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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 17:10:17

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would fly to Havana to share birthday cake with Fidel Castro, who was reported on Saturday to be walking, talking and working a bit in the clearest signs yet the ailing Cuban leader was recovering. Chavez, Castro's close leftist ally, said he would give the bearded revolutionary a dagger and a cup carried by 19th century liberation hero Simon Bolivar as gifts for his 80th birthday on Sunday. "Since I already...

2006-08-12 14:03:24

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro was reported to be walking, talking and undergoing briefings on Saturday, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was headed to Havana to share a birthday cake with the ailing Cuban leader. Castro, who turns 80 on Sunday, has not been seen publicly since he temporarily ceded power to his younger brother on July 31 because of complicated abdominal surgery. Details of his condition are considered a state secret. But the...

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 13:00:08

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.

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,"...

2006-08-12 08:22:02

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro is walking, talking and being briefed, according to a cryptic statement published Saturday in the Communist Party daily, Granma, a day before the "Maximum Leader's" 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...

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 13:42:02

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - The stomach condition of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is a classified secret, but his close ally Hugo Chavez openly suggests the communist try a dose of his own medicine for his intestinal woes. The Venezuelan president is known to offer graphic details on live television of his digestive troubles -- and how Fidel has helped cure them. During a broadcast on Friday to inaugurate new health clinics partly staffed by Cuban doctors, Chavez described the...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.