Raul Castro becomes Cuba's new leader

Nearly 50 years of rule by Fidel Castro ended in Cuba on Sunday as parliament chose his brother Raul to replace him - a transition that leaves the island's communist system unshaken. The vote came just five days after the ailing 81-year-old president said he was retiring, capping a career in which he frustrated efforts by 10 US presidents to oust him. In a surprise move, the No. 2 slot went to old guard revolutionary leader Jose Ramon Machado, who fought alongside the Castro brothers in the Sierra Maestra during the late 1950s.