Cuban leader Fidel Castro

Associated Press
In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo released by the state media website Cubadebate, Fidel Castro attends a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba.  Castro turns 86 on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile, 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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