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Temporary power firm Aggreko — responsible for keeping the lights on and the cameras rolling at the last World Cup in South Africa and at the London 2012 Olympics — has been chosen by FIFA to perform the same duties across 12 different venues in Brazil.

Donna Soto (R), mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot and killed while protecting her students, hugs her daughter Karly

What it feels like to witness a tragedy: The photographer who captured grief after Sandy Hook and Columbine tells his story

Anyone who saw the recent documentary about acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin will know that documenting human suffering can have a profound psychological impact on the photographer.

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated: Fidel Castro proves he's alive...and gardening

Former leader hits back at claims he had a stroke and had only weeks to live

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Could Captain Morgan be about to resurface?

Panama wreck might solve mystery of the 17th-century buccaneer

Security researchers take out botnet responsible for 18 billion spam emails a day

The four year old botnet - known as Grum - is believed to have been responsible for around 18% of the world's spam emails

Diary: Flowers finally lay to rest memory of assassinated PM

There was a brief ceremony at the House of Commons yesterday to mark the 200th anniversary of the murder of Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated. In The Daily Telegraph that same morning there was a letter marking the event from Lord Lexden, formerly known as Alistair Cooke, historian of the Conservative Party.

The fishing vessel adrift in the Pacific Ocean

The drifting fishermen saw the cruise ship and thought they were saved... but the Star Princess didn't stop

Passengers were amazed when their British captain sailed on – and horrified to learn later that two of the castaways died

18-year-old survives 28 days adrift

An 18-year-old who worked in a seaside hotel in Panama happily took up an offer by two friends to join them on a fishing trip and earn some extra cash.

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Prosecutors seize £500,000 from canoe scam wife

More than £500,000 has been seized by prosecutors from Anne Darwin, convicted of a canoe death insurance scam along with husband John.

£500,000 seized from canoeist wife

Prosecutors have recovered more than half a million pounds from the wife of back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin.

CWC pays price of poor Panama progress

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) shares yesterday tumbled more than 16 per cent after the emerging-markets telecoms firm warned that its business in Panama "has not progressed as planned".

Independent blogger rescued after boat overturns in Atlantic

Six men have been saved from drowning after their boat capsized as they were days away from entering the record books as the first crew to row across the Atlantic in a month.

Spend your days lounging by Cala Mia's infinity pool gazing at the Pacific

Stay The Night: Cala Mia, Panama

Set apart from the big mainland resorts, this low-key luxury retreat on Isla Boca Brava offers sanctuary, says Sarah Gilbert

Noriega is flown home to complete prison sentence

Former military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega was flown home to Panama yesterday to be punished once again for crimes he committed during a career that saw him transformed from a close Cold War ally of Washington's to the vilified target of a US invasion.

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