Concerns growing over Chavez's health

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's prolonged silence and seclusion in Cuba following surgery there two weeks ago is fuelling speculation about his health.

The Kennedys, BBC2, Friday<br/>James May's Things You Need to Know, BBC2, Monday

Bobby's the best of a pretty grim bunch in this disappointing depiction of an American dynasty

10 per cent off entry to WOMAD

The Independent is delighted to be supporting the WOMAD festival again this year, and to celebrate, is offering readers an exclusive 10 per cent off all full priced weekend tickets and day tickets.

Chavez recovering from op in Cuba

President Hugo Chavez says he is recovering well after undergoing surgery in Cuba for a pelvic abscess and noted that medical tests have shown no signs of any "malignant" illness.

Mexican official supports suspended players

Mexico's director of national teams Hector Inaturri has backed the five players suspended for a doping offence to prove their innocence.

Javier Hernandez stars in Mexico rout

Mexico made a commanding start to the defence of their Gold Cup crown as Javier Hernandez hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over El Salvador in Texas.



Blockbusters of cinema's arthouse

A Chicago property developer amassed the world's biggest movie poster collection. And now it's up for sale. Rob Hastings hears why

DVD: Chico &amp; Rita, For retail &amp; rental (Icon)

A delightful hand-drawn cartoon for grown-ups, Chico & Rita boasts gangsters, mojitos, sizzling Cuban jazz, and the most curvaceous animated pin-up since Jessica Rabbit.

The really big smoke: world's longest cigar

A Cuban aficionado has rolled the world's longest cigar – measuring 268ft 4in.

Workers unite for May Day

Originally a day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, in which a number of civilians demonstrating for an eight-hour working day were killed by police, May Day now witnesses rallies around the world in celebration of the international labour movement. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets around the world yesterday, including in Manila, Havana, Baghdad, Vladivostok (4), Istanbul (5), and Tunis (7).

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

Benicio Del Toro has form when it comes to Cuba, having played Che Guevara. Now the brooding actor has chosen the country as the setting for his directing debut. Kaleem Aftab goes on set

Boxing: Second coming of Miami's legendary 5th Street Gym

It was Muhammad Ali's sanctuary and welcomed all from Sinatra to The Beatles before it was demolished. Now the South Beach institution is back. Steve Bunce pays a visit

'Fantastic' Dzeko gives City room to breathe

Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester City 1
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 20 February 2015
Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable