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Castro Calls US Diplomat 'Little Gangster'

Cuban president Fidel Castro has called America's top diplomat in Havana a "little gangster" after the envoy criticized the communist nation's human rights record.

Mr. Castro was speaking to Parliament Thursday about Michael Parmly, chief of the U.S. Interests Section, which operates under the auspices of the Swiss embassy. The United States and Cuba have no formal diplomatic ties.

Mr. Parmly said in a speech earlier this month that Cuban government supporters who harass political dissidents are similar to Nazi stormtroopers or members of the violent U.S. white supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan.

Mr. Parmly's comments were brought up in a Cuban television program earlier this week. The program alleged that some political dissidents in Cuba are paid agents of the United States.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.