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Photographer Who Took Iconic Elian Image Dies

Alan Diaz was 71

(Newser) - Retired Associated Press photojournalist Alan Diaz, whose photo of a terrified 6-year-old Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him the Pulitzer Prize, has died. He was 71. Diaz's daughter, Aillette Rodriguez-Diaz, confirmed that he died Tuesday. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. "He was the king... More »

Elian Gonzalez Recalls 'Father,' 'Friend' Castro

Says Fidel's friendship was 'extraordinary honor'

(Newser) - Among the tributes and recriminations pouring in in the wake of Fidel Castro's death is a youthful one: Elian Gonzalez, who as a 5-year-old turned into a pawn in US-Cuban relations when he was returned to his father's custody in Cuba. Says Gonzalez, now 22 , per ABC News... More »

Cuba's Elian Gonzalez Is Now a Bearded College Grad

He received a degree in industrial engineering this week

(Newser) - Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy at the center of a tense 2000 international custody battle that became a cause celebre and raised tensions on both sides of the Florida Straits, is a college graduate, the AP reports. Cuban government website Cubadebate said Friday that the now 22-year-old Gonzalez received... More »

Elian Gonzalez Is All Grown Up, and He's Mad

Says it's US' fault his mom died

(Newser) - Remember Elian Gonzalez? Well, he's not the little boy the US sent back to Cuba anymore. Gonzalez turned 20 last week, and he isn't happy with his almost-home. In an interview with CNN yesterday, Gonzalez said he blamed the US for the death of his mother, who drowned... More »

Cuba Releases Photos of Elian Gonzales, 16

As a boy in the US, he set off a furor over immigration

(Newser) - Cuba has released photos of one-time exile cause célèbre Elian Gonzalez wearing an olive-green military school uniform and attending a Young Communist Union congress. Gonzalez, now 16 with closely cropped black hair, is shown serious-faced with fellow youth delegates during last weekend's congress in Havana. The images were... More »

Elian Spotlight Shows Obama Weak Spot

Legacy of 8-year-old dispute haunts Fla. campaign effort

(Newser) - Eight years after the Elian Gonzalez standoff contributed to Al Gore’s defeat, the row is back in the headlines and causing trouble for Barack Obama. Obama’s stance on Cuban issues, not to mention the prominent roles Elian’s father’s lawyer and a Clinton deputy AG play in... More »

Elian Case Returns to the Spotlight

Great-uncle criticizes role of Obama aides in custody fight

(Newser) - When the battle over whether to send young Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba raged in 2000, Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator nowhere near the fray. But two of the candidate's current advisers played a role, and that connection has some Cuban-Americans ready to protest the senator's speech this... More »

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