"Fidel Castro plans to attend a special session of Cuba's parliament on Saturday, the latest step in the bearded revolutionary's public re-emergence after years spent out of the spotlight following emergency intestinal surgery. Castro's presence in the legislature — reported late Friday by Cuban state television — would mark his first appearance at an official government proceeding or in front of lawmakers in four years. Castro, who turns 84 in a week, dropped from public view in 2006 after falling seriously ill and ceding power to his younger brother Raul. Rumors about his health swirled as he remained for years in near seclusion. But recently the former Cuban has been making near daily appearances in and around Havana. Occasionally wearing an olive-green military shirt, he has addressed groups of Cuban intellectuals and Communist Youth meetings, and even made a trip to the Havana aquarium for a dolphin show. But he skipped last weekend's regular session of parliament and so far has not appeared together with Raul."