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Garcia Marquez and Castro: A controversial friendship

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez met Fidel Castro after the Cuban leader grabbed power in the 1959 revolution -- the beginning of a decades-long and controversial friendship. Garcia Marquez, who died in Mexico City on Thursday aged 87, had arrived in the Caribbean island as a journalist to cover Castro's band of bearded guerrillas who ousted right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista in January 1959.

Garcia Marquez and Castro: A controversial friendship

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez met Fidel Castro after the Cuban leader grabbed power in the 1959 revolution -- the beginning of a decades-long and controversial friendship. Garcia Marquez, who died in Mexico City on Thursday aged 87, had arrived in the Caribbean island as a journalist to cover Castro's band of bearded guerrillas who ousted right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista in January 1959.

Fidel, Chavez moment after failed 2002 coup captured

Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez shared their amazement and joy upon the triumphal return to power of the late Venezuelan leader after a brief coup in 2002, an exchange vividly captured in a transcript released Friday. "You have to make a movie about it," a delighted Castro told Chavez in a lengthy telephone conversation shortly after the Venezuelan president was welcomed back to presidential palace in Caracas by cheering masses.

Fidel Castro publishes transcript of post-coup call with Chavez

Havana, Mar 28 (EFE).- Cuba's Fidel Castro published Friday the complete transcript of the telephone conversation he had with Hugo Chavez in April 2002 when the since-deceased Venezuelan president was restored to office following an abortive coup. Friday's edition of Communist Party daily Granma included an eight-page supplement with a few words by Castro together with the transcript of the April 14, 2002, exchange.

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."

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.

Uruguayan found Fidel Castro "deteriorated" but engaged

Montevideo, Jan 31 (EFE).- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica saw Cuban leader Fidel Castro as "old" and "deteriorated" from a physical point of view, but "concerned about the destiny of humanity" during their recent meeting in Havana. "This old Fidel, deteriorated in health, continues to be a legendary figure. For me he is a source of learning and it's an honor to be able to converse with him," the 78-year-old Mujica said in an interview from Cuba on Uruguay's Canal 10 television.

Castro holds court on sidelines of Havana summit

Fidel Castro, the 87-year-old father of the Cuban revolution, held court on the sidelines of a regional summit here this week, looking alert and well in his numerous meetings with foreign leaders. Besides his traditional political friends, the Maximum Leader also received UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the first time and young Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Ban said Castro looked physically very well and "mentally alert," with a strong voice and clear ideas.

Fidel Castro 'talked a lot' during meeting, Brazil's Rousseff says

HAVANA (Reuters) - Fidel Castro was lucid, displayed a sharp memory and "talked a lot," Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday of her two-hour meeting with the former Cuban president. Rousseff met Castro, 87, on Monday during her visit to Cuba for a Latin American and Caribbean summit. She said Castro discussed his contemporaries, such as former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, and historical figures such as Napoleon.
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