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It will be announced today whether British welterweight Kell Brook's IBF world title bout against Devon Alexander, scheduled for 18 May, will have to be postponed for a third time. Brook has had scans on a foot injury. "It's not great," his promoter, Eddie Hearn, tweeted.

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The White House has been forced to deny that President Barack Obama was involved in granting clearance to the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, for a recent trip to Cuba.

The Cuban diet: eat less, exercise more - and preventable deaths are halved

A country whose citizens collectively succeeded in losing weight and increasing their level of physical activity saw their health improve and death rates plunge.

Beyonce and Jay-Z's Cuba trip sparks questions over US trade embargo

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Album: Family Atlantica, Family Atlantica (Soundways Records)

The core of the band is Heliocentrics member Jack Yglesias and his Venezuelan wife Luzmira Zerpa.

Hugo Chavez's last words: 'I don’t want to die'

Hugo Chavez expressed his desire to live, and his love of Venezuela, shortly before dying of a massive heart attack, the head of the country’s presidential guard has claimed.

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Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez 'very delicate' as he is hit by severe respiratory infection

President Hugo Chavez is breathing with greater difficulty as a new and severe respiratory infection has taken hold, Venezuela's government said, describing the cancer-stricken president's condition as “very delicate.”

Editorial: An orderly changing of the guard in Cuba

If all goes according to plan, the era of the Castros in Cuba will come to an orderly end in five years' time. Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel in 2008, says he will step down from the presidency in 2018, and has nominated the young (ish) Miguel Diaz-Canel as his most likely successor.

Newly appointed Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel participates in the closure session of the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba

Miguel Diaz-Canel: Castro's chosen successor is integral figure in Cuban party machine but can he win over man in street?

When the Cuban delegation arrived for the London Olympics last summer, no one paid very much attention to the mid-level government official with thick silver hair who was leading it. Miguel Diaz-Canel was not Raul Castro, after all, and most of the rest of the world had barely heard of him. So why get overly excited? Now we know why Diaz-Canel, 52, was chosen for the task and why just a few weeks earlier he accompanied Raul to the Rio plus 20 Summit on global warming in Brazil. He was being deliberately groomed as the man the Castro brothers had judged to be the best option to take over when finally they cede control to a new generation. 

Fidel Castro, left, with his brother, President Raúl Castro, at the National Assembly in Havana, on Sunday

For the first time since 1959, Cuba faces life after Castro

Ageing President Raúl Castro, brother of Fidel, appoints new deputy and signals transition to democracy

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A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves the national flag in front of the military hospital where Chavez is being treated, in Caracas

World Focus: Has Hugo Chavez come home to rule – or home to die?

Hopes that their idol would take up the reins of his revolution appear to have dissipated

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