Cuban leader Fidel Castro

Associated Press
FILE - In this July 4, 2011 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix as he greets supporters from a balcony in Miraflores presidential palace, after returning from Cuba where he underwent cancer surgery, in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez has spent much of his career praising the socialist ideas of famed atheists such as Karl Marx and Fidel Castro. However, now in the thick of a prolonged battle against cancer, Chavez is drawing inspiration more than ever from Jesus Christ.  (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

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Fidel Castro, whose revolution seized Cuba in 1959, left office in 2006 due to a life-threatening intestinal condition. His younger brother Raul now serves as president.

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