From the Chicago Tribune:
Rebutting reports he is suffering from Parkinson's disease, Cuban President Fidel Castro told the nation in a televised speech ending early Friday that he is feeling "better than ever."
Dressed in his trademark combat fatigues, a seemingly fit Castro stood at a wooden lectern for close to six hours and joked about an American intelligence assessment that he may be suffering from Parkinson's and could deteriorate in coming years.
"They have tried to kill me off so many times," Castro said.
But diplomats and experts say that only Castro's inner circle -- including a team of top-flight physicians -- know whether the 79-year-old Cuban leader has Parkinson's or any other chronic ailment or is merely showing signs of aging.