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November 7, 1987 | From Reuters
Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has shown coolness toward economic and social reforms taking place in the Soviet Union, held talks with Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Friday. Tass news agency said the two discussed Soviet-Cuban relations and ways of ending the arms race in a "spirit of comradely trust and complete mutual understanding."
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September 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Spanish King Juan Carlos I appeared to have put their public spat of two years ago well behind them during a meeting in Spain, even sharing a joke about the monarch's new beard. Chavez said to the king, "You've grown a beard like Fidel," referring to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, to which the king replied: "I'm changing my look." Relations between the two have been closely monitored since the king shouted: "Why don't you shut up?" after the Venezuelan leader interrupted the Spanish prime minister and called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a fascist at a 2007 summit.
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WORLD
February 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba will free seven of 59 dissidents imprisoned since 2003, a move that opponents of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said reflects a "climate of change" under his brother's rule. The releases were negotiated by Spain and announced by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on its website that four of the released dissidents will be sent to Spain with their families to receive medical treatment. They are Omar Pernet, Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo, Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Pablo Alvarez.
SPORTS
March 4, 2008 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
With the retirement of Cuban leader Fidel Castro comes new hope for the golf industry in Cuba, according to the Wall Street Journal. Cuba was once home to several world-class courses, but the sport went into a steep decline in 1962, after Castro lost a golf match against guerrilla icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Almost immediately Castro "had one Havana golf course turned into a military school, another into an art school," the Journal reported. "A journalist who wrote about the defeat of Cuba's Maximum Leader, who was a notoriously bad loser, was fired the next day."
NEWS
May 23, 1989
President Bush challenged Cuban leader Fidel Castro to release all political prisoners and called for free elections in Cuba to "let the will of the people prevail." Bush also said he will not ease the stern U.S. policy toward Cuba until Castro improves human rights conditions in the island nation. Speaking before 230 Cuban-Americans invited to a White House briefing, Bush said: "Our demand is plain and simple--democracy and respect for human rights, not some time, not some day, but now."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
ABC hopes to broadcast Ted Koppel's "Nightline" from Cuba and Nicaragua during the week of Nov. 2. The trip by Koppel & Co. apparently hinges on the availability of Cuban leader Fidel Castro for a broadcast. In addition, "Night-line" producers are working to set up an interview featuring both Sandinista and contra leaders, perhaps on Nov. 5, the day the Central American peace plan, authored by Costa Rica President Oscar Arias, goes into effect.
WORLD
September 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Spanish King Juan Carlos I appeared to have put their public spat of two years ago well behind them during a meeting in Spain, even sharing a joke about the monarch's new beard. Chavez said to the king, "You've grown a beard like Fidel," referring to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, to which the king replied: "I'm changing my look." Relations between the two have been closely monitored since the king shouted: "Why don't you shut up?" after the Venezuelan leader interrupted the Spanish prime minister and called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a fascist at a 2007 summit.
NEWS
November 2, 1987 | From Reuters
Leaders from the Communist world arrived in Moscow on Sunday for a weeklong celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, with Cuban leader Fidel Castro notably absent. Soviet television showed Cuban Vice President Carlos Rodriguez arriving at the head of his country's delegation.
NEWS
June 10, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration announced Monday that it will not regularly grant asylum to freed Cuban political prisoners unless the Castro government reinstates a suspended agreement calling for the return to Cuba of felons and other undesirables who came to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift.
NEWS
March 19, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Santo Trafficante Jr., believed to be one of the last of the old-time Mafia dons and a shadowy figure questioned in both the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and a plot on the life of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 72. Henry Gonzalez of Tampa, a longtime friend and attorney, said Trafficante died late Tuesday) at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, where he had gone for heart surgery.
WORLD
February 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba will free seven of 59 dissidents imprisoned since 2003, a move that opponents of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said reflects a "climate of change" under his brother's rule. The releases were negotiated by Spain and announced by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on its website that four of the released dissidents will be sent to Spain with their families to receive medical treatment. They are Omar Pernet, Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo, Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Pablo Alvarez.
NEWS
June 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
Cuba's interior minister, the Cabinet officer in charge of domestic law enforcement, was fired Thursday as that nation's drug purge continued, but the crackdown has failed to touch other leaders who U.S. officials say are involved in trafficking. The minister, Gen. Jose Abrantes, was replaced to allow an investigation to proceed into how a group of officers "conducted drug trafficking operations . . . with impunity and without being dis covered," a communique issued in Havana said.
NEWS
May 23, 1989
President Bush challenged Cuban leader Fidel Castro to release all political prisoners and called for free elections in Cuba to "let the will of the people prevail." Bush also said he will not ease the stern U.S. policy toward Cuba until Castro improves human rights conditions in the island nation. Speaking before 230 Cuban-Americans invited to a White House briefing, Bush said: "Our demand is plain and simple--democracy and respect for human rights, not some time, not some day, but now."
NEWS
November 7, 1987 | From Reuters
Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has shown coolness toward economic and social reforms taking place in the Soviet Union, held talks with Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Friday. Tass news agency said the two discussed Soviet-Cuban relations and ways of ending the arms race in a "spirit of comradely trust and complete mutual understanding."
NEWS
November 2, 1987 | From Reuters
Leaders from the Communist world arrived in Moscow on Sunday for a weeklong celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, with Cuban leader Fidel Castro notably absent. Soviet television showed Cuban Vice President Carlos Rodriguez arriving at the head of his country's delegation.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
ABC hopes to broadcast Ted Koppel's "Nightline" from Cuba and Nicaragua during the week of Nov. 2. The trip by Koppel & Co. apparently hinges on the availability of Cuban leader Fidel Castro for a broadcast. In addition, "Night-line" producers are working to set up an interview featuring both Sandinista and contra leaders, perhaps on Nov. 5, the day the Central American peace plan, authored by Costa Rica President Oscar Arias, goes into effect.
NEWS
June 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
Cuba's interior minister, the Cabinet officer in charge of domestic law enforcement, was fired Thursday as that nation's drug purge continued, but the crackdown has failed to touch other leaders who U.S. officials say are involved in trafficking. The minister, Gen. Jose Abrantes, was replaced to allow an investigation to proceed into how a group of officers "conducted drug trafficking operations . . . with impunity and without being dis covered," a communique issued in Havana said.
NEWS
March 19, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Santo Trafficante Jr., believed to be one of the last of the old-time Mafia dons and a shadowy figure questioned in both the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and a plot on the life of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 72. Henry Gonzalez of Tampa, a longtime friend and attorney, said Trafficante died late Tuesday) at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, where he had gone for heart surgery.
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