Cuban Leader makes his way out, way way out of Cuban Politics
Cuban President Fidel Castro speaks after he was re-elected president of the state council for the sixth term on March 6, 2003.
University student Fidel Castro (center, standing, in black suit) addressing fellow students during a protest on November 11, 1947.
Castro exhales cigar smoke during a March 1985 interview at his presidential palace in Havana.
Castro poses with three unidentified women who joined the rebel forces as nurses on Feb. 6, 1958.
Fidel Castro, Jr., is shown waving a small flag while riding on a tank in Havana on Jan. 7, 1959. Others seen in photo are unidentified.
Castro speaks to supporters on Jan. 8, 1959 at the Batista military base "Columbia," now known as Ciudad Libertad.
Castro gestures during an impassioned four-hour address at the United Nations on Sept. 26, 1960, in which he lambasted the American government for its policies towards Cuba, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Schafik Handal, Hugo ChÃ¡vez, Fidel Castro and Evo Morales, in Havana in 2004.
Castro and then Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev hug at the United Nations in this late 1960 photo.
Castro looks over the Sierra Maestro mountains in Cuba as he revisits the area where his revolution started in this June 1962 photo.
Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, and his wife Margaret, became the first Canadian head of government to visit Cuba, as pictured with Castro in January 1976.
Castro, right, holds the hands of Pope John Paul II during their historic meeting at the Vatican on Nov. 19, 1996.
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter waves alongside Castro at the airport in Havana during a historic May 2002 visit seeking to bring Cuba and the United States closer by challenging both countries to change after more than four decades of enmity.
Castro, left, votes to modify the Cuban Constitution, as his brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro, looks on during an extraordinary National Assembly session in Havana on June 26, 2002. Raul, 76, has been named as Fidel's successor.
Castro, left, and his brother, Minister of Defense Raul Castro, attend a Cuban Parliament session in the Palace of Conventions on July 1, 2004. Raul took over for Fidel while he underwent surgery in 2006 and has led the country since then.
Castro speaks in Havana on Sept. 9, 2002.
Castro, centre, leads a march to the American mission in Havana on May 17, 2005. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans demanded the U.S. arrest Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who was sought in Venezuela on charges of helping bomb a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 people.
Castro gives a speech May 20, 2005 in Havana, Cuba.
An ailing Castro receives a portrait from Venezuela's controversial President Hugo Chavez, centre, as Raul Castro looks on in a photo released by Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist party, during a meeting in Havana on Aug. 13, 2006.
Castro, pictured reading in a rocking chair in September 2006, said in a statement that he has lost more than 18.5 kilograms or 41 pounds since he had intestinal surgery but added that the "most critical moment" was behind him.
Brazil's President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, right, takes a picture of Fidel Castro, left, during a meeting in Havana on Jan. 15, 2008.
Castro holds a copy of a book written by Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during an interview with Cuba's National Information Agency (AIN) in Havana in September 2007.
Castro arrives in Washington, D.C. on April 15, 1959.
Fidel Castro in his days as a guerrilla
Castro and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Fidel Castro addresses delegates of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York in 1960.
Castro's appearance on Cubavision October 28, 2006