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Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro passes away

Havana, November 26 (VNA) - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, a towering figure of the 20th century, died in Havana on November 25 at the age of 90, announced his brother, President Raul Castro.

"The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening," the President said on Cuba’s national television.

The revolutionary leader’s remains will be cremated in compliance with his expressed will, said Raul Castro, who took power after his older brother Fidel was hospitalised in 2006. Details of his funeral would be given on early November 26, he added.

Born on August 13, 1926, Fidel was a great revolutionist who named Cuba in the history of humankind with a revolution overturning the dictatorial regime and led the Caribbean country to today’s independence.

As one of the leading world figures in the second half of the 20th century, Fidel Castro had outsized influence given the size of his small Caribbean island.
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