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Thursday, January 9, 2014

In a Rare Video, Fidel Castro Surfaces

Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba, made his first public appearance in nine months on Wednesday night at the opening of a nonprofit art studio in the Romerillo neighborhood of Havana.

The former president showed up for the opening of the Kcho Romerillo Art Studio, Laboratory for Art on the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. In video broadcast on Cuban state television that is in Spanish, Mr. Castro was greeted by the director of the studio, Alexis Leyva, also known as simply Kcho, and other artists.

Mr. Castro, 87, led Cuba for 48 years before handing the reins to his brother, Raúl Castro.

The last time Fidel Castro was seen publicly was in April 2013, when he attended the opening of a Havana school.