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The faithful gasped, then the `Virgin' spoke her last

THE heart-shaped sign outside the grey-painted wooden farmhouse read: "No food, drink or pets in Apparition Room." A line of policemen, a fence and rows of seated nuns ensured none of the throng got close enough to peer through the windows. Inside, we were told, the Virgin Mary had just appeared and was giving a message to the world through a 47-year- old Georgian housewife and purported "visionary", Nancy.

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Pilar Fernandez's image shows Senora Linares standing beside not only three generations of her descendents but also a tribe of Judases. These huge figures are part of a custom as mystifying to others as the British habit of annually burning a guy. Mexicans make a pyre of papier mache versions of the man who betrayed Christ, to burn on Easter Sunday. Someone has to feed the flames and the Linares dynasty, who have taken over an entire street behind the capital's central market, construct traditional skeletons, devils and biblical characters alongside a fresh generation of newer imports: Dracula, Batman, a boxer and a hybrid beast known as an alebrije. Old Senora Linares, in her pink pinny and pinned- back hair, with her folded arms and earnest expression, is engaged in discussing the day's work, or perhaps the day's prices with her daughters.

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Che buried at scene of his best battle

Thirty years and eight days after his death, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was buried yesterday on the island where he made his revolutionary name. The remains of "Che," an Argentinian doctor whose life was changed by a chance 1955 meeting with Fidel Castro in Mexico City, were finally laid to rest in a mausoleum in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara, site of his best-known battle.

Cubans welcome Che home

Thousands of Cubans stood in silent tribute to welcome the remains of Ernesto "Che" Guevara to Santa Clara, the city where the legendary leftist guerrilla will finally be laid to rest. The remains of Guevara, and six of his former comrades-in-arms who died with him trying to spark a revolution in Bolivia 30 years ago, were brought from Havana in a slow military cortege.

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