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Cuba's Fidel Castro steps down after half a century

Fidel Castro stands at Havana's Jose Marti airport after sending doctors and medical personnel to Armenia to treat earthquake victims May 10, 1978. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

Fidel Castro stands at Havana's Jose Marti airport after sending doctors and medical personnel to Armenia to treat earthquake victims May 10, 1978. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

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Oscar Galo of Miami yells from the curb as Cuban Americans celebrate in Miami's Little Havana, after hearing news that Fidel Castro has resigned as President of Cuba, February 19, 2008. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Oscar Galo of Miami yells from the curb as Cuban Americans celebrate in Miami's Little Havana, after hearing news that Fidel Castro has resigned as President of Cuba, February 19, 2008. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

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A Cuban-American sells Cuban flags in front of the traditional Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami's Little Havana, February 19, 2008, after Fidel Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A Cuban-American sells Cuban flags in front of the traditional Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami's Little Havana, February 19, 2008, after Fidel Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Fidel Castro gestures during a tour of Paris in this March 15, 1995 file photo. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

Fidel Castro gestures during a tour of Paris in this March 15, 1995 file photo. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

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Fidel Castro during a visit to Oran, Algeria, May 12, 1972. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

Fidel Castro during a visit to Oran, Algeria, May 12, 1972. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

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Fidel Castro poses in this photo taken by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during their meeting in Havana January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva/CubaVision TV/Handout

Fidel Castro poses in this photo taken by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during their meeting in Havana January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva/CubaVision TV/Handout

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Cuban President Fidel Castro acknowledges the applause of the audience while standing underneath an image of late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, during the inauguration of games involving mainly Cuban and Venezuelan athletes in Havana in this June 17, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power...more

Cuban President Fidel Castro acknowledges the applause of the audience while standing underneath an image of late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, during the inauguration of games involving mainly Cuban and Venezuelan athletes in Havana in this June 17, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Fidel Castro (C) meets with Nikita Kruschev at the hotel Theresa in New York, October 20, 1960. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

Fidel Castro (C) meets with Nikita Kruschev at the hotel Theresa in New York, October 20, 1960. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

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Cuba's President Fidel Castro smiles while meeting with King Mswati III of Swaziland at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana in this June 7, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Cuba's President Fidel Castro smiles while meeting with King Mswati III of Swaziland at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana in this June 7, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Fidel Castro addresses the audience as president of the Non-Aligned Movement at the United Nations in New York, October 12, 1979. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

Fidel Castro addresses the audience as president of the Non-Aligned Movement at the United Nations in New York, October 12, 1979. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Cuba's President Fidel Castro stand side by side during Putin's official welcoming ceremony outside Havana's Palace of the Revolution in this December 14, 2000 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution....more

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Cuba's President Fidel Castro stand side by side during Putin's official welcoming ceremony outside Havana's Palace of the Revolution in this December 14, 2000 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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Cuba's President Fidel Castro (L) talks to his French counterpart Francois Mitterrand at the Elysee Palace in Paris in this March 13, 1995 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Pool

Cuba's President Fidel Castro (L) talks to his French counterpart Francois Mitterrand at the Elysee Palace in Paris in this March 13, 1995 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Pool

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Cuba's President Fidel Castro (L) meets Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this February 27, 2003 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Frederic J. Brown/Pool

Cuba's President Fidel Castro (L) meets Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this February 27, 2003 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Frederic J. Brown/Pool

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Fidel Castro (R) and Mikhail Gorbachev (L) gesture during an event in Havana in this April 3, 1989 file photo. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files

Fidel Castro (R) and Mikhail Gorbachev (L) gesture during an event in Havana in this April 3, 1989 file photo. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files

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Fidel Castro attends a Mercosur trade bloc summit in Cordoba, Argentina, July 21, 2006. REUTERS/David Mercado

Fidel Castro attends a Mercosur trade bloc summit in Cordoba, Argentina, July 21, 2006. REUTERS/David Mercado

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Cuba's leader Fidel Castro (R) stops to read his watch during Pope John Paul II's arrival ceremony at Jose Marti Airport in this January 21, 1998 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Zoraida Diaz

Cuba's leader Fidel Castro (R) stops to read his watch during Pope John Paul II's arrival ceremony at Jose Marti Airport in this January 21, 1998 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Zoraida Diaz

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Cuba's President Fidel Castro fights a yawn on the first day of the VII Ibero-American summit in this November 8, 1997 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Cuba's President Fidel Castro fights a yawn on the first day of the VII Ibero-American summit in this November 8, 1997 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela hugs Fidel Castro during a visit to Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, September 2, 2001. REUTERS/Chris Kotze

Former South African President Nelson Mandela hugs Fidel Castro during a visit to Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, September 2, 2001. REUTERS/Chris Kotze

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Fidel Castro addresses the audience while standing next to a portrait of the late revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Havana in this May 5, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Prensa Latina/Files

Fidel Castro addresses the audience while standing next to a portrait of the late revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Havana in this May 5, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Prensa Latina/Files

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (L) and his Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro joke after joining their medallions, given by medical graduates, at Havana's Karl Marx theatre, in this August 20, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution....more

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (L) and his Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro joke after joining their medallions, given by medical graduates, at Havana's Karl Marx theatre, in this August 20, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Cuban President Fidel Castro listens to a speaker during the May Day parade in Havana's Revolution Square in this May 1, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Cuban President Fidel Castro listens to a speaker during the May Day parade in Havana's Revolution Square in this May 1, 2005 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Fidel Castro receives, at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) July 16, 2002. REUTERS/Rafael Perez

Fidel Castro receives, at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) July 16, 2002. REUTERS/Rafael Perez

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Fidel Castro waves the national flag during the annual May Day parade at Havana's Revolution Square in this May 1, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Claudia Daut/Files

Fidel Castro waves the national flag during the annual May Day parade at Havana's Revolution Square in this May 1, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Claudia Daut/Files

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Cuban President Fidel Castro walks to the podium during the May Day commemoration ceremony in Revolution Square in Havana in this May 1, 2004 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Cuban President Fidel Castro walks to the podium during the May Day commemoration ceremony in Revolution Square in Havana in this May 1, 2004 file photo. Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Fidel Castro stands near an elevator in Havana October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Juventud Rebelde-Estudios Revolucion/Handout

Fidel Castro stands near an elevator in Havana October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Juventud Rebelde-Estudios Revolucion/Handout

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) visits Fidel Castro in Havana August 13, 2006. REUTERS/Estudios Revolucion-Granma/Handout

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) visits Fidel Castro in Havana August 13, 2006. REUTERS/Estudios Revolucion-Granma/Handout

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Fidel Castro (L) talks to Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) during a meeting in Havana January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

Fidel Castro (L) talks to Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) during a meeting in Havana January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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Cuba's acting President Raul Castro arrives at a reception ceremony for Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at Havana's Revolution Palace February 16, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Cuba's acting President Raul Castro arrives at a reception ceremony for Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at Havana's Revolution Palace February 16, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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A screenshot from the Spanish language version of the Web site of the ruling Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma shows a message from the ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro announcing his retirement. Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Handout

A screenshot from the Spanish language version of the Web site of the ruling Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma shows a message from the ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro announcing his retirement. Castro said on February 19, 2008 that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. REUTERS/Handout

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Cuban dissident Pedro Pablo Alvarez gets emotional as he is interviewed in Madrid February 19, 2008. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Cuban dissident Pedro Pablo Alvarez gets emotional as he is interviewed in Madrid February 19, 2008. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Cuban-Americans wait for the cafeteria of the traditional Cuban restaurant Versailles to open in Miami's Little Havana February 19, 2008, after Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Cuban-Americans wait for the cafeteria of the traditional Cuban restaurant Versailles to open in Miami's Little Havana February 19, 2008, after Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Members of the media report from the front of the traditional Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami's Little Havana February 19, 2008, after Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Members of the media report from the front of the traditional Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami's Little Havana February 19, 2008, after Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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