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21 December 2014 Last updated at 20:53 ET

Argentine court grants rights to apeAn orangutan named Sandra, covered with a blanket, gestures inside its cage at Buenos Aires" Zoo, in this December 8, 2010 file photo

A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.

Miss Intercontinental 2014 beauty pageant final 04/12/2014Argentine town bans beauty contests

A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.

Cuban President Raul Castro speaks at National Assembly in Havana. Photo: 20 December 2014Cuba 'will stay on' communist path

Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.

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