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Cuba signs human rights pledges  Cuba has signed two legally binding agreements, just days after Raul Castro was sworn in as the new president Mambo pioneer Cachao dies at 89  Cuban bassist and composer Grammy-winning Israel 'Cachao' Lopez is credited with pioneering the mambo style of music Cuba loans unused land to private farmers  Cuba is lending unused land to private farmers and cooperatives as part to revitalize a floundering agricultural sector Leaders plan more reforms   State newspaper: Recently announced agricultural reforms could be the springboard for more changes President looks to boost food production  Raśl Castro has moved quickly to boost food production by putting more land into the hands of profit-earning farmers Home computer ban lifted  The first legalised home computers have gone on sale, but a ban remains on internet access Cuba to abandon salary equality  Vice-Minister for Labour: Cuba is to abolish system of equal pay for all and allow workers and managers to earn performance bonuses Elian Gonzalez joins youth Communists  The boy at the center of an international custody battle 8 years ago has joined Cuba's Young Communist Union EU to lift sanctions against Cuba  The European Union is to lift sanctions imposed on Cuba in 2003 in protest at the imprisonment of 70 Cuban dissidents by the Castro government Cuba marks revolution anniversary  The President, Raul Castro, is due to address the nation shortly in a tv keynote speech in which he may outline further economic reforms Tropical Storm Fay approaches Cuba  It was moving west at about 14 mph and was expected to turn northwest and slow slightly during the next couple of days   S. Korea stuns Cuba for baseball gold  South Korea capped a perfect Olympic run with the country's biggest win yet in international baseball, a 3-2 victory over defending champion Taekwondo star kicks referee in face  Former Olympic champion Angel Matos of Cuba faces a life ban after kicking a referee flush in the face during his bronze medal match Cuba, Gulf Coast braced for Gustav
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  US urges reform as Castro quits  Bush has called on Cuba to prepare for free elections after Fidel's announcement that he is retiring on health grounds Raul Castro named president
  Castro resigns as president


February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.19  
  Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president and commander in chief of the military , according to a letter published in the Granma
 The resignation ends nearly a half-century of iron-fisted rule that frustrated 10 U.S. presidents. Bush said Castro's decision ought to spark 'a democratic transition'. John Negroponte added that the 1962 embargo would probably not be lifted 'any time soon'
 
Feb.24  
  Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by National Assembly
 Fidel Castro, 81, had been out of the public eye since July 2006 when he had major surgery. Raul's name was the only one put before the communist deputies. He has in effect been president since and the National Assembly just formalizing his position
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Aug.30  
  Winds increased to near 145 mph as it threatened the western tip of Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane
  Hurricane Gustav reaches Category 4  Thousands of anxious Cubans sought safety from the hurricane as its western eye reached the Isle of Youth with winds near 145 mph

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.7   Ike makes landfall as Category 3 hurricane Map of Holguin Cuba
  Hurricane made landfall on the north coast of eastern Cuba in the province of Holguin near Punto de Sama where mass evacuations taken place.    Among those taken to saf...
Sep.9   Ike bears down on Cuba again
  Hurricane skimmed along the southern coast, battering the island nation with near 80-mph winds, high surf and torrential rains.    The eye remains just off shore with huge waves pounding coastal re...


October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.6   Storms bring food shortages back  But what government used to call 'the special period' has returned, thanks to recent back-to-back visits of Gustav and Ike

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.9   Paloma smacks Cuba, then weakens  Once-ferocious hurricane weakened into a tropical storm after flooding the southern coast with crashing waves and a powerful storm surge on an... Nov.27     Medvedev in Cuba to improve ties
  Russian President is for the final stop in a tour of Latin America intended to strengthen Russian influence in the region


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02-19 Castro resigns as president Cuba
C. 02-19 US urges reform as Castro quits Washington
D. 02-24 Raul Castro named president Cuba
E. 02-28 Cuba signs human rights pledges UN
5. 03-22 Mambo pioneer Cachao dies at 89 Florida
6. 04-01 Cuba loans unused land to private farmers Cuba
7. 04-11 Leaders plan more reforms Cuba
8. 04-16 President looks to boost food production Cuba
9. 05-02 Home computer ban lifted Cuba





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Tropical Storm Fay approaches Cuba  It was moving west at about 14 mph and was expected to turn northwest and slow slightly during the next couple of days Cuba, Gulf Coast braced for Gustav




Cuba, 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
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Aug.16
Aug.30
  Winds increased to near 145 mph as it threatened the western tip of Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane
Aug.30 Hurricane Gustav reaches Category 4
  Thousands of anxious Cubans sought safety from the hurricane as its western eye reached the Isle of Youth with winds near 145 mph Sep.7 Ike makes landfall as Category 3 hurricane
Map of Holguin Cuba
  Hurricane made landfall on the north coast of eastern Cuba in the province of Holguin near Punto de Sama where mass evacuations taken place.    Among those taken to saf...
Sep.9 Ike bears down on Cuba again
  Hurricane skimmed along the southern coast, battering the island nation with near 80-mph winds, high surf and torrential rains.    The eye remains just off shore with huge waves pounding coastal re...
Oct.6 Storms bring food shortages back  But what government used to call 'the special period' has returned, thanks to recent back-to-back visits of Gustav and Ike Nov.9 Paloma smacks Cuba, then weakens  Once-ferocious hurricane weakened into a tropical storm after flooding the southern coast with crashing waves and a powerful storm surge on an...



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2008 Aug.23   S. Korea stuns Cuba for baseball gold  South Korea capped a perfect Olympic run with the country's biggest win yet in international baseball, a 3-2 victory over defending champion Aug.23 Taekwondo star kicks referee in face  Former Olympic champion Angel Matos of Cuba faces a life ban after kicking a referee flush in the face during his bronze medal match



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2008 Mar.22 Mambo pioneer Cachao dies at 89  Cuban bassist and composer Grammy-winning Israel 'Cachao' Lopez is credited with pioneering the mambo style of music Apr.1 Cuba loans unused land to private farmers  Cuba is lending unused land to private farmers and cooperatives as part to revitalize a floundering agricultural sector Apr.11 Leaders plan more reforms   State newspaper: Recently announced agricultural reforms could be the springboard for more changes Apr.16 President looks to boost food production  Raśl Castro has moved quickly to boost food production by putting more land into the hands of profit-earning farmers May.2 Home computer ban lifted
  The first legalised home computers have gone on sale, but a ban remains on internet access Jun.11 Cuba to abandon salary equality  Vice-Minister for Labour: Cuba is to abolish system of equal pay for all and allow workers and managers to earn performance bonuses Oct.6 Storms bring food shortages back  But what government used to call 'the special period' has returned, thanks to recent back-to-back visits of Gustav and Ike



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2008 Feb.19   Castro resigns as president
  Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president and commander in chief of the military , according to a letter published in the Granma
 The resignation ends nearly a half-century of iron-fisted rule that frustrated 10 U.S. presidents. Bush said Castro's decision ought to spark 'a democratic transition'. John Negroponte added that the 1962 embargo would probably not be lifted 'any time soon'
Feb.19   US urges reform as Castro quits  Bush has called on Cuba to prepare for free elections after Fidel's announcement that he is retiring on health grounds Feb.24 Raul Castro named president
  Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by National Assembly
 Fidel Castro, 81, had been out of the public eye since July 2006 when he had major surgery. Raul's name was the only one put before the communist deputies. He has in effect been president since and the National Assembly just formalizing his position
Feb.28 Cuba signs human rights pledges  Cuba has signed two legally binding agreements, just days after Raul Castro was sworn in as the new president Apr.11 Leaders plan more reforms   State newspaper: Recently announced agricultural reforms could be the springboard for more changes May.2 Home computer ban lifted  The first legalised home computers have gone on sale, but a ban remains on internet access Jun.11 Cuba to abandon salary equality  Vice-Minister for Labour: Cuba is to abolish system of equal pay for all and allow workers and managers to earn performance bonuses Jun.15 Elian Gonzalez joins youth Communists  The boy at the center of an international custody battle 8 years ago has joined Cuba's Young Communist Union Jun.19 EU to lift sanctions against Cuba  The European Union is to lift sanctions imposed on Cuba in 2003 in protest at the imprisonment of 70 Cuban dissidents by the Castro government Jul.26 Cuba marks revolution anniversary  The President, Raul Castro, is due to address the nation shortly in a tv keynote speech in which he may outline further economic reforms Nov.27   Medvedev in Cuba to improve ties  Russian President is for the final stop in a tour of Latin America intended to strengthen Russian influence in the region