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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.

Shoes, coups and tutus: A new exhibition reveals the story of The Royal Ballet

Things can get far more dangerous for ballerinas in The Royal Ballet than jaw-dropping ballet lifts. Not only was Margot Fonteyn involved in a plot with Fidel Castro to overthrow Panama's government in 1959, thrown into prison for 24 hours (and apparently given fresh flowers everyday), but she was also locked into the hold of a boat in 1940, while escaping from the Germans, during a Royal Ballet tour of Holland.

Traveller's Guide To: Panama

The nation that unites the Americas and the oceans has much to explore, from empty beaches to dense forests.

Hastings pier blaze quiz teenagers bailed

Two teenagers being quizzed after a suspected arson attack on a landmark Victoria pier were released on bail by police today.

Hastings' 'peerless pier' destroyed by fire goes up in smoke

Two men held after blaze wrecks the 138-year-old structure

Sad end of the 'peerless pier'

When it opened on Britain's first ever Bank Holiday in 1872, Hastings Pier was proclaimed as the "peerless pier".

Two held after pier is destroyed by fire

Two men were being questioned by police today after a landmark Victorian pier was destroyed by fire.

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Edinburgh Festival Diary: 29/08/10

'Caledonia', Alistair Beaton's play about Scotland's failed 17th-century colony in Panama, as directed by Anthony Neilson for the National Theatre of Scotland, was presented as the International Festival's highlight, but critics (including our own Kate Bassett) have deemed it a dud.

Noriega gets seven more years for money laundering

A Paris court convicted the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega yesterday of laundering drug money in France in the 1980s and sentenced him to seven years behind bars – on top of the two decades he has already spent in a US prison.

Noriega goes on trial on money-laundering charges

Manuel Noriega's money-laundering trial opened in France yesterday, with the former Panamanian dictator's lawyers complaining about the prison where he is being held and the way he was extradited from the US.

The Secret History of Costaguana, By Juan Gabriel Vásquez trans. Anne McLean

For once, this novel's title says it all. Costaguana is irreducibly the name of Joseph Conrad's fictive Latin American land. In his life as a mariner, Conrad knew the region remarkably little – having spent just three days in Colombia - just as he knew so few Latin Americans that the local characters were all drawn from other nationalities. Conrad's Nostromo, an abbreviation of the Italian nostro uomo (a term often used for the Italian labourers on the Panama Canal), is a kind of everyman, at work in a country that used to be Colombia but which then seceded to become a nation that was little more than a canal. Costaguana, indeed: a name redolent of a country bounded by two coasts – or an isthmus bounded by two oceans - from whose waves protrude islands of fertilising birdshit.

Fonteyn and the plot to overthrow Panama's government

The extraordinary story of the ballerina's role in a coup attempt has been revealed by the National Archives

Photographer who goes out on a limb to capture shots of world's rarest species

Belgian lives in tree tops for weeks at a time to get close to his subjects

After 20 years in US jail, Noriega faces new trial in France

Panamanian dictator toppled by Bush Sr extradited on money-laundering charge
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