World leaders flock to visit Fidel Castro during regional summit
  • Fidel Castro has lived mostly out of the public eye since a near-fatal illness in 2006 forced his retirement after nearly five decades at the helm of Cuba.

    This week he had his busiest social calendar in years as nearly a dozen world leaders attending a regional summit in Havana stopped in to pay their respects to — and have their picture taken with — the man considered the godfather of the Latin American left.

    Photos of the encounters taken by Castro's photographer son Alex show a gray-bearded, elderly man, seemingly alert and animated. The conversations reportedly ranged from history and world current affairs to remembrances of Castro's late friend Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. (AP)

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff

    In this photo released by Cubadebate on its website, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff visits with Cuba's former President Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Rousseff is in Havana to attend the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Alex Castro)

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff

    In this photo released by Cubadebate on its website, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, visits with Cuba's former President Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Rousseff is in Havana to attend the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Alex Castro)

  • Uruguay's President Jose Mujica

    Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (R) talks with Uruguay's President Jose Mujica during a meeting in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on January 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters)

  • Ecuador's President Rafael Correa

    Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (R) greets Ecuador's President Rafael Correa during a meeting in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on January 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters)

  • Ecuador's President Rafael Correa

    Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (R) greets Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (L) as Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega looks on (back) during a meeting in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on January 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters)

  • Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega

    In this photo released by Cubadebate, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, left, embraces Cuba's former President Fidel Castro during a visit, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Ortega is in Havana to attend the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Alex Castro)

  • Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, Bolivia's President Evo Morale

    Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (3rd R) meets with (L-R) Nicaragua's first lady Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Bolivia's President Evo Morales in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on January 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters)

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

    Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (R) talks with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (L) as his wife Dalia Soto Del Valle sits between them during a meeting in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters

  • Suriname's President Desi Bouterse

    Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (R) talks with Suriname's President Desi Bouterse (3rd L) during a meeting in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters

  • Suriname's President Desi Bouterse

    Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (2nd R) shakes hands with Suriname's President Desi Bouterse (2nd L) during a meeting in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters

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