Friday, January 23, 2009
Argentina publishes new photos of Fidel Castro
In this picture released on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 by Argentina's presidential press office, Cuba's former President Fidel Castro poses for a photo during a meeting with Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, unseen, in Havana, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Argentinean Presidential Press Office)
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BUENOS AIRES -- A photograph of Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared for the first time in more than two months.
The office of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez released the photo on Friday, two days after they met in Havana.
It shows Castro standing, wearing a blue track suit with red stripes on the sleeves and collar while Fernandez grasps his arm, smiling.
It is the first released photo of the 82-year-old Castro since a Nov. 18 shot of him meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The long spell without a photo of Castro had contributed to rumors he was gravely ill.
Castro hasn't been seen in public since undergoing abdominal surgery in July 2006 and he formally turned over the presidency to his brother Raul last year.
Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer