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Sorrow and celebration - mixed reactions to Castro death

One man’s tyrant is another’s freedom fighter the old adage goes, and the death of Fidel Castro has sparked as much celebration as it has sorrow in many of his former…

One man’s tyrant is another’s freedom fighter the old adage goes, and the death of Fidel Castro has sparked as much celebration as it has sorrow in many of his former…

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Cuba thaw: is trade taking precedence over human rights?

The EU and Cuba have accelerated talks to normalise relations. The US is also ending decades of estrangement as Cuba’s Communist regime allows

The EU and Cuba have accelerated talks to normalise relations. The US is also ending decades of estrangement as Cuba’s Communist regime allows

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Cuban hunger striker Farinas finally collects EU human rights prize

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas has collected the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize – two and a half years after he won it. Raising his fist

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas has collected the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize – two and a half years after he won it. Raising his fist

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Cuban ballet in a spin after dancers defect

Seven leading Cuban ballet dancers defected to the west while on tour in Mexico. They were members of the world renowned National Ballet of Cuba

Seven leading Cuban ballet dancers defected to the west while on tour in Mexico. They were members of the world renowned National Ballet of Cuba

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Cuba: change from within

They are artists, intellectuals or bloggers, and they want Cuba to open up to the world. Whether they are dissidents or not, a new generation of

They are artists, intellectuals or bloggers, and they want Cuba to open up to the world. Whether they are dissidents or not, a new generation of

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Cuban blogger visits Brazil

Cuba’s best-known blogger Yoani Sanchez says her country can only move forward if it embraces modern democracy. The 37-year-old is in Brazil as part

Cuba’s best-known blogger Yoani Sanchez says her country can only move forward if it embraces modern democracy. The 37-year-old is in Brazil as part

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Spanish activist sentenced to four years for Paya death

Spanish political activist Angel Carromero has been sentenced to four years in prison for the death of the prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo

Spanish political activist Angel Carromero has been sentenced to four years in prison for the death of the prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo

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Prominent blogger Yoani Sanchez arrested in Cuba

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has been arrested in Bayamo, eastern Cuba. The news has been posted on social networking sites and confirmed by

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has been arrested in Bayamo, eastern Cuba. The news has been posted on social networking sites and confirmed by

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Trial set for Spaniard accused of dissident death in Cuba

A Spanish man held in Cuba accused of the death of prominent dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero will stand trial on October 5th. Angel

A Spanish man held in Cuba accused of the death of prominent dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero will stand trial on October 5th. Angel

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Spanish politician charged over fatal Cuba car crash

A Spanish politician has been charged with homicide in Cuba following a car crash that killed two government opponents, including leading dissident

A Spanish politician has been charged with homicide in Cuba following a car crash that killed two government opponents, including leading dissident

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Cuba dissidents arrested at Paya funeral

The funeral of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya has taken place in Havana days after the prominent activist died in a car crash. Hundreds attended the

The funeral of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya has taken place in Havana days after the prominent activist died in a car crash. Hundreds attended the

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Dissidents gather to mourn Oswaldo Paya

Religious leaders and foreign diplomats were among scores of people who gathered in Havana to mourn the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya. The

Religious leaders and foreign diplomats were among scores of people who gathered in Havana to mourn the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya. The

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Leading Cuban activist dies in car crash

Leader of the Christian Democratic Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya has died in a car crash on Sunday. He was travelling in the eastern Cuban province

Leader of the Christian Democratic Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya has died in a car crash on Sunday. He was travelling in the eastern Cuban province

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When Benedict met Fidel...

They are no ordinary octogenarians.   And when Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church, sat down with Cuba’s revolutionary icon Fidel

They are no ordinary octogenarians.   And when Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church, sat down with Cuba’s revolutionary icon Fidel

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Political protests mark Pope's visit to Cuba

Some 200,000 people turned out to celebrate the Pope’s first mass in Cuba but not all were welcome. More than 150 anti-government protesters have

Some 200,000 people turned out to celebrate the Pope’s first mass in Cuba but not all were welcome. More than 150 anti-government protesters have

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Cuba rounds up dissidents

The Cuban authorities have detained dozens of dissidents over the weekend including around 70 members of the Ladies in White group. The women were

The Cuban authorities have detained dozens of dissidents over the weekend including around 70 members of the Ladies in White group. The women were

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Brazil grants visa to Cuban dissident

Brazil has granted a tourist visa to a leading Cuban dissident, just days before President Dilma Roussef visits the communist island.    That puts

Brazil has granted a tourist visa to a leading Cuban dissident, just days before President Dilma Roussef visits the communist island.    That puts

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Cuba's Castro approves prisoner amnesty

Cuban President Raul Castro granted an amnesty to nearly 3,000 prisoners on Saturday but an American convicted of spying is not on the list. Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro granted an amnesty to nearly 3,000 prisoners on Saturday but an American convicted of spying is not on the list. Castro

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Exile flotilla puts on a display for Cuba dissidents

Cubans living in exile marked the upcoming International Human Rights Day on Friday by sailing a flotilla of boats about 20 kilometres off the coast

Cubans living in exile marked the upcoming International Human Rights Day on Friday by sailing a flotilla of boats about 20 kilometres off the coast

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Cuban officials prevent women's protest rally

Cuban activist group ‘The Ladies in White’ have been prevented from marching to church by a pro-government mob. Opponents shouted slogans and

Cuban activist group ‘The Ladies in White’ have been prevented from marching to church by a pro-government mob. Opponents shouted slogans and

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Cuba's 'Ladies in White' ask Church to help stop violence

Leaders of the Cuban dissident group the “Ladies in White” have met Catholic Church officials to seek their help over what they claim is violence and

Leaders of the Cuban dissident group the “Ladies in White” have met Catholic Church officials to seek their help over what they claim is violence and

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Freed Cuban dissidents arrive in Spain

Thirty-seven Cuban dissidents arrived in Spain on Friday as part of a deal brokered by the Catholic Church to free political prisoners. They were

Thirty-seven Cuban dissidents arrived in Spain on Friday as part of a deal brokered by the Catholic Church to free political prisoners. They were

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Ladies in White confront Castro supporters

The so-called Ladies in White dissidents and a US diplomat were surrounded by an angry mob after the dissident group held a protest to demand the

The so-called Ladies in White dissidents and a US diplomat were surrounded by an angry mob after the dissident group held a protest to demand the

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Cuban dissident arrested on key anniversary

Police in Cuba have detained the former hunger striker Guillermo Fariñas on the anniversary of the death of a fellow dissident. Fariñas had

Police in Cuba have detained the former hunger striker Guillermo Fariñas on the anniversary of the death of a fellow dissident. Fariñas had

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Cuban dissidents freed against their will

A well-known Cuban dissident has arrived home, after being freed from prison against his will. Hector Maseda left jail with another dissident

A well-known Cuban dissident has arrived home, after being freed from prison against his will. Hector Maseda left jail with another dissident

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Cuban dissident Fariñas arrested again

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas has been arrested for the second day in a row. His mother, Alicia Hernandez, told the AFP news agency that police

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas has been arrested for the second day in a row. His mother, Alicia Hernandez, told the AFP news agency that police

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Freedom for Cuba's longest-serving political prisoner

Cuba is preparing to free its longest-held political prisoner. It is the latest in a wave of recent releases. Adrian Alvarez has served 25 years

Cuba is preparing to free its longest-held political prisoner. It is the latest in a wave of recent releases. Adrian Alvarez has served 25 years