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Fidel Castro: Fit as a fiddle?

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A new picture of Fidel Castro has been published in a state-run newspaper, apparently showing Cuba's ailing former leader in much better health.

Mr Castro, 83 was pictured meeting with the Ecuadorean president, Rafael Correa, on Friday.

He has also appeared on state television for the first time in 14 months, chatting to Venezuelan students, in a meeting which reportedly took place on Saturday.

He has not been seen in public since undergoing an operation in 2006.

Michael Voss reports

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