Fidel Castro, who led his native Cuba for nearly half a century and claimed to have survived more than 600 assassination attempts, has died at the age of 90.His younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that the Communist revolutionary died on Friday night. World leaders have paid tribute to the revolutionary, who came to power in 1959, with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev praising him for 'strengthening' his island nation. Russian President Vladimir Putin described him as a 'symbol of an era', and said he was a 'distinguished statesman'. Nine days of public mourning for the deceased Cuban leader have been announced, when 'public activities and shows' will cease, and flags will fly at half mast. The news was met with shock in Cuban capital Havana, but Castro's death was celebrated by exiles in the US (inset), where a Cuban-American US Congress representative branded the late leader 'a tyrant'. The controversial leader made his last official appearance before the country's Communist party in April and predicted that his death was near. Castro (pictured right with revolutionary icon Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in the early 1960s) was 32 when he overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista's government in 1959. The US severed diplomatic ties in 1961, banning all exports to Cuba except for food and medicine. Castro's brother Raul and President Obama moved to restore diplomatic ties in December 2014.
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Pop art: This year, the national costume for Miss World Australia will be chosen by the public. A Vegemite pop art dress is one of the choices (above)
I Love Oz: Another option is inspired by popular Australian tourist destinations and landmarks (above)
All that glitters: A sequined dress designed by Angelique Dibella represents the Dreamtime story rainbow serpent (above)
Multicultural: The final option incorporates indigenous culture and local wildlife (above)
Blue belle: Miss Universe 2015 opted for a bodysuit inspired by the Sydney Opera House and a giant headpiece depicting Dame Edna's glasses.
Blast from the past: In 2010 Jesinta Campbell wore an indigenous print outfit for Miss Universe (above)