Cubans fall head over heels for South Korean soaps

Dec 16, 2013

Cubans fall head over heels for South Korean soaps

For the past three decades, Brazilian “telenovelas” have helped Cubans forget their litany of woes for an hour a day. But today, dozens of South Korean soap operas are earning wide audiences. Following in the footsteps of South Korean films and K-pop, “doramas” — ...

Obama-Castro clasp more than a gesture?

| Dec 11, 2013

Obama-Castro clasp more than a gesture?

The handshake between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela could provide an opening for an easing of tensions between the Cold War foes, analysts say. Some, however, cautioned that the significance of the brief ...

Obama gestures at reconciliation with Cuba

Dec 11, 2013

Obama gestures at reconciliation with Cuba

It was the briefest of moments — just seconds — as two presidents shook hands and exchanged pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders gathered to honor the late Nelson Mandela. It would hardly have been noteworthy, except that the men locking hands in ...

| Jul 22, 2013

Pyongyang's ties to Havana deep, ship bust shows

When law enforcement agents boarded a rusty, aging North Korean freighter making a rare journey down the Panama Canal last week, they had been tipped off that they would find narcotics, Panamanian officials said. Instead, after a violent confrontation with the 35-member crew, they ...

Germans 'in bed' with NSA; Brazil targeted

Jul 8, 2013

Germans 'in bed' with NSA; Brazil targeted

New reports emerged Sunday of U.S. spying efforts around the world as fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden remained holed up in a Russian airport seeking an escape route to Latin America. Snowden remained hidden in a Moscow airport transit zone for the 15th day ...

Apr 13, 2013

Gitmo dogged by new controversy

The U.S. military justice system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has been dogged by charges of secret monitoring of proceedings and defense communications, became embroiled in a fresh controversy Thursday when it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of defense emails were turned over ...