Former Cuban president Fidel Castro dies at age 90

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NEW YORK, NY (CBS News) — Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. His brother, Raul, made the announcement on state television late last night.

Under Castro’s rule, Cuba became a communist country. His supporters said he was a revolutionary hero. To critics, he was a ruthless dictator. Throughout the years, Castro survived numerous assassination attempts.

Castro introduced free medical care and universal education to Cubans, but he also maintained his power, abolishing multiparty elections, censoring the media, and making most emigration illegal.

Castro did live to see President Obama agree to normalize relations between the US and Cuba. He is set to be cremated later today.

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