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US rejects Cuba plea for return of boy rejected

ESCALATING AN already bitter political dispute, the United States yesterday rejected Cuban demands for the repatriation of a six-year-old boy and warned of unspecified consequences if US diplomats in Havana were not protected. The strong words came from the White House and State Department as protesters thronged around the US mission in the Cuban capital for the second day.

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THE NAME of the Cuban-born pianist Jorge Bolet is a household item wherever music is discussed; that of his elder brother, the conductor Alberto Bolet, is less common currency, though Alberto was a professional musician for three-quarters of the century, devoting particular energy to the promotion of Spanish and Latin American music.

Cuban boy saved from sea sets off a diplomatic row

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Cuban boy who clung to the inner tube of a tyre for two days after the boat that had been carrying him and 12 others from Cuba to Florida sank last week is now at the centre of a political and legal confrontation between Washington and Havana. He may have to go home again.

Classical: A musical treasure trove in casa de la trova

Where were the women in Buena Vista Social C lub? In trova, an earthier variety of music than the now-famous `son', women can express raw emotion.

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THE GIRLS are back. In tight, bright Lycra, the jiniteras have returned to Havana Vieja, old Havana. The male version - jiniteros - offer cigars. Jiniteras offer themselves for the night, the week, whatever. "De que pais? Tienas chica?" their sibilant patter goes. Black, mulatta, honey and vanilla white, college students or high-school teachers, they are a less than secret tourist attraction in Cuba.

The day I addressed the Commons when drunk

IN ALAN Clark's Diary, he tells how, in July 1983, he faced his first questions in the Commons as a minister and was a success. But everything did not go according to plan next time after the MP decided to visit a wine-tasting before appearing in the House at 10pm.

Travel: The city of the spirits

It's a place of music, of carnival, of unleashed sexuality and big cigars. Above all, Havana is the home of Santeria, the Afro-Cuban religious cult. So what's a novelist to do but mess with the spirit world, and take the consequences...

Religious dissident freed by Cubans

A JAILED Cuban dissident was freed this week in Havana, the first, and possibly last, release of a political prisoner there this year. But the Cuban Foreign Ministry announced that no further petitions for releases would be considered and a government spokesman said that Cuba would not bow to outside pressure for more pardons

Pan-American Games: Cuban anger at `dirty tricks'

AWAY FROM the track and gym at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, the Cubans have been unhappy about the amount of attention which has been focused on politics, including possible desertions.

Death is not a lifestyle

Hemingway's centenary brings golf tournaments, lookalike contests and furnishing fabrics. Not surprisingly, none of the merchandising reflects his obsessions with danger and death. Why do they have to turn Hem into Santa Claus?

Nobel winner `copied woman's unknown novel'

A SPANISH schoolteacher once wrote a novel in her spare time and sent it off for fun to a prestigious literary competition. Her manuscript was returned months later, but when she read the winning novel, by Spain's 1989 Nobel prize winner, Jose Camilo Cela, she was horrified to discover it bore a strong likeness to her own.
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