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Last updated: 13 July, 2010 - Published 09:12 GMT
 
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Freed Cubans head for Spain

A group of political prisoners released by the communist authorities in Cuba has been put on a flight into exile, on a plane bound for Spain.

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Freed Cuban political prisoners are being flown to Spain

Seven dissidents were taken to Havana airport to be reunited with family members who left Cuba with them.

They are among 52 political prisoners whose release was negotiated by Spain and the Roman Catholic Church.

Cuba had come under international pressure to set them free, after one jailed dissident starved himself to death earlier this year to draw attention to their situation.

Jamaica sacks anti-doping board

Jamaica has dissolved the board of directors of its Anti-Doping Commission after a review found potential conflicts of interest.

Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell said all 15 members were fired by the Caribbean nation's sports minister, Olivia Grange.

He explained that said the decision was part of a restructuring and was unrelated to a recent positive test for Olympic and world 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser.

Fraser was provisionally suspended by the IAAF last week for use of a painkiller she claimed she took to alleviate a toothache.

A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency which visited Jamaica in May had raised concerns about conflicts of interest for panel members who also lead sports associations on the island.

Haiti marks quake anniversary

Haitians marked the sad anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Monday in the ruins of the presidential palace toppled by the quake.

International supporters, including former US president Bill Clinton, joined Haitian President Rene Preval and other leaders in the remembrance ceremony.

Mr Clinton who is heading up the UN's rebuilding effort in Haiti, promised greater transparency in using the aid funds.

New Fidel Castro pictures

The first photographs of the former leader Fidel Castro appearing in public since he was taken ill four years ago have been published on an official Cuban website.

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Fidel Castro was due to make his first television apperance in four years on Monday night

The pictures were taken by workers last Wednesday when the former Cuban leader made an unannounced visit to a scientific think-tank in Havana.

Mr Castro was also expected to make his first appearance on live television since 2006 later on Monday.

State-run Daily Granma paper said the former president would appear in a special edition of Mesa Redonda (Round Table) to talk about events in the Middle East.

Granma did not indicate whether the current affairs show was being run live or taped.

Mr Castro last appeared in a video aired on TV 11 months ago.

Barefoot bandit to appear in court

A 19 year old American who's known as the Barefoot Bandit is in custody in the Bahamas following his arrest on Sunday following a high-speed boat chase.

Colton Harris-Moore had been on the run for two years in the United States before he flew a stolen plane to the Bahamas just over a week ago.

He is accused of dozens of cases of theft and burglary in America - and in the Bahamas for the short time he's been there.

The so-called Barefoot bandit is expected to make his initial court appearance in the Bahamas on Tuesday.

 
 
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