Havana • Fidel Castro was healthy and alert while speaking with a Spanish reporter about current events for 2 ½ hours last week, the journalist told The Associated Press Monday.
A photo of the discussion appeared in official media Monday after days of speculation about the former Cuban president's health, fueled when he didn't comment publicly on Nelson Mandela's death. The former South African president was a close ally, thanks to Cuba's backing of Angolan fighters who battled forces supported by the previous pro-apartheid South African government of the 1980s.
The photo shows Castro, 87, seated and wearing a blue sweatsuit, looking intensely at writer Ignacio Ramonet and gesturing with his left hand. Ramonet and the website Cubadebate say the photo was taken Friday.