Fidel Castro Dead: Former Cuban Leader Dies Aged 90, Brother Raul Announces

Castro handed power to his younger brother Raul in 2008 and became largely absent from public life thereafter.

He made no comment on the historic resumption of diplomatic relations with the United States for the first time in 1961 in December 2014.

In 2014 Castro was awarded China’s Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organisers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, which they see as biased against China.

The committee praised Castro for “contributions to peace” – a stark contrast to the view in the West of Castro as a dictator who ran an oppressive one-party state for nearly five decades while seeking to export communist revolution.  

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