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30 November 2016
Only on AP: Cuba Castro Brother

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* Cuba / Castro Brother / Story #4068705

Fidel Castro's 87-year-old half-brother, Martin, on Tuesday, 29 November 2016, told The Associated Press he was overwhelmed by the tears the Cuban people had shed for his brother.

During an exclusive interview in the family's hometown of Biran, in the south-east of Cuba, Martin Castro said his sibling was a lively child, who loved riding his horse with a rifle in hand to go shooting in the local mountains.

He went on to describe how Fidel would go and visit all the residents of the town to check they had what they needed and were being looked after.

Speaking in the home he shares with his two children and his grandchildren, Martin said he didn't see his brother much because he did not like leaving Biran.

He went on to express hope that the election of Donald Trump as US president would be a good thing, but stressed that the US embargo of the island was to blame for more than 50 years of economic misery in Cuba.

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