Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

Dec 19, 2014

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

President Barack Obama has the power to further weaken U.S. sanctions against the Communist-run island nation beyond the normalization of relations with Havana that he announced on Wednesday, experts said. While the restoration of diplomatic ties to Havana after decades of animosity was a ...

Dec 19, 2014

Seventy years on, U.S. judge clears executed black teen

A judge in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina has thrown out the conviction of a black teenager executed 70 years ago for the murder of two white girls. George Stinney was 14 when he became the youngest person to undergo the death ...

Cubans cheer historic renewal of U.S. relations

Dec 18, 2014

Cubans cheer historic renewal of U.S. relations

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country on Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with its five-star insignia, the 83-year-old ...

Dec 18, 2014

Will U.S. move bring an end to its secret operations against Cuba?

For over half a century, the U.S. government’s schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will re-establish diplomatic ties with ...

Dec 18, 2014

Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived

Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists ...

Dec 18, 2014

Churchill paintings sold off in rare auction

A collection of paintings by British wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off on Wednesday in the biggest-ever sale of artwork by the statesman and accomplished painter. The 15 paintings included views from his holidays in France as well as the interiors of his ...

Fight or flight: Narita's history of conflict

| Dec 13, 2014

Fight or flight: Narita's history of conflict

by Philip Brasor

The recent increase in international flights in and out of Haneda Airport has clearly pleased Tokyo residents, who, since the late 1970s, have had to trek out to Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture when they wanted to go overseas. This inconvenience is exacerbated ...

Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

Dec 13, 2014

Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

President Barack Obama pressed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month to improve ties with South Korea, sources familiar with U.S.-Japan relations said Friday, reflecting Washington’s dissatisfaction with the tepid progress in reconciliation. Obama made the call during talks with Abe on the sidelines of ...