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Fidel's successor gives Cubans the freedom to watch foreign television

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On the streets of Havana, surprise and disbelief as the news spread

The people of Havana were finding it difficult to imagine life without Fidel yesterday. Few of those on their way to work in the early hours were even aware of the news on the front pages of Cuba's official newspapers.

I shook hands – then sat through a nine-hour speech

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Tata Guines: Cuban 'King of the Congas'

Tata Güines was one of the finest, most original and best-loved percussionists in the history of Cuban music, whose rousing playing made him a celebrity for followers of both jazz and then world music, in a remarkable career that lasted for six decades. He specialised in playing the conga drums, the tall, barrel-like instruments that had originally been brought to Cuba by African slaves, and which brought Güines his inevitable nickname, "King of the Congas".

Rowing: British exploit home help

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A whole new vista

Cuban music continues to evolve and thrill the world. Phil Sweeney in Havana savours the new wave of local bands

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