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BREAKING: Former Cuban Communist president Fidel Castro dies aged 90

He led the Caribbean island for more than five decades and was the world’s third longest serving head of state, behind only Queen Elizabeth II and the late Thai King

Castro surged to power after he led an insurgency against US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s, assuming power in a bloody revolution. 

His controversial Communist regime, aligned with the Soviet Union, caused strained tensions with the West at the height of the Cold War.

The dictator rebuffed a plot to invade and overthrow his government by the US in 1961, known as the Bay of Pigs invasion.  

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