Raul Castro


  • CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the Cuban government has released a purported letter from Fidel Castro, amid rumors the former president's health is failing.

  • Praise, skepticism as Cuba eases travel rules Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    HAVANA-- For the first time since the height of the Cold War more than half a century ago, Cuba is giving its people the freedom to leave the country without government permission, scrapping the detested exit visa that kept many from traveling outside the communist nation for even a few days. said Mercedes Delgado, a 73- year-old retiree. "

  • Cuba closes hospitals amid health reorganization Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    HAVANA-- Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector. Cuba is proud of the universal, free health system installed after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, but his younger brother and successor Raul Castro has stressed that medical care must be more efficient and less wasteful.

  • Chavez wins 6 more years in tightest race yet Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:23 AM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela-- President Hugo Chavez put to rest any doubts about his masterful political touch in winning a third consecutive six-year term after a bitterly fought race against a youthful rival who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition.

  • Inside Cuba: Photos From Havana Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 1:27 PM ET
    For 50 years, there has been a U.S. embargo in place against Cuba. Not only are very few U.S. goods allowed to be exported to the country, there are travel restrictions for American citizens, as well. Because of that, Cuba has remained a bit of a mystery to many.However, we now have a rare glimpse inside the communist country thanks to a visit by Pope Benedict XVI. The visit, which comes 14 years after Pope John Paul II stepped foot on the island, has given hope for political and economic change

    From classic cars that still prowl the streets, to the business of tourism, we take you inside Cuba for a look at what life is like for its 11 million citizens.

  • Havana, Cuba

    The pope's visit to Cuba is providing a rare opportunity to see first hand the economic state of one of the last bastions of socialism, and whether or not a few new market-oriented laws are the start of meaningful change.