Fidel Castro dies: What now for US-Cuba relations?
By Eugene Scott and Susannah Cullinane, CNN
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5:53 AM EST, Sat November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during a March 1985 interview at his presidential palace in Havana, Cuba. Castro died at age 90 on November 25, 2016, Cuban state media reported. Click through to see more photos from the life of the controversial Cuban leader who ruled for nearly half a century:
A portrait of Castro in New York in 1955. He was in exile after being released as part of a general amnesty for political prisoners in Cuba. Two years earlier, he and about 150 others staged an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the regime of Fulgencio Batista.
Castro with Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara during the early days of their guerrilla campaign in Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains. Guevara, Castro and Castro's brother Raul organized a group of Cuban exiles that returned to Cuba in December 1956 and waged a guerrilla war against government troops.
Castro and his revolutionaries hold up their rifles in January 1959 after overthrowing Batista.
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Crowds cheer Castro on his victorious march into Havana in 1959.
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Surrounded by rebels who came with him from the mountains, Castro gives an all-night speech.
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Castro, left, became Cuba's prime minister in February 1959. His brother Raul, right, was commander in chief of the armed forces.
During a visit to New York in 1959, Fidel Castro spends time with a group of children.
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American talk-show host Ed Sullivan interviews Castro on a taped segment in 1959.
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Castro shakes hands with US Vice President Richard Nixon during a reception in Washington in 1959.
Castro addresses the UN General Assembly in September 1960.
Castro jumps from a tank in April 1961 as he arrives at Giron, Cuba, near the Bay of Pigs. That month, a group of about 1,300 Cuban exiles, armed with US weapons, made an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Castro.
Castro announces general mobilization after the announcement of the Cuban blockade by President John F Kennedy in October 1962.
Castro raises arms with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during a four-week visit to Moscow in May 1963.
Castro in July 1964.
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Castro plays baseball in 1964.
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Castro addresses thousands of Cubans in Havana in 1968.
In 1977, Castro uses a map as he describes the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion to ABC correspondent Barbara Walters.
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Iraq's Saddam Hussein, center, with the Castro brothers during a visit to Cuba in January 1979.