The 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage is set to answer her critics over whether she cheated.
Cuba's revolutionary former leader Fidel Castro and Pope Benedict had a head-to-head on the pontiff's visit to Cuba.
Pope Benedict XVI was greeted with mass adulation on the streets of Havana and Santiago.
Venezuela's vice-president has accused a right-wing group in the US of being behind rumours about President Hugo Chavez's health as he continues battling for his life.
Speaking after a mass at a military hospital in honour of the president, Nicolas Maduro said:
"They're part of a wing of the imperial power of the United States that's the wing that has made more disasters and wars in our continent".
Mr Maduro also said Mr Chavez is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Last week, after more than two months of in a Cuban hospital, Chavez returned to Caracas where he is being treated at a military hospital.
In a surprise move, Cuba's new parliament has named a rising young star as Raul Castro's first vice president.
Miguel Diaz-Canel, 52, a member of the political bureau who rose through the party ranks in the provinces to become the most visible possible successor to Castro.
Diaz-Canel would succeed Castro if the 81-year-old cannot serve his full term.
Cuba's President Raul Castro has announced that he will stand down from office in 2018 bringing to an end almost 60 years of rule under the family dynasty.
Raul took over from his brother Fidel Castro in 2008, but has spoken about limiting the number of terms for senior government officials including the presidency.
Castro made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament.
He starts his second term immediately. In 2018, Castro will be 86.
The Cuban President Raul Casto says he will retire at the end of his next term.
He has just been sworn in for his second term as President which will expire in five years.
A daredevil known as "the French Spiderman" scaled Cuba's famous Habana Libre hotel without ropes or a safety net on Monday.
Alain Robert - who has climbed some of the world's tallest buildings -reached the top floor of the 27-storey hotel as hundreds of spectators cheered from the streets below.
After the death-defying stunt, he said his main concern had not the height of the 413 feet tall hotel, but that a bit of the building's facade might break off.
"It can be rusty, the concrete can be damaged. So, I could break this or that so it's a bit scary".
The hotel is one of Havana's most iconic buildings, taken over after the 1959 Cuban Revolution and redubbed the "Habana Libre," or "Free Havana."
Fidel Castro briefly set up his personal offices in the hotel after his triumphant march into the capital.
Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro voted in Cuba's general election on Sunday and chatted with well wishers and Cuban reporters in Havana for more than an hour, in his first extended public appearance since 2010.
Castro had voted from his home in three previous elections since being taken ill in 2006 and giving up power to his brother Raul two years later.
Castro reportedly talked about efforts to reform the Cuban economy, Latin American integration, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other matters.
He was heard in a weak voice praising popular participation in Sunday's election.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro hit out at rumours of his death in an article published on the state run Caubadebate website this morning. The article is accompanied by several pictures of the 86-year-old revolutionary icon outside his home wearing a checked shirt and a cowboy hat.
He said he was releasing the images to show how "dishonest" the rumours of his demise have been. He said: "I don't even remember what a headache feels like".
On Sunday, visiting former Venezuelan vice president Elias Jaua released a photo of a meeting he said he had the previous day with Castro, and a hotel manager also present for part of the meeting claimed Castro's health was "magnificent."
Castro stepped down in 2006 following a severe illness, handing power to his brother Raul.
One of Cuba's best-known dissidents, Oswaldo Paya, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, has died in a car crash, government and opposition sources said.
The 60-year-old was traveling in eastern Granma province at the time of the accident.
In 2002, Paya spearheaded a petition campaign calling for a referendum on one-party rule and submitted more than 30,000 signatures.
The petition drive was rejected by the government, but Paya emerged as the leading advocate of peaceful democratic change in Communist-run Cuba.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has telephoned state TV, ending a virtual silence of nine days that triggered rumours that he had died while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.
In the phone call from Havana where he is undergoing radiation therapy, the 57-year-old socialist leader said: "It seems we will have to become accustomed to live with these rumors, because it is part of the laboratories of psychological war, of dirty war."