A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro's place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states.
The Cuban government nominated Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, the country's 57-year-old first vice president, to succeed Raul Castro as president Wednesday in an effort to ensure the island's single-party system outlives its creators.
President Raul Castro brought gradual but significant changes to Cuba in his 10 years as head of state: ___ CELLPHONES: The government allowed ordinary Cubans to have personal cellphones for the first time in 2008.
Canada is ordering family members of diplomats stationed in Cuba back home after they started experiencing mysterious health symptoms – just months after the U.S. State Department yanked two dozen Americans in a similar case.
Raul Castro's time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans' ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under President Donald Trump.