Havana, Cuba - Fidel Castro, a titan of the Cold War who defied 10 American presidents and thrust Cuba onto the world stage, is dead at age 90.
Cuban state-run television said the former long-time president died at 10:29pm local time on Friday. Castro's brother and current president, Raul Castro, confirmed the news.
Al Jazeera's Latin America Editor Lucia Newman, reporting from Santiago, Chile, said Castro's death hardly came as a surprise.
"He has been a larger-than-life figure who inspired a revolutionary movement all over the world, especially in Latin America," she said.