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Yeltsin Too Sick For Quick Return To Job

The Kremlin acknowledged Friday that Boris Yeltsin is too sick to return to his office any time soon and postponed an upcoming regional summit, deepening political uncertainty caused by his fragile health.

The president’s aides, who have portrayed a steady recovery from both heart surgery and pneumonia, divulged no new details about his condition and refused again to release photos or videotape of him.

The Russian leader, recuperating at his country home after a 12-day hospital stay, hasn’t been seen in public or on television since Jan. 6.

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Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

new  Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro’s place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.