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Cuba commemorates Castro’s 79th birthday

August 14, 2005

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— Cuba honored President Fidel Castro's 79th birthday Saturday, revisiting his nearly five decades in power on the communist island with tributes in state-run newspapers and documentaries.

Dozens of Cuban children danced and cut an enormous blue-and-white cake for Castro - the world's longest-ruling head of government - while front pages bore his photo and loving words.

The Cuban leader is an active 79. He maintains a busy schedule and has shown no interest in retiring.

Despite some public dissatisfaction, there was little doubt that Castro remains firmly in control of the last communist state in the Americas and one of only five in the world.

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