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Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó in Caracas on February 2nd. Two years ago, Guaidó was a national hero who seemingly posed a serious threat to the deeply unpopular president, Nicolás Maduro.  Photograph: Adriana Loureiro Fernandez/The New York Times

From an unremarkable apartment in a quiet residential area of Venezuela’s capital, a slender young man in a tie wages an increasingly lonely battle ag(...)

 Diego Maradona confronted by a posse of Belgium defenders during the 1982 Wold Cup in Spain. File photograph: Allsport

With the death this week of Diego Armando Maradona from a heart attack the most extraordinary Argentine life of them all has come to a close. Buenos (...)

 Diego Maradona  dribbles past three English defenders during the World Cup quarter-final against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

“Ah, different class.” “Difffff-rent Classssss!” Sometimes the gods are benevolent and the television commentators fuse with what is happening befor(...)

The Mercury Seven – Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton – in Tom Jennings’s The Real Right Stuff

In 1972, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner dispatched New Journalism superstar Tom Wolfe to cover Apollo 17, Nasa’s last manned mission to the moon.(...)

Argentina’s Hugo Porta in action with Ireland’s Kenny Murphy in 1990. ‘I have always felt in Ireland things are just that little bit more fun and the people are so lovely,’ says Porta. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina’s greatest rugby player Hugo Porta is still directing operations beautifully, just not from outhalf. At 68 years old he is doing it off the (...)

Is it reasonable to leave after being kept waiting 20 minutes without explanation for a 30-minute meeting?

A friend of mine did something the other day that I have often wanted to do myself but have always been too cowardly to try. He walked out on a rude c(...)

Nicaragua solidarity: Fionnuala Rogerson and Betty Purcell (top row); and Molly O’Duffy and Robin Hanan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Forty years after Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution you could argue that the troubled country has seen only one real change: the replacement of the ru(...)

US president Donald Trump presents Tiger Woods the medal of freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House. Photograph: Getty Images

The morning after US president Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina last week, Dan Le Batard took to the airwaves for his daily sports talk show on (...)

 Gay rights activists get together before the Annual March against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana, May 14, 2016th. File photograph: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Cuban gay rights activists are planning to hold an unprecedented independent march against homophobia today despite several of them reporting they had(...)

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in  Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Voters in western countries may be deeply divided on the issue of immigration but a new study shows many are willing to change their views when prese(...)

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