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November 28, 2016 10:33 PM Some African-Americans applaud Castro's efforts at equality

DETROIT – To many African-Americans, Fidel Castro was not the brutal revolutionary dictator who plunged Cuba into economic ruin and held the Caribbean island in an iron grip. He was a freedom fighter who cared about improving the lives of all Cubans, regardless of race. Castro, who died Friday at age 90, sought out black leaders. He met with Malcolm 37

November 28, 2016 10:02 PM Trump’s threat to end Cuba detente may rouse GOP opposition

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s threat Monday to “terminate” the U.S. detente with Cuba could trigger opposition from some Republican lawmakers and corporate leaders who favor continued engagement with Havana. Since 2014, when President Barack Obama began to normalize relations with the island, the United States has taken numerous steps to increase 45

November 28, 2016 7:18 PM Trump to meet with Petraeus, Romney as secretary of state battle heats up

President-elect Donald Trump will meet Monday with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, a possible alternative choice for secretary of state amid an escalating feud over the position between supporters of former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who will sit down with Trump on Tuesday. As Trump’s senior advisers 57

November 28, 2016 7:17 PM Cubans line up to bid farewell to Fidel Castro

HAVANA — Cubans lined up for hours Monday to begin saying goodbye to Fidel Castro in a hushed procession that was tightly choreographed by the government. In three columns, they shuffled past a series of identical floral memorials, topped with a portrait of the bearded leader as a young guerrilla fighter gazing out across the mountains, a rifle slung 59

November 28, 2016 6:19 PM Cubans Begin Week of Mourning Fidel Castro

Havana residents pay respects before procession of his remains to burial Sunday in Santiago de Cuba HAVANA—People began lining up early Monday morning at Revolution Square here in the heart of the capital to say farewell to Fidel Castro, the all-powerful strongman who installed a Communist state that challenged the U.S. and shaped every facet of life for his compatriots 31

November 28, 2016 4:24 PM In Cuba, tourists find historic moment and limited options

HAVANA — They came for salsa music and mojitos and ended up wandering through a city turned still and silent by nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro. As Cuba prepares a massive commemoration for the leader of its socialist revolution, tens of thousands of high-season travelers have found themselves accidental witnesses to history — and smack 45

November 28, 2016 6:44 AM Throngs to pay homage to Cuba's Fidel Castro

Havana (AFP) - Throngs are set to pay tribute to Fidel Castro at Havana's iconic Revolution Square on Monday, kicking off a week-long farewell to Cuba's divisive Cold War titan. After a subdued weekend following his death on Friday, hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the plaza where Castro would often rail against the US "yankees" and "empire" 30

November 28, 2016 4:02 AM Trump the president-elect: So far, acting a lot like Trump the candidate

Nearly three weeks into his presidential transition, Donald Trump has hewn closely to the habits that won him the presidency. He continues to brush aside fine points of policy and freely contradict earlier positions, with some of the shifts seemingly based simply on the latest advice he’s received or the most recent audience he’s spoken to. He has been drawn 37

November 27, 2016 10:08 PM ‘Fidel was a friend’: Elián González remembers Castro as a father figure

Elián González, the little boy who found himself at the center of a controversial custody battle between his father in Cuba and his relatives in the United States 16 years ago, praised Fidel Castro, who, he said, made it possible for him to return to his home country. González appeared on a government-run television program on Sunday and said Castro 211

November 27, 2016 8:07 PM Cuba faces renewed tensions with U.S., but without Fidel Castro, its field marshal

HAVANA — Fidel Castro once called George W. Bush a “functional illiterate.” President Reagan was “the worst terrorist in the history of mankind,” Castro said, with ideas “from the Buffalo Bill era.” Castro thrived on confrontation with U.S. leaders, and he almost surely would have enjoyed facing off against America’s next one. In his statement Saturday 65