Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is alive and well. That is according to former Venezuelan vice president Elias Jaua, who says he met the 86-year-old over the weekend.

There have been rumours that Castro was on his deathbed or had suffered a stroke.

Jaua showed photos of his five-hour meeting, in which they apparently talked about politics, history and culture.

Meanwhile, Cuban President Raul Castro has cast his ballot in municipal elections. More than eight million people are expected to vote in the poll.
Critics of the electoral process point out there is only one party involved, the Communist Party.