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.

Chavez to 'seed' clouds with rain

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez says he will join a team of Cuban scientists on flights to "bomb clouds" to create rain amid a severe drought that has aroused public anger due to water and electricity rationing.

Tensions grow as Chavez masses troops on border

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Four months after the coup that exiled the President, the US brokers an historic accord

Moore accused of telling tales over tequilas with Chavez

Left-wingers fall out over 'fabricated' encounter in Venice

Dom Joly: The guns have fallen silent on the golf course

To Beirut golf course (le "Royal Beirut" as it's known to locals wags) for a leisurely round. I haven't played here since I was about 12 years old. This is where I swung my very first golf club. There was an Egyptian pro who gave me lessons.

Chavez nuclear gag riles the US

While the rest of the world scrambles to build missile defence shields, and the diplomatic community rushes to emergency meetings at the United Nations, Hugo Chavez is taking a splendidly relaxed view of Iran’s latest nuclear ambitions.

Is banning violent video games the right answer? Venezuela thinks so

Shouts of "Kill him! Kill him!" ring out as the preteens train their virtual assault rifles on the last remaining terrorist and spray him with bullets. Blood splatters. The enemy collapses. And they cheerfully wrap up another game of Counter-Strike.

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Ousted president back in Honduras

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya sneaked back into Honduras yesterday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest by the de facto government.

Hugo!, By Bart Jones

Despite his recent disparagement of golf as "a bourgeois sport for people... who are lazy", Venezuela's revolutionary leader is not antipathetic to all American sport. So obsessed by baseball that he once wanted to turn pro, Hugo Chavez described his election victory in 2000 as "a home run with all the bases loaded".

Venezuela to buy Russian short-range missiles

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said yesterday that his country is buying Russian missiles with a range of 186 miles as part of a series of arms deals with Moscow.

Chavez hits Venice with an entourage to shame the stars

The first sign that something unusual was happening at the Venice Film Festival was when the usual group of dark-suited security men were replaced by a bank of armed police blocking both sides of the street at the entrance to the Sala Grande. Accreditations were being thoroughly checked and every bag, no matter how big or small, was given the airport treatment.

Now Chavez takes a swing at golf

He has already railed, to little effect, against the capitalist corruption behind the Yankee Devil USA, evil oil conglomerates, and the craven international media. Now President Hugo Chavez has turned his attention to a still more infuriating target, and one that will win the sympathies of millions of people around the world, whatever their views of Marxism: golf.

Protests greet moves by Chavez to crush media

The Government of Hugo Chavez closed down 34 radio stations across Venezuela over the weekend, prompting claims by opposition critics that he was trampling freedom of expression rights and triggering angry street protests in Caracas and other cities across the country.

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