Castro Reaches Out to Venezuela's Chavez

Fidel Castro says he is feeling better every day. The Cuban leader called Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's radio show Tuesday. After intestinal surgery, Castro stepped out of the public spotlight months ago, leaving his brother Raul in charge of Cuban governmental affairs.

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RENÉE MONTAGNE, host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renée Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Quite a news day we're having. The U.S. is talking about talking with Iran. Stock markets are being closely watched. There's developments in the presidential campaign, and Cuban leader Fidel Castro spoke publicly yesterday for the first time in more than seven months.

President FIDEL CASTRO (Cuba): (Speaking foreign language)

INSKEEP: Castro said he felt stronger and also more energetic. He was speaking in a surprise phone call Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has a radio talk show in Caracas. The call was on the show. Castro says he feels better every day. He had intestinal surgery last July, though the details of his condition have been kept secret. He appointed his brother, Raul Castro, you'll remember, to fill in after he fell ill. But did not mention yesterday whether he has plans to return to power.

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