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Castro's TV appearance quashes rumours of his death

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Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro appeared on television for the first in three months ending speculation that the 81-year-old had died or suffered a relapse. The Cuban leader, who underwent complicated intestinal surgery at the end of July last year, has temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul.

He spoke slowly on a number of world affairs the cold war and the global economy. US journalist Randy Falcon asked him a question about the euro in relation to the dollar and the price of oil, to which Castro replied: “Yesterday the euro reached 1.41 US dollars and oil went up to, I think, 84 US dollars per barrel.” He also commented on the tracksuit he was wearing: “They criticise me for wearing this, but this is what the Cuban National Institute for Sport gave me.