Cuban state media releases photographs of former president Fidel Castro in nearly six months
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro talks to President of Cuba's University Students Federation (FEU) Randy Perdomo as Castro's wife Dalia looks on during a meeting in Havana in this picture provided by Cubadebate. Photographs of Castro, 88, appeared in official media on February 2, 2015 for the first time since August, showing him slightly hunched over while seated, but appearing animated as he spoke with the student leader. The pictures of Castro with Perdomo were taken on January 23, 2015 according to Perdomo's account. (REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters)
I call him the man with a nine lives, after having escaped assassination from the US government more than 600 times.
There was a need to reassure the people of Cuban that their leader is doing well after rumour carried it that his health has deteriorated.
The images showed the 88-year-old Castro at his home along with his wife Dalia during a meeting with the leader of a students' union, and were published in the state-run newspaper Granma and other official media.
Castro had remained quiet publicly after the United States and Cuba announced in December that they were going to restore diplomatic relations after a half century of enmity stemming from the Cold War.
That silence prompted chatter on social media and in foreign media that Castro was sick or even had died. (AFP)