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Leaders line up to visit Fidel Castro in Cuba

Updated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 10:16 a.m.

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro has lived mostly out of the public eye since a near-fatal illness in 2006 forced his retirement after nearly five decades at the helm of Cuba.

But this week he had his busiest social calendar in years as world leaders attending a regional summit in Havana took turns stopping in to pay their respects.

One after another, they visited a comfortable living room in a home where the 87-year-old Castro apparently lives, and had their pictures taken with the mentor of the Latin American left.

Cuba analyst Philip Peters said Thursday that the visits by nearly a dozen powerful people are a sign of Castro's place as one of the important historical figures of the 20th century.