Former Cuban president Fidel Castro dies at age 90

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, commonly known as Fidel Castro the Cuban revolutionist who challenged the U.S government dies at 90

The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours Friday, November 25 (03:29 GMT Saturday), Raul Castro said.

Ashen and grave, President Castro told the nation in an unexpected late night broadcast on state television that Fidel Castro had died and would be cremated on Saturday, November 26.

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Castro challenged the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war. He temporarily handed over to his brother Raul Castor in 2006 due to an acute intestinal ailment. Raul Castro officially became president two years later.

Despised by his critics as much as he was revered by his followers, he outlasted ten US presidents and defied scores of attempts on his life by the CIA.

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Cuba is destined to have a better relationship with the USA.

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