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The best way to discover more about the Caribbean's largest island is by bicycle, as a colourful circular tour from Havana reveals.

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Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller: ‘It’s time for us to sever ties’

Mission imperial: Prince Harry flies into Jamaica and a row over republicanism

It may be his first solo mission overseas on behalf of his grandmother but for the people of Jamaica there is only one question surrounding the visit of Prince Harry next week: where will he party?

President Raul Castro’s wide-ranging reforms have brought new hope to Cubans whose economic aspirations were shackled for 50 years by the US-led embargo

Younger Castro steers Cuba to a new revolution

Oil, foreign investment, free enterprise, and golf courses are on their way

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Bolt returns to action in 400m

The trouble for Usain Bolt in 2011 was getting out of his starting blocks too quickly – prompting his disqualification from the World Championship 100 metres final in Daegu, South Korea. In one sense at least, the world's fastest man does not intend to play a waiting game in 2012. His first race of London Olympic year will come next month.

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Lawrence family: A son killed, a marriage destroyed – but they never gave up

Stephen Lawrence was ambitious, loved art and excelled at sport – but had a rebellious streak. He wanted to become an architect and was steadfastly working towards that goal. The tragedy for his family is that he was not able to realise his dreams, but has instead become a byword for racial intolerance and violence in Britain.

Former PM secures election victory in Jamaica

The opposition People's National Party secured a landslide election win after a campaign dominated by the economy, preliminary results showed.

Haiti migrants found dead in shipwreck off Cuban coast‎

Cuba says 38 Haitian migrants have died after a boat they were in sank off the island's eastern coast.

Haiti: a new chapter

On Saturday the people of Haiti will mark a new chapter in their country’s history as Michael Martelly becomes the island nation’s 56th President.

The Last Warner Woman, By Kei Miller

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Castro vows reforms 'without pause' for Cuba

Cubans who long ago lost faith that their country will change may reconsider after the first Communist Party Congress in 14 years opened in Havana on Saturday with a scolding from Raul Castro that the sclerotic habits of a geriatric government and a centrally planned economy must end.

Leading article: Castro the younger's big step forward

Cuba is holding its first Communist Party Congress for 14 years. But it is a measure of the frenetic pace of developments elsewhere in the world and the low expectations that attach to set-piece gatherings in one-party states that it was not more keenly awaited. In the event, Raoul Castro produced a potentially epoch-making surprise. On the 50th anniversary of the speech by Fidel Castro that set Cuba on its communist course, his younger brother effectively declared it over.

Palin visits Haiti's cholera epidemic victims

Sarah Palin has embarked on a tightly stage-managed visit to Haiti, visiting cholera clinics but avoiding crowds and the press.

Album: Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Jamaican 7s (Trojan)

A 44-track compendium of the music Perry released in seven-inch form on a variety of labels between 1974 and 1978, all of it recorded at his Black Ark studio.

Jamaica stand-off highlights links between ruling party and drug gang

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