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Ageing former Cuban President Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance at art studio

The 87-year-old made his first public outing in nine months

A Cuban attempts to repair his old car in Havana on the day the free sale of cars in Cuba was officially authorized.

Cubans allowed to buy new and used cars - but at hugely inflated prices

Buyers are faced with a 400 per cent mark-up

Luis Veliz, centre, who owns the Fashion Bar Habana, speaks to transvestite performers before their drag show at his cabaret club in Havana

Nightclubs and markets flourish as Cuba slowly embraces capitalism

The free market is still limited in Cuba, but already it is altering lives and reshaping attitudes

Carlos Juan Finlay: Physician's 180th birthday marked with Google Doodle

The Cuban physician Carlos J Finlay has been honoured with a Google Doodle on the 180th anniversary of his birth.

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Birgitte Hjort Sorensen as Katrine in 'Borgen'

The worst is yet to come: Edward Snowden faces a sad and lonely future

History has shown life isn't kind to US intelligence insiders gone rogue

Wladimir Klitschko looks to land a shot on Alexander Povetkin

Boxing: Anthony Joshua can bide his time for Klitschko reign to end

Heavyweight champion should be retired by the time Brit will challenge

Yasiel Puig signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012

Cuba ends ban on sports stars playing abroad

Unclear whether ruling will allow baseball players to jump to the US Major Leagues without restrictions

Oscar Espinosa Chepe: Dissident economist jailed by Fidel Castro

Oscar Espinosa Chepe was a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities. He was one of 75 writers and political activists locked up in 2003 during the "Black Spring", a notorious crackdown on dissent that provoked international criticism and EU sanctions lasting five years.

Deceased American filmmaker Saul Landau (r) meets Subcomandante Marcos, the leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in 1995

Castro documentarian Saul Landau dies

Saul Landau, an American documentary filmmaker best known for films on Cuba, Chile and atomic bomb testing, died of bladder cancer on Monday. He was 77.

64-year-old woman becomes first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad succeeds on fifth attempt at crossing after she first tried in 1978

It all went swimmingly… as Diana Nyad completes Cuba-Florida swim

On her fifth attempt and aged 62, the American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad yesterday finally achieved her nearly life-long quest of becoming the first person to swim 103 miles from Cuba to the United States without the protection of a shark cage.

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Panamanian workers stand on top of sacks of sugar inside a container aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama

Cuban shipment headed to North Korea 'without a doubt' violated a UN arms embargo, says Panama

The Chong Chon Gang ship was sailing from Cuba through the Panama Canal when it was seized in July

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