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# Cuba

All time
# Caribbean
Unresponsive US plane that flew over Cuba crashes off Jamaican coast
The plane was pursued by US fighter jets until it entered Cuban airspace.
# the rebel
The Cuban boxer from Cork who is one win away from a world title shot
Mike Perez has been living in, and boxing out of, Ireland for the past six years.
# Diplomatic Relations
So, how are we getting on with Cuba these days?
Pretty well, it turns out…
# Irish music
Did you know the uilleann pipes were big in Cuba?
Alexander Suarez Mendez is one of about 20 adults in Cuba learning the uilleann pipes.
# cold war games
US denies it created Twitter-style app to stir Cuban unrest
The White House insists it was part of a “development assistance” scheme to allow Cubans to “talk freely among themselves”.
# Smoking
Why are Cuban cigars getting shorter?
Is there a place for the Cuban cigar in a world that is starting to slowly hate tobacco?
# in his time
Cuba makes Hemingway bills, letters and recipes available to USA
The Nobel Prize-winning author spent more than two decades living in Cuba.
Voices
Column: The abuse a US President – and the world – chooses to ignore
In January 2009, Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the notorious detention centre at Guantánamo Bay. Five years on, detainees remain uncharged and subjected to waterboarding, prolonged isolation and force feeding.
Voices
Extract: ‘Soldiers have an affinity with the detainees in Guantanamo. It would be bad to shoot them – it’ll be lethal injection’
The new book, Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy, charts Tom Clonan’s progression from soldier to academic and journalist and offers an honest and vivid account of life on and off duty.
# US-Cuba relations
PHOTO: Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro
The moment is a significant one in US-Cuban relations.
# Cuba
Elian Gonzalez blames US laws for his childhood ordeal
Gonzalez became the centre of a major battle between the US and Cuba in 1999 when he was saved from a boat which overturned on the way to Florida. His mother died during the journey.
# fearless
64-year-old becomes first person to swim Cuba to Florida without a shark cage
“You’re never too old to chase your dream,” Diana Nyad said as she reached the beach in Florida this evening.
# cold war buddies
Cuba says everything's fine: Weapons on North Korean ship are 'obsolete'
The ship was travelling to Cuba when it was stopped and searched – and lots of Soviet-era weapons were discovered.
# Wikileaks
Edward Snowden to follow Julian Assange to Ecuadoran shelter?
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister says it has received a formal request for asylum.
# sitdown sunday
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# busy busy busy
Barack Obama has better things to do...
…than sort out Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s holiday to Cuba, thanks very much.
# Guantánamo
Hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay prison enters seventh week
26 low-risk detainees are now refusing food – more than twice the number from a week ago – in protest at conditions.
# cigar cuisine
Cooking with tobacco: it’s a thing now apparently
Tobacco sauces, spreads and tobacco salt for use in any dish – two years of trial and error lead to cigar-infused menu in Cuba. But would you eat it?
Voices
Column: Chávez was a charismatic leader - but his economic legacy should be a warning
We’ve lost a colourful world leader who genuinely seemed to have the best interests of his people at heart. But the facts don’t lie – Chávez’s economic legacy is a warning against statist socialism, writes Aaron McKenna.
# El Presidente
No surprises: Raul Castro re-elected president of Cuba
This is the second five year term for the 81-year-old Raul Castro who officially took over from his brother Fidel in 2008.
# Hasta luego?
Raul Castro raises possibility of retiring as Cuban president
The 81-year-old is due to be installed for another five-year term on Sunday – but may not see it through.
# El Presidente
Chavez uses Twitter to announce his surprise return to Venezuela
Hugo Chavez has spent more than two months in Cuba for cancer surgery and treatment.
# Sorry
Spanish newspaper apologises for fake Chavez hospital picture
El Pais published a photograph it said was of ailing president Hugo Chavez in his hospital bed – provoking a furious reaction from Venezuela.
# El Presidente
Chavez not in coma, responding well to treatment, says brother
The brother of Hugo Chavez says reports that the family is discussing ending life support for the Venezuelan leader are totally false.
# Chavez
Chavez suffering from 'respiratory insufficiency'
Hugo Chavez’s top aides say the opposition and the media have used the Venezuelan president’s poor health to wage a “psychological war” to destabilise the country.
# El Presidente
Venezuela cancels New Year's Eve parties as Chavez takes turn for the worse
The Venezuelan president has developed new complications from an infection after undergoing his latest round of cancer-related surgery.
# Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro visited Ireland in 1982 (and almost met Charles Haughey)
Cuban leader Fidel Castro left a gift for then-Taoiseach Charles Haughey during his brief stopover in Shannon in late 1982.
# review 2012
First Irish TV, Titanic, a famous ceiling: the big anniversaries of 2012
The Titanic disaster, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty: 2012 has been a big year for commemorations. Here’s your guide to the bigger commemorations held this year.
# El Presidente
Chavez suffered 'complications' but recovering, his aides say
The leader of Venezuela underwent treatment for cancer in Cuba earlier this week.
# Chavez
Chavez recovering after 'successful' cancer surgery
The Venezuelan president flew to Havana, Cuba, for surgery on Monday after revealing his cancer had returned.
# Venezuela
Venezuela: Chavez admits cancer relapse and designates his successor
Chavez has not disclosed details of the type of cancer has has but in a significant move he has designated his successor, vice president Nicolas Maduro.
# El Presidente
Chavez returns from Cuba after cancer treatment
The Venezuelan president said he was very happy to be back but did not elaborate on his health.
# Colombia
Colombian rebels announce cease-fire
The top negotiator for the group announced the unilateral cease-fire before heading into peace talks.
# Sandy
Cuba urged to allow duty-free imports after storm
Cuba’s government has been asked to help victims of Hurricane Sandy by suspending duties on imports of basic necessities such as food and medicine.
# hurricane sandy
Hurricane Sandy death toll rises to 38 in Caribbean
Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas today after leaving 38 people dead across the Caribbean.
# hurricane sandy
Hurricane Sandy kills 21 in Caribbean, takes aim at US
Forecasters have warned that the massive hurricane could now merge with North American weather systems and morph into a powerful hybrid that US media have dubbed a “Frankenstorm.”
# hurricane sandy
Hurricane Sandy strikes Cuba, Jamaica
One person was killed in Jamaica while 1,700 people were evacuated in Santiago de Cuba as a precautionary measure.
# Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro is 'seen in public' as reports of stroke are dismissed
Venezuela’s Vice President, Elias Jaua, said that he met with the aging revolutionary, which was Castro’s first public appearance in a number of months.
# Al Qaeda
Guantanamo's youngest detainee transferred to Canada
Canadian Omar Khadr, who was also the last westerner held at Guantanamo, was just 16 when he was detained in 2002.
# Isaac
Tropical storm Isaac makes landfall in Haiti
The Caribbean nation is still reeling from an earthquake over two years ago.