Milestones

NAMED. FIDEL CASTRO, 76, to a sixth consecutive term as President of the Council of State, Cuba's supreme governing body; in Havana. Castro is now the world's longest-serving head of state and has been Cuba's unchallenged strongman since 1959, when his guerrilla movement, led by Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, overthrew the island-state's military dictatorship. In 1962, Castro almost caused a nuclear war when he allowed the then Soviet Union to base long-range ballistic missiles in Cuba, prompting a tense face-off between Washington and Moscow until the Soviets backed down and removed the...

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