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TV pictures show Castro recovering

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Appearing well enough to greet old friends Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been shown in a video in his hospital bed. He was seen receiving a visit from fellow leftist leader President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. The video seemed to be aimed at putting to rest rumours Castro was near death. He temporarily ceded power a month ago to his brother to undergo intestinal surgery.

The communist leader appeared much stronger than in a video released three weeks ago when Chavez visited him to celebrate his 80th birthday. Then, a frail-looking Castro, was shown in bed and covered with a blanket. But it is still not clear if and when he will return to running the country.