Recent photographs of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro are published in state-run media. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
New photographs of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro were published on Monday night (February 2) in Cuban media. The photographs, said to have been taken on January 23, show the 88 year-old Castro meeting the President of Cuba's University Students Federation (FEU), Randy Perdomo. Castro, who stepped down from power in 2008, has not been seen in public in a year and his photograph has not appeared in Cuban media since August, giving rise to speculation about his health. Though Castro periodically writes a column, he went silent for several weeks after his younger brother and current president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 they would restore diplomatic ties.