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Protests pick up steam ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix race in Bahrain

Last year's race in Bahrain was canceled twice because of the unrest, but the sport's governing body said Friday the race would go ahead as planned, despite tension on the country's streets.

(CNN) Manama - Bahrain says a car carrying members of team Force India was not the intended target of a petrol bomb thrown by protesters, a claim that comes as the opposition accuses the Gulf kingdom of cracking down on demonstrations in the run up to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The claim by the government comes amid mounting fears that civil unrest in the Gulf kingdom could upend Sunday's race and pose a threat to Formula One teams and fans.

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New Revelations Of García Marquez's Ties To Cuba And Nicaragua

Like other intellectuals of his time, the celebrated Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez admired Cuba's Fidel Castro. What's just been revealed, however, is also, as one text reveals, the Sandinista rebels who have stifled Nicaraguan democracy in past years.

The inauguration of the mural in memory of the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Bogota, Colombia

Mauricio Rubio

BOGOTÁ — Entirely isolated and criticized by the international community, Daniel Ortega was again sworn in earlier this month as president of Nicaragua.

Ortega has now outdone Anastasio Somoza, the despot he helped topple in his youth, with a record 26 years in power and starting a fifth mandate, including a fourth consecutive one and the second with his wife Rosario Murillo as vice-president.

After Cuba's Fidel Castro, he is the regional tyrant most frequently cheered by Colombia's leftist intellectuals, and praised as his people's emancipator from "yankee oppression."

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