Photograph of Frail but Alert-looking Castro Posted

HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro looks thin and frail but alert in a photograph from last month posted on the Web site of the Russian
Orthodox Church.

The image was obtained yesterday by The Associated Press and
shows the ailing 82-year-old former president standing and peering
at the camera with a hint of surprise on his face.

He's wearing an exercise suit and his gray hair is combed back. As if for support, he's pressing an arm against Metropolitan Kirill, the church's top foreign relations official.

The church says the picture was taken Oct. 20, when Kirill was
in Havana for the consecration of a new Orthodox cathedral.

Castro has not been in public since emergency surgery in July 2006. It's the first image of him since June.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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