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Cuba Releases First Castro Letter Since July

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Fidel Castro file image.  (Source: AP)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – In the wake of rumors about his failing health, the Cuban government-run newspaper Granma has published a letter by former leader Fidel Castro.

Castro, 86, hasn’t been seen in public since video images showed him greeting a visiting Pope Benedict XVI in late March, and the last of his essays known as “Reflections” was published June 19.

The letter, the first to be made public since July, congratulates a Cuban medical institute on its 50th anniversary.

Castro, whose revolution seized Cuba in 1959, left office in 2006 due to a life-threatening intestinal condition. His younger brother Raul now serves as president.

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