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Cuban President Raul Castro(L), Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes(C) and Cuban first vice president Miguel Diaz Canel  are seen during  the 61st Anniversary of the Moncada Barracks attack celebrations at the Artemisa Mausoleum monument on July 26, 2014. (credit: ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Nearly 3,000 Cuban Rafters Picked Up By US Authorities So Far In 2014

One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

08/15/2014

Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession. ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba’s Raul Castro Announces He Will Retire Following Current Term As President

Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba’s president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession.

02/24/2013

Cuba is opening up is citizens to travel more freely, which could cause a massive influx of the population to the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cuba Ends Exit Permits As Florida Could See Massive Population Surge

Cuba is set to end exit permits for foreign travel, giving many Cubans more of an incentive to travel abroad for up to 24 months.

10/16/2012

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