HAVANA - Cigar lovers will now get a chance to see how the famous Cuban cigars are being made as the organisers of the international cigar festival, which begins here Monday, plan tours for the visitors to the factories and tobacco growing areas in the country.

HAVANA - A country known for groundbreaking jazz is getting a visit from one of America's leading trumpeters, who spent the weekend jamming with Cuban legends ahead of a concert series that will put musicians from the two Cold War enemies on stage together.

HAVANA - Fidel Castro's new book spins tales of his childhood, university years and life through his 20s in his whimsical and long-winded style - but contains little information that hasn't appeared in other sources.

HAVANA - Fidel Castro presented his new book at a closed-door ceremony Monday, a work he says contains an autobiographical section and details a major military victory that sped his rise to power in 1959.

HAVANA - The Communist party newsletter Granma says Fidel Castro will appear on a key Cuban television news program for the first time in at least four years.
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