Former Cuban president Fidel Castro dead at 90

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Cuban State television has announced the death of former president Fidel Castro.

The state TV did not give details of his death.

Castro had ruled the Caribbean country for more than 50 years before handing power to his brother Raul in 2008.

Castro came to power after he organised a revolution that toppled the Batista government, that had been backed by the US government in 1959.

Castro’s time in power saw him in constant conflict with 11 US presidents.

The relationship between US and Cuba were strained, after Castro allied himself with the former Soviet Union.

Castro and Colombian revolutionary icon Che Guevera, are regarded as the men who have influenced leftist leaders around the world like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

Castro would finally see an American president step foot in his country, when brother Raul welcomed Barack Obama to Cuba.cu-lgflag

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