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Fidel Castro Attends First Parliamentary Session In Four Years

Revolutionary and former Cuban President Fidel Castro in a handout photo of a meeting in July with artists and intellectuals in Havana
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro attended a parliamentary session for the first time in four years.

Castro, who handed over the presidency to his younger brother Raul Castro in 2008, had called the special session to discuss the possibility of nuclear war involving the United States, Israel, and Iran.

The last time Castro participated in a public government meeting was in 2006.

His unexplained illness drastically curbed his appearances, although he has recently appeared in public several times.

The legislative return was carried live on Cuban television and radio.

Parliamentary members greeted the 83-year-old Cuban leader with a standing ovation.

compiled from agency reports