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President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence for former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy in Dublin last November with his wife Sabina. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Models of economic growth developed in Latin America provide a valuable alternative to “neoliberal” policies, President Michael D Higgins said Thursda(...)

Furuzamani Beach, Zamami Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
52 Places to Go in 2017
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  • January 11, 2017, 12:30

1. Canada: A world to explore. Canada has cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. Canada is huge — the s(...)

Military police  outside Puraquequara prison in Manaus after  prisoners were relocated following a deadly revolt earlier this week. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

At least 33 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Brazil on Friday, officials said, possibly in retaliation after members of a powerful drug gang we(...)

Former presidents Cristina Kirchner of Argentina and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil at the Portugal House in São Paulo. Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

While this year saw one populist tide sweep in on the democracies of Europe and North America, another was in retreat in South America. In contrast (...)

 “The house would now now be devoid of four-legged life, except that, in a not unrelated development, at least one mouse has moved in recently”

For the first time in 17 years, it looks like Santa Claus may not be coming down our chimney this Christmas. There is still some doubt about the ma(...)

General Pinochet came to power by a military coup aided by the CIA. The workers resistance is violently and brutally crushed. The price paid by the Chilean working class was terrible. 50, 000 workers are murdered, 100,000 disappear and many are forced to take up exile. Photograph:  Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Just before 10am on New Year’s Eve 1986, armed men arrived at the office of a small organisation for the resettlement of migrants, in Santiago, Chile(...)

Gucci Mane has spent 2016 making up for lost time. The third release in 2016 from the Atlanta rapper, who was released from prison in May after servin(...)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte: his national war on drugs has led to thousands of deaths since he took office in June. Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has said he hunted down drug suspects “personally” during a deadly crackdown he instigated when he was the mayor (...)

Spectacular natural beauty: Finland, celebrating 100 years of independence

News Indie Finland Finland celebrates 100 years of independence this winter with a whole host of experiences and packages. Visit the natural hot sp(...)

Surfers on Rossnowlagh beach in Co Donegal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Donegal is the coolest place on the planet, according to National Geographic Traveller. The Irish county tops The Cool List: 17 for 2017, the UK ma(...)

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