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Castro Urges G8 to Press Bush on Climate Change

Cuban President Fidel Castro is urging industrialized nations to press President Bush on climate change at a summit next week.

In an article to be published Wednesday, in Cuba's state-run newspaper, Granma, Mr. Castro says those attending the meeting should ask the U.S. leader how he really feels about climate change and other dangers threatening peace and basic human needs, such as food.

He also said that he should not try to escape the question with the help of his friend, British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Leaders from the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia will attend the three-day Group of Eight summit in Germany beginning June 6.

Cuba's 80-year-old leader has not appeared in public since temporarily handing power to his brother, Raul, last July. However, Cuban media have released photographs and video of the president, and he has published several editorials.

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