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Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies

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    1983 : Fidel Castro Arrives In India in 1983. Photo courtesy: indianhistorypics (Twitter)

    Guerrilla revolutionary and communist idol, Fidel Castro was a holdout against history who turned tiny Cuba into a thorn in the paw of the mighty capitalist United States.

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    Yangiyer, Uzbekistan - May 10, 1963: Cuban Comandante Rene Vallejo.) (Photo - Shutterstock)

    The former Cuban president, who died aged 90, said he would never retire from politics.

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    Yangiyer, Uzbekistan - May 11, 1963: Residents welcomed Fidel. (Photo - Shutterstock)

    But emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 drove him to hand power to Raul Castro, who ended his brother's antagonistic approach to Washington, shocking the world in December 2014 in announcing a rapprochement with US President Barack Obama.

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    People look at a picture of Cuba's former President Fidel Castro during the opening of the exhibition "Fidel" in Havana, Cuba. Photo: ...

    Famed for his rumpled olive fatigues, straggly beard and the cigars he reluctantly gave up for health reasons, Fidel Castro kept a tight clamp on dissent at home while defining himself abroad with his defiance of Washington.

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    In the end, he essentially won the political staring game, even if the Cuban people do continue to live in poverty and the once-touted revolution he led has lost its shine.

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    Cuba's former President Castro and Japan's Prime Minister Abe meet in Havana. Photo: Reuters

    A great survivor and a firebrand, if windy orator, Castro dodged all his enemies could throw at him in nearly half a century in power, including assassination plots, a US-backed invasion bid, and tough US economic sanctions.

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    Fidel Castro attends the closing ceremony of the seventh Cuban Communist Party (PCC) congress in Havana, Cuba. Photo: Reuters

    Born August 13, 1926 to a prosperous Spanish immigrant landowner and a Cuban mother who was the family housekeeper, young Castro was a quick study and a baseball fanatic who dreamed of a golden future playing in the US big leagues.

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    1998 : Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee With Cuban President Fidel Castro In Durban , South Africa

    But his young man's dreams evolved not in sports but politics. He went on to form the guerrilla opposition to the US-backed government of Fulgencio Batista, who seized power in a 1952 coup

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