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Cuban agent released from U.S. prison gets hero's welcome

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro and top leaders of the Cuban government and Communist Party greeted a Cuban intelligence agent with a hero's welcome upon his return to Havana on Friday, a day after his release from a U.S. prison. Fernando Gonzalez, 50, had served more than 15 years for spying on Cuban-American exile groups in Miami and is one of the "Cuban Five" whose detentions have complicated the already tense relations between the United States and Cuba.

Exiled former Cuban rebel who broke with Castro dead at 95

MIAMI (Reuters) - Huber Matos, a former Cuban revolutionary who fought alongside Fidel Castro, but later turned against him and was jailed before going into exile, died in Miami early Thursday aged 95. The cause of death was a "massive heart attack," according to a statement released by the family. The day before he died Matos spoke to supporters in Cuba, the statement said, adding that his last words were: "The struggle continues, long live a free Cuba."

Cuban revolutionary-turned-dissident Huber Matos dies

Miami, Feb 27 (EFE).- Huber Matos, a comandante of the 1959 Cuban Revolution who became a fierce opponent of Fidel Castro, died Thursday in Miami, his grandson told Efe. He was 95. The man who spent 20 years in a Cuban prison after falling out with Fidel died at Kendall Regional Hospital, where he was admitted Tuesday following a "massive heart attack," Huber Matos Garsault said. "He was an affectionate, humble, sincere man and he loved Cuba with all his soul," Matos Garsault said of his grandfather.

Cuba continues to trim state payroll, build private sector

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba continued to shed state jobs and move workers into the private sector in 2013, according to a report issued by the official labor federation at the weekend, as President Raul Castro pressed forward with reforms to the Soviet-style system. The Cuban Communist Party adopted plans in 2011 to "modernize" the economy in search of greater efficiency and improved salaries for state workers.

Communist Cuba to see rare political reform campaign

A campaign seeking political change in one-party Communist Cuba will soon be launched with backing from domestic and international groups, a prominent dissident announced Wednesday. The campaign seeks to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary under Cuban law to submit a constitutional reform measure to the National Assembly. "It is more important to change the nature of power than to change those exercising power," dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua told reporters as he unveiled the effort.

Cuban dissidents lay out roadmap for political reform

Havana, Feb 19 (EFE).- Dissidents and activists inside and outside of Cuba are laying out a roadmap toward consensus on a constitutional reform that would usher in political change on the Communist-ruled island, promoters of the project said here Wednesday. The initiative, presented at a press conference in Havana by the leader of the Arco Progresista group, Manuel Cuesta Morua, is backed by dozens of activists and more than 50 dissident organizations in Cuba and among exiles in countries like the United States, Spain, Panama and Chile.

Cuba to see campaign for constitutional reform

A campaign aimed at bringing about constitutional reform in Cuba will soon be launched with the support of domestic and international opposition groups, a prominent dissident announced Wednesday. The campaign will aim to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary under Cuban law to file a reform bid in the one-party state's national assembly. "It is more important to change the nature of power than to change those exercising power," dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua told reporters as he presented the campaign, titled "Roadmap: toward constitutional change."

Cuba to see campaign for constitutional reform

A campaign aimed at bringing about constitutional reform in Cuba will soon be launched with the support of domestic and international opposition groups, a prominent dissident announced Wednesday. The campaign will aim to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary under Cuban law to file a reform bid in the one-party state's national assembly. "It is more important to change the nature of power than to change those exercising power," dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua told reporters as he presented the campaign, titled "Roadmap: toward constitutional change."

Fidel Castro meets with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto

Havana, Feb 17 (EFE).- Fidel Castro held a "lengthy conversation" in Havana with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto, Cuba's official media said Monday. During the meeting, which took place on Sunday afternoon, Castro and Betto spoke about the current international situation, according to a brief article published on the front page of Communist Party daily Granma and accompanied by a photograph showing the pair seated beside each other.

Fidel Castro meets with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto

Havana, Feb 17 (EFE).- Fidel Castro held a "lengthy conversation" in Havana with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto, Cuba's official media said Monday. During the meeting, which took place on Sunday afternoon, Castro and Betto spoke about the current international situation, according to a brief article published on the front page of Communist Party daily Granma and accompanied by a photograph showing the pair seated beside each other.
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