Ex Venezuelan VP says he met with Fidel Castro

ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XRE101.- Former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua shows a picture of Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, third from left, at the Hotel Nacional in Havana Sunday Oct. 21, 2012. According to Jaua, the picture was taken Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 inside a van outside the hotel. A top executive of the hotel told the AP 86-year-old Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in months at the hotel Saturday challenging persistent rumors that the aging revolutionary is near death. Others in the picture being held by Jaua are, Antonio Martinez, director of the Hotel Nacional, center, Castro's wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, second from right, and Jaua at right. The two women at left are unidentified.(AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)Former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said Sunday that he met with aging revolutionary icon Fidel Castro for five hours and showed The Associated Press photos of the encounter, quashing persistent rumors that the former Cuban leader was on his deathbed or had suffered a massive stroke.