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November 28, 2016
Cuban missile crisis among Castro legacies
Havana (AFP) Nov 26, 2016
Fidel Castro was the last of the three main protagonists in one of the Cold War's scariest episodes: The 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which raised fears of a global nuclear war. Castro, who died Friday night at the age of 90, was aligned with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev when a 13-day showdown with US president John F. Kennedy began in October 1962. Kennedy was assassinated a year later, on November 22, 1963, while Khrushchev died in 1971. The Cold War heated up as never before when the Uni ... read more

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