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Fidel Castro appears on Cuban TV

June 18, 2008 |  9:05 am

The elusive and ailing President Fidel Castro made his first TV appearance in five months yesterday.

Cuban television broadcast a silent video of the weakened revolutionary chatting in a garden with visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, reports the Associated Press.

"The 81-year-old Castro looked thinner, and his hair and beard appeared much whiter, in the new video. But he nevertheless looked vigorous and animated as he talked with Chavez and younger brother Raul Castro. He wore a white track-suit jacket with red and blue trim." (AP)

Watch the footage here on the BBC.

Below, see a video dispatch from Reuters about Chavez's visit to the island.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City