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Life & times of Fidel Castro: the revolutionary who defied US for 50 years

News Agencies | Updated on: 26 November 2016, 15:54 IST
Life & times of Fidel Castro: the revolutionary who defied US for 50 years
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Former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro, has died at age 90. His younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at 10:29 pm on Friday night. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on 13 August 1926, the illegitimate son of a wealthy farmer, Angel María Bautista Castro y Argiz, who had emigrated to Cuba from Spain. His mother, Lina Ruz González was a farm servant who became his father's mistress, and later, after Fidel's birth, his wife.

Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90.

With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at 10:29 p.m. on the night of 25 November.

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Castro's reign over the island-nation 90 miles from Florida was marked by the US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

The bearded revolutionary, who survived a crippling US trade embargo as well as dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots, died eight years after ill health forced him to formally hand power over to Raul.

 
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