November 2016: Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of November 2016.
1. Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul 2. Hundreds of Migrants Drown Off Libya 3. British High Court Ruling Will Slow Brexit 4. China Blocks New Hong Kong Legislators 5. ISIS Kidnaps Hundreds of Civilians Outside Mosul 6. Poet, Songwriter Leonard Cohen Dies 7. South African President Zuma Survives Another No-Confidence Vote 8. Samsung to Buy Harman International for $8 Billion 9. Russian Economy Minister Alexey Ulyukaev Arrested 10. Shiite Pilgrims Killed by ISIS 11. First U.S. Casualty in Syria 12. Fidel Castro Dies 13. François Fillon Wins French Presidential Nomination 14. OPEC Agrees to Cut Oil Production 15. Columbia: New Peace with FARC
- Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies
- On Nov. 25, 2016, Fidel Castro dies at the age of 90. Castro was the revolutionary communist leader of Cuba for almost five decades, railing against the evils of imperialism. In 1959 Castro led the overthrow of the previous dictator Fulgencio Batista. CBS News analyst Pamela Falk calls Castro “a defiant demagogue, a dictator, a charismatic leader and, for decades, a Soviet puppet, all rolled into one.” During his time in power he helped lower illiteracy rates, infant mortality rates, and started a national healthcare system. However, he failed to bring prosperity and had no tolerance for dissent, jailing thousands. The impact of Castro's death on Cuba's future is unknown; current president Raul Castro—Fidel’s brother—is set to retire in 2018.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Gregory Bull
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