News Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, talks with Spanish journalist, writer and former editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique, Ignacio Ramonet in Havana, Cuba

Fidel Castro was “healthy and alert” during a two-hour discussion about current affairs last week, a Spanish journalist told the Associated Press on Monday.

Nicolas Maduro delivers his speech at the National Assembly in Caracas

President Nicolas Maduro seeks to rule Venezuela by decree

The successor to Hugo Chavez blames US ‘sabotage’ as corruption soars and economy slips towards chaos

A man walks at the Poliedro stadium in Caracas

Losing grip on power? Venezuelan President blames saboteurs for black-outs

Nicolas Maduro calls for the creation of a new security force to protect the national grid

Alicia Castro, Argentina’s ambassador to the UK

Indyplus videos: CNN's Larry King Live

The American TV presenter Larry King signs up for new show with Russia Today. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview programme Larry King Live on CNN.

Watch below some of clips from his show:

A woman who managed to find toilet paper at a private store in Caracas, Venezuela

Toilet rolls run out: An inconvenience or move to destabilize Venezuela?

President blames anti-government forces for causing shortages

A court sketch of notorious Venezuelan militant Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal

Trial of 'celebrity terrorist' Carlos the Jackal starts in confusion in Paris

The 1970s “celebrity terrorist” Ilich Ramirez Sanchez – better known as “Carlos the Jackal” – complained on Monday that the Venezuelan government was trying to sabotage his appeal against life imprisonment in France.

The Conversation: Jon Lee Anderson, foreign correspondent

Your father was a diplomat and you had lived in, by my count, seven different countries by the time you were an adult. Can you imagine a life without travel?

Imran Khan is no ordinary political candidate. He represents the hopes and dreams of young Pakistan

The reason Khan is so popular with young people is that he speaks the language of Pakistan's millions of disaffected youths; as an outsider with little political baggage

Venezuelan acting president and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro drives a bus during an electoral campaign

Venezuela’s President-elect Nicolas Maduro: Vote for me – or you’re cursed...

Venezuela’s President-elect Nicolas Maduro has claimed that a centuries-old curse will strike anyone who fails to vote for him in next week’s election.

The opposition candidate Henrique Capriles at an antiviolence protest on Monday

Violence - and Hugo Chavez - loom large over race for power in Venezuela

The battle to succeed El Comandante has begun

Venezuelan presidential rivals come out fighting in race to succeed Hugo Chavez

Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun the election race with scathing personal attacks.

Justin Timberlake Hugo Chavez Saturday Night Live

Justin Timberlake dresses up as Elton John to send up Hugo Chavez on Saturday Night Live...and hits back at Kanye West

Justin Timberlake was happy to show the Saturday Night Live audience a few things this weekend.

Mourners queue to enter Chavez' funeral chapel at the Military Academy in Caracas yesterday

From Castro to Ahmadinejad, a strange cast turns out for Chavez funeral

Tim Walker sees hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans bid last farewell to leader

Smudger Smith, the journeyman pro: Keano wasn't quite the only one to see red

In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon "Smudger" Smith has played for over 67 clubs and has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher to holding midfielder, centre-back to goalkeeper.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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