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Fidel Castro
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  • The ‘Yolanda’ singer toured the world as a cultural ambassador for Fidel Castro’s revolution and helped found Cuba’s ‘nueva trova’ movement
  • He died in Spain, where he had been undergoing treatment for blood cancer. Cuba’s prime minister said the country’s culture was ‘in mourning’
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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his remarks in Cuba’s capital Havana, also said he would keep pushing for the US to lift its decades-old embargo against Cuba.

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The 89-year-old leader confirmed he was resigning as head of the country’s Communist Party, but did not say who he would endorse as his successor.

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Ordinary residents talk about the good and bad sides to life in a city that’s a byword for romance yet has struggled under a US embargo for decades.

New leader is a Communist Party loyalist, and the transition is not expected to herald sweeping changes to the island’s state-run economy and one-party system

The country proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel as sole candidate to replace Castro as president; the proposal is subject to a vote later in the day and the result will be formally announced on Thursday

Cuban state media released the first photographs of former president Fidel Castro to be published in nearly six months last night in a bid to quiet rumours that his health is failing.

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