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2006-08-13 15:22:03

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro appeared in photographs published on Sunday to reassure Cubans he was still alive on his 80th birthday while his brother Raul made his first public appearance since becoming acting president. Raul Castro met Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with a military salute and a hug at the Havana airport. It was the Cuban defense minister's first appearance since his brother temporarily ceded power to him on July 31 due to...

2006-08-13 14:25:10

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - A Cuban newspaper published photographs of ailing Fidel Castro on his 80th birthday on Sunday, the first since he ceded power two weeks ago to brother Raul, who made his first public appearance as Cuba's leader. Castro, who had surgery to stop intestinal bleeding on July 31, said his condition had improved but that he faced a long recovery. "I suggest you be optimistic and, at the same time, always prepared to receive bad news," he said in...

2006-08-13 07:36:11

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - A Cuban newspaper on Sunday published the first photographs of Fidel Castro since his stomach surgery and the Cuban leader said he had stabilized "considerably" but was not out of the woods. He sent a message to Cubans on his 80th birthday that was published by youth daily Juventud Rebelde with four waist-up photographs of him wearing a sweat suit and speaking on the telephone, apparently sitting in a chair. Castro has not appeared in public...

2006-08-13 01:10:00

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cubans wished Fidel Castro a happy 80th birthday on Sunday even though the ailing leader has not been seen or heard in public since ceding power to his brother two weeks ago after stomach surgery. "Fidel, Fidel, long live Fidel," chanted young Cubans at a birthday concert on Havana's Malecon seafront boulevard where 3,000 gathered to listen to a five-hour lineup of the island's top musical talent. Castro did not make an appearance at the concert...

2006-08-12 13:17:38

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would visit ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana on Saturday night for Castro's 80th birthday. Castro handed over the reins of power in late July to his younger brother Raul following abdominal surgery. "I announce that tomorrow I will be with Fidel celebrating," Chavez said during a press conference at the nation's electoral authority to kick off his re-election bid. "I will be with him as of tonight in...

2006-08-12 10:12:39

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro is walking, talking and being briefed, according to a statement published on Saturday in the Communist Party daily, Granma, a day before his 80th birthday. "Someone who visited the comandante a few hours ago to brief him on certain matters ... said he witnessed how the head of the revolution, after receiving a little physical therapy, walked in the room and later, sitting in a chair, engaged in an animated conversation,"...

2006-08-11 17:31:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba's Communist government may redouble its efforts to assert control and assure the successful transition from Fidel to Raul Castro, but the plan won't work in the end, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. "While we might be at a moment of great change, we might also be at a moment of actually the regime hardening as it attempts to assert its control," Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters. "Ultimately, this transfer won't work,"...

2006-08-11 13:13:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba's Communist government may redouble its efforts to assert control and assure the successful transition from Fidel to Raul Castro, but the plan won't work in the end, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. "While we might be at a moment of great change, we might also be at a moment of actually the regime hardening as it attempts to assert its control," Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters. "Ultimately, this transfer won't work,"...

2006-08-11 12:20:06

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Supporters of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, anxious to see him reappear after an unprecedented absence, are preparing to celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday with or without him. Castro has not been seen in public since July 26 and he stunned the country five days later by ceding power to his brother after complicated stomach surgery. "We are hoping Fidel will say something to us on Sunday. I'm sure he will appear at some point," said pensioner...

2006-08-11 10:47:49

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - A lot more than the treacherous Florida Straits separates Miami's Cuban exiles from their homeland just 90 miles off the southern tip of Florida. But the handover of power by ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has many thinking about change on the communist-ruled island and the day, perhaps soon, when barriers between Cubans and staunchly anti-Castro Cuban Americans may finally come tumbling down. "In the long run it's going to be impossible to separate...


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