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'Right' to send home Haitians

The Dominican Republic's top immigration official said they will keep deporting Haitian migrants despite criticism by human rights groups of stepped-up efforts to catch illegal border crossers.

The government sent back roughly 1,000 Haitians to their earthquake-shattered homeland last week, deploying soldiers and immigration officials to set up patrols and surprise checkpoints, asking people aboard public buses and vans for their papers.

Dominican immigration director Sigfrido Pared said that the government is compelled to resume immigration enforcement to prevent the flow of illegal Haitian migrants since last January's earthquake and to stop the spread of cholera.

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Oldest winery is discovered

The earliest known winery has been uncovered in a cave in the mountains of Armenia.

A vat to press the grapes, fermentation jars and even a cup and drinking bowl dating to about 6,000 years ago were discovered by an international team of researchers.

While older evidence of wine drinking has been found, this is the earliest example of complete wine production,.

Chavez slates arson terrorists

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called a fire that badly damaged a government building used by officials carrying out farm seizures an act of terrorism.

He said investigators determined that the National Lands Institute office in western Zulia state was doused with petrol and set alight.

Road-blocking protests erupted in the area last month when officials and troops seized a list of large private ranches.

"We won't rest until we catch those responsible for this terrorist act," Mr Chavez said.

Star Rush in Madman role

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush is set to star in the US premiere of The Diary of a Madman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Rush plays a lowly civil servant driven mad in the darkly comic play, adapted from an 1853 short story by novelist Nikolai Gogol.

The play is being directed by Neil Armfield.

It is being presented by Belvoir, one of Australia's most respected theatre companies.