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It all went swimmingly… as Diana Nyad completes Cuba-Florida swim

On her fifth attempt and aged 62, the American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad yesterday finally achieved her nearly life-long quest of becoming the first person to swim 103 miles from Cuba to the United States without the protection of a shark cage.

Diana Nyad sets off on the 110-mile slog from Havana

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad attempts swim from Cuba to Florida - again

This isn't the first time the New York-born athlete has attempted the swim, in choppy, shark-infested waters

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

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Russian President says former CIA employee remains a free man, and the sooner he chooses destination the better

Chloe McCardel ends attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after being stung by jellyfish

Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours in the water when she was stung by a jellyfish.

Battle of Marengo wins at Leopardstown

Aidan O’Brien Battle lines are massed for Epsom

The perceived wisdom is that if a trainer thinks he has a cluster of Derby contenders, then he hasn’t any. Perhaps there is something in the theory; Aidan O’Brien’s three winners of the premier Classic – Galileo, High Chaparral and Camelot – were respectively accompanied to post by zero, two and one stablemates. And the scattergun years – there were eight Ballydoyle runners in 2007, for instance, and six in 2009 – have tended to yield only minor placings.

Richard Hughes and Toronado win the Craven yesterday

Toronado blows open betting for 2,000 Guineas

This really has been a blasted Heath over the past couple of days, but today the gale was rendered incarnate by a colt named Toronado. His runaway success in the last of its Classic trials crowned a pleasing revival in the significance of this meeting, Hot Snap and Garswood having won their own rehearsals impressively the previous day. But while both arguably owed something to the shelter they found from fierce gusts across the track, Toronado went gliding clear of what had become a tailwind – and blew apart the betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. Though Dawn Approach remains favourite, Toronado is no better than 4-1 to beat him back here in a fortnight.

Reopening day: Sloppy Joe’s was buzzing on Friday

Cheers at Sloppy Joe's: Ernest Hemingway's Havana bar is serving again

The one-time hang-out of Noël Coward and Sinatra, has reopened after 50 years

Courting controversy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba

What rhymes with Treasury? Barack Obama raps Jay-Z's Cuba trip

The White House has been forced to deny that President Barack Obama was involved in granting clearance to the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, for a recent trip to Cuba.

Beyonce and Jay-Z's Cuba trip sparks questions over US trade embargo

The pair were greeted by big crowds as they strolled through Havana

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. 

Hugo Chavez fighting lung infection

Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez is being treated for a respiratory deficiency after complications from a severe lung infection, the government said today.

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

The Big Six: Modern ski hotels

Hotel Zhero, Austria

This week, the temperature drops to Zhero in the Austrian Tyrol. The eagerly awaited hotel is due to open near the mountain village of Kappl on Wednesday. Expect 78 rooms and suites with a smooth, contemporary finish, four penthouses with butler service, a grill-style à la carte restaurant with executive chef Klaus Brunmayr, and a luxurious spa. Ski services will include an in-house shop for equipment hire and activities, plus a free daily shuttle to the slopes of Ischgl.

Hotel Zhero, Wiese 687, Kappl, Austria (00 43 5445 20 111 12; zherohotelgroup.com). Doubles start at €109, room only.

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