Fidel Castro Makes Rare Appearance

He's out in public for first time in 9 months

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2014 5:15 PM CST

(Newser) – A "frail-looking" Fidel Castro showed up in public for the first time in nine months last night, reports the BBC. The occasion was the opening of an art studio in Havana, and the AP notes that the state's official newspapers and websites showed the 87-year-old only from behind. Still, Castro walked about the studio with the aid of a cane and checked out various pieces of art. His last public appearance was in April, at a school dedication.

In this frame grab of video, Fidel Castro attends the inauguration of an art studio in Havana.
In this frame grab of video, Fidel Castro attends the inauguration of an art studio in Havana.   (AP Photo/Cubavision via APTN)
In this photo released by Cubadebate, Fidel Castro, bottom, back to camera, attends the inauguration of an art studio.
In this photo released by Cubadebate, Fidel Castro, bottom, back to camera, attends the inauguration of an art studio.   (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Alex Castro)
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