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Argentinian families to visit newly identified soldiers' Falklands graves

Advances in DNA and sensitive cooperation have allowed bodies of 90 soldiers to be identified

In the early hours of Monday morning, more than 200 relatives of Argentinian soldiers killed in the Falklands war are to take a three-hour flight to RAF Mount Pleasant, the remote islands’ main airport. They will then travel by coach to an isolated, often windswept cemetery where, for the first time, they will know they are standing by the grave of their loved ones.

For many Argentinian families that have been able to visit the islands occasionally since the war in 1982, there has been no specific grave by which to mourn and grieve, only a graveyard.

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José Rivera on Kiss of the Spider Woman: I had to kill what I loved

When Rivera re-read Manuel Puig’s book he loved its surreal dialogue and brilliant footnotes. But something had to give. He explains what he sacrificed for his stage version – and why he saved the zombies

Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman is many novels in one. It’s a political critique of unlimited right-wing power; a psycho-emotional exploration of state terror and incarceration; an interior dreamscape; and a redemptive love story between two prisoners, the apolitical window dresser Molina and the committed leftist guerrillero Valentin.

Most of the novel is told in dialogue. These long, complex, emotionally fraught conversations read as if they are word-for-word transcripts of the prisoners’ secretly taped encounters. Some sequences feel like jazz, others play like hallucinations. There are dazzling, surreal, stream-of-consciousness internal monologues – extended fever dreams inspired by Faulkner and Joyce. There are also chilling police reports on the ruling junta’s efforts to spy on the newly released Molina. And there are scores of lengthy footnotes detailing Freud’s analysis of homosexuality and the elimination of repression (the association of sex and sin), as well as Herbert Marcuse’s championing of the “free flow of the libido”

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Falklands: Argentinian soldiers' relatives to put names on graves

Identification of previously unknown soldiers made possible thanks to DNA testing and humanitarian initiative

The relatives of 89 previously unidentified Argentinian soldiers killed during the 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands will travel there this month to put names on their graves.

Their identification has been made possible due to painstaking DNA testing and the humanitarian initiative of a British captain who in 1982 gathered more than 120 dead soldiers, with their effects, and placed them in graves each marked with the words “Argentine soldier known only to God”.

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Police foil cocaine ring at Russian embassy in Buenos Aires

Ex-diplomatic official and police officer among those arrested after drugs found in luggage

A former Russian diplomatic official and an Argentinian police officer are among those arrested in connection with a large cocaine seizure at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires that prompted a year-long investigation into an international drug ring, officials have said.

The Argentinian security minister, Patricia Bullrich, said the 389 kilos (860 pounds) of cocaine were hidden inside luggage seized in December 2016. The Russian-Argentines Alexander Chikalo, who is suspected of being in charge of the logistics, and Ivan Blizniouk, a police officer accused of providing contacts to jump through customs controls, were arrested on Wednesday.

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New year, new rules: what changes around the world from 1 January

British rail fares will rise again this year and Californians will be able to buy marijuana legally for recreational purposes

Saudis and Emiratis will pay more tax, the Swiss will pay less, Brits will start taking more expensive train journeys and China will stop taking in the world’s rubbish.

These are some of the changes that will take effect as the world ticks over into a new year.

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