granma published Wednesday under his name, Castro further accused host Brown of having behaved in a "visibly derogatory" fashion toward the representatives of the Third World.

After US lawmakers' visit, Fidel thinks Obama "sincere," but ...

Fidel CastroHavana/Washington  - After meeting with US lawmakers, Cuba's retired leader Fidel Castro said Wednesday that while he believes US President Barack Obama's intentions towards Cuba are "sincere," they clash with the "objective reality" within the United States.

In an article published Wednesday in Cuban state media, Castro spoke of his two-hour meeting Tuesday with three members of the US Congressional Black Caucus.

The man who formally stepped down from power in Cuba in February 2008 after almost half-a-century was reacting to comments made by US Democratic Representative Laura Richardson.

Fidel Castro tweaks "contradictions" of G20 summit

Fidel Castro tweaks "contradictions" of G20 summit Havana  - Cuba's retired leader Fidel Castro Wednesday showed a flash of his former outspoken self, writing that this week's G20 summit in London reflects deep conflicts and yet holds the welfare of the world's workers in its hands.

The article, published in Cuban state media, also stressed the importance of the summit for the world.

Fidel Castro endorses Raul's Havana housecleaning

Fidel Castro endorses Raul's Havana housecleaning Havana  - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in a commentary published Tuesday endorsed the sacking of several top officials undertaken by his brother and successor, President Raul Castro.

On Monday, Raul announced a major cabinet reshuffle including the removal of several key figures, most notably foreign minister Felipe Perez Roque and Carlos Lage, who had been secretary of the Cuban Council of Ministers.

Fidel wrote that the changes had been discussed with him in advance.

Fidel Castro in very good shape, says Hugo Chavez

Hugo ChavezCaracas, Feb. 28 : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said 82-year-old former Cuban leader Fidel Castro seemed to be in a "very, very good shape" during their latest meeting in Cuba.

"Fidel is - well - very, very, very good. Very good. He was much better than all the times I''ve visited him in the past three years, two and a half years," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

Fidel Castro's voice still strong, even out of power

Fidel Castro's voice still strong, even out of powerHavana  - A year after Fidel Castro announced his retirement, doubts persist as to how far removed the iconic Cuban leader really is from the decision-making progress in the communist island.

Many Cubans continue to refer to him as "comandante," including his successor, Raul Castro, who admits to still consulting his older brother on all major issues.

Castro wants to know what Obama will change in US’ Cuba policy

Fidel CastroWashington, Feb 5 : Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is again using the Internet to let the White House know just what concerns Havana, raising a list of grievances with Washington going back five decades.

Castro asked President Barack Obama whether he is familiar with the damage caused by US policy of germ and bacteriological warfare against the island's people, animals and plants among many other aggressions dating back decades.




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