HAVANA -- The Cuban government has decreed three days of mourning for the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
An official statement read Monday on Cuban state television also said the Communist government had ordered Cuban flags to be flown at half staff at public buildings and military installations.
The mourning period begins Tuesday and runs through Dec. 22.
The leftist governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua have also expressed condolences for the death Saturday of the North Korean leader.
(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Corrects day of Kim Jong Il's death)