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Castro defends executions

Reuters 26 Apr 2003
By Anthony Boadle. HAVANA (Reuters) - President Fidel Castro has defended the firing squad executions of three ferry hijackers as a deterrent to a mass exodus that he says the United States is seeking to provoke in communist-run Cuba. The April 11 execution of three men who commandeered a Havana commuter ferry in a bid to reach U.S ... .
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THE Parliament's Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Economy Committee has completed gathering information regarding the Bahraini prisoners being held by the US in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and 10 Bahraini students missing for 12 years in Iraq. (Getty Images)
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Plight of prisoners in Cuba to be discussed

Gulf Daily News 10 Mar 2003
Committee chairman Ahmed Bahzad said yesterday that the information was submitted to Parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani, to be discussed at the Parliament's weekly meeting ... .
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I once rang Fidel Castro. It was at the fag end of a party, not a teenage party with snogging on the staircase, but a middle-aged party, with daggers in the sauvignon. (AFP Photo)
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Dialogue: Castro's enzymes at end of the line

NZ Herald 29 Jun 2001
By JOE BENNET. I once rang Fidel Castro. It was at the fag end of a party, not a teenage party with snogging on the staircase, but a middle-aged party, with daggers in the sauvignon. But now it was late and the few remaining party-goers were barely going at all. They slumped on sofas with the dregs of drinks ... It's a good boast ... People swallow the hook ... .
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Fidel Castro apparently fainted before a crowd of thousands during a televised speech Saturday. Aides helped Castro off the stage after his apparent fainting spell in the hot morning sun, but the Cuban leader returned to the podium a few minutes later to ensure the crowd he just needed some rest. (AFP Photo)
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Castro Appears to Faint Giving Speech in Cuba

People Daily 25 Jun 2001
Fidel Castro apparently fainted before a crowd of thousands during a televised speech Saturday ... By evening, Castro looked rested and cheerful as he went back on live television ¡ª this time from an air conditioned broadcast studio. Those in the studio gave him a standing ovation ... .
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Of all the Cuban artists who fled the island after Castro took power, perhaps none has been as outspoken as Olga. Once she got on that plane in 1961, her 8-month-old daughter in her arms, she didn't look back. She first landed in Venezuela, then settled in Mexico, her main home for 40 years. (AFP Photo)
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LEFT CUBA IN '61

The Miami Herald 21 Jun 2001
Of all the Cuban artists who fled the island after Castro took power, perhaps none has been as outspoken as Olga. Once she got on that plane in 1961, her 8-month-old daughter in her arms, she didn't look back. She first landed in Venezuela, then settled in Mexico, her main home for 40 years. She also keeps an apartment in Miami Beach ... ``It hurts ... . . ... .
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Cuba's Fidel Castro took time off on Wednesday to visit one of most revered mosques in Islam as state-run media suggested the communist leader may have found a soul mate in Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AFP Photo)
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Castro tours Damascus

The Times of India 17 May 2001
DAMASCUS. Cuba's Fidel Castro took time off on Wednesday to visit one of most revered mosques in Islam as state-run media suggested the communist leader may have found a soul mate in Syrian President Bashar Assad ... He has visited Algeria, Iran, Malaysia and Qatar, all oil producers ... John the Baptist ... It gave no details ... Like Cuba, Syria is on the U.S ... .
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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday again rejected the hegemony of the US, which Iran regards as an arrogant power seeking a unipolar world, the official IRNA news agency reported. (AFP Photo)
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Khamenei, Castro Meet, Reject US Hegemony

People Daily 10 May 2001
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday again rejected the hegemony of the US, which Iran regards as an arrogant power seeking a unipolar world, the official IRNA news agency reported ... Khamenei assured Castro that Iran and Cuba can defeat the US hand in hand ... He is to leave here Friday after a three-day visit ... .
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Demonstrators break through the perimiter fence of U.S. Naval Reservation Camp Garcia on Saturday, April 28, 2001, in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Protesters, including Puerto Rican and U.S. politicians, intruded onto the firing range on the small island Saturday, repeatedly disrupting a second day of exercises by putting themselves in the line of fire. (AP Photo/Tomas van Houtryve)
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Puerto Rican protests don't stop U.S. practice bombings

Ha'aretz 29 Apr 2001
The Asociated Press. VIEQUES, Puerto Rico - Protesters sneaked onto the U.S. Navy's prized firing range on Vieques island and put themselves in the line of fire, forcing a delay in the start of a second day of exercises yesterday. The protesters believe the military activity harms islanders' health and their environment ... Jeff Gordon ... .
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More than 100,000 people demonstrated last week in an open tribune in the southern city of Cienfuegos against the recent approval of an anti-Cuban resolution by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Geneva. (AP Photo)
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Cubans Protest Human Rights Commission Resolution

People Daily 22 Apr 2001
More than 100,000 people demonstrated Friday in an open tribune in the southern city of Cienfuegos against the recent approval of an anti-Cuban resolution by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Geneva ... .
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Standing in front of a tank he used in 1961, President Fidel Castro led a rally on Thursday at the beach where, on the same day 40 years ago, his armed forces "delivered a knockout blow" and defeated the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion. (AFP Photo)
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Castro Recalls 'Glory' of Bay of Pigs Victory

The Los Angeles Times 19 Apr 2001
Reuters.      PLAYA GIRON, Cuba--Standing in front of a tank he used in 1961, President Fidel Castro led a rally on Thursday at the beach where, on the same day 40 years ago, his armed forces "delivered a knockout blow" and defeated the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion ... President John F ... air support for the invaders ... .
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American actor Kevin Costner received a rapturous welcome from Cuban ENTERTAINMENT-goers at a special screening on Wednesday night of ``Thirteen Days'', but his film about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis drew a more lukewarm response. (AFP Photo)
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Costner Feted at Film Screening in Cuba

Yahoo Daily News 12 Apr 2001
Photos. Reuters Photo. By Andrew Cawthorne. HAVANA (Reuters) - American actor Kevin Costner received a rapturous welcome from Cuban ENTERTAINMENT-goers at a special screening on Wednesday night of ``Thirteen Days'', but his film about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis drew a more lukewarm response ... point of view in ``Thirteen Days.'' ... ... Photos ... He added ... .
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US historian Arthur Schlesinger (C), a special adviser to US President John Kennedy during the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba in 1961, attends the second of a three-day conference in Havana, 23 March 2001. For the first time in 40 years Cuban President Fidel Castro, Cuban and US academics, and a handful of other Cuban exiles from Assault Brigade 2506, are sitting down face-to-face to try to shed more light on one of the bitterest confrontations of the Cold War, which still strains US-Cuban ties. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE
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CIA Boasts of Manipulating News

The Associated Press 24 Mar 2001
HAVANA (AP) — The CIA boasted in a recently declassified section of its propaganda plan for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba 40 years ago that it would be able to place stories about the operation ``directly on international wire services.'' ... role in the April 17-19, 1961 armed invasion of Cuba by CIA-trained exiles ... Without U.S ... .
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Past adversaries in a Cold War battle are trying to take a dispassionate look at the disastrous Bay of Pigs landing that shaped four decades of U.S.-Cuba politics. Former advisers to President John F. Kennedy, ex-CIA operatives, members of the exile invasion team and retired Cuban military men were meeting for three days, starting Thursday. Behind closed doors, they will discuss their roles and examine newly declassified documents to better understand the event still dividing Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits. (AFP Photo)
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Cold War Adversaries Gather in Cuba

Las Vegas Sun 22 Mar 2001
HAVANA (AP) - Past adversaries in a Cold War battle are trying to take a dispassionate look at the disastrous Bay of Pigs landing that shaped four decades of U.S.-Cuba politics. Former advisers to President John F ... Their findings and the documents will be released at the end of each day ... "I hope that this conference serves one purpose ... --. .
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The Bush administration prepares for a difficult struggle as it seeks support for resolutions condemning repression in China and Cuba at a meeting of the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights. The commission convenes its annual meeting in Geneva on Monday. Officials say the human rights situation has deteriorated in both countries over the past year but acknowledge that commission membership changes have altered the political balance and could help China and Cuba. (AFP Photo)
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U.S. Seeks Censure of China, Cuba

The Los Angeles Times 17 Mar 2001
By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer.      WASHINGTON--The Bush administration prepares for a difficult struggle as it seeks support for resolutions condemning repression in China and Cuba at a meeting of the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights ...      All told, there are 53 members ... .
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The Cuban Government says it is concerned that Panama may refuse to extradite four Cuban exiles accused of plotting to kill Fidel Castro. The authorities in Havana said Panama was coming under pressure from Cuban exiles in the United States to release the suspects, who were detained during a visit by Mr Castro to Panama for a regional summit last November. Earlier this week, the Panamanian president, Mireya Moscoso, said she did not think the men would be sent to Havana, because they could face the death penalty. (AFP Photo)
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Cuba seeks extradition of Castro 'attackers'

BBC News 16 Mar 2001
By Daniel Schweimler in Havana. The Cuban Government says it is concerned that Panama may refuse to extradite four Cuban exiles accused of plotting to kill Fidel Castro ... Earlier this week, the Panamanian president, Mireya Moscoso, said she did not think the men would be sent to Havana, because they could face the death penalty ... 'Hundreds of attempts'.

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