Institutional flaws have held the President back
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Sunday 03 March 2013
The presidential strongman with all bases covered
Miguel Diaz-Canel: Castro's chosen successor is integral figure in Cuban party machine but can he win over man in street?
Monday 25 February 2013
When the Cuban delegation arrived for the London Olympics last summer, no one paid very much attention to the mid-level government official with thick silver hair who was leading it. Miguel Diaz-Canel was not Raul Castro, after all, and most of the rest of the world had barely heard of him. So why get overly excited? Now we know why Diaz-Canel, 52, was chosen for the task and why just a few weeks earlier he accompanied Raul to the Rio plus 20 Summit on global warming in Brazil. He was being deliberately groomed as the man the Castro brothers had judged to be the best option to take over when finally they cede control to a new generation.
Friday 22 February 2013
Venezuela’s cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is still suffering respiratory problems after surgery in Cuba two months ago, the government has said in a sombre first communiqué since his homecoming this week.
Wednesday 20 February 2013
Hopes that their idol would take up the reins of his revolution appear to have dissipated
Tuesday 19 February 2013
Williams today became the last team to unveil their latest car
Monday 18 February 2013
President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to Venezuela today, with enthusiastic crowds cheering his arrival after a two-month absence for cancer treatment in Cuba.
Sunday 17 February 2013
Voters were on the way yesterday to handing a third term to President Rafael Correa, an economist who has raised living standards for the lower classes and widened their social safety net while being widely criticised as intolerant of dissent.
Friday 15 February 2013
A Sistema offshoot comprising principals of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the SBSQ bring a vibrant Latin American flavour to the three quartet pieces on this debut album.
Sunday 03 February 2013
A Romanian airliner "bounced" off the runway while landing at Rome's main airport during heavy winds, injuring a flight attendant and four passengers.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Venezuela’s top diplomat has said he shared jokes and laughed with President Hugo Chavez during a meeting in Cuba, where the socialist leader has been recovering after cancer surgery.
Wednesday 09 January 2013
The Supreme Court of Venezuela announced tonight that a government decision to postpone the inauguration of Hugo Chavez for a fourth term as President was legal and that his swearing-in could take place later.
Monday 07 January 2013
The last time news of the Missoni clan spilled beyond the fashion pages was in June, when Margherita, the 29-year-old heir to the Italian fashion empire, celebrated her marriage to racing driver Eugenio Amos with a deliciously over-the-top gypsy-style wedding party on the family's estate north-west of Milan.
Sunday 06 January 2013
They're the clan who built a style giant without losing the common touch. But now a missing plane has plunged the Missonis – and Italy – into despair
Wednesday 02 January 2013
Under the constitution, new elections must be held if the President is too ill to be sworn in
Monday 31 December 2012
Small beginnings of the big night (10:00-11:00 GMT) 2013 began on the little Pacific island where the sun always rises first. Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, the easternmost island of the nation of Kiribati, is the first significant human habitation west of the international date line. Its inhabitants were the first to usher in the new year, followed an hour later by revellers in Auckland, New Zealand.
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