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Fidel Castro turns 86

(Xinhua)

15:31, August 14, 2012

HAVANA, Aug.13 (Xinhua) -- Cuba celebrated its former leader Fidel Castro's 86th birthday on Monday, with an exhibition and a book fair.

The birthday of Castro, who quitted public life after handing over power to younger brother Raul in 2006, was marked with an exhibition of his portraits, an art and book fair in the central province of Villa Clara, local media said.

The books on show included Castro's several memoirs published over the last three years, and others written about him, such as "Fidel Castro

and History" and "Fidel, Women and Children".

The portrait exhibition featured 13 oil paintings based on photographs

of key moments in his life, from childhood to moments when meeting important world leaders.

Also Monday, newspapers and magazines across the Caribbean island published articles on Castro and congratulatory messages from countries around the world.
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