CUBA

Fidel Returns

Is he back? Fidel Castro may no longer formally rule Cuba, but he’s just met with U.S. lawmakers for the first time since he fell ill. The longtime dictator, who handed the reins of power over to brother Raul at the end of in July 2006, talked with three members of the Congressional Black Caucus—Rep. Barbara Lee, Democrat of California, and two other unidentified lawmakers—in Havana before they left the island after a five-day trip meant to improve communication between the U.S. and Cuba. A spokesman at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana confirmed the meeting.