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Tuesday, August 11, 1998 Published at 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK

World: Middle East

Libyan human rights prize awarded to Fidel Castro of Cuba

Libya has named the Cuban president, Fidel Castro, winner of the Moamar Gadaffi Human Rights Prize -- in recognition of what it says is Mr Castro's resistance to imperialism and defence of democratic values.

The Libyan news agency JANA said Mr Castro had been invited to the capital, Tripoli, at the end of August,to receive the prize and a cheque for a quarter of a million dollars.

Previous winners include President Nelson Mandela of South Africa.

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