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
In this frame grab of video, Fidel Castro attends the inauguration of an art studio in Havana.   (AP Photo/Cubavision via APTN)

(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.

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Jan 10, 2014 7:46 AM CST
Last year I talked to some cuban nationals that are working here in Venezuela and they sincerely believed that Fidel was in some kind of vegetative state or at least already gone completely senile, with cuban authorites waiting until the new year to announce his death because they knew nothing subtantial about him for months. But looks like the old dinosaur keeps on going may even outlive his brother that already wants to retire, hell, he has already outlive all his enemies and friends.
Jan 10, 2014 6:53 AM CST
not a fan of Castro, but he was much better for the nation than Batista, the guy he kicked out. Castro raised education levels and introduced a good health care system, one that has worked so well that Cubans now have a longer life span than Americans
Jan 9, 2014 10:59 PM CST
That picture of Fidel reminds me of Vincent Van Gooh, and he looks like he'll soon be Van Gone.