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Fidel Castro officially steps down as Cuban leader (25 images)

Fidel Castro, will officially step down as the communist party's first secretary, paving the way for the election of his brother, Raul. We look back at Fidel Castro's 45 years as leader of the island nation in this collection from the UPI archives.
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DUR2001090103 - 01 SEPTEMBER 2001 - DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat (R) talks to Cuban President Fidel Castro during The World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, Friday, August 31, 2001. The Middle East dominated the opening of the world conference against racism Friday as Yasser Arafat accused Israel of "racist practices" against the Palestinian people. mk/aa/HO UPI
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