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The US Coast Guard was searching for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island toward the US territory's mainland.

Boxing: Calzaghe and Takaloo face critical test of talent

Welshman's WBO super-middleweight title defence should lead to Hopkins bout while Margate maverick meets tough Puerto Rican

Obituary: Harry Gibbs

HARRY GIBBS, a no-nonsense, decisive referee, was the leading British boxing official of his time. From 1964, when he controlled his first world-title fight between the welterweight champion Emile Griffith and the Welshman Brian Curvis, until his enforced retirement in 1985, Gibbs's ability was acknowledged around the world.

Hispanic leaders challenge Castro on dissidents

A SUMMIT of 16 Spanish-speaking countries in Havana, Cuba, has become a focus for human rights dissidents, despite the best efforts of President Fidel Castro to sweep the issue under the carpet while attempting to polish his own image.

Boxing: Trinidad is the talk of Puerto Rico

WHEN FELIX TRINIDAD takes on Oscar De La Hoya for their welterweight unification bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, fans in his native Puerto Rico are likely to be tuning in wherever they are on the island - in prison or up a mountain. Trinidad is such a national hero that 1,600 prisoners in four prisons on the island are going to pay pounds 25,000 out of the profits from their prison work to see the fight.

The amazing truth about the United States of America

A TEACHER at school once asked us in a geography lesson which was further east, Edinburgh or Liverpool, and those of us who could tell east from west, and knew which side of Britain which city was on, had no hesitation in shooting our hands up and saying that Edinburgh was further east.

Travel: Mangroves under fire

American war games fail to mar Alex Hamilton's stay on two of Puerto Rico's outlying islands

UK children are among world's best behaved

IN THE international naughty league, children from Puerto Rico and the United States are the worst behaved, while those from Sweden are angelic in comparison. British children show the same level of bad behaviour as the Germans and the Dutch, according to a study.

Books: A nice little slideshow in Sevenoaks

The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories

Puerto Ricans go to polls on joining US

THE PEOPLE of Puerto Rico were voting in a referendum yesterday on whether their Caribbean island, which fell into American hands 100 years ago as spoils of the Spanish-American War, should seek to become fully integrated into the United States.

Huge illegal aliens racket uncovered

A LONDON man is believed to be one of the ringleaders of a global immigrant-smuggling network which brought thousands of Indians, Pakistanis and Afghans to the United States.

Head to head: Beauty contested

Bugbear of Seventies feminists, `Miss World' is back on terrestrial TV. Last thing we need, says Kathy Lette. But former winner Wilnelia Forsyth is delighted

Obituary: Jose Figueroa

APART FROM his illustrious predecessor Pablo Sarasate, Jose "Pepito" Figueroa was one of the few Spanish violinists to reach international status.
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