Travel Med and breakast: Planet Rail offers a trip to Nice

Hemingway's Cuba, self-guided walking in Tuscany, Valentine's Day in France, and the seaside in East Sussex

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, arrives at Guararapes International airport in Recife

Touchdown in Brazil: Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez met by friends – and enemies

After five years of fighting for her right to travel abroad, Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez’s arrival in Brazil today was bittersweet.

Jubilation in Caracas as Hugo Chavez returns from Cuba (and announces his arrival on Twitter)

President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to Venezuela today, with enthusiastic crowds cheering his arrival after a two-month absence for cancer treatment in Cuba.

The El País front page showing ‘the Venezuelan President’ in surgery

Photograph of Hugo Chávez supposedly undergoing surgery turns out to be Mexican man with growth disorder

A picture of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez supposedly undergoing surgery published in Spanish newspaper El Páis has been identified as a Mexican patient suffering from a growth disorder.

Enrique Meneses: Acclaimed photojournalist

The uncanny ability of Enrique Meneses to be in the right place at the right time was never as evident as when he produced one of the 20th century's greatest examples of photo-reportage – the first by any journalist from Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains of the incipient Communist uprising in 1957.

Travel Challenge: A Cuban adventure

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a two-week tour of Cuba. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each includes 14 nights' accommodation and flights from London to Havana at the end of February.

Hugo Chavez is suffering from a respiratory infection

Unrest brews as swearing-in for Hugo Chavez delayed

The Supreme Court of Venezuela announced tonight that a government decision to postpone the inauguration of Hugo Chavez for a fourth term as President was legal and that his swearing-in could take place later.

Beyoncé sings 'At Last', the Etta James song, for President Barack Obama and Michelle at their first dance

Beyonce to sing national anthem at Obama's second inauguration ceremony

Beyonce will sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.

Hugo Chavez fighting lung infection

Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez is being treated for a respiratory deficiency after complications from a severe lung infection, the government said today.

President Chavez had a fourth round of cancer surgery last month

Venezuela forced to face prospect of life without president Hugo Chavez

Under the constitution, new elections must be held if the President is too ill to be sworn in

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez undergoes cancer surgery in Cuba, says Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa

Ecuador's president says that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is now undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.

A life not lived: Shaker Aamer with two of his children before his arrest

Hopes rise for Guantanamo's last UK inmate

UK police to interview Shaker Aamer in Cuba, as his family send appeals to President Obama

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A bedroom in Habanavista

B&B and Beyond: Habanavista, Havana

A penthouse overlooking Havana's Malecón seaside wall is a new breed of 'casa particular', says Claire Boobbyer

Album: Various artists, Diablos del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985 (Analog Africa)

This is another one of those indispensable compilations where you can only marvel at the heroic dedication of the man who put it together.

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