Cuban leader Fidel Castro

Associated Press
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2012 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets supporters during his caravan from Miraflores presidential palace to the airport to travel to Cuba for surgery to remove a tumor, in Caracas, Venezuela. The poster shows an image of Jesus Christ. 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/Fernando Llano, 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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