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Argentina Releases New Photo of Fidel Castro

Argentina's government has released a photograph of Fidel Castro - the first picture of the former Cuban leader to be made public in two months.

The picture, released Friday, shows a serious Mr. Castro looking straight into the camera and standing beside Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Ms. Fernandez visited Cuba earlier this week and met with Fidel Castro for about 30 minutes. She told reporters she thought he looked very good.

Mr. Castro has not been seen in public since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006.

The former long-time president wrote an Internet column recently in which he said his health was deteriorating. The 82-year-old said he will soon be unable to follow current events.

The comments were Mr. Castro's first written remarks since December 15.

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