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Fidel Castro Dead At 90, Cuban Leader Defied U.S. For A Half-Century

Maduro at Fidel Castro's 90th birthday celebration
Castro was an iconic figure of the past century

HAVANA — Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba's Communist revolution who ruled over the island nation in defiance of the United States for a half-century, died late Friday at the age of 90. Havana announced that the remains of the retired Líder Máximo would be cremated Saturday.

This was a tweet from the Cuban embassy in Washington, which recently reopened after the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, orchestrated by Castro's brother and successor Raul Castro and President Barack Obama.

In August, when Castro turned 90, Jon Lee Anderson reflected on the Cuban leader's life and legacy.

German daily Die Weltreports on a little-known chapter of the Castro regime (in English via Worldcrunch).

Follow ongoing coverage of Castro's death from the Miami Herald, and for Spanish readers in the Argentine daily Clarin.

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Chinese Spy Balloon, South Sudan Clashes, Oldest Dog Ever

A balloon suspected of being a Chinese surveillance device and said to be traveling at high altitude over Montana, is currently being tracked by the Pentagon.

Renate Mattar, Hugo Perrin and Anne-Sophie Goninet

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Welcome to Friday, where the Pentagon is tracking a suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over Montana, clashes kill 27 in South Sudan a day before the Pope’s visit, and Portugal’s Bobi is a very good (and very old!) boy. Meanwhile, for Russian-language independent website Vazhnyye Istorii/Important Stories, Lydia Mikhalchenko gains rare access to Chechen war veterans fighting for Ukraine.

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