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2006-08-05 19:13:12

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro was well enough to be eating and sitting up, government sources said on Saturday, but the longtime leader remained out of sight following surgery that forced him to temporarily cede power to his brother Raul. Cuban officials gave assurances that the 79-year-old former guerrilla fighter was recovering well, although one news report quoted Brazilian officials as saying he had stomach cancer and an unfavorable prognosis....

2006-08-05 13:29:10

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering satisfactorily from stomach surgery, the country's vice president said on Saturday, while government sources said he had started to eat and sit up in bed. Brazilian officials denied a newspaper report they had been told by Cuban authorities the veteran revolutionary had a malignant stomach tumor and may never be able to return fully to power. Vice President Carlos Lage, speaking on a trip to Bolivia, was the...

2006-08-05 11:58:48

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering satisfactorily from stomach surgery, the country's vice president said on Saturday, while government sources said he had started to eat and sat up in bed. Brazilian officials denied a newspaper report they had been told by Cuban authorities the veteran revolutionary had a malignant stomach tumor and may never be able to return fully to power. Vice President Carlos Lage, speaking on a trip to Bolivia, was the...

2006-08-05 01:40:27

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba quickly dismissed another U.S. call for Cuban democracy as Fidel Castro's government began to break the silence that followed his surgery and provisional hand-over of power to brother Raul. Neither Castro brother has been seen in public since Fidel's operation on Monday for internal bleeding, but two members of the cabinet gave assurances that all was well with the Communist island and its 79-year-old leader. In Miami, Cuban exile leaders...

2006-08-04 19:23:12

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States urged Cubans on Friday to seize the opportunity to rid themselves of Communist rule as ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his designated successor and brother Raul remained out of public view, fueling anxiety over what could happen in the next days or weeks. Cuba's health minister said Castro, who has ruled the island nation of 11 million people for nearly half a century, was recovering from surgery and would be back in the...

2006-08-04 18:37:42

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States urged Cubans on Friday to seize the opportunity to rid themselves of communist rule as ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his designated successor and brother Raul remained out of public view, fueling anxiety over what could happen in the next days or weeks. Cuba's health minister said Castro, who has ruled the island nation of 11 million people for nearly half a century, was recovering from surgery and would be back in the...

2006-08-04 17:15:34

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering from surgery and will return to office soon, the health minister said on Friday as uncertainty grew over the future of the island he has ruled for nearly half a century. Castro's younger brother Raul is in firm control of the communist country and its military while he was in hospital, state media said. The United States, which has tried for decades to get rid of the unwavering revolutionary, sought to...

2006-08-04 17:55:55

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sent a message of support to Cubans on Friday, urging them to stay at home to work for "positive change" now that President Fidel Castro's leadership was in question. Castro temporarily handed over control of the country to his brother Raul Castro this week while he recovers from intestinal surgery, raising speculation over how much longer Castro will rule the communist island. "All Cubans who desire...

2006-08-04 18:02:30

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cubans love most things American. They play baseball with a passion and ride in vintage Dodges and Buicks. But few on the island want the United States to intervene in shaping their country's future. With Fidel Castro convalescing in a hospital bed after relinquishing power to his brother for the first time in his 47-year rule, President Bush has stepped up calls for multiparty democracy in Cuba. Anti-Castro exiles in Miami have called for a...

2006-08-04 14:04:52

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering from surgery and will return to office soon, the health minister said on Friday as uncertainty grew over the future of the island he has ruled for nearly half a century. "We know Comandante Fidel will recover soon and will be back with us soon," Jose Ramon Balaguer said during a visit to Guatemala. State media said earlier that Castro's brother Raul had firm control of the communist-ruled country while he...


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