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Edward Snowden 'contacted' Russians two days before arrival in Moscow

Russian newspaper reports Snowden discussed his flight plans with consulate in Hong Kong prior to departure, despite Putin claims his arrival was 'complete surprise'

'Guantanamo is causing more problems than it solves' has said Harry Ferguson

Former MI6 officer on hunger strike over Guantanamo inmate

A former MI6 officer went on hunger strike today in support of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer, motivated by shame at his former employer.

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

Live ammunition found on North Korean ship held in Panama

Sniffer dogs found ammunition for grenade launchers and other munitions aboard the Chong Chon Gang

Military equipment lie in containers aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama

Cuba admits 'obsolete' weapons were on board North Korean ship seized in Panama

Crew riots and captain attempts suicide as officials board vessel

The fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged yesterday that the National Security Agency was 'in bed together' with German intelligence

Confusion mounts: Has NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden accepted Venezuela's offer of asylum?

Head of Russian foreign affairs committee announces that he has accepted the offer in a tweet but quickly deletes it

Barack Obama urged to halt Ramadan force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay

Lawyers for four inmates have also filed petitions with the US government to stop this procedure during the religious festival

Two British women injured in Cuban bus crash

All 16 tourists on board taken to hospital after coach overturned on popular holiday route

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British executives cleared of corruption after two years in Cuban jail

Embassy confirms two men released after a secret court hearing

Chloe McCardel ends attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after being stung by jellyfish

Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours in the water when she was stung by a jellyfish.

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Photography book review: Abelardo Morell - The Universe Next Door, By Elizabeth Siegel

Over the past 25 years, Abelardo Morell has earned international praise for his images that use the language of photography to explore visual surprise and wonder.

White House confirms four American citizens killed in US drone strikes since 2009

The Obama administration acknowledged publicly for the first time that four US citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen.

Brazil to fill doctor shortage with Cuban imports

The island state has previously sent 30,000 doctors to Venezuela in exchange for cheap oil

Alfredo Guevara: Film director and close associate of Fidel Castro

Alfredo Guevara, who died on 19 April at the age of 87, was a prominent film-maker, intellectual and cultural leader in Cuba. He was a close associate of Fidel and Raul Castro when they were rebel leaders and a backer of the struggle to remove Fulgencio Batista. After the 1959 revolution he became a leading cultural official and defender of the arts. He founded the Cuban Art and Cinematography Institute in 1959 and later the Festival of New Latin American Cinema. In the 1970s he was a vice minister of government.

Tupac's aunt is America's most wanted female terrorist

A convicted American killer living in Cuba has become the first woman to be named on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

Hamid Karzai has pressed for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai urges Barack Obama to close Guantanamo Bay prison

The Afghan leader was speaking on a visit to Denmark

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