Castro too ill to appear in public
According to this report from Reuters, Fidel Castro has confirmed that he may be too ill to attend the postponed celebrations of his 80th birthday, which kicked off in Havana today.
The announcement was made at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana, where especially-selected supporters of the regime, including a host of apologists from overseas, had gathered for a "gala" night.
In a message read to the audience (where is the video?), the dictator said he would have wished to have attended the performance so that he could "give each one of you a warm hug" but his doctors had said he was "in no condition" to do so.