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The writer John Storm Roberts opened up new vistas of music, notably with his books Black Music of Two Worlds (1972) and The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States (1979). In their way they were as ground-breaking and revelatory as A.H. Fox-Strangways' The Music of Hindostan must have been in 1914 for India's music traditions.

Dramatic rescue as race hit by wild weather

A distress signal from the 60-foot yacht BT in the Transat Jacques Vabre sent a French navy frigate, with a helicopter onboard, racing to the rescue of Sebastien Josse and Jean-Francois Cuzon today as the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Falmouth also swung into action. The pair was lifted off by a Portuguese Air Force helicopter about eight hours later and was being flown to the Lajes Field air force base of Terceira in the Azores.

Travolta 'blackmail' jury shown video

A jury watched a hidden-camera videotape of negotiations between a lawyer for John Travolta and a former Bahamas senator accused of trying to blackmail the movie star.

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British authorities and the financial sector are linked for the first time to the late Chilean dictator's £1bn fortune. Hugh O'Shaughnessy reports

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Nile Rodgers, the funkmaster general, talks candidly to Nick Coleman about the death of his musical partner Bernard Edwards, why he started touring again – and how Chic's biggest hit began as an ode to doormen

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Despite a tan from the Bahamas, movie success and recent critical acclaim, Zoë Heller admits that her transition from columnist to novelist has left scars

My Life In Travel: June Sarpong, TV presenter

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British man shot in the head in Bahamas

Police in the Bahamas are investigating the execution-style shooting of a 55-year-old financial adviser who previously oversaw two banking institutions.

Returning to El Salvador

Charles Nevin adopted his son, Cristian, in war-torn El Salvador in 1991. Eighteen years on, the family returned to discover a very different country

Travel challenge: The best price for an island holiday?

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular journey. Today: an all- inclusive family holiday over the Easter holidays on an Atlantic or Caribbean island, departing from Gatwick on 4 April.

Man charged with extortion over Travolta case

Bahamian paramedic pleaded not guilty and was held without bail yesterday on charges he conspired to extort $25m (£18m) from John Travolta after the actor's son died in the Bahamas this month.

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