Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro made his first live appearance on Cuban airwaves since falling ill 14 months ago, seeming lucid and in good humor as he exchanged jokes with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
The Venezuelan president, bringing his weekly television program to Cuba, sang hymns to Castro and referred to him in almost religious tones as the "father of all revolutionaries" during a videotape he said was made during a four-hour meeting a day earlier.
"I am very touched when you sing about Che," Castro told Chavez on Sunday during an hour-long phone call to the program dedicated to revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
"There is electricity in the air," Chavez said during Castro's call to his "Alo, Presidente!" program.