Miguel Diaz-Canel Elected President of Cuba

Raul Castro has passed Cuba’s presidency to Miguel Diaz-Canel, putting the island’s government in the hands of someone outside the Castro family for the first time in nearly six decades. (April 19)

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New President Selected in Cuba

On Wednesday, Cuba selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba. (April 18)

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Cubans say Castro will remain even after he steps down

As Cuba prepares for Raul Castro to step down as president, ending his family’s six-decade grip on power, analysts and Cubans alike say his replacement, expected to be 57-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, will not be quite alone at the helm of the communist island.

Remembering ‘Che’ 50 years since death

A half-century after his death, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara will be remembered in ceremonies next week in Cuba and in Bolivia, whose CIA-trained troops sent shockwaves around the world when they executed the Cold War revolutionary icon in 1967. In Cuba — where schoolchildren still begin their day with a raised fist salute and chant “Pioneers for communism, we will be like Che” — President Raul Castro will lead a ceremony at his mausoleum in the central town of Santa Clara.

VICE News Daily: Saudi Bombs Former Yemen President’s Residence

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Yemen’s former President Ali Abdulluh Saleh is safe after Saudi airstrikes destroyed his residence, a suicide bombing on a government bus killed three people in Kabul, Kathmandu continues to dig out of the rubble as many desert the city for family villages, and Cuba’s leader had high praise for Pope Francis and said he may rejoin the Catholic Church despite being Communist.

YEMEN
Airstrikes Target Residence of Former Yemeni President
Three Saudi-led airstrikes destroyed the home of former Yemen President Ali Abdulluh Saleh for his support of Houthi rebels.

AFGHANISTAN
Suicide Bus Attack Kills Three
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on an Afghan government bus on Sunday.

NEPAL
Kathmandu Continues Post-Earthquake Cleanup
The capital city is slowly digging out more than 2 weeks since a powerful earthquake struck the country.

CUBA
Castro Hints at Return to Catholic Church
Raul Castro said he would consider rejoining the Catholic faith after a positive meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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