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January 27, 2014 1:22 AM North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly put to death a number of surviving relatives of his executed uncle Jang Song-thaek, including children.

Quoting "multiple sources", a report from South Korean news agency Yonhap says the relatives include North Korea's ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, who were both related to Mr Kim's uncle by marriage. Mr Jang, once a powerful mentor to Mr Kim, was dragged out of a party meeting, tried and executed last month on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist 87

December 29, 2013 11:25 PM Among Cuban Exiles, an Old New Year's Eve Toast Goes Silent

In their first years of exile from Cuba in the 1960s, Gustavo Pérez Firmat's family uttered the toast as a wish they anxiously waited to fulfill. Pérez Firmat's parents and grandparents would proclaim "Next year in Cuba" as they lifted glasses of scotch at Christmas and New Year's Eve. The words were uttered by thousands of Cubans who fled after Fidel 105

December 26, 2013 10:57 PM Obama makes new call to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Posted on: 3:53 pm, December 26, 2013, by CNN Wire WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama used his signing Thursday of the 2014 Defense Authorization Act to take a swipe at Congress for continuing to impede his efforts at closing the detention facility at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “Since taking office, I have repeatedly called upon the Congress 51

December 21, 2013 4:13 PM Bolivia Launches Its First Satellite Into Space

Only 7 percent of Americans think the United States is winning the war on drugs, and few Americans are interested in throwing down more money to try to win, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released in 2012. 265

December 13, 2013 2:04 PM Mandela’s African Cold War

Should we forget which side he was on? Most Americans have never heard of Chris Hani or Oliver Tambo, both of whom died in 1993, and there was no fanfare in the U.S. media when Arthur Goldreich died two years ago. Since Nelson Mandela’s death last Thursday, the names of his former comrades in the anti-apartheid struggle have been omitted from the media 68

December 10, 2013 7:12 PM Obama-Castro handshake ‘not planned’

December 10 2013 at 08:49pm By SAPA Washington - President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuba's President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela was not “pre-planned,” a US official said. “This wasn't a pre-planned encounter,” a White House official said. “Above all else, today is about honoring Nelson 96

December 5, 2013 8:20 PM Cuba won't budge on jailed American contractor, insists on prisoner swap

Cuba’s government on Wednesday continued to tie the fate of an American contractor jailed there for four years to the release of four Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998. Responding to renewed calls for Havana to free 64-year-old American contractor Alan Gross, Director General of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, said in a statement 69

November 27, 2013 2:13 AM Iran sanctions: Dancing with Tehran

Critics of the nuclear deal miss the fact that the punitive approach works only with the support of other nations, which do not want new measures. If economic sanctions were key to forcing Iran to accept limits on its nuclear program, wouldn't more sanctions have an even greater effect? Critics of last week's interim nuclear deal with Tehran certainly 64