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Castro TV appearance ends death speculation

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Castro TV appearance ends death speculation


A frail-looking Cuban President Fidel Castro has appeared in his first television interview in three months, ending speculation that he had died. Speaking in a low voice Castro mentioned the recent surge in oil prices and the current value of the euro against the dollar, establishing that the interview was recorded in recent days. He also showed a copy of a book by former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, which was published during the past week.

The 81-year-old’s failure to appear on his birthday on Aug. 13 fuelled rumours among his opponents in America that he had had a major health setback or had already died. Castro handed over control of the communist island to his younger brother, Raul Castro, in July 2006 after emergency intestinal surgery. He has not appeared in public since then.

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