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Beyond the mountains whence Castro came, lie a silver sea and a comradely Cuban resort.

The reverend revolutionaries

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Che to promote the church

THE BEARD is the same and so are the fierce eyes. It is only Che Guevara's beret that has been replaced - by a crown of thorns.

Travel: In the name of the revolution

Che Guevara is still a hero in Cuba, and the anniversary of his death marks a coming of age for the island's schoolchildren

Classical: Unforgettable, that's what he is

TIM SOUSTER WIGMORE HALL LONDON

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Ortega keeps a grip on the Sandinistas

WITH his moustache and clenched fist, he was - in his prime - a figure almost on the scale of Che Guevara in the pantheon of international left-wing heroes.

Books: You killed the man I loved

Richard Gott is moved by a son's attempt to understand the father he never knew

Ortega sex abuse claims leave Nicaraguans reeling

HE WAS a geekish, horn-rim-spectacled version of Che Guevara, a young revolutionary in red-and-black silk bandana who won the hearts of a generation. As leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), Daniel Ortega helped overthrow the Nicaragua dictator, Anastasio Somoza, in 1979 before marching in triumph into the capital, Managua.

Film: Is it factual? Not really. Is it entertaining? Hardly. But the biopic is back

Can you really tell the true story of a famous life in a two-hour film? If not, what is supposed to be the point? Kevin Maher mourns the return of the biopic.

City break: 48 hours in the heart of Havana

For a short cut to the soul of the Cuban capital, Michael Williams offers a guide.

Courage, martyrdom, sanctity, youth - and renunciation of a profligate past

Nineteenth-century Europeans loved a sentimentalist, and Therese of Lisieux, dying of tuberculosis in a nunnery at 24 after having written a popular autobiography, suited the times. But why is the Catholic church preparing new honours for her, asks Richard North, who argues that candidates for public canonisation, from Che Guevara to Bob Marley, have much in common.

Photographs of Che Guevara / London Institute Gallery

Photographs of Che

Cover story: The making of a legend

When, 30 years ago, the Bolivian military put Che Guevara's body on show, it was to prove to the world the revolutionary leader was dead. Richard Gott arrived within two hours of the killing and broke the story to the world. Here he reflects on how the stage-managing of events for the press transformed a guerrilla into an immortal hero
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