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Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90


CUBA'S FORMER president Fidel Castro and one of the world's longest-serving and iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

Castro's younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro made the announcement on state television.

President Raul Castro told the nation in an unexpected late night broadcast on state television that Fidel Castro had died and would be cremated later on Saturday.

"The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday)," he said. "Towards victory, always!" he added, using a revolutionary slogan.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades and survived many assassination plots.

There is to be several days of national mourning on the island.

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