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CARIBBEAN 360 – Cuba yesterday began nine days of mourning following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
The passing of the 90-year-old former president was announced by his brother, Resident Raul Castro, in a televised statement on Friday night but did not disclose the cause of his death.
All planned activities and public performances have been called off, the flag will be flown at half-staff in public and military establishments, and radio and television will broadcast patriotic and historical programming, as the country mourns.
Castro’s remains were cremated, and his ashes will be taken around Cuba from tomorrow, until a state funeral in the south-eastern city of Santiago de Cuba next Sunday.
Diplomatic officials said foreign dignitaries will arrive by Tuesday for a memorial service to be held in Revolution Square that evening.