Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a legendary survivor — besting what Cuban officials say were more than 600 attempts to kill him.

He lived much of his long life in the spotlight — and much of it in the cross hairs — surviving a half century of assassination plots.
Castro died Friday, his brother Raul Castro announced.
In a column titled “The Birthday” that was published in Cuban-state media on his 90th birthday August 13, Castro wrote that his younger brother Raul would have replaced him had “the adversary been successful in their plans of elimination. I almost laughed at the Machiavellian plans of the US Presidents.” ( -Patrick Oppmann) Click here to read the full story.


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