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Ladies in White opposition movement members march in Havana

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Cuban authorities detained a prominent dissident and dozens of her colleagues, then rounded up more activists while they staged a weekly protest march through Havana just days before a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Chavez recovers after undergoing cancer surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez came out of cancer surgery on Monday night in Cuba and is recovering in a hospital, sources reported yesterday.

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.

Laura Pollan: Leader of Cuba's 'White Ladies'group of activists

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Manuel Galban: Guitarist whose work with Ry Cooder brought him fame beyond his native Cuba

Musical powerhouse though it is, Cuba is not well known for its electric guitarists.

Is this Cuba's Stonewall moment?

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Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela

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Simon Calder: The importance of being visited by Ernest

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Benicio Del Toro - A Latino rebel becomes our man in Havana

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Hopes of reform fade as veterans take control of Cuba's Communist Party

As a frail Fidel Castro relinquishes any power, old guard stand firm

Cuba: News chief arranged 'spy meeting'

A former news agency bureau chief has been accused of arranging a meeting on a Havana street between an undercover Cuban agent and a US diplomat who, it is claimed, was really a CIA operative.

A new dawn for Cuba as capitalism eclipses communism

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The pub that will never call time on L S Lowry

To the lunchtime drinkers at Sam's Chop House off Manchester's Cross Street he was simply Mr Lowry: a shy man who liked a half of bitter, a bowl of soup and a cob while relaxing in the old sherry bar during his break from work as a rent collector.

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