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# Cuba

All time
# Cast Away
Pictures: A Cuban migrant boat has washed up on a beach in Sligo
It’s the first time a vessel like this has been recorded washing ashore in Europe.
# Guantánamo Bay
Final acts as President: Obama moves 10 prisoners from Guantanamo to Oman
The nationality of the ten inmates are unconfirmed.
# yo ho ho
Cuba has offered to pay its €265 million debt to the Czech Republic - in rum
That would give the Czechs enough rum for 100 years.
# get talking
Ireland wants to build a relationship with Cuba
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan briefed his Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday about improving links between the two countries.
# Cuba
Crowds chant 'I am Fidel' as leader's ashes reunited with Che Guevara
Castro’s ashes will be laid to rest in a final ceremony on Sunday.
# Cuba
Havana holds huge tribute to Castro; all kinds of world leaders turn up
Ireland’s ambassador to Mexico Sonja Hyland was in attendance in Havana last night.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think President Higgins' tribute to Fidel Castro was appropriate?
The president has come in for criticism over his statement on the death of the former Cuban leader.
# Cold War
'Con la simpatico': President Higgins is first to sign book of condolences for Castro
The president drew criticism for his comments on the death of the Communist leader.
# Friends in high places
Maradona hails late Fidel Castro as 'second father'
The footballing great built a friendship with the former Cuban leader.
# Cuba
President Higgins criticised for praising 'brutal dictator' Castro
The death of the former Cuban leader has sparked a mixed response.
Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90
The revolutionary leader shaped Cuba for more than 50 years.
# Cuba libre
Yoel Romero receives suspension for post-fight celebration at UFC 205
The NYSAC have punished the middleweight title contender for jumping out of the octagon at MSG.
# money spinner
Cuban doper told to return Olympic medal but it looks like it's been sold on eBay
Yarelys Barrios won silver in Beijing but has tested positive for a banned substance following a retroactive drug test.
# Viva
An Irish film about Cuban drag queens helped these filmmakers find their voice
The film was shortlisted as Ireland’s pick to be considered for a foreign language Oscar.
# Happy Birthday
600 assassination attempts and still going strong - Fidel Castro turns 90 today
The ‘father of the Cuban Revolution’ has recently re-emerged into the public eye after a decade in the shadows.
# Conspiracy Theory
Donald Trump claims his rival's father helped the man who assassinated JFK
Trump repeated a tabloid claim that Rafael Cruz handed out leaflets with Lee Harvey Oswald
# havana ball
PHOTOS: US cruise ship arrives in Cuba for the first time in 40 years
The Adonia crossed the Florida Straits overnight – 53 years after they were blocked during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
# there he is
Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in nearly a year
The revolutionary icon criticised Barack Obama’s recent visit.
# thanks for nothing barack
Fidel Castro has just had a right go at Barack Obama
Obama last week became the first US president to visit Castro’s Cuba since the communist leader came to power in 1959.
# The Revolution
Cuba: If it's such a health superpower, why have thousands of doctors fled?
A total of 1,278 Cuban medics fled to make use of a US parole programme for doctors in 2013 alone.
# Awkward
'What did you say about political prisoners?' Castro fields questions at Obama press conference
A joint-appearance by the leaders of both states didn’t always go smoothly.
# Let's Be Friends
Barack Obama becomes first US president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years
US President Barack Obama met with President Raúl Castro in Havana today.
# cold war foes
Obama aims to end decades of hostility with historic visit to Cuba
It’s the first time a US president has visited the Communist country in almost 90 years.
# Investigation
Cuba has one of the best healthcare systems in the world... but it pays doctors €46 a month
Fergal Browne explores the two sides of the Revolution’s biggest talking point.
# havana breakthrough
Barack Obama has confirmed he'll visit Cuba next month
Obama’s visit to Cuba will be the first by a sitting US president since the island’s 1959 revolution.
# havana nights
53 years after the infamous missile crisis, you can now finally fly to Cuba from the US
The two nations have struck a deal allowing 110 daily flights after they formally restored diplomatic relations last July.
# long read
Mike Tyson wanted to know what this ‘white mother**ker’ was doing in his house
Brin-Jonathan Butler chats to The42 about his new book, meeting ‘Iron Mike’ and hooking up with Fidel Castro’s granddaughter.
# Historic
Cuba first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission
Less than 2% of children born to mothers who have HIV carry the virus.
# put that away
Guantánamo lawyers banned from bringing detainees fast food and treats
One lawyer called the move “Petty and nasty.”
# no thaw here
Bank of Ireland won't be easing up on Cuba
The bank says it is “not in a position” to change its policy on payments concerning the country.
# Historic
Raul Castro declares Barack Obama "an honest man"
The pair’s meeting was a significant occasion.
# Havana Great time
Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in 14 months
He was apparently very lucid.
# havana laugh
Bank of Ireland wouldn't accept couple's Cuba holiday money
BoI has a relationship with a US bank – which makes things a little complicated. But this sounds ridiculous…
# stick to cigars
Cuban government officials jailed for setting up 'black market egg empire'
We can’t imagine Enda doing this.
# Lighten up
Why we should 'relax the smoking ban in bars and give smokers a break'
Finian McGrath believes that smokers are soft targets.
# death rumours
Fidel Castro 'proves' he's alive... by writing to Maradona (seriously)
They’re old pals.
Race, immigration, and water water everywhere – the year in Irish and American politics
It was a year of unrest and protest on both sides of the Atlantic, writes Larry Donnelly.
# cigar diplomacy
Explainer: What's the new deal between the US and Cuba?
Wondering what’s going on between the US and Cuba? Find out here…
Who helped get the US and Cuba talking again? The Pope, apparently
It was the best birthday present he could get.
# New Beginnings
End of an era: After more than 50 years, the US and Cuba are talking again
“These 50 years have shown that isolation hasn’t worked. It’s time for a new approach,” said Barack Obama.