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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...

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...