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General News    H4'ed 11/26/16

Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, whose Cuban revolution turned his Caribbean island into a potent symbol of the world’s greatest ideological and economic divides of the 20th century, has died, Cuban state media announced early Saturday. He was 90. The death was announced on Cuban state TV by Castro’s younger brother, Raul, who succeeded his brother years ago as the country’s leader. The son of a prosperous sugar planter, Mr. Castro took power in Cuba on New Year’s Day 1959 promising to share his nation’s wealth with its poorest citizens, who had suffered under the corrupt quarter-century dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

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