Still Kicking: Chavez, Castro on Cuban TV

Chavez looks healthy in new video and pictures
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2011 4:07 AM CDT
In this photo released by the state media Cubadebate web site, Cuba's Fidel Castro, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez look at Granma state newspaper in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday June 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Estudios Revolucion)
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(Newser) – Rumors of Hugo Chavez's pending death have been greatly exaggerated—or at least somewhat exaggerated—as new video aired on Cuban television yesterday shows a healthy looking Chavez talking with Fidel Castro, reports the BBC. Reports have swirled that the Venezuelan president is in critical condition in a Cuban hospital, possibly with prostate cancer, although officially he is getting minor surgery for a "pelvic abscess." "To those of you who are speculating over the president's health, there he is... fine, recovering well," said a spokesman for the Venezuelan government.

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