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Castro lives: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro emerged from retirement to deny rumors that he was on his deathbed. The rumor began more than a week ago when a Venezuelan doctor said he had been informed that Castro had had a stroke and was in a coma with just weeks to live. This week, Castro resumed his old column in the state newspaper Granma, writing, “I don’t even remember what a headache feels like.” The article was accompanied by photos showing Castro, 86, standing outside and reading the latest issue of Granma. Castro, who retired as president in 2008, hasn’t been seen in public since March and stopped writing his regular weekly column in June.

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