Raul Castro was elected to his second term as Cuban president February 24, but he said it would be his last.
On February 3 in Cuba, 7, 877 906 voters cast two ballots - one for provincial assembly delegates and the other for local deputies to the National Assembly.
U. S. opinion surveys show majority support, even among Cuban-Americans, for normal U.S.-Cuba relations.
Cuban Five defenders distinguish between the role of the Five in the United States and Gross' activities in Cuba.
New Cuban regulations taking effect on January 14 allow for hassle-free foreign departures and easy return for travelers.
The stakes in this situation are high not only for Venezuela but for the entire Latin American and Caribbean area.
Although the U.S. government has been saying "no exchange," Mr. and Mrs. Gross are not, because it is not in their interests to shut off that possibility.
For the fourth time in a year and a half, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left for Cuba on Sunday for cancer treatment.
On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted, for the twenty-second consecutive time, to condemn the United States' economic blockade against Cuba.