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

Raul Castro's daughter Mariela refused entry visa to Philadelphia to accept award for gay rights activism

The daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro has been refused permission to travel to Philadelphia, despite being invited to receive an award for her gay rights activism there.

Jess Ennis, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah

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The London Anniversary Games confirms a stellar line-up including the three Team GB gold medalists from 'Super Saturday'

Boxing: Brook fight in jeopardy again

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.

Album: Family Atlantica, Family Atlantica (Soundways Records)

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

Usain Bolt got the better of Yohan Blake over both 100 and 200 metres in London

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake back together in Jamaica relay team

Usain Bolt will run in the same 4 x 100m relay team as Yohan Blake at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava in the Czech Republic on 27 June.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey beat Yohan Blake to 100m gold at 2006 World Juniors

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey dreams big after nightmare year on sidelines

Instead of The Lightning Bolt versus The Beast, the big head-to-head on the track at the London Olympics last summer might have been Usain Bolt against Harry A-A. It was a thought that inevitably passed through the mind of Harry Aikines-Aryeetey as he departed Heathrow with the rest of the British team, bound for the first post-Olympic international track and field championship, the European Indoors, which open here in the west of Sweden tomorrow morning.

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

Video: Tribute to Reeva Steenkamp

A video tribute to Reeva Steenkamp has been released after she was found shot dead last week at the house of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius.

18-year-old Raheem Sterling was summonsed to Liverpool Youth Court today on a charge of common assault

England and Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling charged with assaulting woman

Police said a 27-year-old woman, who is known to the footballer, suffered "slight" facial injuries

Ian Burrell: Jamaica's strange fascination with firearms is subtly different to that of the United States

On the face of it, the sickening murder of Imani Green might appear to be a horrible symptom of the same gun culture that claimed the lives of 20 children at Sandy Hook a month earlier.

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.

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