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Fidel Castro

Oct 22, 2012 — In a newspaper column Castro mocks the "imperialist propaganda" for trying to kill him. He says not only is he alive, but he's thriving.
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Oct 18, 2012 — In government-run media, a letter he reportedly signed congratulates a medical school on its 50th anniversary and takes some shots at the U.S. Castro is now 86 years old.
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Oct 12, 2012 — Rumors about the former Cuban leader's health have swirled on social media for the past day, but Fidel Castro's son says the 86-year-old is just fine, exercising and going on with his everyday activities.
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Apr 10, 2012 — The Miami Marlins manager incensed many Cuban-Americans with comments praising Fidel Castro.
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Oct 27, 2011 — Sen. Marco Rubio blamed the news media Thursday for making too much of his differing versions of the story behind his parents' immigration from Cuba in the 1950s.
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Apr 19, 2011 — Raul Castro's longtime confidante Jose Ramon Machado Ventura will be No. 2 in the leadership, and Vice President Ramiro Valdes is No. 3.
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Feb 19, 2008 — So, 3 a.m. brings word that Fidel Castro is stepping down ...
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Feb 19, 2008 — What's a post-Fidel Cuba going to look like?
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Feb 19, 2008 — Big news out of Cuba, and we're working on a show about Castro's resignation, and what happens now.
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