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Cuban State Television Shows Video of Castro


Cuban state television has aired the first video of President Fidel Castro since he temporarily handed power to his brother, Raul, to recover from intestinal surgery.

Broadcast Monday, the video showed a bed-ridden Fidel Castro, dressed in red, celebrating his 80th birthday Sunday with visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Hours earlier, Cuba's state-run newspaper, Granma, published photographs of the visit. One of the images showed Mr. Chavez and Raul Castro standing at the Cuban leader's bedside, next to a large portrait of him on an easel.

On Sunday, the Communist Youth newspaper, Juventud Rebelde, printed the first images of the Cuban leader since he announced his surgery.

Meanwhile, Iran's state news agency says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke by telephone with Raul Castro to discuss a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Havana next month.

It also said the Iranian leader wished Fidel Castro a speedy recovery.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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