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Stephen Thomas, the former chief executive of the UK's biggest nightclub group, Luminar, is to relaunch the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory restaurant chain in the UK.

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Cuba has ordered a colourful Chilean businessman with deep personal ties to Fidel Castro to appear before a corruption inquiry or face a warrant for his arrest.

Artists shortlisted for Fourth Plinth spot

Artists hailing from England, Scotland, the United States, Cuba and Germany will battle it out to have their ideas selected as the next work to stand on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.

Cuban dissidents arrive in Spain hailing 'new era'

Journalists freed as Castro issues warning over nuclear war threat

Castro 'looking good' in first public outing for four years

Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance since falling ill in 2006 and relinquishing the leadership of Cuba, the country's state-controlled media has reported.

US says Cuba move to release prisoners is a 'positive sign'

Cuba's decision to release 52 political prisoners is overdue but still a positive sign from the island's communist government, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.

Leading article: Still waiting for freedom

The Cuban regime has a tendency to time displays of clemency to coincide with the arrival of important visitors. In this case the visit of Spain's Foreign minster to Havana has been accompanied with a decision to release more than 50 political prisoners.

Terence Blacker: Let's break Havana's hold over us

The island of Cuba is like a Rorschach test for liberal opinion. For some, it represents hope followed by disappointment, a brave revolution which has hardened into insular authoritarianism, the music of heroic youth giving over time to the drone of three-hour speeches made my old men determined to hold on to power by whatever means necessary.

Cuba frees 52 political prisoners in deal with Church

The regime in Cuba has agreed to the biggest release of political prisoners seen on the island nation in decades in a deal struck with the country's Catholic leader, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, church officials said last night.

Rupert Cornwell: Ten years after Elian, US softens towards Cuba

Out of America: The case of the six-year-old Cuban boy shone a spotlight on Washington's hardline embargo. At last, things may be changing

Cuban castaway boy says thanks a decade on

Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban castaway boy who became the object of an international custody battle a decade ago in Miami, has said he was happy he ended up back in Cuba. But, in his first public comments in several years, he added he had no hard feelings toward his relatives in Miami who fought to keep him there.

Ten years on, Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez is happy back home

Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban castaway boy who became the object of an international custody battle a decade ago in Miami, said on Wednesday he was happy he ended up back in Cuba.

Chavez denounces Israel as a 'genocidal' government

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced Israel as a "genocidal" government yesterday as he hosted Syrian President Bashar Assad on his first visit to Latin America.

Young shipwreck survivor joins military

Elian Gonzalez, the young shipwreck survivor who became the centre of a battle between Cuba's government and anti-Castro exiles in Miami a decade ago, is studying to become a military officer, the official media said yesterday.

Cultural Life: William Turnbull, sculptor

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