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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.

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British holidaymakers on Jamaica were braced for the arrival of Tropical Storm Sandy which is expected to reach hurricane force when it reaches the Caribbean island later today.

Sport on TV: Barnes finds family tree has several suprising branches

It has been a big week for racism, sadly, and for those who do nothing about it. This weekend sees an awareness drive by Kick It Out!, the body set up to combat racism in football. So it was appropriate that John Barnes should appear on Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, Wednesday). The Jamaican-born footballer was targeted by English crowds, and the photograph of him backheeling a banana off the pitch became iconic. Barnes was to find anti-colonialist activists among his ancestors, but he also found a man who incurred the wrath of a black figurehead. His family history proved almost as labyrinthine as that legendary mazy dribble through the Brazilian defence.

Cuba relaxes its grip on exit visas

Cuba eases travel abroad for many citizens

FIFTY years after the Cuban missile crisis, there are signs even Cuban government is beginning to relax.

The President has modestly liberalised Cuba’s Soviet-style economy

Cuba ready to relax travel restrictions

Cuba will scrap much-reviled travel restrictions starting in January, easing most Cubans' exit and return, state media said yesterday, in the communist island's first major immigration reform in more than half a century.

Defendants boycott 9/11 terrorism tribunal

The military tribunal for the 9/11 terrorism case resumed yesterday without three of the five defendants – the result of a judge's ruling that the men could not be forced to attend the session.

A man buys a copy of Granma newspaper to read changes that mean Cubans will no longer require exit permits for foreign travel from 14 January 14 - the latest in a trickle of reforms enacted on the communist-ruled island

Cuba lifting much-reviled travel restrictions

Cuba will scrap much-reviled travel restrictions starting in January, easing most Cubans' exit and return, state media said on Tuesday, in the communist island's first major immigration reform in half a century.

Driver jailed for Cuban dissidents' fatal car crash

A driver involved in a crash that killed two leading dissidents was jailed for four years for manslaughter.

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Ian Thomson: Jamaica was modern before Britain

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Tui has a boost from Brits fleeing summer

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Tropical Storm Isaac clears Haiti and heads for Cuba and Florida

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.

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Yohan Blake: The Jamaican sprinter is to play in the Big Bash T20 event in Australia

Bolt's great – but my time is coming soon, says Yohan Blake

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.

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The painful side of the Olympic Games has been in evidence, with several athletes lucky to escape unscathed from assorted falls, slips and crashes.

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