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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.
The London Anniversary Games confirms a stellar line-up including the three Team GB gold medalists from 'Super Saturday'
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.
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.
Under the constitution, new elections must be held if the President is too ill to be sworn in
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Ecuador's president says that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is now undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.
President Barack Obama won a historic share of Cuban American ballots in Florida this week, challenging the Republican Party's lock on a voting bloc that for decades has defined US policy toward Cuba and the Castro brothers.
Orlando Cruz's revelation hailed by campaigners and former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas
To mark Black History Month the author of Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica talks to Miguel Cullen about the ways Jamaica is punching above its weight
Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula early today, dousing a capital city prone to flooding and areas of the poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake.
The Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Yohan Blake believes the time will come when he takes over from his fellow countryman Usain Bolt as the world's fastest man.
It's been 50 years since the former British colony gained independence and, says Boyd Tonkin, it's in the mood to celebrate
As Dai Greene crossed the finish line in the London 2012 centrepiece arena last night, he clasped his hands to his face and dropped to the ground. He remained there for a good while, a picture of despair – lying on his back, his hands clasped to his head. The captain of the British track and field team thought he had blown his big Olympic chance. Only the first two finishers in the three semi-finals of the 400m hurdles were guaranteed a place in tomorrow's final and Greene had crossed the line fourth in the opening race.
You may think Usain Bolt is the best thing to come out of Jamaica since rum and reggae, but there are many in his homeland who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE.
Usain Bolt's troubled preparation for the defence of his Olympic sprint crowns continued yesterday when the Jamaican was forced to pull out of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on 20 July.