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With Cuba now one of the hottest holiday destinations, dance styles such as salsa livening up the clubs, and Cuban restaurants springing up on high streets, a Latin American wave is sweeping through the UK. London's Barbican Centre dives right into the surf this week with !Cuba Presente!, the UK's biggest-ever celebration of Cuban arts. On the 40th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, the festival will include performances by such luminaries as Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez, concerts of new and traditional music, dance and literature events, exhibitions, and a film week featuring Wim Wenders' new movie on the making of the Buena Vista Social Club. !Arriba!

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A spate of savage killings has shocked Jamaica. The 29 victims are all elderly, returning from Britain and America to the rural idylls they remember from their childhoods. But times have changed and they're not welcome anymore...

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SEEKING refuge from an apocalyptic flood they say will destroy Jamaica, a Pentecostal congregation has left their jobs and homes to live in their Kingston church. Ten adult members of the Angels of God Sabbath Church and their 14 children have been living in the church since 12 April, and say they will stay there indefinitely.

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