Castro Addresses Parliament After 4-Year Absence
He appears to be in fine form after illness
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2010 2:10 PM CDT
Fidel Castro speaks to his brother Raul, not in picture, during a special session of parliament.   (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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(Newser) – Fidel Castro continued his gradual re-emergence into Cuban politics today by giving his first speech to parliament in 4 years. It "was a solid, polished performance, Mr Castro's voice stronger than at any point since he re-emerged into public life," observes the BBC. In the speech—it lasted 10 minutes, in contrast to his hours-long rants of years past—Castro implored the US to avoid war (and a "nuclear holocaust") with Iran.

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