Castro `getting better,' brother says in rebuttal to health rumors
Fidel Castro is not dying but is recovering from an illness, his younger brother and Cuba's acting president said Sunday in response to rumors that the leader was on his deathbed.
Raul Castro, who has been standing in for his brother since July 31, was responding to recent reports, including one in Time magazine, that said Castro apparently has terminal cancer. Castro is recovering from intestinal surgery, but the lack of details from the Cuban government regarding the nature of his illness has sparked a number of health rumors.
The younger Castro said Fidel has a telephone next to him "and he's using it more and more every day." He said he had a long working session with his brother just two days ago.
Fidel, 80, has not appeared publicly since July 26.
"This takes time, but he's right there," Raul Castro said.