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    Venezuela Declares Three-Day Mourning for Fidel Castro

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    The government of Venezuela has declared a three-day national mourning to honor the memory of long-standing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the Venezuela Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving leaders, died late Friday at the age of 90. His death was announced by his brother and the incumbent Cuban president, Raul Castro.

    "The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has declared a three-day national mourning to honor the memory and eternal legacy of Fidel Castro," the statement reads.

    According to reports, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is going to hold a ceremony to honor the memory of Castro at the military barracks in Caracas, where the remains of his ally, ex-Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, are entombed.

    Сastro was born in 1926 in the Cuban village of Biran. He became the country's prime minister in February 1959, and ruled Cuba as a single-party state until 2008, when his brother Raul Castro took over.

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