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People load luggage  into a car at José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. File photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

Two years ago, my son spent half his transition year in the Vedado area of Havana, a few miles west of Havana’s extraordinary old city. Havana is a vi(...)

Injured Syrian army members receive honours during the opening of the Damascus International Fair. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Damascus’s 61st International Fair opened this week with a spectacular sound and light show, singing and dancing, and a message of hope for a future w(...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

Bryan O’Sullivan and his husband, James O’Neill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When an Irish, London-based interior design outfit was tasked with reinventing part of the five-star Berkeley Hotel, the bar, as it were, was high. Th(...)

A chavist supporter holds a sign that reads “Out of Venezuela. Trump will not pass” during the “march for the peace and unity of the peoples” on July 27th in Caracas. Photograph: Rayner Pena/EPA

US president Donald Trump has announced a near total economic embargo on Venezuela in an effort to force president Nicolás Maduro out of office. Mr T(...)

‘There’s a limit to the amount of times I’m prepared to prostitute my catchphrase’ Tony Robinson in Blackadder. Photograph: Victor Watts/Rex/Shutterstock

When it happens to Richard Wilson, he gives a wave and keeps walking. Maureen Lipman, on the other hand, tends to assume an expression of weary resign(...)

Support for Daniel Ortega is often framed in mystical terms, locating him above the fray of everyday life.   Photograph:  INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images

In the years following the Sandinista revolution of 1979, labour day was routinely marked in Nicaragua by mass gatherings that honoured fallen heroes (...)

Money is a powerful tool when you travel, especially in developing nations, and it is up to those spending it to be aware of this and use it wisely. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to travelling the world, the classic fantasy is spinning a globe at random or throwing a pin on a map, then gallivanting off to wherever(...)

Diaz  and Santo in Little Havana, Miami: fled Cuba after Fidel Castro took power and are now American citizens who support Donald Trump. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Democrats may have taken over the city of Miami this week for the first debate of the 2020 US election season, but Republicans have not lost sight of (...)

Some students in Tuesday’s Leaving Cert exam complained about the audio quality in the Spanish exam.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Students have criticised the audio quality of the Leaving Cert Spanish exam as “mumbled” , “echoey” and “difficult to hear”. The criticism comes just(...)

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