Fidel Castro makes first public appearance since January 2014
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Fidel Castro makes first public appearance since January 2014

Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year.

The official website Cubadebate says Castro showed up to greet a group of Venezuelans visiting the capital of Havana earlier this week.

Cubadebate on Friday published four images that show Castro sitting inside a vehicle, each with a different person stretching an arm through the window to shake his hand. Castro’s face is largely obscured by a dark-colored baseball cap. He sports longish gray hair and a beard.

The website said the encounter occurred Monday, but did not explain the delay in making the photos public.

Castro will turn 89 on August 13. He was last seen in public at the inauguration of an artist’s studio in January 2014.

Associated Press