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In pictures: Cuba at 50

Child looking out of open window

The Caribbean island of Cuba is marking 50 years since the revolution led by Fidel Castro, who officially ruled until February 2008.

 Che Guevara

Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara was another key figure in the rebellion and his image is still widely reproduced around the world.

Old car

Many old American cars on the island still pre-date a trade embargo imposed by the United States after Fidel Castro took control.

Children playing

Today Cuba has one of the world's highest literacy rates and many 18 to 24-year-olds go on to university.

Horse on a veranda outside a house

A horse is tied to a family veranda overnight - 20% of the labour force is employed in agriculture. But much of the land is unproductive in a nation with huge economic problems.

Young people watching baseball

Youthful spectators at a baseball game. Baseball was first introduced to the island in the 1860s and is now the official national game.

Cuban dancer

Cuba has a long tradition of dance - perhaps better known for its rumba and salsa - here the Trinidad Folkoric Ballet rehearse.

Painted wall

Much of Cuba's crumbling architecture dates back to the days of Spanish colonisation.

Stormy street scene

Cuba: 50 Years of Revolution is part of Magnum Photo's Permanent Revolution Season and is on show at the Magnum Print Room, London until 30 January 2009.

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