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Spies, artificial insemination and the pope: how Cuba came in from the cold

The restoration of US relations with the Castro regime is seen by many as a triumph for Barack Obama. The story of how it happened is extraordinary Continue reading…
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Caracas mayor jailed over alleged coup plot could be released for surgery

Antonio Ledezma, who is charged with allegedly planning to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, may be placed under house arrest

The mayor of Caracas, who was arrested on suspicion of plotting a coup against the Venezuelan government, may be released from prison and put under house arrest for health reasons.

The public prosecutor’s office announced on Friday that Antonio Ledezma would be allowed to undergo surgery for a hernia and recuperate.

Related: Venezuela clamps down further on dissent amid deepening economic woes

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  1. Woman who hit Venezuelan president with mango rewarded with house
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Woman who hit Venezuelan president with mango rewarded with house

Marleny Olivo scrawled a note on the fruit and hurled it at the head of the passing Nicolás Maduro – and has now been promised a place to live

A woman who hit President Nicolás Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela. The 52-year-old president was driving a bus through a crowd in the central state of Aragua last weekend when the fruit was thrown at him.

“It says: ‘If you can, call me,’” said Maduro, who once drove a bus for a living, as he displayed the fruit on television. A scrawled message was visible. “Marleny Olivo had a problem with her house. [Officials] called her. She was scared. She couldn’t believe it was true … I’ve approved an apartment for you, Marleny, as part of the Grand Venezuelan Housing Mission.” He also promised that he would eat the mango.

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Family of Mexican teen shot dead across border can’t sue US agent, court rules

  • Court says border patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr entitled to immunity
  • No dispute that Mesa shot 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez in 2010

A federal appeals court says a US border patrol agent who fired across the border from Texas into Mexico and killed a teenager cannot be sued in US courts by the Mexican teen’s family.

The unanimous ruling was issued Friday by the full fifth US circuit court of appeals. The decision reverses most of an earlier 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court.

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Brazil activists to walk 600 miles for ‘free markets, lower taxes and privatisation’

With Margaret Thatcher and Rand Paul as inspiration, the Free Brazil Movement is among the leading groups taking a stand against president Dilma Rousseff Continue reading…
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For Cubans, the struggle to supplement meagre rations is a consuming obsession

The trials of food shopping in a land of inefficient agriculture and a US embargo, where travellers stuff suitcases with powdered milk and eggs are elusive Continue reading…
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Honduran judges throw out single-term limit on presidency

Ruling revives tensions that led to coup and ouster of Manuel Zelaya six years ago when he sought to change constitution so officeholders could stand again Continue reading…
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Chile volcano: Calbuco pictures show fire, lightning and ash-clogged streets

Unexpected blasts throw thick grey blanket over parts of Chile and into neighbouring Argentina, with people evacuating worst-affected areasTwin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, covering this small …
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UN expert: rich countries must take in one million refugees to stop boat deaths

UN special rapporteur says inaction on refugees is creating a market for people smugglers, and says world needs to take in a million Syrians over next five years

Wealthy countries should agree on a comprehensive plan to take one million refugees from Syria over the next five years to end the unfolding series of boat disasters in the Mediterranean, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants has urged.

Related: UN’s François Crépeau on the refugee crisis: ‘Instead of resisting migration, let’s organise it’

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Mexico’s ‘false’ Green party changes political climate for the worse

Allied with the governing PRI, the party has little to say about deforestation or climate change and critics call it a family firm ‘bordering on organised crime’

In much of the world, green politicians struggle to shake off the impression that they are impossible dreamers whose lofty principles would be unlikely to survive the grubby and cynical world of politics.

This has never been a problem in Mexico: leaders of the country’s Green party have regularly been accused of corruption, selling political favours – and of showing no interest in environmental issues. In 2009, the party ran an election campaign calling for the return of the death penalty.

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