Chavez: Castro recovering and 'giving orders'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday his ally, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was recovering quickly after intestinal surgery that forced him to turn power over to his brother a month ago. "Fidel is recovering well. The rapidity of his recovery surprised me," said Chavez, who capped off a foreign tour of four countries on Thursday by making his third visit to the communist-led island in three weeks. "He's sits up, writes, has a telephone and gives orders, instructions," added Chavez, speaking during his weekly television and radio program "Hello President."